Learn to restore antique furniture yourself during this 2-day intensive with professional refinisher Alan Noel.
Classes Suitable for Teens
GROUND SHIPPING IS FREE in lower 48 states.
Up to 25% Off!
HALF PRICE SPECIAL
Available for in-store purchase only, premium hand-selected Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Red Oak, quartersawn White Oak, Maple, Poplar, European steamed Beech, Purple Heart and others. Random widths and lengths, planed 2 sides, one straight edge. Stop in and check it out!
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 history and 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 the workshop Brent Franklin built after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his old shop.
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New Tool Purchase
By Steven P. Johnson
In order to buy anything of significance (translation: new tools), you must first justify the purchase. To whom you must justify the purchase is the enemy. Every purchase is a battle. You want to buy, and they want to stop you. You may never win the war, but if you win enough battles you will eventually obtain your dream shop! If you intend to win your fair share of these battles, you need a good plan.
with Alan Noel
What You Might Not Know About Sandpaper
By Alan Noel
Way, way back, when I was in college working part time in a restoration shop so I could afford to keep eating, a lot of grief was heaped upon me for throwing out what I thought was some very useless sandpaper. After I was instructed to sort through a trash can retrieving that old sandpaper, I was made to understand the error of my ways. After much hard work, I was eventually initiated into the knowledge of an even deeper realm of sandpaper esoterica.
How I Got a Pick-up Load of Lumber
from a Walnut Tree
By George T. (Terry) Chapman
I love my truck when it's full of wood. Look at all that walnut lumber! I had just about as soon have my truck full of walnut lumber as to have it full of hundred dollar bills.
Hofmann & Hammer Workbenches REDUCED!
Now Save up to $200
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." Sale quantities limited.
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. 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.
Triton 2-1/4 HP Plunge Router with FREE 1/2" Whiteside Round Over Bit ($30 value), only $219.99
This is our favorite popularly-priced router, an especially good choice for dedicated use in a router table. A built-in micro-adjuster conveniently and accurately positions the bit height using the rack and pinion drive, completely eliminating the need for an expensive router lifter table mount.
NEW Steel City 8" Helical Head Granite Jointer
Is a Superb Value,
This great value in a longbed 8" jointer is finally in stock and available for immediate shipment! You can enjoy the benefits of 77" long solid straight granite jointer beds, patented helical cutterhead with 16 four-sided carbide inserts for consistent sharpness and fast, easy setup, 2 HP 230 volt motor, solid 48" long center-mounted granite fence that tilts in and out for bevels or chamfers, integral mobile base, and a depth of cut up to 1/2". All this plus a 5-year factory warranty, and at a very affordable price! Net weight 460 lbs.
Buy a Leigh Finger Joint Template by May 31 and get a Finger Joint Bit Set for 1/2 Price
Order the F3 Finger Joint template for $199.99 before May 31, 2010, and get a finger joint router bit set for half price after you register your jig with Leigh (Applies to U.S. and Canada only).
Heavy duty half price special
Regular $19.98 per pair
SALE $9.99 per pair
SAVE EVEN MORE!
Power8 Cordless Benchtop Workshop
Now Only $299.99
By George T. (Terry) Chapman
If you are a handy-person with limited funds, live in an apartment or small house with little space and big dreams, or a student starting out in woodworking, or a modelmaker, then the Power8 Workshop will make an excellent tool system for you. Or say if you have a cabin at the lake or in the mountains, or work on boats, or go traveling in a motor home, or handle other folks' home repairs out of the back of your truck. Any time you need versatility, compactness and portability, you'll be impressed by what this tool system can handle.
New German entry in the premium plane market!
in CT, June 18-20, 2010
The American Association of Woodturners will hold their 24th Annual AAW Symposium in Hartford, CT, June 18-20, 2010 at the Connecticut Convention Center.
Why Not Write
Your Own Article
for Wood News?
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Visit Our Store
If you live near Atlanta, or are just passing through, we invite you to visit and leisurely browse our amazing retail store. The thousands of woodworking tools on display here await your personal examination.
1045 N. Highland Ave NE
What Tools Would I Buy
If I Were Starting Over Equipping My Workshop?
By Bruce Lamo
The old saying "If only I knew then what I know now" certainly applies to buying woodworking tools. Like nearly every woodworker, I would love a large shop equipped with all the best tools. Like most woodworkers however, I have had to make choices due to finances, space, and what was available at the time of need. As I look back at the purchases I made over the last 30 years, I have few true regrets, but there are many things I would have done differently.
Joy of Hand Tools
Join us Friday or Saturday, May 7-8, as Highland Woodworking participates in the Atlanta Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event held at Peach State Lumber in Kennesaw. You can use this event as a great learning opportunity that will expand your perspective and help hone your skills for getting the most from using hand tools in your workshop.
NEW Earlex 2900
USER FRIENDLY HVLP
Sprayer, only $149.99
The English-made Earlex 2900 Spray Station has made smooth and efficient spray finishing both user friendly and highly affordable. Discover how fast and easy finishing can be without having to apply using a brush. Comes equipped to flawlessly spray stains, lacquer, shellac, polyurethane, and water-based finishes, as well as thinned latex paint.
NOW SAVE EVEN MORE
on our Deluxe Steel City14" Granite Bandsaw!
Purchase the 50100G bandsaw for $599.99 and get the 12" Height Adjustment Riser Kit for just $49.99 (reg. $89.99). Total cost of this package deal (our item 50100GR) is $649.98 plus shipping.
If you're in the market for a powerful, full-featured bandsaw capable of any challenge from heavy-duty resawing to fine, delicate fretwork, look no further. We believe the Steel City model 50100G is one of the best 14" bandsaws available at any price, anywhere. Quantity purchasing has kept our cost low, and we're passing the savings along to you.
Great Time to Upgrade
to a Festool Track Saw
10% Off Deal Ends May 31
Today is one of those extremely rare days when Festool offers a discount on one of its most popular tools. Order today and you'll save 10% on our Festool TS55 and TS75 track saws, as well as on spare blades, extra tracks and the Track Accessory Kit. We have saws and accessories in stock with free delivery in the lower 48 states. But don't wait too long. Supplies are limited and may sell out.
On Saturday, May 8, Charles Brock will be with us at the Atlanta Lie-Nielsen Event in Kennesaw, GA sharing information and answering questions while he demonstrates hand tool work on his Maloof-inspired rocker. Peach State Lumber will be offering a special discounted price on the walnut lumber kit that contains all the wood needed to build Chuck's rocker.
Free Online Membership
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.
Hand Tool Woodworker Featured on Television
Last month in Wood News we featured a video of a 5 minute telecast showing the amazing work of hand tool woodworker Dilo Fernandino. Unfortunately for those many of us who are mono-linguistic, the audio was in Portuguese. We now have an English translation of the interview, which is certainly worth reading to get the full impact of the telecast, which links Dilo's works with some other sculptural treasures from antiquity.
Repairing Rotten Wood with LiquidWood and WoodEpox
Spring! It's time to get out and repair all your rotted window sills, door frames, wooden siding and indoor or outdoor furniture. The best product for handling this chore: Abatron's Wood Restoration System, LiquidWood and WoodExpox.
Rikon 12" Lathe
Red Hot Special $289.99
Act now to save $40 on this popular compact lathe. Includes live center, 12-position indexed headstock, 6 speeds - 430-3900rpm, 3" faceplate, 1/2 HP motor and 2 year warranty. Weighs 89 lb.
Three Great Woodworking
Books – SAVE 25%
Read these reviews of three of our most popular woodworking books.
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Personalized Shop Sign
Hang a shingle outside your Olde Shoppe with our two-sided custom cast sign. Makes a handsome Fathers Day gift. (Must order NOW for delivery by Fathers Day).
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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?)
Recent WOOD SLICER Testimonial
I just recently purchased a Wood Slicer band saw blade for my Grizzly 14" G0555 band saw and I have to say that this blade is absolutely unreal. I have never in my life seen a blade to equal this one and I first used a band saw approximately 50 years ago. I am cutting hardwood to a thickness of 1/16" with no saw marks and no additional sanding or finishing of any kind required prior to gluing. Very little finishing is necessary prior to applying a final finish. The speed of cut with this bandsaw blade on either soft or hard wood has probably doubled, I have not timed it. I would hate to change back to an ordinary bandsaw blade but I certainly won't risk hurting this blade on ordinary work. Again, this bandsaw blade is incredible! — T.G.
Wood Slicer resawing blade:
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