Featured Classes

Intermediate Bowl Turning with Frank Bowers
Intermediate Bowl Turning with Frank Bowers

Sunday, April 15
Class Size: 8
Tuition: $95
Item# 991526

Curtis Buchanan on Milk Paint
Curtis Buchanan on Milk Paint

Friday, April 18
7pm to 9pm
Class Size: 30
Tuition: $60
Item# 991482

Curtis Buchanan on Edge Tools
Curtis Buchanan on Edge Tools

Saturday & Sunday
April 21 & 22
9am to 5pm
Class Size: 10
Tuition: $195
Item# 991483

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Alan Noel's Finishing Corner

Controlling Color

Alan Noel One of the first things students realize when taking my classes are the limitations of brushed or hand-applied finishes. When spraying, one can adjust the depth of colors in a controlled process by shading the finish itself. Such control is much harder when applying a finish by hand. Since pre-pigmented/tinted finishes have been introduced, I've had many questions about how to obtain an even appearance when applying these products by hand.

Read Alan's tips

Sean Headrick: Custom Furniture Designer & Craftsman

Sean Headrick:
Custom Furniture Designer & Craftsman

by Doug Hall & Elena Vega

Sean Headrick is a longtime customer of Highland Woodworking. He's been coming into our store since he was a teenager and still visits us several times a week to discuss his latest woodworking endeavor or to show us a neat Google SketchUp drawing he's done. (In fact, he introduced us to the design software and our 3D Warehouse collections are made up of his wonderfully detailed tool and furniture models.)

Sean specializes in detail-oriented, 1920's era furniture, millwork and clocks, often with features like hidden compartments, turned elements and leaded glass. But he likes the challenge of building almost anything; for example, he loves building treehouses and he is currently reconstructing the woodwork on a 1946 Chevy Woody Station Wagon, reproducing each component from new stock. Follow his progress on his blog .

Impressed by Sean's beautiful designs, exceptional craftsmanship and his amazing ability to teach himself just about anything, we just had to learn more about him. So during one of his visits to our store he generously took the time to talk with us.

Read our interview with Sean

View a gallery of Sean's work

Staining Maple

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 screwed up and tried to stain bookcases I made out of maple. They look terrible. How do I recover?


Preventive Maintenance by Chris Black

Employee Contribution

Preventive Maintenance
by Chris Black

Years ago when I was in the service, we had a system for maintaining vehicles and equipment called PMCS, which stood for "Preventive Maintenance, Checks and Services". Basically, it was a to-do list divided into daily, monthly and yearly routines. By checking the timetable, the list reminded you what to do to keep things running smoothly and operating safely. With spring arriving, I thought it might be nice to go though the shop and see what needs to be done.


ToolBank Tool Drive at Highland Woodworking

ToolBank Tool Drive at
Highland Woodworking's One Day Sale

Saturday, May 5th
9am - 4pm

Bring in your used & extra tools to donate to the community & receive a tax deduction! The Atlanta Community ToolBank will be here during our Spring One Day Sale accepting tool donations for their Tool Library, the country's largest tool lending program. The ToolBank provides tools to Atlanta's nonprofit organizations for use in volunteer service projects. Don't miss this opportunity to clean out your shop & put your old tools to work for Atlanta!

Learn more about the ToolBank & Tool Drive

Visit the ToolBank website

Highland Woodworking Spring One Day Sale

Don't Miss Our Spring One Day Sale!

Saturday, May 5th

Come spend the day at Highland Woodworking for our Spring One Day Sale! We'll have free woodworking demonstrations throughout the day, free refreshments, door prizes and special in-store pricing on hundreds of items.

The shops and eateries here in Virginia-Highlands will keep your family fed and busy all day, so bring the whole clan and come on down! We won't have a tent, so there will be parking available in our lot.

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Featured Product

Wixey Digital Angle Gauge


Here's one of the most useful gadgets we've seen in some time. The Wixey Digital Angle Gauge will help you adjust & set any saw blade, machine table or fence in the shop accurately to within 1/10 of a degree. It zeros with a push of a button on any surface, so you won't have to level your machine's table for a reliable reading. Three super strong rare earth magnets hold it in place so your hands are free to turn cranks and tighten nuts. The digits on the LED screen are 3/8" high for easy reading, it's small enough to fit in your apron pocket. Durable, simple to operate, plus it comes with 2 batteries. Now someone's thinking!

Item# 168321.

Highland Woodworking Blog

Stay Current with Our Blog

To stay current on all the woodworking news, be sure and visit the Highland Woodworking Blog . New entries are posted frequently, featuring new products, tips on tools and techniques, profiles of instructors and artists, and much more. Recent postings include exciting new videos with many more on the way, so you can peek in on some of the classes and demos we have here in our store. We welcome your comments, feedback and ideas!

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