Our scrollsaw package deal includes 72 extra blades worth $35.92, plus "The Scroll Saw, a Beginner's Guide" DVD, a $19.95 value. With its built-in worklight, variable speed control and sawdust blower and dustport, the Rikon Scrollsaw is ideal for making toys, puzzles, letters, numbers, etc.
The Highland Woodworking YouTube channel is chock-full of fascinating and instructive woodworking videos. From monthly offerings by our Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, to demos of new tools shot onsite at our retail store to instructional videos from our many vendors, there is something for everyone at the Highland Woodworking YouTube Channel.
This month we have a new video from The Down to Earth Woodworker, who is building up some leg stock en route to a new desk, bookcase and credenza. Rather than go with the "instant gratification" of starting with the top, Steven Johnson is starting with the legs in this two part video.CLICK HERE to check it out:
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Featured this month is Dan Chiappetta's cozy workshop in his Astoria, NY apt. CLICK HERE for a look inside:
This month our Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, concludes his fascinating "Future of Woodworking" series with some predictions of what's to come and some ideas for how we can shape the future of our craft. Steve also gets a leg up on his furniture project, and ends by recounting a story from his past that increased his appreciation for the wood he is working today. CLICK HERE to read about the futuristic products Steve has lined up for us!
New Iwasaki Carving Files
Rather than producing sawdust waste like rasps normally do, these amazing tools remove tiny shavings that look as if they came from a miniature plane! Traditionally utilized for the fine work required by wooden plane makers, they are also prized by furniture makers and patternmakers for shaping, sculpting, joinery tuning and easing hard edges. Their claim to fame is removing material quickly like a rasp while leaving a very clean surface finish like you would expect from a file. Available in 14 sizes/styles or select among our sets of 2. Details and How to Order:
Lie-Nielson Tools of the Month
#4 and #4-1/2 Smooth Planes
This month we're highlighting a couple of our favorite Lie-Nielsen smoothing planes, the #4 and the slightly larger #4-1/2. Fortunately our friend Lee Laird at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks recently wrote a blog entry for us on the art of using a smoothing plane. Here's good info about setting up a smooth plane:
Ask the Staff Question: I am refinishing an old dresser (1986 vintage). It has been stripped and I want the original deep red color seen in a lot of Chippendale furniture. I have tried some samples of stain and am not satisfied with the results. Can you offer any suggestions?
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The Accidental Workbench
By Dick Rank
They say that even a blind squirrel occasionally finds an acorn. That was true for me one day last month when I was at an estate sale for a former woodworker who specialized in making fine violins.
CLICK HERE to read about what I found that day:
HIGHLAND BLOG: Navy Veteran Carves the Declaration of IndependenceCharles Kested is a U.S. Navy veteran and lifelong woodworker who overcame severe obstacles to complete an amazing woodworking project. His incredible full-sized replica of America's Declaration of Independence has inspired many who have read his story, and the volume of responses and emotion contained within were truly impressive.
"Truly the work of a Master Craftsman. An inspirational piece and it makes me proud to be an American."
"Charlie, you inspire the rest of us to do more, do better and never quit when the chips are down. Your piece deserves to be in the Smithsonian one day."
CLICK HERE to read
a newspaper article that describes Charlie and his project in more detail, as well as more inspired comments from readers:
with Alan Noel
Holiday Cheers and SmearsYou have a house full of people and a good time is being had by all. And then afterwards, when you are cleaning up, you start to notice that evidently some had a much better time than others and left without a word. Candle wax on a table top, wine dried up on another along with the proverbial water rings and greasy fingerprints. Here are FOUR tips to help you get through the holiday season:
Woodworker's Guide to Google Sketchup If you've ever been frustrated trying to use Google Sketchup in your woodworking, this eBook is the solution you are looking for!
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Free Gransfors Axe with Tormek T-7 Purchase
Now through January 15, 2011, order one of our Tormek T-7 wet grinders, and upon registering your grinder with Tormek, receive free a Gransfors Bruks premium hand axe, a $110 value.Watch a Tormek Video Demo
Tormek T-3 Grinder
Only $314.99 thru 12/31/10
Save $40 off the $354.99 regular price of Tormek's affordable T-3 water-cooled sharpening system by ordering from us by Dec. 31, 2010.
Our Green Wheel for the Makita Sharpener Is Back!
Out of production for many years, the Green Wheel is available once again. This 120-grit Japanese waterstone wheel will safely wet grind the hardest steels as aggressively as a coarse wheel on a conventional bench grinder, making short work of reshaping or restoring the bevel on chisels, plane irons, and knives for jointers and planers. CHECK OUT the Green Wheel:
Makita 9820-2 Sharpener For many years our favorite wet grinder for jointer and planer knives, the Makita 9820-2 sharpener also does superb work on chisels and plane irons when used with our optional hand tool jig. See the Makita Sharpener:
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Is Now our Most Popular
We are delighted with the quality of this highly affordable new workbench. Made in the Czech Republic using the finest European Beechwood, it comes complete with two 14" vises and 4 benchdogs. The bench weighs 103 lbs. and provides a 53" x 20" work surface.Put one in your shop for $399.99: CLICK HERE to see a video on how easy it is to assemble:
Dilo Fernandino'sWe were excited to get an update from Dilo Fernandino, our master wood craftsman friend from Brazil. After a solo exhibition of his work in February of this year, Dilo has gone back to his incredibly intricate baroque-inspired pieces and has produced another impressive item - a tiny chest of drawers. CLICK HERE to see more pictures of Dilo's latest creation:
Tiny Chest of Drawers
Steel City Helical Planer
Now on Sale for $499.99
Steel City's patented helical cutterhead uses 26 four-sided HSS indexed cutting inserts for ease of blade maintenance, quality of finish and significantly quieter operation. A special purchase allows us to offer these planers at an unprecedented low price, while supplies last. CLICK HERE for more info: Read the Popular Woodworking Magazine Review:
Alone in the WildernessHere's a Christmas gift that any woodworker is sure to enjoy. This one-hour DVD documents how Dick Proenneke built a home in Alaska 40 miles from the nearest settlement using only a few hand tools and local resources, and lived there alone for over 30 years. CLICK HERE to check it out:
– How a Woodworker Survived in the Wild
Bench Cookies only $9.99
Easiest way to hold your workpiece securely while sanding, routing, etc.
Magnetic Worklight $19.99
A powerful 40 lb. magnet lets you mount this lamp easily. Its 14" flexible arm directs the light where you need it.
Narex Bench Chisels
Named Best Value Bench Chisel by FWW magazine, boxed set of 6 rugged chisels.
ON SALE for $49.99 thru Dec. 12 (reg. $59.99)
CLICK HERE for FEIN Savings:
Today's Featured Tools
Show Your Stuff!
We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your favorite woodworking projects along with captions and a brief history of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your stuff in a future issue.Featured this month is the work of Steve Szilvagyi of Onekama, Michigan.
CLICK HERE for a closer look at his beautiful pieces and the shop where he built them:
HIGHLAND BLOG: Terry Chapman Builds the Maloof-Inspired Walnut Rocking Chair Parts KitHighland's mega-blogger Terry Chapman is putting together the Maloof-inspired Rocking Chair Walnut Parts Kit, and he's telling the whole story on our blog. CLICK HERE for more info on the walnut parts kit itself:
Maloof-inspired Plans –
DVD, Book and Drawings
Charles Brock has singled out the specific tools he uses when building his chairs and listed them in one place for easy selection by woodworkers undertaking this challenging project. Check Out the Tools of the Trade:
New Dust Extractors The new Festool CT26E & CT36E feature more capacity, self-cleaning filter bags plus an integral hose garage as standard equipment. CLICK HERE for more info:
Do you have a great idea for staying alert and helping to avoid injuries in your workshop? If so, we want to hear about it!. Receive a $25 store gift card if we feature your tip in a future issue.
This month's tip comes from Laura Jack of Rabun County, GA, who confesses to being a reader of operating manuals, and thinks we should all do the same.CLICK HERE to check out her tip:
Another Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER
Just thought I would take a minute to drop you folks a note regarding my experience w/ your Wood Slicer band saw blade—It certainly has lived up to the pre-purchase accolades your sales rep mentioned while I was on the phone—I've used it to slice veneer about 2/32" thick—and to cut the top free from the bottom of the box I am making—Thanks for a terrific product.
— Barrie Beaver, Sussex, NJ Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:
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