A Tool Nerds Dream – Lee Valley & Veritas Manufacturing Plant Tour

A Tool Nerds Dream – Lee Valley & Veritas Manufacturing Plant Tour

In this video we tour the Lee Valley & Veritas Manufacturing Plant. We get to see how Planes, Chisels, Tennon Cutters, and Drill Bits are made. This tour made me appreciate these amazing tools and hand planes even more!

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  1. Karsten Gopinath on July 28, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    Do you have a link for the seconds email list?

  2. Simon Rios on July 28, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    What tool is this? Some kind of marking gauge with multiple cutters @22:20

  3. Frank Dee on July 28, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Cool. Subbed 👍💪🇺🇸

  4. Ian Ham on July 28, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Waving hi from Malone NY! 🙂

  5. Joschmoyo on July 28, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    Fascinating, the huge market for hobby tool’s. I only ever bought one show boat hobby tool, a lie Neilsen skew block plane. It’s handy, I use it but veritas doesn’t appeal to me at all. To expensive, to gimmicky, over designed.
    They are retired accountant tool’s to give amateur’s and dilettantes a false sense of craftsman status. Which is funny because I don’t know a single craftsman that trusts accountants further than they can be kicked.

  6. debandmike on July 28, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    I think these types of companies are the most incredible all the knowledge experience and effort that goes into the creating of each and every tool is amazing. This isn’t your Chinese assembly factory. I have several veritas planes and I keep them all in corrosion resistant bags until they are ready for use because I want them to be treated by me as special as they were by the veritas workers.

  7. BeHonestwithyourself on July 28, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    Mind blowing. I cant imagine how much all that equipment and facility is worth. I own a few Veritas planes. I think they are resonably priced. Good to see Canadain manufacturing.

  8. Roger Boucher on July 28, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    Fantastic tour!
    Fantastic “shop”!
    I’m very proud that Canadian made tools are as precise and high end as German or US made ones.
    Thanks Lee Vallee 🍁

  9. A B on July 28, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    terrified, torrefied wood.

  10. Tylr Vncnt on July 28, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    😂 torrification?

  11. Lee Valley Tools on July 28, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Excellent video Jamie! Underrated editing, you showed the manufacturing process well. It was a pleasure to show you around, it’s clear you have a genuine passion for quality tools & what we do here, we all appreciated your enthusiasm, it’s great to see.

  12. Jim Urrata on July 28, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Not one comment about the button configuration on Hal & Dave??? 😅

  13. Wood By Wright How To on July 28, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Seriously cook, man. Hoping to make it up there some day.

  14. Retief Joubert on July 28, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Impressive manufacturing setup, must be a joy to see first hand. I got here via the algorithm, not familiar with your channel. While you are clearly passionate about handtools, I think your machine tool knowledge has room for a wee bit of improvement, but I made it through the vid. Check out, say NYC CNC, that guy is next level.

  15. David Chavez on July 28, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Ok this is cool, thanks!

  16. Troy Staten on July 28, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Neat video, I have the brad point bits and they are great bits.

  17. Joel Burgoyne on July 28, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    That first machine is a horizontal mill, not a vertical. The spindle is horizontal this defines its style

  18. Dan on July 28, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Awesome tour and narration Jamie

  19. Blayne on July 28, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    excellent video

  20. anthony marino on July 28, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    great tour. thanks

  21. Coniferman on July 28, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    I have appreciated the quality of my Lee Valley tools while considering them perhaps unnecessarily expensive. Now I think of them as reasonably priced to bargains.

  22. Jacques Manseau on July 28, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    Très bonne vidéo des ateliers Lee Valley à Ottawa. J’ai plusieurs outils LV et chaque fois je n’ai que de la satisfaction et du bonheur. Bravo LV pour cette qualité d’outils impeccables en tous points. Bravo pour la vidéo.😊

  23. aintgottime2bleed78 on July 28, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    As a machinist AND a woodworker, I really appreciated this video.

  24. Erich Victor on July 28, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    This was very cool to see. I love all my LV stuff. I can’t wait to grow the collection. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Greg Smith on July 28, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    I purchased the large router plane from the store here in London, ON last week and was BLOWN AWAY by the quality! There is something so satisfying and rewarding when buying a Canadian made tool.

  26. Old Timey Tools on July 28, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    This is a lot more manual than I expected. Wow ok. I wonder how Stainley did them back in the day?

  27. Northern Humidor on July 28, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    Lee valley makes the best woodworking hand tools in the world! I have had the pleasure of using some of them for the last 25 years.

  28. C. Blake Rockhart on July 28, 2023 at 3:41 pm


  29. Tylr Vncnt on July 28, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    Soooo sickk!!

  30. mercoid on July 28, 2023 at 3:42 pm


  31. Reinalyn Echon on July 28, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    I love that Rob referenced one of your videos. That’s so flipping cool.

  32. James Shaw on July 28, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    This is so awesome!!! ❤❤

  33. tabbp01 on July 28, 2023 at 3:49 pm


  34. RGRGJKK on July 28, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    Pura vida Jamie great tour I like Veritas hand tools ❤

  35. Matthew Klick on July 28, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    I work full time as a machinist and do woodworking at home, so I had to watch this video. I also JUST got into YouTube myself. Great job on this video. I hope I my own videos get this good.

  36. Brandon Burke on July 28, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    As a machinist, you mixed up the machines. The vertical and horizontal.

  37. Dwight Dunlop on July 28, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    Ive done lapping by hand, wish I had that machine!

  38. James Shaw on July 28, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    A tool vending machine would be dangerous for consumers haha, I’d be broke always!

  39. lulutileguy on July 28, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    must not know what to do i got birdfeeder garden tools Mayan hammock wood finish compass lets see what else too many to list

  40. David M on July 28, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve been a LVT customer for 40 years but I never knew that they manufactured any of their own tools. One thing that I find to be a bit ironic is their use of CNC ( yes, there is often no other way ), but yet they have no CNC related products in their showrooms. I have done CNC metal and woodworking for 20 years and it really opens up projects that I could not / would not do otherwise.

  41. Clinton Lemon III on July 28, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you! I’ve turned to Veritas when i needed a woodworking tool that will be perfect from the box. I it’s a relatively easy way to eliminate variables as i learn technique.

  42. TheMilitantMachinist on July 28, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Rob is the nicest guy in the world. He’s bailed me out of a couple of tight spots before now. Glad you got to meet him and you’re spot on about his humour…he’s one of the good ones.

  43. CleaveMountaineering on July 28, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Wow, they must sell a lot of planes! Now I have a jack plane with adjustable mouth from "The Metallic Plane Co" that dates to the 1860s or 70s. I’d love to tour their factory!

  44. Andrew Pinson on July 28, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Hopefully I can take Lee Valley 0 ie. Canada – off my boycott list. That will happen when the crazy government gets off its ultra liberal bent.

  45. Ian Ham on July 28, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Upstate NY???

  46. Don's Woodies on July 28, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    Great, informative video. I’m a retired Tool & Die maker so most of these machines are either familiar to me or I at least recognize them. You did a great job of explaining all the processes.

    Love Veritas tools, and I have a few of them. Most recent purchase is their Shooting plane. What a game changer! Of course it’s left handed, as all tools should be. 🙂 Seeing all those miniature tools together is a trip.

  47. rustyul on July 28, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    You have your horizontal and vertical mills reversed. The first one you show is a horizontal spindle mill.

  48. Poppa Michael on July 28, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    I want to thank you and Lee Valley for this excellent plant tour. It was particularly interesting for me because the large Veritas shooting plane, and their shooting board fence, were my most recent purchases from Lee Valley. Before I retired, more than 20 years ago, I was a business consultant. One of the joys of that job was to be able to visit client factories and see how things are actually made. People tend to take a lot for granted! Unfortunately, many of the US-based factories that I visited are no longer in operation. For economic reasons the companies have gone out of business or transferred manufacturing operations outside of the US. Your tour of the Veritas plant gave us an opportunity to appreciate the amount of work and the pride that it takes to create Veritas tools. When one considers the efforts of caring workers, the fine materials used, and the expensive machinery required, Veritas tools become a real bargain. i was fortunate to have met Leonard Lee, a fellow woodworker and founder of Lee Valley and Veritas, many years ago. The company and factory are a reflection of his vision. Because of his efforts Canadian workers are making a living and raising their families, while adding value to all of our lives.

  49. Reinalyn Echon on July 28, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    Precise Lee is a fantastic name for a Lee Valley robot hand

  50. Dwight Dunlop on July 28, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    This is awome! I Live about 20 minitus west of Lee Valley , love that place!