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Sharpening & Using Hand Planes with Thomas Lie-Nielsen, January 24

Famed American tool maker Thomas Lie-Nielsen will be with us on Sunday, January 24 to teach a one-day hands-on seminar on getting the most out of your hand planes.

More about Thomas' Class

Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

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

January 6
Turning Tops

January 7
Hand Tool Sharpening

January 9
Make and Take a Bookcase

January 10
Bandsaw Basics

January 20
French Polishing

January 23
Basic Bowl Turning

January 23-24
Antique Restoration

January 24
Using Hand Planes with Toolmaker Thomas Lie-Nielsen

January 26
Scraper Secrets

January 27
Sharpening for Turners

January 30
Beginning Turning

January 31
Basic Bowl 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

March 1-4
Build a Base Cabinet with Drawer

March 6
Beginning Turning

March 7
Turn a Pepper Mill

March 9
Timber Framing

March 13
Basic Bowl Turning

March 13
Scott Antiques Mall Treasure Hunt

March 14
Basic Bowl Turning

March 16
Sharpening Hand Tools

March 20
Surfacing and Squaring Lumber

March 21
Tablesaw Basics

March 24
Turning Tops

March 27
Turning Pens

March 30
Build a Durable Picture Frame

Classes Suitable for Teens

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.

You Can Now Mount Tormek Jigs on Your Own 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 horizontal mounting base for it 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. 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 2008 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

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, 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:

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

Ask the Staff

I've found trying to smooth and flatten wood with a hand plane to be a frustrating experience. Even with the blade as sharp as I can get it, I can't produce those thin, uniform shavings like you see in the woodworking magazines. What are some of the things I need to know to get a bench plane to work well?

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

Tough Leather Shop Apron
Now on Sale for $49.99

Recent Testimonial
Just wanted to let you know I received your new leather shop apron that is on sale right now and LOVE IT!! The leather is high quality (being a longtime horseback rider and saddlery owner I know leather) and it is the only one that I found anywhere with the pocket flaps reinforced with rivets. I needed one that could see hard service in the shop and this unit will do the job and then some. Thanks for the great product and service.

More Info and How to Order

Steel City's 50100G 14" Full-featured 1.5 HP Deluxe Granite Bandsaw
Now Only $599.99

Steel City's 14" deluxe bandsaw was a huge seller for us last year, but unfortunately our demand has exceeded their supply for the last several months. That is about to change. In early February we are due to receive a huge shipment of the Steel City model 50100G deluxe 1.5 HP bandsaw with granite table that we are now accepting pre-orders for at $599.99. This is a great opportunity to equip your shop with a professional-duty bandsaw at a very affordable price.

More Info and How to Order

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. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution. Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your shop in a future issue.

Featured this month is Jack Olson's shop in Thomasville, Georgia.

CLICK HERE for a look inside Jack Olson's shop:

Enter to Win Highland's
Fine Woodworking
New Year's Sweepstakes,
Over $2200 in Prizes!

Highland Woodworking is giving away many great prizes to 5 lucky winners. Just visit the Fine Woodworking magazine website via the link below and register for a chance to win.

Here's How to Enter:

Leigh Super FMT, an Affordable Furniture Factory in a Box

Woodworkers asked Leigh to make their prices lower. Now with the new Super FMT, Leigh has responded by creating a lower cost alternative to their popular FMT Jig (Frame Mortise & Tenon jig). You get the full functionality of the FMT, but at a fraction of the cost! The Super FMTs frame is made from CNC punched steel plate (versus costly aluminum extrusions). Works with virtually any plunge router (router not included). Now in stock for immediate shipment.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Kreg's New Beaded Face Frame System Is a Winner

When we saw this jig demonstrated at the AWFS Show in Las Vegas last summer, our first thought was "Who needs another specialized router table jig?" Boy, were we wrong! Kreg's new Beaded Face Frame System has taken off like you cannot imagine. Simply put, it easily produces cabinet face frames that feature attractive professional-looking beads that connect flawlessly around the entire frame. It's either doing the work of a specialized machine that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars, or it replaces a long and laborious tablesaw project plus tedious assembly. John Lucas has provided a detailed illustrated tutorial on using the jig on his website Wood Shop Demos . We also have a 3-minute video demo of the tool in action.

Watch the Video Demo:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel

Preserving Patina

wood finishing

When I first started working on old furniture, I would give everything a very good sanding before re-staining and adding a new finish. However when I went to work for an antique restoration shop while I was in college, I soon learned that not every piece should be treated the same way.

Here are 5 tips to help guide you in the right direction:

Our Most Popular Foredom Tool,
now $269.99 (reg. $299.99)

Everything you need for power carving. Powerful 1/3 HP motor, foot-operated speed control, handpiece, 47 piece bit assortment and project DVD. Limited quantity at this price.

CLICK HERE for more info:

How to Plan a Kitchen Renovation Using SketchUp, Part 2
By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California

This month we will see how to make cabinets for the kitchen, create flat panel as well as glass panel doors, then make drawers and add hardware to finish your kitchen design. Once you're familiar with the techniques described here, you should have no problem creating all types of cabinet models.

Here's how to use this FREE project design system:

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.

Narex Bench Chisels
Named Best Value Bench Chisel by FWW magazine, boxed set of 6 rugged chisels, only $59.99.

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

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.

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

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 Highland's Winter Tool Festival & ONE DAY SALE Features Free Demos by THOMAS LIE-NIELSEN

Join us at our Atlanta store Saturday, Jan. 23 from 9 AM to 6 PM for our annual Winter Tool Festival and One-Day Sale. Headlining this year's event is toolmaker Thomas Lie-Nielsen, who'll be at the workbench demonstrating his exquisite hand tools thru-out the day.

Read our Interview
with Thomas Lie-Nielsen:

A number of our other vendors will also be on hand giving live demonstrations. Freud will bring it's well-equipped "Workshop on Wheels" demonstrating building raised panel doors using a router table. Our Kreg rep will demonstrate the ease and efficiency of pockethole joinery as well give live demos of their popular new Beaded Face Frame System. We'll do the famous SawStop hotdog demo twice during the day, at 11 AM and 2 PM.

It's a great chance to learn new woodworking techniques as well as save money on the many great deals we'll be offering throughout the store.

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

This little gem has already proven itself to be an excellent value as a 10" bandsaw, especially at this low introductory price. (When our current supply is gone, the price will go back to $279.99.) In our tests at the store, we installed a Wood Slicer resawing blade on the Rikon 10-305 bandsaw, carefully adjusted all the guides, then proceeded to resaw uniform slices 1/64" thick off the length of a 4x4. We highly recommend it as your first bandsaw bought on a budget, or as a second bandsaw that allows you to avoid constantly swapping blades on your main bandsaw.

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.

Now Chuck has singled out the specific tools he uses when building the chair and listed them in one place for easy selection by woodworkers undertaking this challenging project.

Check Out the Tools of the Trade:

Matt's Basement Workshop Woodworking Podcasts

Here's a website worth visiting that hosts almost-weekly woodworking podcasts. Matt Vanderlist is a high-energy guy who's all about sharing what he's learned (and still learning) about woodworking. You can subscribe for free to receive new podcasts, as well as browse four years of archived podcasts on subjects as diverse as cutting dovetails, building skateboards, hand-applying finishes, testing Krylon stain in a can, various real ongoing projects, visits from his woodworking guru Hendrik Varju, free product giveaways, and much, much more. We recommend checking it out.

Visit Matt's Basement Workshop:

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

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 discount
What's This?
Discounted Festools?
Indeed, we offer Festool discounts. Purchase a Festool dust extractor now along with select Festool saws, sanders, routers and jointers and save 10% off the regular price of the vac. A similar discount applies to the price of an MFT-3 Multi-Function table when purchased with a Festool circular saw or Kapex miter saw.

Recent WOOD SLICER Testimonial
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:

Now Stocking a Wide Selection of Freud Sawblades and Dados

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:

Freud's New Quadra-Cut Raised Panel & Profile 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 available in a wide variety of router bit profiles.

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.

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.

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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