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Wood News is Back!
For the first half of Highland Hardware's 27 years of service to woodworkers, our Wood News newsletter was the store's number one way to keep our customers informed and help them learn more about woodworking. When we merged Wood News into the Highland Hardware catalog in 1992, the old out-of-print issues eventually became collectors items. More


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Featured Classes

Turn a Chess Set with Hal Simmons

                June 10-12

                  June 12

See our other June classes

Download our Summer 2005 Class Schedule .pdf

View slideshow of May 22-27 Windsor Chair class

Sidney's Finishing Tip
For a pristine surface for finishing, first clean with mineral spirits - a white or grey Scotchbrite pad speeds up the process. Next remove the mineral spirits with denatured alcohol and wiping rags.
SAFETY FIRST: Always soak rags and steel wool (synthetic or real) in water prior to drying, then dispose of them in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner.

Father's Day is June 19th!
This year give Dad what he REALLY wants!

A Highland Hardware Gift Certificate

Featured in our upcoming July issue:
An exclusive interview with Thomas Lie-Nielsen

Ask the Experts
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.

Question: What's the difference between Clifton and
Lie-Nielsen bench planes?


Illuminated Pocket Microscope

Hot New Item
Illuminated Pocket Microscope $12.99

A microscope lets you look at a tool's cutting edge during the sharpening process and is also useful in identifying wood species.

Our microscope features adjustable focus and a built-in light. It is just 5-1/2" long by 1-3/4" wide by 3/4" thick, so it fits comfortably in your apron pocket. It includes a vinyl case and requires 2 AA batteries, which are not included.

Item# 851232

From the Wood News Archives
The following article was originally published in
Wood News No. 16, Fall 1985

Hustling Wood
by Wallace Macfarlane

TREEN: Made of 'tree'; wooden. Of or belonging to a tree or trees; in quot. 1670, obtained or made from trees. Oxford English Dictionary.

When you start making treen, it doesn't take too long to find out you need more wood. If you make flat things like a cutting board or Lazy Susan, you can buy what you need. One trouble with turned objects is that wood from a lumber yard or specialty store is expensive. Worse, expensive wood ensures a mind-set that you can't afford to experiment, that you'd better hold your breath, not wiggle, and be perfect. With only a single pretty piece of walnut, apprehension can outweigh pleasure, and if you screw things up as I often do, you can get severely bitten in the pocketbook. More

Employee Contribution
Wax Eloquent: Make Your Own Wax
Highland Hardware's Home Brew Wax Recipe
by Chris Black

Over-the-counter paste wax is perfectly acceptable, but cooking your own wax makes you appear privy to the jealously guarded secrets of historic guilds. Your friends will beg you for the mysterious recipe and you can act aloof (then share it with them.) More


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