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Thomas Lie-Nielsen Interview With Toolmaker Thomas Lie-Nielsen
Over the course of the past 24 years, Thomas Lie-Nielsen has become America's preeminent toolmaker. His woodworking tools are highly sought-after today not only for their proven splendid performance, but also for the superb standard of excellence incorporated in their manufacture, a quality which has been recognized by discriminating craftsmen worldwide. Highland Hardware has taken delight in providing Lie-Nielsen Tools to its customers for more than two decades.

One does not have to be a professional craftsman to appreciate the beauty and functionality of these fine tools. Indeed, exposure to this level of quality has been an effective source of inspiration for many amateur woodworkers as they equip their workshops and refine their joinery skills.

Not long after his recent visit to teach a hand tool seminar at Highland Hardware, Thomas was kind enough to entertain a few of our questions for this edition of Wood News. His answers appear in this interview.


Dear Woodworker,

We hope you enjoy receiving and reading Wood News Online . It's one of the many ways in which we work to manifest our vision statement for Highland Hardware, "A Learning Community that Fosters the Joy of Woodworking and a Passion for Excellence."

You can be a part of this vision! We actively solicit relevant articles for Wood News Online from our readers and customers. Whether it be a first-person review of one of our tools, the description of a special technique which has worked for you, or an interesting or funny story involving your own woodworking shop, we invite you to submit it to us to consider for publication.

We pay $100 (in the form of a store gift certificate) for a thousand-word article with photos. More details are inside.

Happy woodworking,

Chris Bagby, Owner
Highland Hardware


Coming In Late July!
Kreg Tool Company announces the introduction of the next generation of Pocket Hole Tools, the K3 Kreg Jig, to be available in late July, 2005.

Kreg K3 Master System 124041

Kreg Jig K3 Master System $149.99

The Kreg Jig K3 Master System is the most versatile of the four Kreg models we carry, and is packed with several innovative new features.
Item# 124041

Kreg K3 Standard System 124042

Kreg Jig K3 Standard System

A great mid-range tool for pocket hole joinery that can later be upgraded to the Kreg Jig Master System.
Item# 124042


Don't Miss Our One Day Sale!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 16 and join us from 9am to 6pm for our summer one day sale. Save on hundreds of our most popular items, enjoy free demos and more!

Featured Classes

Beginning Turning with Hal Simmons

  Saturday, July 16
Item# 991124


Basic Bowl Turning with Frank Bowers

Saturday, July 23
Item# 991126

See our other July classes

Download our Summer 2005 Class Schedule .pdf

View slideshow of May 22-27 Windsor Chair class

Alan Noel's Finishing Corner
Finishing Tip Numero Uno

SAFETY FIRST: When doing finishing of any type, safety should be your first concern.

When using oil-based finishes such as varnish, polyurethane or penetrating oil, it is important to have good ventilation to promote fast drying and to avoid the buildup of fumes in the workspace.

Also, it is paramount to lay the used rags flat out or to hang them to dry to keep them from spontaneously combusting and burning down your house or shop.

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Ask the Experts
E-mail us at techsupport@tools-for-woodworking.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: What, in your opinion, is the best wood filler to use? My biggest problem is that with the wood filler I use, Famowood, I will match the color as closely to the wood as possible, but when the filler dries and/or is finished it is much lighter in color. Especially in a wood that darkens over time like cherry. Is there any way to further darken the filler, say possibly with a solvent-based stain? Or do you have any products that may work better?


M3 Square 301601

Hot New Item
M3 Square

The M3 is a try square with features of a saddle square, marking gauge, and sliding bevel. Its cast aluminum head and 2"x9" spring steel blade tip the scales at nearly a pound and a half! Wings on either side of the aluminum head let you carry layout marking around corners, or register the square positively along the profiled edge of moldings. The clip-on scribe holder accepts either a standard pencil or a knife scribe (both included) for use as a marking or slitting gauge. Tucked into the stock opposite the square blade is a 1"x2-1/2" sliding bevel blade, which can be locked at any angle within a 200-plus degree range.
Item# 301601

From the Wood News Archives
The following article was originally published in
Wood News No. 26,
Winter 1991

Remembering Tage Frid
(May 30, 1915 - May 4, 2004)

A Visit with Tage Frid
By Jack Warner

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - The morning breeze has a pleasant bite and the maples are wearing their brilliant fall coats in this land of long history and low stone fences.

In a neat two-story house near Ten Rod Road, America's most influential woodworker is enjoying the autumn of life - although if it were not for his vast store of rich memories and a tendency to work only five or six hours a day, Tage Frid would seem in the midst of eternal springtime. More

Employee Contribution
Expand Your Woodworking Skills by Expanding Your Library
By Chris Black

Whether you're a Pro or an Enthusiast, every serious woodworker hopes to get better with each project. New projects are opportunities to experiment with different techniques, hone old methods and expand your skill set. British Design Philosopher David Pye, in his book The Nature and Art of Workmanship (200597), defines skill as care, dexterity and judgment. As people interested in well executed craft, care is probably a given. We want to do a good job or at least be reasonably satisfied with the results. Dexterity comes simply through the repetition of doing a certain task over time. Judgment is a little more elusive. We can talk to other woodworkers, go on-line to chat groups, experiment in our shops or we can study the masters and their methods. By studying the methods of proven experts you reduce the learning curve and save valuable time reinventing the wheel. The easiest and least expensive way to learn from these craftsmen is through books and videos.

These resources, acquired over time, allow you to revisit your woodworking library to reference information without having to remember every minute detail of a given task. Compared to the cost of private lessons or classes at a technical school, print and video media is cheap. Plus the information is usually close at hand just waiting for you to check the index or pop a disc or tape into the player. More

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