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Maloof-Inspired Rocker Seminar November 6-8

Charles Brock will be at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta during a 3-day seminar on Nov. 6-8, 2009 demonstrating the complete process of building a Maloof-inspired rocker.

More about the November Seminar

Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

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

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

January 6, 2010
Turning Tops

January 7, 2010
Hand Tool Sharpening

January 9, 2010
Make and Take a Bookcase

January 10, 2010
Bandsaw Basics

January 20, 2010
French Polishing

January 23, 2010
Basic Bowl Turning

January 23-24, 2010
Antique Restoration

January 24, 2010
Basic Bowl Turning

January 26, 2010
Scraper Secrets

January 27, 2010
Sharpening for Turners

January 30, 2010
Beginning Turning

February 27-28, 2010
Constructing a Steel String Guitar Top

Classes Suitable for Teens

SawStop tablesaw
New PCS Professional SawStop Tablesaw now available

The SawStop PCS is a world class precision piece of woodworking machinery based just on its own merits as a tablesaw. However it's indisputably the SAFEST tablesaw in the world as well. The good news is it's available for a price that's competitive with other professional tablesaws (all of which LACK SawStop's patented blade braking system). Drop by our store at your first opportunity and see why the SawStop is the professional tablesaw that makes the most sense to buy.

YOU can own a SawStop tablesaw. (WHY WAIT FOR AN ACCIDENT?)

FIND OUT how to purchase:

Now through January 15, 2010, 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.

Tormek T-3 Grinder
Only $299.99 thru 12/31/09

Save $40 off the regular price of Tormek's affordable T-3 water-cooled sharpening system by ordering from us before December 31, 2009.

Mount Tormek Jigs on Your Dry Bench Grinder

Now owners of traditional dry bench grinders can achieve the accuracy of a Tormek machine while shaping profiles on turning gouges, skews & scrapers plus many carving tools. Tormek's new BGM-100 Bench Grinder Mount allows users to apply any of several Tormek jigs to a dry grinding wheel.

Now thru 1/15/10, buy the BGM-100 mount and receive a second mount FREE after registering your tool on the Tormek website.

Save with our Tormek Bench Mount Pkg Deal!

Save $18.98 by purchasing the bench mount unit packaged with Tormek's SVD-185 gouge jig and TTS-100 turning tool setter. The bundle provides all that's needed to create fingernail and side ground profiles on bowl and spindle gouges.

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

Round     $1499.99

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 listed 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
35920 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
35905G 3 HP with 30" fence
Was $1399.99 Now $1199.99
35915G 3 HP with 50" fence
Was $1499.99 Now $1299.99

NEW Festool EHL 65 One-Handed Planer

The ergonomic Festool EHL 65 one-handed planer features a spiral single-knife cutterhead that shear-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

Peltor Hearing Protectors
Only $19.99 on Sale

So comfortable you won't mind wearing these beautifully-made hearing protectors that help you avoid unnecessary permanent hearing loss. Regular $25.99. Save 23%!

CLICK HERE to see our
Flexcut Mfr. Rebates!

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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 Ralph Nelson's brand new shop that he just built in Helena, Montana.

CLICK HERE for a quick tour of Ralph's shop:

Ask the Staff

You advertise a "Woodworker's Dial Caliper." What's the difference between a woodworker's dial caliper and any other dial caliper?

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

FESTOOL DAY Dec. 5 at Highland Woodworking

Join us at our Atlanta store Saturday, December 5 from 9 AM to 3 PM for an exciting day of Festool demos by Dan Durant, Festool's charasmatic southeastern factory rep. Dan will share his expertise at creating efficient, precision workflow for the serious amateur and professional woodworker.

Check Out our Festool Products:

An Infrared Heater for a Small Workshop

by Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

We need heat for comfort, and for our finishes to dry properly. We need heat for our wood to acclimate and for our glues to set. We need our heat source to be efficient and safe and we need it to be effective. We ponder last year's utility bills and think about smelly fumes and noisy heaters, or worse, the money we have wasted on ineffectual units. Inevitably, at this time of year, we all wonder if there is a better way.

Here's my "better way":

How I Survived in the Woodworking Business

by Curtis Whittington
Boerne, Texas

I've been making furniture for more than 25 years. For the past nine years it has been my only source of income. All my work is commissioned, so I rarely do any two pieces alike. This is a tough way to make a living, and two years ago I nearly had to give it up. Then at a trade show I stumbled onto the Multi-Router.

Here's the story of why I'm still in the woodworking business:

Take SketchUp to the Next Level with Ruby Plugins
By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California

Last summer I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar called "3D Basecamp." It was a 3-day seminar for SketchUp users from novice to expert level. There I discovered several new techniques and applications. The most exciting ones were some applications known as "ruby plugins."

Here's How They Can Help You Design a Project:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel

Choosing a Finish

wood finishing

After building a project or deciding to refinish an existing one, you need to choose what kind of finish to apply. Before deciding, there are a number of things you need to consider.

Here are some tips that will help you choose:

This Month's Featured Highland Staff Member

George Wallace
Senior Cashier

woodworking tools

Now in his third year at Highland, George is the point man for customers entering and leaving our Atlanta retail store. A musician at heart since his early teens, he graduated from GA State University with a degree in music composition. His band, Fight to the Death (known for its eastern European, indie-rock style, flavored with country & western overtones), has recorded CDs and plays regularly at local venues.

Since we moved our huge woodworking book department close to his station in the front of the store, George has absorbed more about woodworking than he ever imagined, and he works occasionally helping out in local professional wood shops. No grass grows under George's feet. He's always busy helping make Highland a better place to shop.

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:

Kreg Miter Gauge Pkg Deal Save $45.97
Bandsaw Fence Pkg Deal   Save $40.97
Kreg Master System Pkg Deal Save $84.97

Work Sharp Special Offer

Get a free Leather Hone (a $29.99 value) with purchase of our air-cooled Work Sharp 3000 hand tool sharpening center, while limited supplies last.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Narex Mortise Chisels
The maker of our best-selling bench chisels has created a stout new very affordable mortise chisel for medium-duty furniture mortising. Available in 3 sizes with European beech handles, and as a set of all 3.

Stanley Sweetheart Planes
New Stanley Sweetheart Premium Hand Planes

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:

Amana 60t Crosscut Blade
Only $29.99 on Sale

Amana's German-made AGE Series 60 tooth ATB professional crosscut blade is an outstanding value, only $29.99 while limited supplies last.

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

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

James Krenov, 1920-2009

World-renowned craftsman and author James Krenov passed away September 9, 2009 in Fort Bragg, California at age 88. His first book, A Cabinetmaker's Notebook and the ones that followed have been a lasting source of inspiration to thousands, and contributed greatly to the growth of interest in fine craftsmanship that began in the late 1970s.

Here is David Marks' 2003 video interview with James Krenov:

New Maloof-Inspired Rocker Plan Bundle

No woodworking book or DVD we've ever sold before has generated the response we've received from customers to Charles Brock's excellent plan bundle that provides everything you need to know to build your own Maloof-inspired rocking chair. The bundle includes a 103 minute DVD, 48-page color-illustrated book and two 24"x48" full-size patterns. Chuck's entire first printing of the bundle sold out in just 3 months, and a second printing has just arrived. Sample our free online video for a look at this great woodworking project.

More info and sample the video

Our Leather Shop Apron:
The Perfect Gift is On Sale

Every holiday season we seem to run out of this beautiful, rugged top-grain leather shop apron. This year we've made a special purchase that allows us to offer it for the low price of $49.99. It's the perfect holiday gift that will please any woodworker.

Order now for shipment by Nov 15

Personalized Shop Sign

Hang a shingle outside your Olde Shoppe with our two-sided custom cast sign. Makes a handsome gift.

Order now for Christmas delivery:

Freud's New Double Grind Router Bits Stay Cooler, Cut Cleaner & Last Longer

The secondary bevel that Freud machines on each of its new Double Grind straight router bits allows shavings to clear the cut rather than clogging, heating and dulling the edge like ordinary router bits. These bits perform better and stay sharp longer.

CLICK HERE for more info:

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

Freud's New Quadra-Cut Router Bits Cut Cleaner

Four carbide cutters work better than two, especially when two of the cutters perform upshear cuts while the other two make downshear cuts, eliminating splinters and fuzz even on challenging cross-grain cuts and in the most delicate of materials.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Festool cordless drill

Festool Drill Now $400,
You'll Ever Need to Buy

Tests have shown the Festool T+3 drills outperform the competition's 15 and 18 volt drills. You can literally drive more than 1,000,000 screws with one of these drills. Built to last a lifetime, it is literally the last drill you will ever need to buy.

Festool has repackaged their new 12+3 and 15+3 lithium-ion powered drills making them easier to afford. Previously each model came with 4 different drill chucks. Now each drill comes with 2 standard Fastfix chucks: the 1/2" drill chuck and the Centrotec chuck. (A right-angle chuck and an eccentric chuck are available as optional accessories.)

Now Stocking a Wide Selection of Freud Sawblades

Freud sawblades offer the ultimate combination of fused tooth grind geometry, blade body rigidity, precise tensioning, a special carbide blend and superior carbide brazing, non-stick Perma-SHIELD coating and high performance anti-vibration – all working together to provide the ultimate cut.

CLICK HERE for more info:

You'll Love our Mail-In 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

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.

Check out our phenomenal
Wood Slicer resawing blade:

New Nov/Dec Tool Catalog

Our latest woodworking tool catalog just went in the mail. Watch for it arriving in your mailbox this week or next! Not receiving our catalogs?

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1045 N. Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia

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