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Cherry Cabinet, Roger Cash Jim Dillon Interviews Roger Cash
Like me, and a list of other furniture builders I could rattle off, Roger Cash started an academic career in the humanities (philosophy, in his case) before becoming a professional woodworker.

Fifteen years after taking this new direction, Roger has a well-established one-person studio in Eynsham, a village just outside Oxford, England. He's still close to a great center of learning, and still has plenty of academic contacts and clients, but one doesn't look at a portfolio of his work and say "This is obviously the work of a former philosophy postgrad!" Instead, one is struck first by his confident, bold use of different colors and figures of wood as a graphic medium. Next, the careful, quiet underlying proportions of the whole piece emerge, sometimes almost camouflaged by the overtly graphic aspect of Roger's design, other times in complete, simple unison.

Having looked at several pieces in person, both finished and in-process, I must add that they feel less "designey" than I've described them here, or than they come across in photographs. Roger Cash furniture is much more approachable and easy to imagine living with. It is also executed at a very high standard of craftsmanship. The impression created by the portfolio, then, is that this craftsman must have been steeped in all aspects of woodworking, from design through finishing, since a very early age. Both on the merits of his work, and for the interest of comparing notes with a woodworker in another country, I wanted to learn more about Roger, so writing for Wood News Online was a perfect excuse for interrogation.

Read Jim's interview with Roger

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Featured Classes

Burning with Enthusiasm 991253 Burning with Enthusiasm with Julie Bender

Tuesday & Wednesday
Nov. 15 & 16
Class Size: 10
Item# 991253

Read our interview with Julie

View a slideshow of Julie's work


Women in Woodworking 991224
Women in Woodworking

Saturday & Sunday
Nov. 19 & 20
Class Size: 8
Item# 991224

See Our Other November Classes

View slideshow of Sept. 12-17 Comb Back Windsor Chair class

Alan Noel Alan Noel's Finishing Corner
Touching Up Repairs & Defects
Every so often we all have the problem of having to putty a nail hole, dent or gouge in the project we are working on. We soon discover during the finishing process that these repairs, along with those pesky glue spots that get missed during the sanding process, stick out like a sore thumb...and I've had my fair share of these, both literally and figuratively!


Purpleheart Makeup Box, Gary Fair

Ask the Staff
E-mail us at woodnews@highlandhardware.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 make small boxes and enjoy using colorful exotic woods such as purpleheart. I just hate the way it turns brown over time. What is the best finish for this type of wood if I want it to retain its rich purple hue?


Woodworking Tools

Highland Hardware's Tool List for a Basic Woodworking Shop
Every woodworker needs tools. We have come up with a tool list for a basic woodworking shop that can help you start or expand your own collection of tools. (It also makes a handy "Wish List" for Santa!) This list includes a wide variety of tools used for general-purpose "straight-line" woodworking - that is, tools and machines for turning are not represented. This is not intended to slight woodturning, which is not only an integral part of much classic furnituremaking, but a fine sport unto itself. The focus of this list, however, is on the tools and machines most often used for basic woodworking: cabinets, shelving, tables, boxes and other common projects. (This list is by no means exhaustive; it is only meant to be a guide.)

The choice of tools herein naturally reflects personal preferences, and there's doubtless plenty of room to debate the merits of any specific item. These are our favorites, tools we've learned about, used and enjoyed during the past twenty years.

Tool List

Reader Contribution
We are pleased to present our first Reader Contribution piece. The following article, detailing steps one can take to improve table saw functionality, was submitted to us by Richard McCandless of Akron, Ohio.

He writes:

"In the last five years I’ve become more serious about my woodworking for fun and in preparation for retirement. I started by taking a few classes and replacing my ancient little table saw. I found myself going out of my way to visit good sources, including Highland Hardware, which is quite a hike from my home in Ohio. Now I’ve progressed to Windsor chairs and another generation of bigger, sharper and more powerful tools. The sense of fulfillment keeps growing."

Two Simple Table Saw Improvements
by Richard McCandless

Table Saw Table saws are everywhere. Most of us start woodworking with a table saw. Nevertheless, most of my homeowner friends haven't made even the simplest improvements to their saws. Nobody told them how.

Here are two simple steps you can take to improve your table saw. They're virtually free. You can do them in minutes. Believe me, they're worth it.


Habitat for Humanity Operation Home Delivery

Habitat for Humanity Provides Hurricane Relief
Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Since their founding in 1976, they have built more than 200,000 houses around the world providing more than one million people with homes.

In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, thousands of families have been left homeless or with homes that are severely damaged. Habitat for Humanity's rebuilding effort, "Operation Home Delivery", is bringing houses into the hurricane-affected regions of the Gulf Coast and helping rebuild the lives of victims.


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