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!
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!
— W. Osburn
Inside This Issue
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:
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:
with Alan Noel
Floor RepairFor 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:
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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.
A Unique Woodturning Project
By Andrew Sawyer
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:
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:
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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