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in my Bedroom
By Jonathan W. Murphy
Englishtown, New Jersey
In his article in the January issue of Wood News, Dilo Ferdinando of Brazil showed us the extreme in the small workshop.
I bow to his use of a closet, but I
am a bit more dependent on power tools than he is. Recently I moved into an apartment in NJ. I have found there
are four criteria for making a small shop work within the confines of a small space.
What are those four criteria?
I have and dearly love my 105"
Wood Slicer resawing blade. I and perhaps others could use some
ideas about what to look for regarding when it's time to replace it.
I'm a segmented turner and cut almost exclusively exotic hardwoods, so I expect the cutting to be
slow on denser woods like rosewood and ebony.
Any tips? Burning, poor finish, twist???
us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for
we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.
I Bought a
By George T. (Terry) Chapman
I have been searching for several years for a stick of dynamite. My old bandsaw has been slowly
torturing me and I was planning its demise in a blaze of glory. One stick should be enough.
Unfortunately I could not find what I needed on eBay to pull this off, so I decided to let
the saw complete its long slide into junkness, and buy a
new one. I had been watching Highland for the best price on their Steel City 14" bandsaw and
when they made it a Red Hot Special, I pounced on it.
Here's how things turned out:
Creating Turned Models with SketchUp
By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California
The problem I encounter most often while doing woodturning is that the finished piece does not reflect the
original design idea. I have found that first using SketchUp to model the concept helps quite a bit
in realizing my ideas much more accurately. Even if you don't have a clear idea of what you want to
turn, you can use the techniques you will learn in this article to explore design variations before
heading out to the shop. Once you have created a model you are happy with, you will see how to create a section-cut of your
model to use as a template when working on the lathe.
Here's how it works:
Going Pro as a
Part 7 of a Series:
$$$ Setting Prices $$$
By Douglas Bittinger
Smoky Mountain Woodworks
One of the most brain-racking aspects of making a living by selling your woodworking is the problem
of figuring out how much to charge for your work. Obviously you must get enough from your work to
support yourself as well as paying the business bills, but if your prices exceed the item's market
value you will have a hard time finding willing customers.
So what's the secret to setting a fair price for
with Alan Noel
DYES VS. STAINS
In virtually every class I teach, the very same question is always asked:
"What are the differences between stains and dyes?" In the world of
finishing, another great question would be: "When should I use a dye
and when should I use a stain?"
Six tips tell the story:
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Our big new Spring/Summer 2009
Tool Catalog is out.
Don't have one yet?
What's this? Surely an oxymoron!
No it's not. First off, Festool machines really do vastly outperform other power tools. Do they cost more? Often they do.
However their superb German engineering and meticulous workmanship can also save you much valuable time and materials, in addition to easily
allowing an unparalleled level of accuracy.
But hey, only while limited supplies last, we're also offering seven new special promotions on Festool machines and accessories.
Plues get free ground shipping within the lower 48 states. Take advantage of
these opportunities to save on the best power tools
you'll ever buy:
Festool TS55 Plunge Saw includes 2 free quick clamps
Festool TS75 Plunge Saw includes 2 free quick clamps
Festool PS300 Trion Barrel Grip Jigsaw includes 35 free blades
Festool PS300 Trion D-Handle Jigsaw includes 35 free blades
Festool HL850 Planer includes free undulating cutterhead
Festool Vac Boom Arm package includes large handle and tool holder
Festool 10" Sawblade package includes 60t universal and 80t fine
Here's a great deal on a really useful tool. Our solar-powered cabinetmaker's shop calculator converts fractional inches to metric and back again.
You can perform any function with multiple fractions, and even add fractions to metric millimeters. Includes dustproof case and built-in notepad.
Sale quantity is limited.
Steel City Instant Rebates End April 30
The bad news is that the Steel City Winter/Spring Instant Rebates are about to expire. The GOOD NEWS is that you still
have until April 30, 2009 to take advantage of some great savings. Take a look:
Leigh Super Jig & Clamp Special Ends April 30
Purchase one of Leigh's 18" or 24" Dovetail Super Jigs during April and receive 2 of Leigh's great new Hold-Down Clamps for FREE, a $100 savings.
Narex Mortise Chisels
The maker of our best-selling bench chisels has created a stout new mortise chisel for medium-duty furniture mortising. Available in 3 sizes, with European beech handles.
Red Hot Special for Woodturners
Get a free set of Cole Jaws, a $79.99 value, with purchase of the SuperNova2 lathe chuck.
Teknatool of New Zealand pioneered the first 4-jaw self-centering
scroll chuck in 1988, and their current SuperNova2 version incorporates the latest in chucking technology. This offer is a special purchase.
Our special offer supply is limited.
Steel City Bandsaw Great Package Deal, Now Only $699.99
We've bundled together our heavy duty rip
fence and 12" height attachment with the
Steel City Tools model 50100 14" bandsaw, which already includes a big 1.5 HP industrial motor
(115/230V), enclosed steel stand, magnetic work
light, built-in mobile base, large cast iron table, ergonomic safety switch, ball bearing blade
guides, 2-speed drive system and 5-year warranty. Total value, $989.97. Supplies
are limited, so if you'd like a great deal on a terrific bandsaw, order now.
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