Meet the Lucky Winner of Highland Woodworking's Tormek Giveaway!
We are pleased to announce the winner of Highland Woodworking’s amazing Tormek Giveaway! The event generated a lot of excitement and we received thousands of entries. The winner of our giveaway was randomly selected by computer from all valid Internet and mailed entries.
Charles B. Frye
of Virginia is our very surprised winner!
Mr. Frye was so shocked when we called to notify him that he was rendered speechless. Luckily, by the time we received his Acceptance Form and Publicity Release he had found his voice and was able to chat with Doug Hall.
Read Doug' interview with Charles Frye
See photos of Charles Frye's Homemade Tractors & Machinery!
Ask the Staff
E-mail us at
with your woodworking or finishing questions. Selected questions will be answered in future issues. If your question is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Hardware hat.
I am a beginning woodworker but have managed to construct a secretary desk and I don't want to ruin it when I start trying to finish it. I have attached a picture of it so you can see that I have spent quite a bit of time on it. It is made out of red oak lumber that I had sawed from a large red oak tree that fell in my back yard. I have been letting it air dry for almost 18 months, stacked neatly under a shed.
I think I want to darken it slightly, maybe a Minwax Early American or Provincial. I would like advice on using filler, something like your Bartley Paste Wood Filler, or something similar, and if it is recommended to use it, when is the best time, before staining, or after? If the filler goes on first, does it absorb the stain the same as the wood? Any hints, tips, or suggestions will be appreciated, so that I will know what to buy.
Three Ways to Resaw
by Chris Black
As with any job, there's usually more than one way to do it. Instead of learning a specific technique, it's better to understand the principles behind the task, so you can problem solve when things don't work out. Resawing is the same way. You learn one method only to find out it doesn't work today on this piece of wood with this particular blade. Having a couple of techniques and understanding the principles of resawing will give you options during different circumstances.
The following methods assume a well-tuned saw, proper blade selection and a certain amount of skill. I highly suggest practicing these methods on scrap wood rather than on something you're depending on for a finished project. For further reading I recommend Mark Duginske's