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Using Hand Planes
August 10, 2010

If you've never used a plane that was perfectly set up for the job you were doing, you may be surprised just how much this versatile tool can do. Jim Dillon will guide you step-by-step through the many different uses of the hand plane, from joinery and stock dimensioning to shaping and finishing. Jim will also provide tips for maintaining and improving your plane.

Turn A Peppermill
August 14, 2010

Hal Simmons will guide you through all of the steps to turn your own peppermill on the lathe, beginning with the basic concepts of woodturning. After this all-day class, you will leave with the skills to make many more beautiful and functional handicrafts! Students attending can purchase a Rikon lathe and select turning tools at a discount on the day of the 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.

August 7
Spray Finishing

August 10
Using Hand Planes

August 14
Turn a Peppermill

August 17
Hand Tool Sharpening

August 21
Basic Bowl Turning

August 22
Basic Bowl Turning

August 28
Introduction to Marquetry

September 11
French Polish Workshop

September 12
Beginning Turning

September 15
Sharpening for Turners

September 18
Hand Cut Dovetails

September 19
Natural Edge Bowl Turning

September 20-23
Cabinetmaking Basics: Build a Base Cabinet with Drawer

September 25
Basic Bowl Turning

September 26
Basic Bowl Turning

October 1 & 2
Creative Furniture Design

October 3
Introduction to Marquetry

October 5
Hand Tool Sharpening

October 9
Turning Pens

October 10
Turn a Peppermill

October 13
French Polish Workshop

October 19
Using Hand Planes

October 20
Taming of the Skew

October 23 & 24
Windsor Chair Making Seminar with Peter Galbert

October 23-29
Build a Child's Windsor Balloon Back Chair with Peter Galbert

October 30
Basic Bowl Turning

October 31
Basic Bowl Turning

Classes Suitable for Teens

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.

More Info and How to Order

NEW Steel City 8" Granite Jointer with Quick Change
Knives Is a Terrific Value,
only $899.99

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, cutterhead with 3 quick-change knives, 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 warranty at a very affordable price! Net weight 460 lbs.

Steel City 8" Granite Jointer
with quick change knives
Was $1349.99 Now $899.99

Other Steel City Granite Jointers
40635 6" with quick change knives
Was $949.99 Now $749.99
40640 6" with helical cutterhead
Was $1199.99 Now $799.99
40660 8" with helical cutterhead
Was $1649.99 Now $1099.99


Rikon Lathe

12" Lathe, only $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.

CLICK HERE for more info:

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.

Repairing Rotten Wood with LiquidWood and WoodEpox

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.

Here's some good info on how to:

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

Leather Shop Apron
Now on Sale for $49.99

You'll love this handsome and practical workshop accessory. Made of top grain leather, it gives much greater protection than canvas or nylon aprons. Convenient pockets have flaps to keep out sawdust.

More Info and How to Order

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
Atlanta, Georgia

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.

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Featured this month is Ken O'Neal's unique workshop in Casa Grande, AZ.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:

Down to Earth Woodworking

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

Experiencing "the Zone"

In this month's Down To Earth Woodworker , Steven Johnson reviews some of your responses to his Shooting Board article, and explains why one would use a shooting board at all. He also discusses the phenomenon of getting into "the zone", and whether you can cause it to happen yourself, or if it can only occur spontaneously.

CLICK HERE to find how Steve gets into 'the zone':

A Trip to Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

In July, Highland Woodworking owner Chris Bagby and a couple of Highland staffers headed up to Maine for the first Lie-Nielsen Toolworks dealer training workshop. We got a tour of the impressive factory with tools being manufactured right before our eyes, learned a quick, straight forward method for getting a plane iron perfectly sharp every time, experimented with lots of fascinating hand tools, and much more!

We documented each day of the trip in the Highland Woodworking blog with photos and description. Check them all out below!

Day 1     Day 2     Day 3     Day 4

Ask the Staff

I have a piece of wood I'd like to salvage. It is about 24" x 6" and varies from 1/2" thick at one end to about 5/8" thick at the other. What is the easiest way to mill this to 1/2" from end to end?

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

The New Galbert Caliper

This superb invention will enhance your spindle turning experience. Peter Galbert's direct reading caliper is a "tape rule for woodturners."


Build a Windsor Chair with Peter Galbert, October 23-29, 2010

Build your own Windsor chair during this 7-day event, plus take home the skills to build many more. Professional chairmaker Peter Galbert will show you all you need to know, plus coach you from start to finish. Space is limited, so sign up early.

In Peter's class, you will learn:

  • Sharpening and tool tuning
  • Splitting
  • Shaving
  • Bending
  • Turning
  • Joinery
  • Design Considerations
  • Wood Technology
  • and lots more...

FIND OUT MORE inside ,
or sign up for the class HERE .

New Lower-Priced SawStop Cabinet Saw

The award-winning SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw has just become more affordable. Now being offered for August delivery with 120 volt 1.75 HP motor, the SawStop PCS175 is priced at only $2299. (The 3 HP model requires that your shop be wired for 220 volts.) Now more shops than ever will have access to SawStop's safety performance, quality, and innovative engineering.

CLICK HERE for more info:

SawStop's New High Efficiency Dust Collection System Leads Industry

In addition to their new 1.75 HP 110V Professional Cabinet Saw, Sawstop has just introduced a new overarm guard and dust collection system that is available for any Sawstop model.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Great Buy on a Premium Sheffield Back Saw

A special purchase allows us to offer this premium quality 14" 12tpi tenon saw for a spectacular low price. Manufactured in Sheffield, England under the Footprint brand, this saw features the finest Sheffield steel, a heavy solid brass back, a strong and straight blade with hand-sharpened teeth and a traditional beechwood handle. Supply is limited.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel

Avoiding Furniture Damage

wood finishing

By Alan Noel
Atlanta, GA

A lot of the furniture I see in my restoration work that has been damaged by moving companies or the owners usually could have been easily avoided.

Here are SEVEN tips to help avoid damaging your furniture during use or when it must be moved:

Bending Wood:
How to Build an Inexpensive Steam Box

Bending green wood to form chair parts or other curved elements is not rocket science, but it does take a little know-how. Our short illustrated tutorial on how to build one using simple materials has helped many a woodworker get started.

We also offer an excellent small electric-powered steam generator made by Earlex that is ideal to use with a small home-made steam box. SAVE! While supplies last, a special purchase allows us to offer it to you for only $49.99, a 28% discount off our regular price.

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

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 and others. Random widths and lengths, planed 2 sides, one straight edge. Stop in and check it out!

Hardwood Lumber Price List

Try our new Woodworking Article Search Feature
on the Highland Website

We've been writing and publishing articles on woodworking techniques and the use of woodworking tools for over 30 years! Many of these are archived on our website, but until now there was no easy way to search the entire collection for specific info.

We're now pleased to present a new search engine designed just for this purpose. (Please continue to search for our products using our original website product search engine.)

CLICK HERE to search for woodworking information:

Commodity, Firmness
& Delight

By Wallace Macfarlane

This intriguing article by Wallace Macfarlane first appeared in Wood News No. 18 in the fall of 1986. In it he examines the notion of the artist's 'eye', and how it applies to woodworking craftsmanship. We've also included a thought-provoking response to the article that ran in the following issue of Wood News , written by Jack Tuberville, a reader who believes the eye is less important than the enjoyment.

Which is more important to you?

Show Your Stuff!

For this new column, we invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your favorite woodworking projects 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 stuff in a future issue.

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Featured this month is the work of Tom Guralchuk of Placida, FL.

CLICK HERE to take a look at some more beautiful craftsmanship:

Check Out our New Woodworking Blog

The Highland Woodworking blog now has a bright new look and user-friendly interface for reading, sharing and commenting. We invite you to expand your access to our growing woodworking community and get new woodworking tips, news about our classes and first crack at special promotions.

CLICK HERE to go to our BLOG:


A Two Minute Safety Tip

Featured this month is a tip from Rick Sawyer of Blue Hill, Maine.

CLICK HERE to check out his tip:

NEW Earlex 2900
Sprayer, only $149.99

The Earlex 2900 Spray Station (made in England) 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.

CLICK HERE for more info:

READ A REVIEW of the 2900:

NEW Charles Brock Plan Bundle: Maloof-inspired Lowback Dining Chair

The latest new plan bundle in Charles Brock's series of Maloof-inspired furniture is now available. Perhaps a bit less daunting than tackling the Maloof-inspired rocker, the Maloof-inspired lowback dining chair is nonetheless a challenging and rewarding woodworking project. Charles Brock's excellent plan instructional bundle includes a very enjoyable, informative and well-produced DVD, a color illustrated book and full-size patterns for each chair part puts the project within reach of any aspiring woodworker.

More info and how to order:

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5-day Hands-on Class: Build a Maloof-inspired Lowback Dining Chair Sept. 27 - Oct. 1

Build your own Maloof-inspired Lowback Dining Chair under the direct tutelage of Charles Brock in this 5-day class held in Highland Woodworking's classroom workshop. All materials, tools and the use of a workbench for each student will be furnished. You will leave the class with an almost-complete lowback dining chair plus the skills for finishing it and building many more.

More info and how to register:

Get a Free Membership
in Chuck's Studio Online

Interested in the idea of building a Maloof-inspired rocker? You can start learning today how to build one yourself! Get a free membership in Chuck's Studio Online, a special website that caters to budding Maloof-inspired chair builders.

CLICK HERE to sign up for FREE:

New Newsletter:
Sculpture That Rocks
with Charles Brock

Have a look at the first issue of Charles Brock's stimulating newsletter that shares useful information about building Maloof-inspired furniture.

CLICK HERE to see the newsletter:

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:

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

Recent WOOD SLICER Testimonial
I recently purchased three band saw blades for my 10 inch Inca 260, included in the purchase was a Wood Slicer Bandsaw Blade. When I unwrapped it, I realized this was something special. I immediately installed the Wood Slicer, fired up the machine and started cutting 6 " X 6" White Oak rough stock. Results? WOW, is all I could say to myself. The cuts were so good I had to look twice to see the cut side from the machine planed face! What a blade, I have never been more pleased with a bandsaw blade and its performance! — R. Simon

CHECK OUT our phenomenal
Wood Slicer resawing blade:

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

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.

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