Featured Classes

Handplane Demonstration with Toshio Odate
Handplane Demonstration with Toshio Odate

Friday, May 11
Tuition: $60
Item# 991533

Sharpening Handplanes & Japanese Tools with Toshio Odate
Sharpening Handplanes & Japanese Tools with Toshio Odate

Saturday & Sunday
May 12 & 13
9am to 4pm
Tuition: $195
Demo with Class Participation
Item# 991534

Bookcases in the Small Shop with Bob Saye
Bookcases in the Small Shop with Bob Saye

Saturday, May 19
9am to 4pm
Tuition: $95
Class Size: 10
Item# 991449

Turning with the Spindle Gouge with Hal Simmons
Turning with the Spindle Gouge with Hal Simmons

Saturday, May 19
9am to 5pm
Tuition: $95
Class Size: 8
Hands-On Workshop
Item# 991535

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Alan Noel's Finishing Corner

Painted Decoration

Alan Noel During the early years of my business, I was often asked to paint a piece of furniture. I really hated to comply with my clients wishes, especially when it was a nice pencil post bed, chest of drawers or the like. After realizing I didn't have to "live" with the work, and that I actually liked some of the decorative elements and characteristics the pieces took on, I slowly started to change my attitude towards painted finishes and began to develop an approach that suited my own sensibilities about my work and the pieces I was working on. Besides, paint has saved many things from rotting away that are in my house today!

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Highland Woodworking Welcomes Back
Curtis Buchanan

Highland Woodworking Welcomes Back Curtis Buchanan Over the years Highland Woodworking has played host to many woodworking legends, including Sam Maloof, Toshio Odate, Roy Underhill, Rude Osolnik and Tage Frid, and many others. Frequently, these events are a homecoming of sorts, a meeting place for a community of woodworkers and craftsmen. With so much in common - obviously a passion for wood, a love of making something with one’s hands and just plain creativity - having the "Legends" here often becomes a reason to get together and share in the fellowship of woodworking.

One of the woodworkers we came to love almost instantly is renowned Windsor Chair maker Curtis Buchanan.

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Glue Failure

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 recently glued up some boards for a project and some of the joints failed. I used yellow carpenter's glue and left them clamped overnight like I always do. I've never had this happen before. Can you give me any ideas?


Alternative Sources for Wood by Chris Black

Employee Contribution

Alternative Sources for Wood
by Chris Black

Here and around Atlanta where our store is, we are blessed with an abundance of excellent hardwood dealers. But what if you don't live near a good lumber supplier? Perhaps you do, but they aren't interested in selling in quantities less than 1000 board feet. Some dealers only keep a few common species in stock. You could mail order your material, but you never know what you're going to get. Not to say these merchants aren't reputable. I've always had good luck with mail ordering wood, especially veneers, but it can be expensive. Let's explore some other ways to get wood that may not have occurred to you.


Project Tips & Techniques, From Start to Finish by Derreck Bryans

Reader Contribution

Project Tips & Techniques, From Start to Finish
by Derreck Bryans

Woodworking is a hobby and profession which is enjoyed by many people. For the hobbyist, a few hours here and there seems to be all that our busy lives will allow. For the professional, time is money. I am fortunate that I can sell some of my pieces, as well as being a hand tool hobbyist.

Over the years, through both experience and articles I’ve read in various woodworking publications, I have devised some tips which I have found can enhance the quality of your projects and cut back on time previously wasted in the woodshop. They are listed below, in order from the start to the end of a project.


Hot New Item!

5" Soft-Sanders, Set of 6


Soft-Sanders are shaped sanding blocks that fit every imaginable contour, curve & crevice. Each of the 6 color-coded 4-3/4" long sanders is supple enough to prevent gouging but firm enough to maintain details. They work with Super-Flex adhesive backed sandpaper, but we found them to operate well with any paper you're already using. Just hit the back of your own paper with some spray adhesive & apply it to the profile you want. Solvent resistant & heat resistant. Comes with one each of 80, 120 and 180 grit Super-Flex Sandpaper .

Item# 156971.

Highland Woodworking Attends Woodturning Symposium

Highland Attends Woodturning Symposium

This past weekend Highland Woodworking had the opportunity to participate in the Southern States VII Woodturning Symposium at the Georgia Mountains Center in Gainesville, GA. The Symposium started on Friday, April 27 and continued through Sunday, April 29. The featured demonstrators were Bruce Bell from Australia, John Jordan from Tennessee, Mike Mahoney from Utah and Dale Nish, also from Utah.

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