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February 13-14, 2010, woodcarver Chad Awalt will lead a hands-on class on how to enhance furniture by carving classical architectural elements.
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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 thru Feb. 21, 2010 . GROUND SHIPPING IS FREE in lower 48 states.

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 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

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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

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Atlanta, Georgia

I Bought a SawStop Tablesaw (although I wish I'd gotten it sooner)
By Alan Noel
Atlanta, GA

Just before my 54th birthday, I was using my old tablesaw to cut some pieces of poplar into long strips to hold glass panels in cabinet doors. I had done cuts like this safely many times before, but this time something distracted me and I must have taken my eye off the saw for a fraction of a second. To my pain and horror, all of a sudden I realized I had cut myself. It shocked me how incredibly fast it all happened.

I was afraid to take a look:

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 Tom Skarda's shop near Wadley, Georgia.

CLICK HERE for a look inside Tom's shop:

Seven Day Maloof Inspired Rocker Class Taught at Highland Woodworking

Five fine woodworkers journeyed from across the country in January to attend Charles Brock's Maloof Inspired Rocker class at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta. For seven days it was total immersion in bandsawing, joining, routing, rasping, drilling, bending, gluing and scraping walnut stock to create the parts they would then assemble into their dream rockers.

How did it all turn out?

Russian Woodworker Builds Maloof Inspired Rocking Chair
By Charles Brock
Columbus, Georgia

After Vladimir Parfenov saw a picture of a Sam Maloof rocker, like myself he was blown away by its beautiful shape. According to Vladimir, woodworking education is no longer taught in Russia, so he had to research his woodworking interests on the Internet. After we connected online last year, Vladimir undertook the challenge of building a Maloof inspired rocker using our plans and instructions.
Here is his story:

Dilo Fernandino's
Solo Exhibition in Brazil

woodworking tools We are delighted to report that Dilo Fernandino, a previously little-known master wood craftsman from Brazil, is now receiving the recognition that he so richly deserves. Dilo contributed four articles to Wood News in 2009, the first of which excited our readers everywhere when they learned that he had created marvelous baroque-inspired masterpieces in rosewood while working by hand in a tiny shop inside a closet only 42 sq-ft in area.

CLICK HERE for news of his exhibition:

Ask the Staff

I am interested in giving my kitchen cabinets a "facelift." They are old and dingy-looking. I'm not sure what kind of wood they're made of, but they are stained a reddish brown and appear to have a thin coat of a clear finish over them. I would like to avoid stripping and re-staining them; I would simply like to enhance the existing finish and make it look a little richer.

Is this even possible? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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

CLICK HERE for more info:

Designing a Work Bench with SketchUp

By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California

The traditional style workbench we will draw in this month's article is designed to utilize standard framing lumber and a prefabricated butcher block counter top like those available from Ikea to make a durable, stable, yet economical bench top. To finish, we will outfit the bench with a front vise and cabinet storage to keep all your tools organized and close at hand.

Here's how to start the design:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel

Versatile Varnish

wood finishing

Over the years I have often found myself working late into the evening hours finishing up a project only to find myself stuck without the materials I needed to complete the job. At times like this it pays to put your thinking cap on and stretch the resources you have at hand.

Here are a few tips:

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:

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:

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

Sharpening and Using Hand Planes Class Taught by Thomas Lie-Nielsen at Highland Woodworking

Twenty students from around the country participated in a daylong hands-on class taught at Highland Woodworking by iconic toolmaker Thomas Lie-Nielsen on January 24, 2010. After a video tour of the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks factory in Warren, Maine, the class spent the morning learning and applying the prinicples of sharpening plane irons and chisels.

During the afternoon session, the class members were given the opportunity to master setting up and tuning a hand plane for optimum performance. All left with a renewed sense of appreciation for hand craftsmanship and fine woodworking tools. Our thanks to Thomas Lie-Nielsen and his assistant Alexandra Geske for a memorable woodworking learning experience.

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:

Whiteside 1/2" Round Over Bit reg. $29.99
SALE $19.99

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

Newest Stanley Sweetheart Plane, No. 92 Rabbet Plane

SawStop tablesaw
Limited Time Offer: Two Free Blades ($158 value) with purchase of PCS SawStop Tablesaw

SawStop tablesaw

There's never been a better time to buy a SawStop tablesaw. Get 2 free Titanium blades (40T & 80T) when you buy the SawStop PCS professional saw. Get a free 40T Titanium blade when you buy the SawStop contractor saw.

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:

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:

Freud 10" 60T Heavy Duty Multi-Purpose Blade
reg. $54.99, SALE $39.99

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:

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.

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

Highland Woodworking Gift Certificates
An awesome present that's always appreciated by just about any woodworker anywhere.

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