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Auriou Hand-Stitched Rasps Are Back!

French-made Auriou rasps have long been a mainstay for sculptors, patternmakers and chairmakers, but the aggressive cut and smooth finish left by these steel works of art will endear them to anyone who works wood. After a year-long interruption in the supply of Auriou rasps, we are excited to offer them once again in limited quantities.

CLICK HERE to see Auriou Rasps

Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

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

August 9
Basic Bowl Turning

August 15
Basic Bowl Turning

August 22
Turning Wood Ornaments

August 29
Table Saw Basics

August 30
Hand Cut Dovetails

September 12
Basic Bowl Turning

September 13
Turning Pens

September 15
How to Sharpen Hand Tools

September 16
French Polish Workshop

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

September 29
Scraper Secrets Revealed

October 3-4
Antique Restoration

October 3-4
Woodworking II - More Power Tools

October 5-8
Cabinetmaking Basics - Build a Base Cabinet with Drawer

October 10
Basic Bowl Turning

October 11
Basic Bowl Turning

October 14
Sharpening for Turners

October 18
Bandsaw Basics

October 20
Timber Framing

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

SawStop tablesaw
Order New Professional SawStop Now for September Delivery

SawStop has just begun shipping the first units of its brand new Professional Table Saw to those lucky (and wise) people who ordered in advance of production. New orders placed now will be shipped in early September.

You, too, can own a SawStop tablesaw. Why wait for an accident?

FIND OUT how to order:

NEW Festool EHL 65 One-Handed Planer

The ergonomic Festool EHL 65 one-handed planer features a spiral single-knife cutterhead that sheer-cuts quickly, quietly, and cleanly, producing amazingly smooth results. Many other ingenious features make this lightweight but powerful planer the ideal tool for planing carcasses, trim, panels or doors.

CLICK HERE for Details

New Steel City Tools Granite Bandsaw
Now only $699.99
The new Steel City Tools 14" Granite Bandsaw has been reduced in price from $899.99 to $699.99! In addition to its signature granite table and rip fence (both guaranteed against rust, warp or twist for 10 years), this saw includes built-in 12" height capacity, precision ball bearing guide system, a cabinet stand with 1.5 HP motor and integral mobile base, 2-speed drive, magnetic worklight, & 5-year overall factory warranty. Ships by truck.

Summer Workbench Sale

A container load of our premium Hofmann & Hammer German workbenches arrived recently, and now through August 15 , they're on sale for up to $200 off. We believe there are no finer benches made anywhere, and Fine Woodworking has designated these benches as a "Best Value."

Compact reg. $729.99   SALE $599.99

Medium   reg. $999.99   SALE $849.99

Large   reg. $1699.99   SALE $1499.99

Round  reg. $1499.99   SALE $1299.99

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

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 spring-summer mail order catalog. The saws all feature the new-style solid granite tables and the jointers have solid granite beds and fences. The dense black granite used in these tools will never rust, warp or twist, and the granite tables and fences all include a full ten-year replacement guarantee. 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

Granite Tablesaws
35930 1.75 HP with 30" aluminum fence
35930 1.75 HP with 30" industrial fence
Was $999.99 Now $899.99
35900G 1.75 HP with 30" fence
Was $1249.99 Now $1099.99
35910G 1.75 HP with 50" fence
Was $1499.99 Now $1299.99

Stay Up-To-Date on All That's New at the Highland Woodworking

Order before August 15 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.

Show Us Your Shop!

For this new monthly column, we invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking shop along with captions and a brief description of your woodworking. (Photos can most easily be sent to us via email. 800 x 600 resolution is preferred.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your shop in a future issue.

Our featured shop this month is Rick Lasita's backyard beauty in Jackson, Tennessee.

Click here for a quick tour of Rick's shop:

Progress on my Lower Cabinet

By Dilo Marcio Fernandino
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
I am back again to report to Wood News readers about some woodworking battles I have fought and won since the publication of my previous article describing my initial work building a rococo-style lower cabinet in my tiny closet-sized woodshop. These victories were achieved in the areas of both design and construction.

Here we go:

Q & A

I am trying to make whirligig hubs that are 3/4 x 3/4 x 3 inches, plus they have a diagonal cut in each end of the hub for the wings of the whirligig. The diagonal cut is what I cannot do. Can you suggest how to safely cut them with repeatable accuracy?

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

Some Great Books
By George T. (Terry) Chapman
Fairburn, Georgia

I have always been a book kind of guy and on many subjects I would almost as soon read about it as do it. There are dozens of books in my home on many topics of interest, but as you can imagine, woodworking and turning are two of my favorites. My collection includes some old books along with some more modern ones.

Here are three good ones:

3-D Furniture Design Using SketchUp, Part 2
By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California

In last month's article we constructed the #622 Stickley trestle table. In today's article we will use that model to see how tools such as "scenes" and "layers" can help make the information in your model readily available when it is time to start building.

Here's how it works:

Going Pro as a Woodworker
We are pleased to have shared Douglas Bittinger's highly informative 10-part series on "Going Pro as a Woodworker" as a monthly column in Wood News during the past year. All ten columns are archived on our website, and together they constitute a compelling resource for anyone contemplating trading their office cubicle for something that many of us are highly passionate about. Doug is the proprietor of Smoky Mountain Woodworks in Edwina, TN. Many thanks to him for so thoroughly articulating what is involved in turning one's woodworking hobby into a professional woodworking business. For everyone's convenience, here are links to each of the 10 articles.

Taking the Plunge
Is Self-Employment Right For You?
A Suitable Workspace
Tooling Up
Finding Good Suppliers
Financial Tools
Setting Prices
Marketing Your Work
Hiring Employees
Retiring to Management

The Gorilla Gripper and LegUp Make Handling Panels Safe & Easy
Gorilla Gripper
The Gorilla Gripper is a new shop accessory that's ideal for gripping, lifting and carrying large panels of any material, especially plywood, drywall, MDF, etc. It will help make cabinet and construction work easier and safer as it helps you avoid acute and chronic back injuries.

More Gorilla Gripper Info:

legup The LegUp Panel Lifter tablesaw accessory takes the strain out of loading full-size panels onto your tablesaw, making the process safe and easy. Like the Gorilla Gripper, the LegUp is proudly made in the USA.

More info on the LegUp:

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, Bloodwood, Wenge, Bubinga, Zebrawood and others. Random widths and lengths, planed 2 sides, one straight edge. Stop in and check it out!

Hardwood Lumber Price List

NEW Maloof-Inspired Rocker Plan Bundle,
Sept. 12 Demo Day &
Nov. 6-8 Seminar

Everything you need to know to build your own Maloof-inspired rocking chair is now available. Charles Brock's new plan bundle includes a 103 minute DVD, 48-page color-illustrated book and two 24"x48" full-size patterns. Order now and receive a free website membership plus bonus poster while supplies last.

Join us Saturday morning, Sept. 12 at 10 AM for Chuck's FREE introductory Maloof-inspired rocker demo, no registration necessary.

Chuck will also be at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta to demonstrate the complete process of building a Maloof-inspired rocker during a 3-day seminar on November 6-8, 2009.

More on the Plan Bundle

More about the November Seminar

You'll Love our Great New 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

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Build a Continuous Arm Windsor Rocking Chair with Curtis Buchanan

We welcome the return of master chairmaker Curtis Buchanan to lead another weeklong hands-on workshop in which each student will use traditional hand tools and methods to build a complete chair. All materials are provided. You'll work hard and have lots of fun and come away with your own handcrafted, heirloom quality rocker, plus know how to build more. Only a couple of spots still available.

More on the Continuous Arm Windsor Rocking Chair Workshop:

What's So Special
About FastCap?

Some of you may be familiar with FastCap and the many innovative products they manufacture, but most of you are probably not aware of how the company came to be. Paul Akers, the owner, invented the Fastcap – that beginning is documented on his website at

For decades we have offered milk paint, the wood finish that was historically used on early American furniture. It's appropriate for any project where an earth-tone finish is desired. Milk paint comes in powdered form which you mix with water. When applied, it dries flat with a rustic texture.

We are pleased to announce that we now also offer SafePaint, a brand new milk paint product especially formulated for use as an environmentally-friendly wall paint.

More good news: First-time users of our milk paint products can receive a $5 mail-in rebate.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Repairing Rotten Wood with LiquidWood and WoodEpox

Suddenly we've been flooded with orders for these two products by Abatron: LiquidWood and WoodEpox. Must be the time of year when everyone is repairing rotten wood on their porches, windows, doors, etc. It also makes a great tool for repairing damaged furniture.

Here's some good info on how to:

"My new Wood Slicer arrived this morning and it is hard to describe how pleased I am with the result. Resaws almost effortlessly. Thanks!
Joe S., Clayton, NC

Check out our phenomenal
Wood Slicer resawing blade:

This Month's Featured Highland Staff Member

Bill Worden
Sales & Purchasing

woodworking tools

Bill worked for many years as a professional counselor before coming on board at Highland back in the 1990s. In addition to assisting our customers, Bill also manages our extensive woodworking book department. He's always receptive to hearing about new woodworking books to add to our selection. In his leisure time Bill enjoys gardening, hiking, writing music and playing the guitar.

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.

Visit Our Store
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

Highland Woodworking Gift Certificates
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