Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

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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

This Month's Featured Highland Staff Member

Blair Downing
Purchasing Manager & Sales

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Blair is Highland's main man in charge of discovering new woodworking products, and he also works hard writing purchase orders to keep us in stock on all that we carry. He graduated from Georgia State University in 1996 with a BA in History. When he's not reading, golfing, or going to Atlanta Falcons games, he's probably turning on one of his lathes.

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The Workshop
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?

Q & A
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???
E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.

I Bought a
New Bandsaw

By George T. (Terry) Chapman
Fairburn, Georgia

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 Woodworker
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 your work?

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel


wood finishing

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?

Festool parallel guide system
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. Plus 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   $76 savings

Festool TS75 Plunge Saw includes 2 free quick clamps   $76 savings

Festool PS300 Trion Barrel Grip Jigsaw includes 35 free blades   $55 savings

Festool PS300 Trion D-Handle Jigsaw includes 35 free blades $55 savings

Festool HL850 Planer includes free undulating cutterhead   $144 savings

Festool Vac Boom Arm package includes large handle and tool holder   $60 savings

Festool 10" Sawblade package includes 60t universal and 80t fine   $48 savings

Shop Calculator
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.

Only $9.99   (reg. $19.99)

Steel City rebates
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:

1 HP Dust Collector   Save $50

3-speed Air Cleaner   Save $50

Hollow Chisel Mortiser   Save $60

1.5 HP Dust Collector   Save $100

18" Industrial Bandsaw   Save $100

17" 16-speed Drill Press   Save $100

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
Nova chuck
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
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.

"I purchased two of the 1/2" Wood Slicer bandsaw blades about which you brag. Well, you don't brag enough. Incredible!"
Harold H., Trabuco Canyon, CA

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Wood Slicer resawing blade:

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