Featured Classes

Making Dovetails Under Power Making Dovetails Under Power with Tony Suess

July 15
Class Size: 20
Tuition: $75
Item# 991422


Burning with Enthusiasm: Intro to Pyrography with Julie Bender

July 29
Class Size: 8
Tuition: $115
Item# 991417

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Alan Noel's Finishing Corner

Alan Noel What? Stop and Ask for Directions?!?

A good friend and novice finisher called to say he was having problems trying to stain a very large entertainment center he had just finished building. It seems the heat of summer was making it very difficult to wipe off the oil-based stain he was using because the oil was starting to tack before he could coat an entire area and begin the wiping process.

I went to take a look and it was a very large project indeed. Needless to say, my friend, with stain all over him and sweat seeping out wherever it could find open pores, looked as though he could use a few words of encouragement.

So, after a good laugh at his expense, I looked at the can of stain he was using and recognized the product since I use the same type in my shop on a regular basis. The problem he was having was due to NOT READING THE INSTRUCTIONS on the can. The product was a fast-drying penetrating oil-based stain specially formulated for professional use. The recommended method of application was SPRAYING . This would allow one worker to spray on the stain and another to wipe it off in an assembly line application, due to the product's fast drying time. Since he was already stained from head to toe, I did the spraying and he did the wiping, and everything turned out beautifully after all.

Finishing in itself is confusing enough, especially for less experienced woodworkers, so it's always a good idea to start by reading the directions on a product's label. Be sure you are using the correct product for the job and that you know how to apply it safely and effectively. Many products do not even include adequate enough instructions, so if you're unsure of how to use it properly, consult the dealer, manufacturer or a professional.

Iain Tyndal,
Profile of a Woodworker

by Doug Hall

Carved Bowl, by Iain Tyndal We had the pleasure of meeting Iain Tyndal when he visited our store to redeem the Gift Certificate he won in the Highland Hardware Screwdriver Turning Contest.

A warm and affable fellow, we found him charming and easy to talk to. After visiting with him a while and admiring the unique Japanese tools he brought to share with us, we asked him if he would be amenable to an interview for our newsletter. He graciously agreed, and returned to our store the following week to chat with Doug Hall.

Read Doug's interview with Iain

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Woodworking But Were Afraid to Ask

Ask the Staff

E-mail us at woodnews@highlandwoodworking.com 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.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Woodworking But Were Afraid to Ask

Quite often we receive questions from customers prefaced by "Please don't tell anyone I asked you this, but..." or "I'm embarrassed to admit I don't know this, but..." or "I've been woodworking since high school shop class, but I don't know..."

So this month we've decided to address several of those nagging little questions that you just can't bring yourself to ask your woodworking buddies.

What exactly is a board foot and how do I determine the number of board feet in a piece of wood?

What is the difference between Flat Top, ATB, and Combination tooth saw blades and which kind should I use?

I know what a dovetail joint is, but what is a half-blind or blind dovetail?

What is the "Golden Ratio"? Why is it referred to so much in woodworking and furniture design?

Almost every article I read about sharpening refers to "Scary Sharp"? What the heck does that mean?

How in the world do I coil a bandsaw blade without shredding my fingers or poking my eye out?

More questions AND the answers

Toy Crane for Charity by Robert Clark Rutkowski

Reader Contribution

Every week we receive hundreds of requests for our woodworking catalog, but rarely are they as memorable as the one we received from Robert Rutkowski. Along with his catalog request, he sent us a photo of a spectacular crane he built. We were so impressed and intrigued that we contacted him for more photos and information. He generously sent us the following article and photos:

Toy Crane for Charity
by Robert Clark Rutkowski

I designed and built the wooden toy crane as part of a program where we constructed wooden toys for the terminally ill children of Doernbecher's Children's Hospital here in Portland, Oregon. It was simply a good use of waste materials from furniture and cabinet manufacturing rather than have it go in a land fill or somewhere else inappropriate.

I saw a wooden toy crane in a publication that was basically constructed from 2x4s and little furniture casters. Having a life-long interest in cranes and heavy machinery, I thought that I could do a little better with something that would look a little more realistic, so this is what I came up with for my first design.

See more photos and learn more about Robert's crane

Scratch Awl Turning Contest!

We Want YOU to Judge Our New Turning Contest!

We are excited to bring you another Highland Woodworking Turning Contest, featuring our Scratch Awl Kit . We had such a tough time judging the last contest that this time, YOU will pick the winners!

For five days following the contest deadline, Sept. 1 through Sept. 5, we will have an online voting form on www.woodnewsonline.com where you will be able to cast your vote for your favorite entry. Links to the form will also be available on the Customer Gallery on the Highland Woodworking website. Contest results will be announced in the September issue of Wood News Online .

The contest rules and guidelines are as follows:

  1. Projects must be made with the Scratch Awl Kit.
  2. Deadline for entries is August 31, 2006. Please submit an entry form with a digital photo of your finished project.
  3. If you prefer, you may print out an Entry Form and mail it to us along with a photograph of your scratch awl.
  4. DO NOT send your actual scratch awl! Any tools we receive WILL NOT be returned.
  5. Digital photos should be in .JPG format or .GIF format. Files may not be larger than 500kb.
  6. You may enter as many times as you wish, but you must complete a separate entry form for each submission.
  7. Entries will be judged by YOU via an online voting form that will be available Sept. 1 through Sept. 5 on the Wood News Online website.
  8. You will be allowed ONE vote only per IP address.
  9. Photos of entries will be posted in our Customer Gallery on the Highland Woodworking website.
  10. The winner will receive a $50.00 Highland Hardware Gift Certificate.

Online Contest Entry Form

Print Entry Form to mail in

Featured Item

SuperNova2 Lathe Chuck


SuperNova2 Lathe Chuck

$169.99 (Reg. $199.99)

Teknatool's SuperNova2 4-jaw scroll chuck incorporates the latest in chucking technology. Its 4" steel body is nickel plated for long life. Its quick-ratio scroll mechanism is driven by a ball end hex wrench, which is easy to insert and can be tilted away from your workpiece to avoid interference. The composite backplate encloses the back of the body to keep out dust and dirt and it includes 24 3mm indexing holes for precision positioning.
Item# 301501

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