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Using Hand Planes
with Jim Dillon, April 12

A well-tuned handplane works with the greatest of ease, makes continuous, thin shavings, and leaves behind a surface ready for finish. If you're not getting that sort of performance from your plane, or if you do, but only sometimes, this hands-on-class will get you there.

Using Hand Planes, April 12, 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.

April 9
Basic Bowl Turning

April 10
Beginning Turning

April 12
Using Hand Planes

April 13
Finishing the Finish

April 16-17
Fundamentals of Woodworking

April 23
Basic Bowl Turning

April 26
Hand Tool Sharpening

April 27
Taming the Skew

April 30
Spray Finishing

May 2-8
Build a Sculptured Rocker with Charles Brock

May 3
Make a Mitered Half Lap Picture Frame

May 7
Introduction to Marquetry

May 9-12
Cabinetmaking Basics

May 13-15
Relief Carving for Beginners

May 14
Antiques Show and Tell

May 18
French Polish Workshop

May 21
Basic Bowl Turning

May 22
Turning Pens

May 25
Sharpening for Turners

May 28
Turn a Peppermill

Classes Suitable for Teens

See a List of All Our Classes

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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.

Best Deal Ever on our Best Dremel Tool

We've packaged our highest-performance Dremel Rotary Tool with over 160 accessories including the Circle Cutter/Straight Edge Guide and the Sanding/Grinding Guide, plus a wide variety of tooling for sanding, polishing, routing, grinding, slicing, slotting and grooving in materials ranging from wood, metal, glass, ceramics and plastic. Bought separately the items would cost over $189, but our package deal is just $99.99.

Professional CNC
now for the small shop

Highland Woodworking has joined with EZ CNC in Dallas, TX to offer a serious CNC router system that's affordable for the small shop needing to step up to automatic production. Ruggedly built using industrial-grade American-made components, our EZ CNC router system is simple to master and highly productive in use.

FESTOOL Contractor's First Aid Kit

Festool has cleverly equipped this SYS 1 Systainer with all the common first aid supplies required for emergency first aid care, including a handy First-Aid Guide and clearly marked red first aid latches.

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.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Using the Pantograph

By Kevin McGuire

The invention of this ingenious tool for copying and resizing images dates back to at least the 1600's. While seeming primitive it has peculiar advantages over modern digital imaging for resizing, as we will see.

Click here to read about this fascinating tool:

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 Tom LeRoy, who has instituted a test in his shop that ensures he approaches every project safely.

CLICK HERE to read his safety tip!

Four Rikon Bandsaw Models Are ON SALE at Highland Woodworking

An easy way to navigate our entire highly-informative woodworking website.  

Check It Out!

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

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 Inside This Issue
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Staining Oak
Show Us Your Stuff
Cleaning Your Finishing Brushes
Safety Tip: The Boy Scout Test
Building the Andre Roubo Bench
Using the Pantograph

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 Dave Owen's 'Sawdust Studio' in Lakeland, Florida.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

For his April column, our Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, expands upon his previous review of the Festool CT 36 Dust Extractor after quite a bit more testing during the continued renovations of his new home. He also reminds us of the beginner woodworker's perspective with a story of a measuring and marking trick he had taken for granted, as well as providing a great primer on building code, and much more!

Do you have a woodworking "Go-Bag"? Find out what the Down to Earth Woodworker keeps in his by clicking here!

REVIEW: 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.

CLICK HERE for more info:

CLICK HERE to read a great review of the Stanley Sweetheart Chisels by Chris Black

Lie-Nielson Tool of the Month
Boggs Curved Spokeshave

This month we're highlighting the Lie-Nielsen Boggs Curved Spokeshave. Our friend Lee Laird, of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, recently wrote a blog post explaining how to set up and adjust this versatile tool.

Check out Lee's post on the Boggs Curved Spokeshave:

Get a Triton Plunge Router for a Great Price!

This distinctive 2-1/4 HP router from Triton Workshop Systems is a great choice for use either handheld or especially in a router table. Triton's engineers have incorporated innovative features 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!

Product Tours Available
on our YouTube Channel!

This month we are featuring three brand new product tours on our YouTube channel! Our good friend Morton demonstrates some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.

Click below to take a look at one of the three featured product tours we have available starting this month:

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!

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Cleaning Your Finishing Brushes

If you have looked at high quality brushes such as ox-hair and china bristle for varnishing/lacquering or enameling and nylon/polyester brushes for latex paints, the prices may surprise you. Keeping your finishing brushes tools CLEAN is the key to a great job and longevity of the tool itself.

Here are six tips to help you keep your finishing brushes clean:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I have searched the Internet looking for some advice on staining oak a darker color. I have been having problems getting the oak to be a more uniform color and wondered if your Transtint dyes could be a product that would help with this.

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

Building the Andre Roubo Workbench

By Kerry Lancaster

After completing the addition to my workshop, I realized I had to have a workbench other than my table saw. My first order of business was to build me a functional workbench.

Click here to read Kerry's tale of building his own Andre Roubo style workbench:

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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.

Highland Woodworking Gift Certificates

An awesome present that's always appreciated by just about any woodworker anywhere.

Festool Sander Contest

Announcing the WINNER
of our $1000 Festool
New Sander Giveaway

We received over 200,000 entries in our online contest to win a new Festool RO 90 DX multi-purpose sander and CT26E dust extractor.

CLICK HERE to find out who won:

Woodworking Tool Catalog


OUR LATEST NEW woodworking tool catalog is now available to browse online! CLICK THE IMAGE

Buy a Leigh Super 18 or Super 24 Dovetail Jig in April and get a VRS FREE

These dovetail jigs have all the great features you've come to expect from Leigh but at a lower price! Like previous Leigh versions, you can cut variably spaced through and half-blind dovetails in a variety of material sizes and thicknesses in two passes, or you can cut both sides of fixed spaced half-blinds at the same time.

Order the Super 18 or Super 24 Dovetail jig before April 30, 2011 and receive FREE a VRS Vacuum and Router Support worth $99 after you register your jig with Leigh. (Applies to U.S. and Canada only).

CLICK HERE for more info:

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:

Festool Carvex Jigsaws

Stunning New Festool Carvex Jigsaws Coming Soon - Pre-order Now

Festool's new Carvex 400-Series completely redefines the jigsaw. Featuring exclusive tool-free FastFix Blade Chuck, interchangeable base system, fully automatic triple blade guide system as well as many other features, the Carvex 400-Series jigsaw is the finest on the market.

See what makes them so good:

Coming June 1, Festool
CXS Compact Drill/Driver

Festool's new ultra-compact CXS Drill Driver conveniently brings Festool quality and ease of use into tight spaces. Weighing less than 2 lbs., the CXS compact drill driver packs ample power for tough jobs.

More about the CXS Drill Driver:

Our Popular Sculptured Chair Plan Bundles NOW ON SALE - Save up to $40
Our comprehensive plan bundles by Charles Brock provide all the information and inspiration you'll need to build these beautiful sculptured chairs. Each set includes DVD, book and full-size drawings.

CLICK HERE for more info:

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:

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:

Show Your Stuff!

woodworking tools

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 Robert Clark Rutkowski of Portland, Oregon.

CLICK HERE to take a look at a couple of his incredible industrial-style pieces:

$166 in Free Accessories when you buy a Tormek T-7 Grinder in April

Now through April 30, 2011, order one of our Tormek T-7 wet grinders, and upon registering your grinder with Tormek, receive free an HTK705 hand tool kit for free, a $166 value.

$65 in Free Accessories when you buy a Tormek T-3 Grinder in April

Order one of our affordable Tormek T-3 wet grinders by April 30, 2011, and upon registering your grinder with Tormek, receive free the SP650 stone grader and AN04 apron, a $64.98 added value.

The Highland Woodturner

Wood turning is the fastest growing part of the woodworking community. To give it the attention it deserves, we're starting a new publication devoted entirely to woodturning. Watch for it to appear around April 20!

Want to join in? We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS & STORIES of your favorite current turning topic.

Check out the innovative and easy-to-use Easy Wood Turning 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 our
Easy Wood Turning Tools:

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