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Tablesaw Basics
Tablesaw Basics with Jim Dillon

Saturday, Dec. 9
Class Size: 15
Tuition: $75
Item# 991479

Tablesaw Basics
Basic Router Skills with Jim Dillon

Sunday, Dec. 10
9am to 4pm
Class Size: 25
Tuition: $75
Item# 991480

Gilding and Gold Leafing
Gilding & Gold Leafing with Alan Noel

Wednesday, Dec. 13
Class Size: 16
Tuition: $60
Item# 991460

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Furniture Quick Fixes

Furniture Quick Fixes

If during your hectic holiday preparations you forgot to touch up those scratches and nicks on the furniture, never fear. It's not too late to fix them before your mother-in-law arrives and spots them from across the room with her eagle eyes.

You can make surface scratches on wood virtually disappear with the Tibet Almond Stick (179204). Simply remove the polish-soaked cotton stick from its wax wrapper and wipe it over the offending mark. Almost instantly, the defect fades away under a slow evaporative film.

For the temporary repair of deeper scratches, nicks or gouges on finished surfaces, the SoftWax Kit (167241) includes wax sticks in 20 blendable colors. Just choose a wax stick that closely matches the finish, or blend two or more sticks together to get the right color, and rub over the area until it's slightly overfilled. Then carefully scrape off the excess wax with the edge of a credit card. The wax should just fill the void; rub off any wax on the surrounding surface.

Brian Watson: Call of the Wild
by Doug Hall

Calls, Knife and Lures Made by Brian Watson Brian Watson recently won First Place in the Highland Woodworking Scratch Awl Turning Contest . When we called to give him the good news, we learned he had never visited Highland Woodworking, despite his having driven by it numerous times. Naturally, we invited him to come see us when he was ready to redeem the Gift Certificate he had won.

Two weeks later Brian made the hour-long trek from Dawsonville, Georgia to see our store from the inside for the first time. Doug Hall spent some time talking to Brian about his woodturning, and discovered his interests range far beyond turning custom marking tools.

Read Doug's interview with Brian Watson

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Ask the Staff

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.

Question: I made a jewelry box out of cherry and finished it with a furniture wax because I wanted the wood to look natural. I don't like how the wax dulled, however. What would you recommend I use to enhance the grain while still retaining a natural look?

What is a good finish to use on oily woods like bocote and cocobolo?

What product can I use on a mesquite wood dining table that will be durable but still look natural?


Spray Finishing Doesn't Have To Be Scary by Elena Vega

Employee Contribution

Spray Finishing Doesn't Have To Be Scary
by Elena Vega

One of the great advantages of working at Highland Woodworking is the ready access to not only an extensive range of tools and supplies, but to a wealth of information as well. So when I decided to refinish my kitchen cabinets, I sought advice from several of my co-workers. I wanted to change the color from cherry to a deep reddish walnut or dark red mahogany, with the least effort possible, of course. Little did I know this project would expand my horizons and lead me into the scary, mysterious realm of spray finishing that I thought belonged only to the most experienced of woodworkers.


Branch to Bench: The Birth of a Design by Richard McCandless

Reader Contribution

Branch to Bench: The Birth of a Design
by Richard McCandless

When an idea and an opportunity come together, it can mean satisfying work. In 2005 I flew to England with a church choir. I noticed benches, both ordinary benches and unusual purpose-built ones. Something clicked. Some yellow locust trees had fallen on our property. Why not make a bench from the fallen locust? Weavers have "sheep to shawl" events, so this could be "branch to bench." Here was a chance to mill the wood, make the parts, and use the result right where the trees had grown. A brick circle in a new landscaping project looked like the perfect spot for it. My collection of tools and woodworking experience finally looked large enough to do this kind of work.


Highland Woodworking Holiday Gift Ideas!

Holiday Gift Ideas!

We've put together some of our most popular and favorite items and grouped them by price range to help you select the perfect gift. Browse our Stocking Stuffers , Gifts Under $25 , $50 , $100 and For Those Who've Been Exceptionally Good!

Or, you can skip the guesswork altogether and give them a Highland Woodworking Gift Certificate - it's the present that's bound to be appreciated, even by the woodworker who has everything!

Sorby Slicks


Sorby Slicks!

Also called a shipwright's slice, the slick is the first cousin to the timber-framing chisel. Where a chisel is typically struck with a mallet for coarse work, the slick is propelled by hand for finer work on a large scale. Slicks clean up scarf joints in boat work and pare down tenon cheeks and mortise sides in timber framing. They can also be used to texture the surface of any job that needs an 'ole tyme' look.

These massive tools weigh in at over 4 lbs and are 27" long! The socketed ash handle is offset to keep you from busting your knuckles when shooting joints, and has a balled end for palm bumping that last little bit. The back of the blade is rounded for a comfortable overhand grip.

2-3/8" Slick (142013) $139.99

3-3/8" Slick (142014) $149.99

Oneway 1640 Lathe

Ultimate Woodturner's Gift!

Oneway makes the most substantial production lathes available in the market. Built for serious turners to a level of precision and durability unmatched by other manufacturers, Oneway lathes do not disappoint and will serve well throughout one's turning career.

We have three Oneway 2HP 1640 lathes (130132) ready to ship for the holidays! Call us at 1-800-241-6748 to place your order! (Shipped by truck, Freight Collect.)

Highland Woodworking New Kind of Power Tool Giveaway!

Enter the Highland Woodworking New Kind of Power Tool Giveaway!

It's not too late to enter for a chance to win a 15" Apple MacBook Pro, an OtterBox Laptop Case, SketchUp Pro Design Software and a $100 Highland Woodworking Gift Certificate in the Highland Woodworking New Kind of Power Tool Laptop Giveaway!

Deadline for entry is 11:59pm ET on Sunday, December 31, 2006 . Multiple entries are valid, so enter as many times as you like!

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