Inside This Issue

Clearance Items
Festool Parallel Guides
Going Pro
Rocking Chair Seminar
Steel City Bandsaw
Upcoming Classes
Wood Finishing
Wooden Globe Project
Woodworking Tips Map

Maloof-Inspired Rocking Chair Seminar is a Big Success

Twenty-three enthusiastic students participated in Charles Brock's recent seminar in which he demonstrated construction of a Maloof-inspired walnut rocking chair. Watch for news about Chuck's upcoming 7-day hands-on "Build a Rocking Chair" workshop scheduled for this fall at Highland Woodworking.

See a rocking chair seminar slideshow:

Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

Many classes fill up quickly, so please register now to make sure we hold a spot for you.

March 25
Quick Wood Finishes

March 28-29
Hand Plane Clinic

March 28-29
From a Bowl to a Platter

April 18
Basic Bowl Turning

April 19
Basic Bowl Turning

April 18-19
Antique Restoration

April 22
Intro to Sharpening

April 25-26
Beginning Turning Workshop

April 28
Scraper Secrets Revealed

April 29
French Polish Workshop

May 2
Hand Cut Dovetails

May 3
Intro to Marquetry

May 6
Gilding & Gold Leafing

May 9
Make and Take a Bookcase

May 13
Wood Coloring Basics

May 15
Power Tool Primer

May 16-17
Bowl Turning Workshop

May 23
Furniture Repair

May 23
The Magic of Milk Paint: Making a Painted-Face Wall Clock

May 24
Beginning Turning

May 27
French Polish Workshop

May 30-31
Women in Woodworking: More Power Tools

June 6
Make a Gift Box

June 8-11
Build a Base Cabinet with Drawer

June 13
Scott Antiques Mall Treasure Hunt

June 13
Basic Bowl Turning

June 14
Basic Bowl Turning

June 17
Quick Finishes

June 20
Turning Pens

June 24
Mortise & Tenon by Router

June 26-28
Relief Carving for Beginners

July 8

July 11-12
Woodworking Skills for Beginners

July 18-19
Antique Restoration

July 18
Sharpening for Turners

July 19
Make a Pepper Grinder

July 25-26
Bowl Turning Workshop

July 29
French Polish Workshop

August 1
Intro to Marquetry

August 9
Basic Bowl Turning

August 15
Basic Bowl Turning

September 20-26, 2009
Build a Continuous Arm Rocker with Curtis Buchanan

October 24-25
Hand Joinery for Fine Furniture Making with Frank Klausz

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Wooden Globe Project
By Marco Aurelio R. Guimarães
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Dear Wood News ,

I'm a friend of Dilo Marcio Fernandino, whose article was just published in your online magazine. We both live in the same Brazilian city and we frequently talk to each other on the subject of woodworking — our common passion. After reading Dilo's article in Wood News and talking to him, I felt myself encouraged enough to submit for your consideration some photos showing how I built one of my recent works.


Q & A
I am wanting to make raised panel doors on my router table. A friend told me that I needed a speed controlled router. Would you give me some information on this? Also, what type of router do you recommend?
E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.

SketchUp: 3D Modeling for Woodworkers
By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California

Welcome to my new monthly column featuring the benefits and uses of Google SketchUp. In this first article, I want to share a little bit about how I came to be a SketchUp fan and how this tool has benefited my work. Since I began woodworking about twelve years ago, I have had an eye out for a 3D modeling software that would bring my ideas to life on the computer screen.

What I discovered was:

Going Pro as a Woodworker
Part 6 of a Series:
Financial Tools
By Douglas Bittinger
Smoky Mountain Woodworks  
I do not consider myself qualified to advise anyone on the management of their finances, where and how to invest your money, so I will leave that to someone who is. For my part I will share with you here what I have learned about the tools used to handle the financial side of a small woodworking business.

Secrets to Managing Shop Finances:

Letter from a Reader
I am a 73-year-old retired businessman who has worked with wood off and on since high school shop. These days I'm in a newly-purchased 2-bedroom condo in NJ. My shop is in my bedroom. Unfortunately two days after we moved in, I found myself in the hospital, and a week later went home with one less leg than when I'd entered. Over the last 6 months I've set up my "bedroom shop" in an efficient way, despite doing it on one leg. More of the Story:

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Look for our big new 2009 Spring/Summer Tool Catalog coming to your mailbox soon


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.)


Festool parallel guide system
New Parallel Guides Take Guided Rail Cutting to a Whole New Level
Text & photos by Jerry Work
©2009 The Dovetail Joint
Those familiar with the Festool guided rail cutting and routing system know just how useful it is to be able to move a circular saw, jig saw or router across a stationary work piece in a perfectly straight line. In my studio I use guide rails daily to make all kinds of cuts. Festool's new Parallel Guide system also makes an excellent squaring cut guide as well, turning the guide rail and plunge saw into a fast and efficient substitute for a table saw for most cutting operations. Yup, you can virtually eliminate the need for a bulky and dangerous table saw with this clever new accessory.

Let's take a closer look:

Steel City Bandsaw Great Package Deal, Now Only $699.99
Steel City Bandsaw
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.

Wood Slicer resawing
Check out our phenomenal Wood Slicer resawing blade:

Great Price on our
Very Best German Woodworking Workbench

woodworking workbench
Our large Hoffman & Hammer traditional workbench is currently on sale at $200 off. Roy Underhill just purchased 12 of these workbenches from us to outfit his new woodworking school in North Carolina.

We have just a few of these large Hoffman & Hammer workbenches on hand now available for immediate delivery. This could be a great time to upgrade your own woodworking bench:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel


wood finishing

About this time every year it seems we all get a hankering to clean something, or maybe get started again on a project we put away last fall. Or perhaps you're moving into a new house. Often when furniture has been stored in the garage, an outbuilding or storage unit, it may be covered in mold and mildew, or it simply appears as though it could use a good cleaning.

Here are a few tips to help you:

This Month's Featured Highland Staff Member

  Ed Scent
Ed is a 14-year Highland veteran who manages production of our catalog, and also recently took on the job of scheduling our educational seminars and workshops. He began his woodworking career by studying boatbuilding at the Landing School in Maine and worked for an architectural woodworking firm building curved stairs. He avoids breathing dust and pollen to keep his voice sharp for the voice recordings you hear upon calling our store.

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