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Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

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

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 1-4
Cabinetmaking Basics

February 6
Intro to Marquetry

February 7
Basic Bowl Turning

February 10
Wood Coloring Basics

February 13-14
Classical Carving for Furniture

February 16
Hand Planes

February 17
Turning Tops

February 20
Furniture Repair

February 20
Pen Turning

February 21
Basic Bowl Turning

February 23
Hand Tool Sharpening

February 24
French Polishing

February 27
Spray Finishing

February 27-28
Constructing a Steel String Guitar Top

Classes Suitable for Teens

Steel City 14" Bandsaw
Only $499.99

This Steel City Tools 14" full size bandsaw features a solid granite table, micro-adjustable blade guides, ergonomic on/off safety switch, 3/4 HP motor mounted in an enclosed steel stand, and comprehensive five-year factory warranty. Weighs 186 lbs.

SawStop tablesaw
New PCS Professional SawStop Tablesaw

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 ON SALE

Our premium German-made Hofmann & Hammer workbenches are on sale and available for immediate delivery in plenty of time for Christmas if you order now . We believe there are no finer benches made anywhere. Fine Woodworking magazine has designated these benches as a "Best Value."

Order Now and Save

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

Flexcut Mfr. Rebates!

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:

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.

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.

Show 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 Lee Tigner's picturesque shop in the mountains of Dawson County, Georgia.

CLICK HERE for a look inside Lee's shop:

Ask the Staff

My bandsaw has too much vibration. What causes this, and what can I do about it?

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

Incredible Woodworking Done in a Tiny Workshop

Dilo Marcio Fernandino, a woodworker from Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, has shown the world that a large shop with expensive machinery is not really necessary to build exquisite furniture. That is, if you have enough spare time, patience, and above all a love for using sharp hand tools to shape and carve furniture out of heavy hardwood planks. (It also helps that Dilo has an eye for beauty, a talent for design, a mind that loves to solve problems and a dexterity with tools that he began developing as a small child.)

See what Dilo has just finished building in his cozy 6' x 7' shop:

Woodturners Aid Samoa Tsunami Victims

Members of the Georgia Association of Woodturners are joining an effort to help young people in American Samoa recover from the tsunami catastrophe that occurred there a few weeks ago. Hought Wahl, a Georgia woodturner, will travel to Samoa to join Ernie Newman, a woodturning teacher from Australia to help outfit a woodturning school to train young turners and provide desperately needed jobs and income.

Cash donations are needed to purchase lathes and turning tools. Checks may be sent to Hought Wahl, 769 Bayliss Dr, Marietta, GA 30068, or dropped off at Highland Woodworking. Please include your name and address and indicate "Samoa Turning Aid" on the memo line. Call Hought at 770-329-2458 if you have questions.

What Woodworkers in Maine Do During Winter

C.S. "Doc" Hoth dropped by the store recently with a scale model of the frame of a house that he'd built in Maine back in the early 90s. He wanted to leave it in our front window just so folks could get a look at it. It's there now, and people do indeed stop and look! It's built to a 1" = 1' scale entirely of southern yellow pine held together with CA glue. He says "I built it with minimal loss of blood, although for one moment I was on fire. True story." He says if you provide him with the blueprints for your house, he'll build one for you. Price is negotiable. Doc's phone is 404-308-6594.

How to Plan a Kitchen Renovation Using SketchUp
By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California

Recently I was contacted to renovate a kitchen in Petaluma, California. Unfortunately it's an hour and a half from my shop in San Jose. However with SketchUp I can create a virtual environment in which to design the new kitchen without having to drive to the job to check a measurement or the clearance for a cabinet door. Even if you are designing a kitchen in your own house, I think you will find SketchUp can be a powerful tool in designing your project.

Here's how I design a kitchen using SketchUp:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel


wood finishing

Throughout the many years I've been restoring/refinishing furniture, I've often worked on pieces whose surfaces had been "distressed" in order to achieve a well-worn aged appearance. These were for the most part factory pieces that had been distressed/faked on a production line. On most of these pieces it was very evident that the same tools and techniques had been repeatedly employed throughout the distressing process over the entire piece. If you repeat the same techniques in this manner, it will not be hard for your distressed workpiece to be recognized as a fake.

Here are five tips to help you avoid the obvious:

This Month's Featured Highland Staff Member

Bob Saye

woodworking tools

Bob took up woodworking as a matter of necessity. After he had moved his particleboard bookcases twice, he watched in amazement as one of them fell apart before his eyes. Shocked at the cost of real wooden cases, he got out his circular saw and made his own. Bob still builds a lot of pieces that are "way bigger than me." He tells people that if they can draw it, he can build it. He is perfecting his finishing skills.

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.

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:

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

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

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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 charismatic 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:

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.

Is This a Quality Shop Apron?
Find Out from an Owner

Classic 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

Rabbet & Roundover Bits for Maloof-inspired Rocker

Offered here as a set are the two Whiteside carbide router bits that Charles Brock recommends for the seat-to-leg joinery in his Maloof-inspired rocker plan bundle. Included are a 3/4" round over bit and a 1-1/2" diameter rabbet bit. Shanks are 1/2".

CLICK HERE for more info

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:

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

FEIN MultiMaster Special

We've packaged the highly versatile and now-famous Fein MultiMaster Top with all its extensive accessories PLUS Fein's new 4-1/2" round sanding pad kit for no extra charge. AND GROUND SHIPPING IS FREE in lower 48 states.

Rikon 10" Bandsaw
Only $199.99, save $80!

Rikon's newly upgraded 10" benchtop bandsaw is on sale just in time for Christmas. Cutting capacity is 9-5/8" wide, 4-5/8" high. Motor 1/3 HP. Blade speed 2780 feet/minute. Rip fence included. Weighs 66 lbs.

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.)

New Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER

Just got a 1/2" Wood Slicer for a project. Put it on, re-tuned the band saw and POW! Right out of the box I'm slicing off veneers of hard maple that measure consistently .030". I'm impressed, gentlemen. The blade is everything it's cracked up to be, sharp, consistent, quiet and it leaves a surface that a couple strokes of a scraper will take care of. I'll be back for more. — Doug F.

CHECK OUT our phenomenal
Wood Slicer resawing blade:

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

Jet 16-32 Drum Sander

Manufactured by Performax for many years, the popular 16-32 Drum Sander is now made by Jet. We are pleased to reintroduce it to our product line. For a modest investment it provides an incredible 32" width in sanding capacity and is amply powered by a 1-1/2 HP 110 volt 14 amp motor.

Gransfors Bruks Premium American Felling Axe

Gransfors Bruks of Sweden are widely known as the world's leading maker of premium quality axes. This full size Gransfors Bruks axe for felling trees and sectioning logs is based on a classic Colonial American pattern, and is our most popular Gransfors Bruks axe. It is a tool that will long be treasured by any woodsman.

New Hock Premium Carving Knives

The makers of Hock Tools are well known for their much-sought-after high-quality tool-steel plane irons. Now they've created a line of beautiful handmade carving knives with Rc62 high carbon steel blades and comfortable bubinga handles.

New Nov/Dec Tool Catalog

Our latest woodworking tool catalog was mailed out recently. Watch for it arriving in your mailbox! Not receiving our catalogs?

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