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Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

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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 17
Character Figure Carving

October 18
Bandsaw Basics

October 20
Timber Framing

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

October 24
Furniture Repair

October 28
Wood Coloring Basics

October 31
Make a Pepper Grinder

November 1
Hollow Vessel Turning

November 4
Gilding and Gold Leafing

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

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

November 10
Using Hand Planes

November 14-15
Beginning Turning Workshop

November 14
Antique Mall Treasure Hunt

November 17
Build a Durable Picture Frame

November 21
Spray Finishing

November 21
Basic Bowl Turning

November 22
Turning Pens

December 4-6
Relief Carving for Beginners

December 9
French Polish Workshop

December 12
Taming of the Skew

December 13
Basic Bowl Turning

December 19
Beginning Turning

December 20
Turning It Up a Notch

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 should be delivered to you before the end of September.

You can own a SawStop tablesaw.


FIND OUT how to purchase:

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.

Hofmann & Hammer Workbenches

We currently have a good stock of our premium German-made Hofmann & Hammer workbenches available for immediate delivery. We believe there are no finer benches made anywhere. Fine Woodworking magazine has designated these benches as a "Best Value."

Compact   $729.99

Medium     $999.99

Large       $1699.99

Round     $1499.99

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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 $1399.99 Now $1199.99

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:

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Show Us Your Shop!

For this popular 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.

Featured this month is Bill Evan's unique and charming little shop on Lopez Island in Washington state.

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

Q & A

How could your tiny can of furniture wax possibly be worth the $24.99 that you charge? I'm talking about your ridiculously expensive Renaissance Wax. Who buys this stuff?

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

Putting the New Festool T12+3 Drill to Work

by Howard Van Valzah
Roscoe, Illinois

Before I purchased the $525 lithium-ion-powered Festool T12+3 drill, I asked myself "How can I justify the high cost?" The first answer was that I have several other lithium-powered tools, and despite early skepticism I have learned they are far superior in terms of battery life and power compared to the old Ni-Cads. The other reason was that I had already acquired a Festool sliding saw, Festool jigsaw, Festool router and Festool Domino machine, all of which though very expensive, were very well engineered.

How Did the New Festool Drill Perform?

Nova Chuck Red Hot Special – Save $40

It's a great time to buy this highly versatile bowl chuck for your lathe. Teknatool's SuperNova2 4-jaw scroll chuck incorporates the latest in chucking technology. Its 4" steel body is nickel plated for long life. Its quick-ratio scroll mechanism is driven by a ball end hex wrench, which is easy to insert and can be tilted away from your workpiece to avoid interference. Its composite backplate encloses the back of the body to keep out dust and dirt and it includes 24 3mm indexing holes for precision positioning.
Sale quantity is limited.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel

Spray Finishing

wood finishing

When I first started in the antique restoration business, the only game in town was to use conventional high pressure spraying systems that involved an air compressor, pressure regulator, water extractor, hose and a high pressure spray gun.

In the early nineties, High Volume Low Pressure, or HVLP spray systems like the Earlex Spray Station were introduced into the market. These are self-contained systems consisting of a turbine unit that supplies heated air and a spray gun. This system is much more efficient for transferring finishing materials to the workpiece, with the added benefit of a great deal less overspray and faster drying times.

Here are nine things to consider about HVLP spraying:

This Month's Featured Highland Staff Member

Terry Chumbler
Sales & Education

woodworking tools

The son of a cabinetmaker, Terry grew up in a cabinet shop and has been involved in woodworking and construction almost his entire life. After high school he studied photography at the Art Institute of Atlanta and the Ansel Adams School, and worked for 13 years as a professional photographer.

For his next career, Terry enrolled at Rochester Institute of Technology and studied structural engineering, then spent 6 years building submarines with General Dynamics. Then it was back into cabinetwork and construction until changes in that marketplace brought him to Highland Woodworking in 2007.

Besides giving great customer service, Terry takes care of logistics for Highland's weekly woodworking classes and seminars.

He says he likes all kinds of tools, and he looks forward to coming to work everyday, saying it's pretty nice when you enjoy what you do. One of his specialties is routers and router tables, but he's always happy to share his knowledge of woodworking no matter what the topic.


Sean Headrick's monthly column on using Google's free SketchUp software will return in the October issue of Wood News .

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

The Gorilla Gripper Makes 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:

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

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:

Now keep up with the latest news from Highland Woodworking via our daily posts on Twitter.

Stanley Sweetheart Planes
New Stanley Sweetheart Premium Hand Planes

Filling the quality gap beetween budget economy and heirloom handmade, Stanley has brought these high quality bench and block planes to market. Resurrecting a trademark last used in the 1930s that honored Stanley president William Hart, these planes proudly display the initials "SW" framed inside a heart-shaped border. This "Sweetheart" logo harkens back to a level of manufacturing craftsmanship hard to find in tools today.

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 at our Atlanta store on 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

Build Your Own Continuous Arm Windsor Rocking Chair with Curtis Buchanan, Sept. 20-26

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 are still available.

More on the Continuous Arm Windsor Rocking Chair Workshop:

Hand Joinery for Fine Furniture Making with Frank Klausz, Oct. 24-25

We're excited to welcome back master cabinetmaker and woodworking educator, Frank Klausz for 2 days this fall. A European trained cabinetmaker with over 50 years of woodworking experience, Frank is well known as as a popular lecturer and has written for numerous woodworking magazines, as well as producing excellent DVDs on woodworking. Drawing on his mastery of hand joinery, Frank will demystify the process of creating hand-cut dovetails, open dovetails, half-lap joints, sliding dovetails and mortise & tenon joints. Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend a weekend watching a master at work.

More on Frank Klausz' Hand Joinery Seminar:

WOOD SLICER Testimonial

I have a 12" Jet bandsaw that I absolutely hated. It couldn't cut a straight line on a piece of 1/8" ply. A friend told me to check out your Wood Slicer resawing bandsaw blade. I went to your site to check it out. At first I kind of choked when I saw the price of the blade. I then read your testimonials and decided to give one a try (you do guarantee that I will like it).

The first piece of wood I cut was a chunk of mango. It went well, but then again, it is a softer wood. So I decided to try a piece of Koa as it is a bit harder... cut like butter. Being the skeptic I am, I decided to put it to what I considered an extreme test. I have a large chunk of desert ironwood that has been sitting around for a while (because I just can't cut it). In previous attempts, I could barely slice a 2" section. The results were not pretty, it took forever and a day to cut, and the dust was incredible.

I figured what the heck, I am going to make this blade cry, so I put a four inch thick slab of ironwood on the bandsaw, turned it on and it cut through it without a problem. There was no smoking, no dust clouds, and the finish on the cut side of the wood was unbelievable. Bottom line, I will NEVER buy another band saw blade other than this one. It is everything you said it was. Please feel free to use me as a reference. I would love to be able to help other woodworkers discover this blade. On a side note... I no longer hate my bandsaw.
— Thank You, Rick G.

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Wood Slicer resawing blade:

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