New Mail-In Blade Sharpening Service

Send us your dull carbide sawblades, router bits, shaper cutters and planer/jointer knives and our precision super-fine sharpening service will return them to you fully restored to original factory sharpness. Print out the mailing form and include it with the blades you're sending to be sharpened.

Details and mailing form:

Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

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

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
Milk paint can be used on practically any surface or format: metal, stretched canvas, bedroom walls, kitchen cabinets, toys, furniture. It is incredibly durable, eco-friendly and comes in a delicious color palette. Students will explore its versatility while creating their own set of painted sample boards, then create their own personally designed Milk Painted wall clock to take home.

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
Sharpening Hand Tools

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

November 6, 2009
Form Follows Function: Exploring the Maloof Rocking Chair with Charles Brock

November 7-8, 2009
Building a Maloof-Inspired Rocker with Charles Brock

Classes Suitable for Teens

This Month's Featured Highland Staff Member

Sabiha Mujtaba

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A very busy full-time woodworker and carver for 20 years, Sabiha also uses her extensive woodworking experience helping customers part-time at Highland Woodworking as well as teaching a number of popular classes here. A member of the Furniture Society, her work has been shown in American Craft Council Shows, in the Decatur Arts Festival and the ACC Southeast. She was featured in Fine Woodworking Design Book Seven , and is represented by Shidoni Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. Visit her website at .

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"I purchased two of the 1/2" Wood Slicer bandsaw blades about which you brag. Well, you don't brag enough. Incredible!"
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Highland Woodworking Gift Certificates
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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.
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My Visit to the Mountaintop
By George T. (Terry) Chapman
Fairburn, Georgia

Well, I've been to the mountaintop. I had a Master Class recently at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta with Mike Mahoney, world class bowl turner. It was a joy to watch him work and to realize that with proper instruction (and enough practice) we could all do this too. There were about ten of us in the class with a wide range of experience and ability and many hailing from far away. The result was some good bowls, some mediocre ones and some chunks of wood flying around the room.

Here's what I learned:

Q & A

I just read "Axes: Timber Framing Tools of the Trade" in the January issue of Wood News and it got me to wondering. I have very little call for an axe or hatchet, so what would be the best type to keep on hand in my shop for when a need arises?
Thanks, Kenn H

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

Creating Turned Models with SketchUp: Part 2
By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California

In last month's article you saw how to use SketchUp to model a turned bowl and then use that model to create a template to use when turning on the lathe. This month you will learn how to modify your design by adding feet and handles, and alter the proportions to find a design that is just what you imagined. We will also explore the technique known as "hidden geometry."

How to modify your design:

And They Call Me an Artist
By Wallace Macfarlane
TREEN: Made of "tree"; wooden. Of or belonging to a tree or trees; in quot. 1670, obtained or made from trees. -- Oxford English dictionary

When I began to make treen for fun and profit, I worried about the competition. How about all those woodturners who laminate exotic woods at an angle and turn bowls translucently thin? Precise craftsmen with micrometers in one pocket and scale drawings in another? How about those hand-rubbers who finish wood smoother than a baby's cheek?

So what is "treen" anyway?

Going Pro as a Woodworker
Part 8 of a Series:
Marketing Your Work
By Douglas Bittinger

Smoky Mountain Woodworks  
OK, so now you have your tools collected and arranged in a suitable workspace, you have your friends and family on board with the idea that you are a professional, you have created a legal business entity, set up the bookkeeping and found suppliers for the materials you will need to produce your product and have decided how much to charge. Now all you need are customers to buy that product and you are on your way!

Where do you find buyers?

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel

Why Finishes Fail

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Spring! We are finally getting into the best time of the year in terms of the weather. Now is the best time to clean up, clear out, throw away and rediscover treasures lost in the clutter of the winter months. This can also be the time when we unwittingly do the most damage to those treasured pieces in the home, especially to the older pieces that have been around for quite a while.

Here's how to avoid risking that damage:

Attend our Atlanta Spring One-Day Sale
Saturday, May 16

If you're within driving distance of Atlanta, please join us for our big spring one-day sale, featuring Steel City, Festool, Kreg and other demos, and special in-store-only savings on selected tools. Free Highland T-Shirt with $20 purchase, limit one.
1045 N. Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA

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

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Used Workbenches
For Sale, $850 each
We've re-outfitted our store's woodworking classroom and the six massive English-style workbenches that served us well for decades are now for sale. Each is mounted with 2 vintage Record Bench Vises (52-1/2D or 53E). Top is 2-1/2 inch thick hard maple, 3 feet wide x 5 feet long x 34" high (one bench is 31" high). Base is constructed of full 3" x 3" pine. Weight approximately 300 lbs. each. MUST be picked up at our Atlanta store.

Our big new Spring/Summer 2009 Tool Catalog is out.
Don't have one yet?

Order from us now and get
on orders over $100*
*Applies to ground deliveries of hand tools, accessories, books and supplies within the 48 contiguous states. Excludes items shipped by truck or with flat rate shipping charges.

FESTOOL's Extraordinary New Cordless Drills

Festool has redefined the cordless drill with its new line of T+3 drill/drivers. CLICK HERE to see how Festool's incredible torque, brushless motor, multiple chucks, electronic clutch and amazing 3-year warranty on its lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized cordless drilling.

SPECIAL OFFER   Save $69.50

Steel City Bandsaw
Now Only $499.99
We have only a few of these 1-1/2 HP bandsaws left. Includes ball bearing guide system, cabinet stand with integral mobile base, 2-speed drive, magnetic worklight, large cast-iron table & 5-year warranty. Available optionally are the rip fence and 6" riser kit. Ships by truck.

While supplies last, order one of our Tormek T-7 wet grinders, and upon registering your grinder with Tormek, receive free a Gransfors Bruks premium hand axe, a $110 value.

Steel City Tools
Great Savings on
Steel City Granite
Jointers & Tablesaws
We are now offering Steel City tablesaws and jointers at prices hundreds of dollars lower than we list in our most recent mail order catalog. The saws all feature the new-style solid granite tables and the jointers have solid granite beds. The dense black granite from which these tools are made will never rust, warp or twist, and is guaranteed for ten years. The machines themselves include a five-year factory warranty.

Granite Jointers
40635 6" with quick change knives
Was $949.99 Now $749.99
40640 6" with helical cutterhead
Was $1149.99 Now $799.99
40655 8" with quick change knives
Was $1349.99 Now $899.99
40660 8" with helical cutterhead
Was $1649.99 Now $1049.99

Granite Tablesaws
Free Forrest Woodworker II blade ($130 value) with purchase of 1.75 HP models below, while supply lasts
35930 1.75 HP with 30" fence
Was $999.99 Now $899.99
35900G 1.75 HP with 30" fence
Was $1249.99 Now $1049.99
35905G 3 HP with 30" fence
Was $1399.99 Now $1199.99
35910G 1.75 HP with 50" fence
Was $1399.99 Now $1199.99
35915G 3 HP with 50" fence
Was $1499.99 Now $1299.99

Save on our Kreg Precision Package Deals

Increase the accuracy of your work and save more than $40 each on your choice of Kreg's innovative woodworking solutions, only while our limited supplies last:

Bandsaw Fence Package   Save $40.97
Miter Gauge Package   Save $42.97
Trak & Stop Package   Save $54.97

Festool parallel guide system

Hurry, quantities on these deals are now very limited:

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 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)

New Lower Prices on our Leigh Jigs
D4R 24" Dovetail    Save $50
FMT Mortise Jig     Save $100
Super 12 Dovetail   Save $20
Super 18 Dovetail   Save $30
Super 24 Dovetail   Save $40

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.

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