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French Polish Workshop
September 11, 2010

French polish has long been regarded as the most beautiful finish for fine wood furniture and, because it imparts a finer sound to stringed instruments, is overwhelmingly preferred by luthiers. This finish actually does not involve polish at all but is simply a method of applying shellac. Alan will demonstrate his method for achieving this finish that's as easy as riding a bike. He will show you how to apply, maintain, repair and restore this classic finish.

Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

Many classes fill up quickly. Register now to make sure we hold a spot for you.

September 11
French Polish Workshop

September 12
Beginning Turning

September 15
Sharpening for Turners

September 18
Hand Cut Dovetails

September 19
Natural Edge Bowl Turning

September 20-23
Cabinetmaking Basics: Build a Base Cabinet with Drawer

September 25
Basic Bowl Turning

September 26
Basic Bowl Turning

October 1 & 2
Creative Furniture Design

October 3
Introduction to Marquetry

October 5
Hand Tool Sharpening

October 6
Finishing the Finish

October 9
Turning Pens

October 9
Antiques Show and Tell

October 10
Turn a Peppermill

October 11
Timber Framing

October 13
French Polish Workshop

October 17
Dovetail Variations with Roy Underhill

October 19
Using Hand Planes

October 20
Taming of the Skew

October 23 & 24
Antique Restoration

October 23 & 24
Windsor Chair Making Seminar with Peter Galbert

October 23-29
Build a Child's Windsor Balloon Back Chair with Peter Galbert

October 30
Basic Bowl Turning

October 31
Basic Bowl Turning

November 1-4
Cabinetmaking Basics: Build a Base Cabinet with Drawer

November 5-7
Relief Carving for Beginners

November 6
Spray Finishing

November 10
Sharpening for Turners

November 13
Chip Carving

November 13
Antiques Show and Tell

November 14
Introduction to Turning for Furniture

November 17
French Polish Workshop

November 20
Tablesaw Basics

November 21
Basic Bowl Turning

Classes Suitable for Teens

Check Out our YouTube Channel

The Highland Woodworking YouTube channel is chock-full of fascinating and instructive woodworking videos for your enjoyment. From monthly offerings by our Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, to demos of new tools shot onsite at our retail store to instructional videos from our many vendors, there is something for everyone at the Highland Woodworking YouTube Channel.

This month, we have a couple of new videos from The Down to Earth Woodworker, who demonstrates cutting tenons by hand with his Lie-Nielsen shoulder plane as well as providing the viewer with a 'Cheap Trick' for creating an air filter for your shop.

CLICK HERE to check it out!


Rikon Lathe

Save $120 on our Rikon 12" Lathe Package Deal

Our woodturner's turnkey package deal is a great way to get started in the world of woodturning. We've supplemented Rikon's highly popular 12" x 16" 6-speed mini-lathe with our signature set of 6 Bodger HSS turning tools plus added the world's most popular turning video, the New Turning Wood DVD with world-renowned turner and teacher, Richard Raffan. Includes set of 6 HSS turning tools, instructional DVD, live center, 12-position indexed headstock, 6 speeds - 430-3900rpm, 3" faceplate, 1/2 HP motor and 2 year warranty. Weighs 89 lb.

CLICK HERE for more info:


Rikon Lathe

Turn the Rikon Mini-Lathe into a 12" x 40" Lathe for an additional $99.99

This heavy cast iron bed extension turns the Rikon Mini-Lathe into a full-size lathe with 40" capacity between centers. Easily bolts onto the cast iron bed of the lathe. You can even add multiple extensions to create a solid lathe with practically unlimited length capacity.

CLICK HERE for more info:

on our Deluxe Steel City14" Granite Bandsaw!

Purchase the 50100G bandsaw for $599.99 and get the 12" Height Adjustment Riser Kit for just $49.99 (reg. $89.99). Total cost of this package deal (our item 50100GR) is $649.98 plus shipping.

If you're in the market for a powerful, full-featured bandsaw capable of any challenge from heavy-duty resawing to fine, delicate fretwork, look no further. We believe the Steel City model 50100G is one of the best 14" bandsaws available at any price, anywhere. Quantity purchasing has kept our cost low, and we're passing the savings along to you.

More Info and How to Order

NEW Steel City 8" Granite Jointer with Quick Change
Knives Is a Terrific Value,
only $899.99

This great value in a longbed 8" jointer is finally in stock and available for immediate shipment! You can enjoy the benefits of 77" long solid straight granite jointer beds, cutterhead with 3 quick-change knives, 2 HP 230 volt motor, solid 48" long center-mounted granite fence that tilts in and out for bevels or chamfers, integral mobile base, and a depth of cut up to 1/2". All this plus a 5-year warranty at a very affordable price! Net weight 460 lbs.

Steel City 8" Granite Jointer
with quick change knives
Was $1349.99 Now $899.99

Other Steel City Granite Jointers
40635 6" with quick change knives
Was $949.99 Now $749.99
40640 6" with helical cutterhead
Was $1199.99 Now $799.99
40660 8" with helical cutterhead
Was $1649.99 Now $1099.99

You'll Love our Mail-In Blade Sharpening Service

"Recently I used your saw sharpening service and I wanted to let you know that they did a super job on my blade. I not only needed the blade sharpened, but one tip was missing and they replaced it as well. Turn around time was only about a week from my home in Tennessee. The blade cuts as good as a new one. You can bet that I will be using you again when needed."

Thanks, Charles Arkon

CLICK HERE for Details

Leather Shop Apron
Now on Sale for $49.99

You'll love this handsome and practical workshop accessory. Made of top grain leather, it gives much greater protection than canvas or nylon aprons. Convenient pockets have flaps to keep out sawdust.

More Info and How to Order


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Visit our Retail Store
for a Delightful Highland Woodworking Experience!

When passing through Atlanta, be sure to stop and browse our amazing retail store, featuring over TEN THOUSAND woodworking tools, books, supplies and accessories. Our knowledgeable and experienced staff will be glad to discuss your shop needs and answer all your woodworking questions.

1045 N. Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia

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Highland Woodworking Gift Certificates
An awesome present that's always appreciated by just about any woodworker anywhere.

Show Your Shop!

For this popular monthly column, we invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking shop along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your shop in a future issue.

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Featured this month is Ed Grant's well-equipped workshop in Ulster, PA.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:

An Alternate Perspective

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

In this month's Down To Earth Woodworker , Steven Johnson offers a thought-provoking new perspective on the subject of turning professional in woodworking. He also reviews a great rust prevention tool as well as a classic book on the history of wood and its uses. And finally, Steven waxes poetic about his Lie-Nielsen Medium Shoulder Plane, and even offers up a video of one of the tool's many uses.

CLICK HERE to see what it's like to get DOWN TO EARTH:

Ask the Staff

My Porter Cable model 690-2 router with 2 collets 1/2″ & 1/4″ worked fine with either collet, but now the 1/4″ collet runs out about .0030″ and I cannot seem to correct that. Can you help me with this problem?

Check out the answer HERE
E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.

The Family Furniture
Wish List

By Dick Rank
Atlanta, GA

For better or for worse, members of my family know that I am a reasonably good woodworker, and my wife and four daughters have developed a rather long furniture wish list.

CLICK HERE to see the first item I checked off the wish list:

The New Galbert Caliper

This superb invention will enhance your spindle turning experience. Peter Galbert's direct reading caliper is a "tape rule for woodturners."


Build a Windsor Chair with Peter Galbert, October 23-29, 2010

Build your own Windsor chair during this 7-day event, plus take home the skills to build many more. Professional chairmaker Peter Galbert will show you all you need to know, plus coach you from start to finish. Space is limited, so sign up early.

In Peter's class, you will learn:

  • Sharpening and tool tuning
  • Splitting
  • Shaving
  • Bending
  • Turning
  • Joinery
  • Design Considerations
  • Wood Technology
  • and lots more...

FIND OUT MORE inside ,
or sign up for the class HERE .

Great Buy on a Premium Sheffield Back Saw

A special purchase allows us to offer this premium quality 14" 12tpi tenon saw for a spectacular low price. Manufactured in Sheffield, England under the Footprint brand, this saw features the finest Sheffield steel, a heavy solid brass back, a strong and straight blade with hand-sharpened teeth and a traditional beechwood handle. Supply is limited.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel

Stains, Dyes and Glazes

wood finishing

By Alan Noel
Atlanta, GA

In virtually every class I have taught over the years, I have been asked - "What are the differences between dyes, stains and glazes and how and when are each of them used?"

Here are SIX tips that will help to clear things up:

Woodworker's Guide to Google Sketchup 7 is
now available from Highland Woodworking

Bob Lang's excellent instructional eBook for learning Google's free design program is now available for purchase at Highland Woodworking. If you've ever been frustrated trying to learn the ins and outs of Google Sketchup and how you can use it for your own woodworking, this eBook is the thing you've been looking for.

A great tool to have if you love Sean Headrick's Sketchup column (due to return next month)!

CLICK HERE for more info:

NOW ON SALE! Exactly What You Need to Start Bending Green Wood

This small electric-powered steam generator made by Earlex is ideal to use as the steam engine for a small home-made steam box. A special purchase allows us to offer it to you for only $49.99, a 28% discount off our regular price. Quantity limited.

Bending green wood to form chair parts or other curved elements is not rocket science, but it does take a little know-how. Our short illustrated tutorial on how to build one using simple materials has helped many a woodworker get started.

New Lower-Priced SawStop Cabinet Saw

The award-winning SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw has just become more affordable. Now being offered for August delivery with 120 volt 1.75 HP motor, the SawStop PCS175 is priced at only $2299. (The 3 HP model requires that your shop be wired for 220 volts.) Now more shops than ever will have access to SawStop's safety performance, quality, and innovative engineering.

CLICK HERE for more info:

SawStop's New High Efficiency Dust Collection System Leads Industry

In addition to their new 1.75 HP 110V Professional Cabinet Saw, Sawstop has just introduced a new overarm guard and dust collection system that is available for any Sawstop model.

CLICK HERE for more info:

An easy way to navigate our entire highly-informative woodworking website.

Hardwood Lumber
Quantity Discounts on Hardwood Lumber
10% discount on 50 BF (assorted). 20% discount on 100 board feet.

Available for in-store purchase only, premium hand-selected Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Red Oak, quartersawn White Oak, Maple, Poplar, European steamed Beech, Purple Heart and others. Random widths and lengths, planed 2 sides, one straight edge. Stop in and check it out!

Hardwood Lumber Price List

Try our new Woodworking Article Search Feature
on the Highland Website

We've been writing and publishing articles on woodworking techniques and the use of woodworking tools for over 30 years! Many of these are archived on our website, but until now there was no easy way to search the entire collection for specific info.

We're now pleased to present a new search engine designed just for this purpose. (Please continue to search for our products using our original website product search engine.)

CLICK HERE to search for woodworking information:

New Rikon 10-600VS 16" Var. Speed Scroll Saw, Only $149.99

One of the best values we found at the recent IWF woodworking show in Atlanta was this full-featured 16" variable speed scrollsaw from Rikon, the first scrollsaw we could recommend in this price range for many years. A highly useful bonus on this saw is its variable high speed power take-off. An optional and very affordable flexible shaft accessory can turn the saw into a reciprocal power carving machine.

While not a professional scrollsaw like our 20" Dewalt DW788 , the Rikon 10-600VS is an outstanding value in a quality saw that will nicely serve the needs of any homeshop woodworker. We consider it a price breakthrough that lets any shop afford a dedicated saw for intricate scrollsaw work.

on our Triton 10" Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Only $199.99 (Save $90!)

The same company that developed our best-selling innovative Triton plunge routers has delivered again with this outstanding value in a full-size sliding compound miter saw that features a single laser cutting guide.

An overlooked misprint on the saw's packaging prompted the manufacturer to offer them to us at a significant savings off our regular cost, enabling us to pass along great savings to you. This saw will handle all your cutoff needs up to 11-5/8" wide at 90 degrees and more than 8" wide at 45 degrees. Ideal for beveled miter cuts on large crown molding. Weighs only 37 lbs, so transports easily.

Sale quantity is limited, order now!

CLICK HERE for more info:

NEW Earlex 3500 USER FRIENDLY HVLP Sprayer
NOW ON SALE $129.99

The Earlex 3500 Spray Station (made in England) has made smooth and efficient spray finishing both user friendly and highly affordable. Discover how fast and easy finishing can be without having to apply using a brush. Comes equipped to flawlessly spray stains, lacquer, shellac, polyurethane, and water-based finishes, as well as thinned latex paint.

CLICK HERE for more info:

What's the Secret to Achieving Repeatably Consistent Turnings?

By Peter Galbert
Bethel, NY

When I started turning parts for chairs, the first hurdles that I faced were creating the shapes that made up the balusters. The bead and the cove are the basic elements, and learning to make them is challenging. I spent countless hours making rows of useless bead and rows of useless coves.

Show Your Stuff!

For this new column, we invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your favorite woodworking projects along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your stuff in a future issue.

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Featured this month is the work of Ted Marrinan of Taylorville, IL.

CLICK HERE to take a look at one of this new woodworker's first projects:

Check Out our New Woodworking Blog

The Highland Woodworking blog now has a bright new look and user-friendly interface for reading, sharing and commenting. We invite you to expand your access to our growing woodworking community and get new woodworking tips, news about our classes and first crack at special promotions.

CLICK HERE to go to our BLOG:


A Two Minute Safety Tip

This month's tip comes from Tom O'Brien of San Antonio, TX.

CLICK HERE to check out his tip:

New Fall 2010 Tool Catalog

Our latest woodworking tool catalog just went in the mail. Watch for it arriving in your mailbox right after Labor Day! Not receiving our catalogs?

NEW Charles Brock Plan Bundle: Maloof-inspired Lowback Dining Chair

The latest new plan bundle in Charles Brock's series of Maloof-inspired furniture is now available. Perhaps a bit less daunting than tackling the Maloof-inspired rocker, the Maloof-inspired lowback dining chair is nonetheless a challenging and rewarding woodworking project. Charles Brock's excellent plan instructional bundle includes a very enjoyable, informative and well-produced DVD, a color illustrated book and full-size patterns for each chair part puts the project within reach of any aspiring woodworker.

More info and how to order:

New Newsletter:
Sculpture That Rocks
with Charles Brock

Have a look at the latest issue of Charles Brock's stimulating newsletter that shares useful information about building Maloof-inspired furniture.

CLICK HERE to see the newsletter:

CLICK HERE to sign up to receive future issues via email:

No woodworking book or DVD we've ever sold before has generated the response we've received from customers to Charles Brock's excellent plan bundle that provides everything you need to know to build your own Maloof-inspired rocking chair.

Now Chuck has singled out the specific tools he uses when building the chair and listed them in one place for easy selection by woodworkers undertaking this challenging project.

Check Out the Tools of the Trade:

Narex Bench Chisels
Named Best Value Bench Chisel by FWW magazine, boxed set of 6 rugged chisels, only $59.99.

Why Not Write
Your Own Article
for Wood News?
We actively solicit contributions of editorial material (articles, photos and videos) from our customers and readership, and for every one we accept and publish in Wood News Online , we will compensate the contributor. We typically pay up to $100 (in the form of a store gift certificate) for a thousand-word-plus article with photos. The amount of the gift certificate may be prorated for shorter articles. Articles submitted may be edited by us at our discretion, and compensation may vary depending on the published length.

Recent WOOD SLICER Testimonial
I recently purchased three band saw blades for my 10 inch Inca 260, included in the purchase was a Wood Slicer Bandsaw Blade. When I unwrapped it, I realized this was something special. I immediately installed the Wood Slicer, fired up the machine and started cutting 6 " X 6" White Oak rough stock. Results? WOW, is all I could say to myself. The cuts were so good I had to look twice to see the cut side from the machine planed face! What a blade, I have never been more pleased with a bandsaw blade and its performance! — R. Simon

CHECK OUT our phenomenal
Wood Slicer resawing blade:

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