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Build a Bookcase with Jim Dillon, March 22-23

Building a box with shelves is pretty straightforward if you know a few simple procedures and have access to a few inexpensive tools. In this beginners' class, you'll learn about carcass design and build a modern design bookcase with a hardwood frame measuring 4' tall x 30" wide. Upon completion of the class you'll take home your very own bookcase ready for finishing. Tuition includes all materials.

Build a Bookcase, Mar 22-23, 2011

Highland's Upcoming Woodworking Class Schedule in Atlanta

Many classes fill up quickly, so please register now to make sure we hold a spot for you.

March 8
Hand Tool Sharpening

March 12
Beginning Turning

March 12
Antiques Show and Tell

March 13
Introduction to Turning

March 16
Coloring Wood

March 19
Introduction to Marquetry

March 19
Spray Finishing

March 22-23
Build a Bookcase

March 26
Basic Bowl Turning

March 26-27
Antique Restoration

March 29
Taming the Skew

March 30
French Polish Workshop

March 31
Timber Framing

April 2
Boatbuilding 101

April 9
Basic Bowl Turning

April 10
Beginning Turning

April 12
Hand Planes

April 16-17
Fundamentals of Woodworking

April 23
Basic Bowl Turning

April 26
Hand Tool Sharpening

April 27
Taming the Skew

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Buy our Rikon Scrollsaw
Package Deal, only $169.99

Our scrollsaw package deal includes 86 extra blades worth $35.92, plus "The Scroll Saw, a Beginner's Guide" DVD, a $19.95 value, PLUS a Flexible Shaft and 206-pc accessory kit, an additional $49.98 value. Total value, $255.84! With its built-in worklight, variable speed control and sawdust blower and dustport, the Rikon Scrollsaw is ideal for making toys, puzzles, letters, numbers, and much more!

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A good workbench is the keystone of any woodworking shop. You'll be able to approach your next woodworking project like never before with our AFFORDABLE new European Workbench. Solidly constructed from beautiful European beechwood, this bench will help to inspire and enable quality woodworking.

Earlex HVLP HV5000
Pro Sprayer, Super
Special $249.99

(Reg. price $299.99)
Discover how fast and easy finishing can be without having to apply using a brush. Flawlessly sprays stains, lacquer, shellac, polyurethane, and water-based finishes, as well as thinned latex paint. Quantities limited.

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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 Dave Durrant, who has a list of workshop safe operating procedures he would like to share with all woodworkers.

CLICK HERE to read his safety tips!

Save $200 on our big Rikon 18" Bandsaw

A special purchase allows us to offer this powerful, huge-capacity professional-duty 18" bandsaw at an exceptionally low price. Powered by an extremely robust 2.5 HP 220 volt motor, Rikon's model 10-345 18" bandsaw will handle challenging heavy-duty jobs that smaller bandsaws cannot. Its total weight is 389 lbs. Why settle for a smaller, lighter-weight bandsaw when your shop can benefit now from the capacity and power of this large professional duty machine at such an affordable low price?

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Rikon 14" DELUXE Bandsaw — Only $799.99!

The Rikon 14" Deluxe Bandsaw is a great choice for all kinds of woodworkers. Furnituremakers will like the large 13" resawing capacity and cutting accuracy. Woodturners will like the stability of the large table when roughing bowl blanks. The 1-1/2 HP 115/230 volt motor makes this choice of bandsaw convenient and powerful. Sturdy steel frame, double bearing blade guides and tilting large cast iron table with a heavy rip fence, integral inch scale and resawing pivot guide.

Earlex Portable Steamer, only $69.99

A special purchase allows us to make this portable electric steamer available to you for only $69.99, a savings of $20 off the normal price. Combined with a homemade steam box (we include plans to build from common materials), this unit will set you up for steam bending wood for projects such as Windsor chair arms and backs, bent components for wooden boats, and more!

Walnut Parts Kit for a Sculptured Rocker

For those who want a challenging project that is perhaps a little less daunting than starting completely from scratch, we now offer Charles Brock's new walnut parts kit for building a sculptured rocking chair.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Check out the Highland Blog posts on building a sculptured rocker kit:

Sculptured Chair Plans
DVD, Book and Drawings

Rocking Chair Plan Bundle Lowback Plan Bundle

SAVE $30 by purchasing
both bundles together

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.

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 Inside This Issue
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Wood Finish Safety
Show Us Your Stuff
Using Soft Wax
Safety Tip: Workshop Safety Rules
A Homemade Mini Texturing Tool
My Career in Woodturning

Show Your Shop!
For this popular monthly column, we invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking shop along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your shop in a future issue.
Featured this month is George Yohanek's backyard woodturning workshop.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

This month our Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, continues work on his new home, and brings us tales of his developing love affair with the dump, some thoughts on how he approaches this work differently than he does his traditional woodworking, and follows up with a review of his Festool sander and dust extractor.

What does the Down To Earth Woodworker think of his Festool Sander? Click here to find out!

New Stanley Sweetheart Socket Chisels

Stanley's brand new British-made Sweetheart socket chisels are based on a classic Stanley design and beautifully executed in high carbon chrome steel. They offer exceptional value in a premium tool.

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Lie-Nielson Tool of the Month
No. 8 Jointer Plane

This month we're highlighting the Lie-Nielsen No. 8 Jointer Plane. Our friend Lee Laird, of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, recently wrote a blog post introducing us to "the king of planes", and gives a few tips on getting the best use out of this hefty hand tool.

Check out Lee's short tutorial on the No. 8 Jointer Plane:

Get a Triton Router for a Great Price!

Three distinctive routers from Triton Workshop Systems reflect new thinking about a lot more than just unique body design. Triton's engineers have incorporated several innovative features with instant appeal for woodworkers, including above-table bit changes, easy rack and pinion plunge drive, one-wrench bit change below the base and effective dust control, among others.

This is the Best Deal We've Ever Offered on a Router! Get Yours Today!

SawStop Accessory Rebate

Purchase our wife-approved 3 HP SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw now and receive a FREE overarm dust collection assembly, a $199 added value. Purchase our 1.75 HP PCS model (also wife-approved) and receive a FREE dust collection blade guard, a $139 added value. Promotion ends March 31.

Check out the SawStop rebate:

HIGHLAND VIDEO: Product Tours Coming to the Highland YouTube Channel!

This month we are starting a new feature at our YouTube channel: product tours for some of our featured products! Our good friend Morton demonstrates some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.

Are there any products you'd like to see a tour of? If so, we invite you to EMAIL US and let us know what YOU would like to see!

Rikon 10" Bandsaw
A Great Value at $219.99

We've sold almost 400 of this exceptional value from Rikon over the past 2 years, making it our all-time best-selling bandsaw ever. That's because it has proven itself as a solid performer that's also very affordable. After we installed one of our Wood Slicer resawing blades on our demo model, we were able to resaw uniform slices 1/64" thick off the length of a 4x4. We highly recommend it as your first bandsaw bought on a budget, or as a second bandsaw that allows you to avoid constantly swapping blades on your main bandsaw.

Prices Reduced on Select Swedish Axes

We have recently lowered prices on more than a dozen of our Gransfors-Bruks handmade Swedish axes, especially some of the more exotic ones based on designs dating back as far as the 11th century.

Sale on our Arbortech Power Carvers
Nothing matches the speed and control of our Arbortech Power Carvers for sculpting and carving on any scale. A special purchase allows significant savings on four of our most popular models.

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Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Using SoftWax

One of the great tools we finishers have in our arsenal of tricks are the SoftWax kits available here at Highland Woodworking.

Here are 8 tips for using these versatile SoftWax kits:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I am making wooden spoons and salad bowls commercially. Which surface finish should I use?

E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.

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Easily search over 30 years of our informative woodworking articles!

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Another Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER
When I first saw your ad I poo-poo'ed it. But I went ahead and bought one and decided to try it. My first project was to take the 3/4 inch blade and resaw a piece of 13 inch by 2 inch quarter sawn oak. First I measured off the lines and placed them on the wooden block which was about two feet long. Right down the center. Started the saw and from the "get go" you just know if something is working right or not? Well 20 seconds later I had a PERFECT cut! No if, ands or buts about it. Right down the line with two fingers pushing the block and holding it against my standard fence which is about 3 inches tall. So, minimal set up, no effort - perfect cut...End of story. From now on all my band saw blades come from here and if you want a reference I will be glad to show anyone what and how I did the cut.
— P. Kellam

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:

Buy a Leigh Super FMT jig in March and get a 22-pc accessory kit for FREE

Leigh's Super FMT jig is a lower cost alternative to the popular FMT Pro. The Super FMT offers the full functionality of the FMT Pro, but at a fraction of the cost! Made from CNC punched steel plate, the Super FMT will work with virtually any plunge router.

Order the Super FMT before March 31, 2011 and receive FREE a 22 piece accessory kit worth $219 after you register your jig with Leigh. (Applies to U.S. and Canada only).

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The Versatile NEW Festool Rotex 90 Sander

This brand new powerful 1/2 HP gear-driven sander is easily the most versatile sander on the market. Instantly switch from polishing mode to random orbital mode to delta oscillating mode.

Order the Rotex 90:

Watch a short Rotex 90 video:

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:

One Man's Lathe Setup

By Tom Soles

When I retired in 2001, I started to look for that perfect setup that would allow me to turn very large bowls, and after looking at all of the domestic lathes and several foreign "guys" I decided on Oneway from Canada. This search took nine years (I am a very picky guy).

Click here to read about Tom's perfect lathe setup:

Save over $100 on our Rikon 12" Premium Lathe Package Deal
Our woodturner's turnkey package deal is a great way to get started in the world of woodturning. We've supplemented Rikon's highly popular 12" x 16" 6-speed mini-lathe with our signature set of 4 Bodger HSS turning tools, plus added the world's most popular turning instructional video by Richard Raffan.
CLICK HERE for more info:
Expand it to 40" for only $99.99:

Great Deal on our Rikon Economy Mini-Lathe Package Deal, only $289.99
(A $369.93 value)

We have a limited quantity of this excellent value in a mini-lathe starter package. While supplies last, get our Rikon Economy 12" x 16" Mini-Lathe, a set of 5 HSS mini-turning tools, and Richard Raffan's popular "The New Turning Wood Video."

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= YOUR Turn! =

We enjoyed reading the turning articles in this special woodturning issue so much, we decided it should become a regular feature in Wood News!

We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS & STORIES of your favorite current woodturning topic.

This could include your latest woodturning projects, your current shop setup for woodturning, the new tool you built yourself that does the job perfectly, or even a story about your own woodturning career. Please include captions for any pictures, and email photos at 800x600 resolution. Receive a $50 store gift card if we feature you in a future issue.

Check out the innovative and easy-to-use Easy Wood Tools!

Why so easy? The flat shank of the Easy Wood Tool allows the tool to always ride dead flat on the tool rest, so the turner's attention can be focused on things other than the tool's edge, and the cutter is simply moved straight into the work. This simple technique is a boon for beginner turners, or turners who have struggled using standard tools and techniques in the past.

Take a look at Easy Wood Tools and start your career as a Wood Turner today!

A Homemade Mini
Texturing Tool for Woodturners

By Phil Colson

I wanted to share how I made a mini texturing tool out of parts from Highland Woodworking. It uses a Dremel HHS cutter to get repeatable textures. I use it on boxes, bottle stoppers, pens, finials, bowls and hollow forms.

Click here to read how Phil made his own mini texturing tool!

My Career in Woodturning

By George T. (Terry) Chapman

The first time I tried to turn a piece of wood was using my Shopsmith. I turned out a couple of quick spindles and showed them to my wife who professed suitable admiration. That was enough to keep me going.

Click here to read more about Terry's sometimes TOO exciting career as a woodturner!

Show Your Stuff!

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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.

This month we are featuring the work of Martin Harris of Sacramento, CA.

CLICK HERE for a closer look at his many turned creations:

Why Not Write an Article for Wood News?
We actively solicit contributions of editorial material (articles, photos and videos) from our customers and readership, and for every one we accept and publish in Wood News Online , we will compensate the contributor. We typically pay up to $100 (in the form of a store gift certificate) for a thousand-word-plus article with photos.

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