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Highland's Upcoming   Woodworking Class
Schedule in Atlanta
There's always more to learn when you spend a day or a week with one of our gifted woodworking instructors. Many classes fill up quickly, so please register now to make sure we hold a spot for you.

November 2
Turning Pens

November 5
Gilding and Gold Leafing

November 8
Intro to Chip Carving

November 8
Beginning Turning

November 15-16
From a Bowl to a Platter

November 15
Basic Router Skills

November 16
Intermediate Router Skills

November 22
Gift Ideas from the Lathe

December 6
Make a Gift Box

December 6-7
Bowl Turning Workshop

January 10-11, 2009
Woodworking for Women: The Basics

February 27, 2009
Form Follows Function: Exploring the Maloof Rocker with Charles Brock

Feb. 28-March 1, 2009
Building a Maloof-Inspired Rocking Chair with Charles Brock

Classes Suitable for Teens


Saturday Mornings at Highland
They're Always FREE! 
We invite you to attend one of our free educational woodworking demonstrations which take place every Saturday morning at 10 AM here in our Atlanta retail store.
If you are interested in teaching one of our Saturday morning demonstrations, please send an email to Alexandra . (We compensate Saturday Morning instructors with a $50 store Gift Certificate.)

Watch for our big new Fall-Winter Tool Catalog arriving in your mailbox soon!
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If you live near Atlanta, or are just passing through, we invite you to visit and leisurely browse our amazing retail store. The thousands of woodworking tools on display here await your personal examination.
1045 N. Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia

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All That's New at the
Highland Woodworking

Bloxygen is Back!
A 9-month manufacturing snafu has finally been resolved, so we're happy to report that we are once again in stock on this unusual "heavier-than-oxygen" inert gas which pays for itself many times over by keeping finishes sealed and fresh even after they've been opened.
Q & A
I've not been able to find a good stainable wood putty. Minwax indicates that their putty is, but it really isn't. It does fill the nail holes, but I can never seem to get the colors right even when I buy the wax pencils to try to assist. Normally I use Minwax Provincial Stain on my baseboard, pine doors and trim. Could you please help? (I'll bet I'm not the only one with this kind of issue.)
E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.

Going Pro as a Woodworker

Part 2 of a Series:
Is Self-Employment
Right For You?   
By Douglas Bittinger
When I first discovered that some people just cannot handle self-employment, it surprised me, for I much prefer being my own boss to the work-a-day grind. But there are a good number of people who cannot work effectively without the structure of a 9:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday job. There is no shame in that; it's just a difference in personalities.

Make a Small Parts
Cut-Off Sled
By Fred Kachelhofer
Barnesville Woodturners

Safety should be the prime consideration in any shop. The cutting of small parts is always of great concern because of the close proximity of the hands to the saw blade. I tried cutting parts on the radial arm saw using auxiliary devices such as wood blocks to push against the fence to hold the piece in place. While this solved the problem of keeping my hands away from blade, it did not fully address positioning the piece for an accurate cut. What I needed was a safe way to hold the piece at a precise length to make a quick and efficient cut. I could see no solution on the radial arm, so I went to the tablesaw sled idea.

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel


One of the things we strive to do in the antique restoration business is to do our best to save the original finish whenever and wherever possible. This not only helps to maintain the value, but the aesthetics of the piece as well. However, when the finish is no longer viable, which is to say that the finish no longer offers any protection or is damaged in a way that takes away from the aesthetics of the piece, the finish has to be removed. This can be accomplished mechanically with scrapers and sandpaper, or stripped with commercially-available chemical strippers.

Here are 9 tips for stripping wood finishes:

This Month's Featured Highland Staff Member

  Michael Couch
Sales and Purchasing
Many of you know Mike as one of Highland's extra-helpful voices on the telephone. He's always ready to assist customers with his extensive knowledge of tools and woodworking. With a BA in Interior Design from Georgia State University, Mike has done remodeling, worked in and owned custom woodworking shops, has been a CAD draftsman for a local architectural firm, and has worked as a computer graphic artist and as a potter. He enjoys biking and sailing, though woodworking has long been his passion.
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 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.
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An easy way to navigate our
entire highly-informative
woodworking website
6" Fractional Digital Caliper, only $19.99
For our digitally inclined woodworkers, we are pleased to offer this exceptional 6" Fractional Digital Caliper for 33% off our regular price. Hurry, sale quantity is limited.
Festool Sweepstakes Winner Announced!

Brand New Book by
Roy Underhill
We're delighted to be among the first to offer Roy Underhill's latest book, The Woodwright's Guide: Working Wood with Wedge & Edge . Mother Earth News recently interviewed Roy, who has starred for almost 30 years in the popular PBS TV series, The Woodwright's Shop .

Read the Interview :

Work Sharp 3000
User Review
by David Zerby
I've been interested in woodworking for most of my 56 years. I was fortunate that my neighbor Harry taught me as much as I could absorb about woodworking, starting with the basics, ranging from keeping my shop clean and organized, to how to keep my cutting tools sharp. He taught me that if you take good care of your tools, they will take care of you. He showed me the best way that he knew at the time to sharpen every tool, and as  my wife and friends can attest, I became known for my wickedly sharp tools and knives. Then recently I heard about the Work Sharp 3000, a motorized sharpener that was new on the market. I purchased one just to see how good it really was.

This Month's Featured Catalog Department:
Sharpening Tools
One of the biggest challenges for beginning woodworkers, and for many old-timers as well, is keeping their chisels, plane irons and other cutting tools sharp. Our large selection of sharpening devices offers a variety of solutions to fit every need, and we have written a number of articles covering a variety of techniques.

SALE on our 30th Anniversary T-Shirt
Reg. $15.99
While supplies last
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Highland Woodworking Gift Certificates
An awesome present that's always appreciated by just about any woodworker anywhere.




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