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Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 69, May 2011 Welcome to Highland Woodworking - Fine Tools & Education Learn more about Highland Woodworking View our current woodworking classes and seminars Woodworking articles and solutions Subscribe to Wood News
Turn a Peppermill with Hal Simmons, May 28

Freshly ground pepper always tastes better, especially if it comes from a pepper grinder you make yourself. In this class, Hal Simmons will teach you how to make your own 6" peppermill on the lathe as well as skills you need to make many more.

Turn a Peppermill, May 28, 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.

May 7
Introduction to Marquetry

May 9-12
Cabinetmaking Basics

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

June 1
Finishing the Finish

June 2
Timber Framing

June 4
Chip Carving

June 6-9
Build a Shaker Table

June 11
Beginning Turning

June 18
Basic Bowl Turning

June 19
Basic Bowl Turning

June 22
Taming of the Skew

June 25
Hand Cut Dovetails

June 25-26
Antique Restoration

June 26
Router Basics

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Three Rikon Bandsaw Models Are ON SALE at Highland Woodworking


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.


Japanese Katanaboy Folding Chainsaw

Well, it's not exactly a chainsaw. It actually even has a number of advantages over a chainsaw. It requires no gas or oil. It makes very little noise. It's very lightweight. And although it's hard to believe, its 76 very aggressive teeth will cut timber so fast that a chainsaw is not really necessary. 46" long.

CLICK HERE for more info:


NEW Serious Toolworks Turning Tools NOW AVAILABLE at Highland!

Serious Toolworks turning tools are designed for serious turners seeking the absolute highest quality top-of-the-line tools for enhancing and refining their turning experience.

See what we mean by SERIOUS:


Check out our new kit: The Mini-Texturing Tool!

Make your own Mini-Texturing Tool for adding professional decoration to your woodturning projects.

CLICK HERE for more info:


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:


GREAT DEAL on a Porter Cable 560 Quik Jig Pocket Hole Joinery System

This slick jig automatically adjusts to whatever thickness material you're using, then shows you on a scale what length screw you need. We have just a few of these left PACKAGED WITH a Porter Cable 12V driver/drill for a very low price.

CLICK HERE for more info:


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:


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 direct from the vaults of Highland Woodworking, and offers some great resources for material safety.

CLICK HERE to read this month's safety tip!

Check out the daily safety tips featured on our blog for Woodworkers Safety Week 2011!



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Another Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER
Wood Slicer
resawing blade

I want to give you feedback on a product I purchased recently. Last week I received a 3/4″ x 105″ Wood Slicer. I was very pleased when I received it so soon after ordering!! I had saved some beautiful Cherry Laurel from a fallen tree and looked forward with great anticipation to sawing it into planks for gift boxes. I installed the blade on my 14″ Delta bandsaw with risers. The instructions that accompanied the blade were indispensible since this was my first venture into resawing.

I could hardly wait to see how it would go. I was flabbergasted at what I felt and saw as I pushed the rough-cut piece of log through the blade. The cut was so easy, and the wood tracked through the blade straight as an arrow. I did not have to make any allowances for drift or blade curvature!! I almost cried it felt and looked so good. The sides of the cuts looked like they had been through a planer or jointer, no blade marks whatsoever!

So, I just wanted you (and other customers who might wonder if all of your claims for the Wood Slicer are true) to know – I can say that they most certainly are!
Thanks,
— W. Osburn

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:

 Inside This Issue
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Wobble on a Grinding Wheel
Show Us Your Stuff
Touching up Hardwood Floors
Safety Tip: Material Safety Resources
Preview: A Unique Woodturning Project

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 Mike Davis' workshop in San Marcos, Texas.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:


By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

The Down To Earth Woodworker is busy moving into his new (old) house and his new workshop and will be back next month with tales of near tragedies, minor victories, how a woodworker builds stairs, wiring strategies for a woodworking shop, his “shop-in-a-box” moving strategy, and the rigors of moving 5,700 pounds of woodworking equipment.

This month, we're bringing you a never-before-seen Down to Earth Woodworker video on our Youtube Channel AND featuring a Down To Earth Woodworker "Classic" article - How To 5S Your Workshop. Steven Johnson is currently setting up his new workshop according to these guidelines - if you are considering a spring clean for your workshop, this article will get you started right!

Ready to implement the 5S Program in YOUR Workshop? Click here to read on!


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


SALE on 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! 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 from among several sets at great savings.

Details and How to Order:


Krenov-Style Wooden Plane Kit

Our Krenov-style Jarrah plane kit by Hock Tools is a fast and simple way to build your own wooden hand plane and begin to enjoy the pleasure of planing wood by hand. Although it's an easy project to build even for a novice, an experienced woodworker will also appreciate the quality and performance of a plane made from this kit.

CLICK HERE for more info:

CLICK HERE to watch a video of the kit being built:


Woodworking Project Kits for Kids

These pre-cut kits are a great way to get kids started in woodworking. With just a few tools and a little time, your child can have an assembled project – ready to paint or apply finish.

CLICK HERE for more info:


Small Combination Waterstone Now Back in Stock

Available once again, this pocket-size combination waterstone is especially handy to use on the jobsite or around the house for sharpening carpentry, gardening and other edge tools. One side is 250-grit silicon carbide that's excellent for coarse work and reshaping an edge; the other side is a standard 1000-grit medium stone for honing the edge.

CLICK HERE for more info:


Lie-Nielson Tool of the Month
No. 60-1/2R Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane

This month we're highlighting the Lie-Nielsen No. 60-1/2R Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane. Our friend Lee Laird, of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, recently wrote a blog post about how to get the best use out of this versatile block plane.

Check out Lee's post on this versatile tool:


Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Floor Repair

For those of us that have hardwood floors throughout the house, the areas with the most traffic tend to show wear very quickly and can use a little sprucing up from time to time. There are several types of floor finishes on the market, and the ones used most often are polyurethane, an oil based varnish, water based urethane, shellac and wax.

Here are SIX helpful tips for touching up your hardwood floors:


Ask the Staff

Question:   I installed the aluminum oxide wheel I got for my bench grinder and noticed it "wobbles". Could my wheel be warped?

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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Highland Woodworking Gift Certificates

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



NEW PUBLICATION:
The Highland Woodturner

Wood turning is the fastest growing part of the woodworking community. To give it the attention it deserves, we've started a new publication devoted entirely to woodturning.

Take a look at the first issue!

Sign up to receive The Highland Woodturner every month!

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


A Unique Woodturning Project

By Andrew Sawyer
Chanhassen, MN

Each year I try to "outdo” my woodturning projects from the year before. Well this year I made lamps and lamp shades.

Click here to read a preview of Andrew's story of his unique woodturning project:


Woodworking Tool Catalog

 

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



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!

Take a look at our product tour of the 2-1/4 HP Triton Router:


HIGHLAND VIDEO:
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!


Buy an FMT Pro Mortise & Tenon Jig in May and get a FREE ACCESSORY KIT!

A veritable furniture factory in a box, the Leigh FMT Pro Jig plus your favorite router will allow you to rapidly build cabinets and furniture in high volume, yet occupy only a small space in your shop. The jig's simple setup also makes it just as practical for creating a single one-of-a-kind joint. If you buy the FMT Pro from us by May 31, the 24-piece ACMTC Accessory Kit will be sent to you for free direct from Leigh, allowing you to use the jig to make any of 68 different standard and custom sizes of mortise and tenon joints. (Offer applies to U.S. & Canada only).

CLICK HERE for more info:


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:


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.

This month we are featuring the work of Chester VanderZee of Volga, South Dakota.

CLICK HERE to take a look at his custom cabinets:


Steel City Helical Planer
Only $499.99 - Watch
our new VIDEO DEMO

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:

Watch a VIDEO Product Tour here:


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:


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