Join us as Master Chairmaker Peter Galbert returns to Atlanta this fall for a 7 day hands-on class for building your own Continuous Arm Windsor Chair. The Continuous Arm is an icon of American furniture, and was an innovation in the development of the Windsor style and technology. This class covers all the building action, from tree to completed chair. Students will split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into their hand carved seat.
Peter will cover topics including sharpening, wood technology and design, all which will enhance your ability to go forth and make chairs at home.
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This month's tip comes from John Beatty, who enjoys having his two granddaughters visit his workshop, but has a few safety rules that they always follow.CLICK HERE for John's safety tip!
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Featured this month is John Moore's unique workshop featuring stunning Shaker-style peg rails in Wimberly, Texas. CLICK HERE for a look inside:
Summertime Woodworking Festool Trion D Handle Jigsaw A Brief Word on the New T-Loc Systainer Building the NEW Down To Earth Workshop, Part 2 – Insulation & Wall Covering
Steven Johnson, our Down To Earth Woodworker, has been busy building his new Down To Earth Workshop this month, but he took some time out to offer his thoughts on the idea of a summertime 'break' from woodworking, as well as to provide us a detailed review of his latest Festool purchase, the Trion D handle jigsaw. He wraps up with a thorough account of completing the insulation and wall covering on his new workshop, including some new videos! Do YOU keep woodworking through the summer? CLICK HERE to find out why Steve does too!
Honoring U.S. Soldiers:
A Woodworking Shop in Afghanistan
As we celebrate our freedom and independence here in America on the 4th of July, here's a salute to the brave men and women in our Armed Forces who are serving our country while deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. A recent letter from Army soldier Roscoe (Randy) Harris included a few photos of the woodworking shop that he and fellow soldiers built on their base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. CLICK HERE for photos inside the shop and Randy's message:
Lie-Nielson Tool of the Month:
The Lie-Nielsen Dovetail Saws
This month we're highlighting the series of Dovetail Saws offered by Lie-Nielsen. Modeled on 19th century joinery saws, these are the best you can buy for dovetailing and carcass joinery. Beveled brass backs lend perfect heft and stiffness, so they cut with virtually no added pressure from you.
As usual, our friend Lee Laird provided some great insight into the use of these tools on The Highland Blog. Check out Lee's post on what makes these saws stand out from the pack:
NEW Narex PREMIUM Bench Chisels These new Narex premium bench chisels are an excellent value, with slimmer cross-section, beefy hornbeam handles and fine-grained, nicely tempered chrome-manganese steel blades, properly hardened to take and hold a beautiful edge. CLICK HERE for more info:
The Earlex HV5500 Pro HVLP Spray Station, New More Powerful Successor to the HV5000
Earlex has juiced up the turbine motor on its ever-popular HV5000 Spray Station, creating its higher-performance successor, the Earlex HV5500 Spray Station. The HV5500 is available with a 2.0mm tip (great for spraying water-based finishes) for only $299.99. CLICK HERE for more info:
NEW Council Velvicut Premium Felling Axe
Until now, premium axe manufacturing has occurred mainly in Europe. This has changed now as Council Tool introduces their new Velvicut line of heirloom quality axes made entirely in the USA. The first axe available in the line is the 4 lb. Dayton pattern felling axe, issued in a special commemorative edition celebrating Council's 125th year.CLICK HERE for more info:
Affordable NEW Leigh R9plus Joinery System Leigh is introducing its most affordable dovetail jig yet, the R9Plus joinery system. Simple to use, it allows you to achieve Leigh precision and reliability when using your router to cut through dovetails as well as box joints. CLICK HERE for more info:
NEW! Windsor Chair Kits
Our affordable new Windsor chair kits will make a great weekend project for the intermediate woodworker. Each kit includes all the parts you will need plus clear instructions. CLICK HERE to learn more:
Blogger Kelley O'Toole is assembling one of our new Windsor Chair Kits. To read about her experience, CLICK HERE:
New Diamond Lapping Plate Flattens Waterstones Fast This impressive lapping plate for flattening sharpening stones gets its fast abrasive action from 30 carats of diamond grit for unprecedented durability. Certified to be flat within 5 ten-thousandths of an inch! CLICK HERE for more info:
See the Dia-Flat being used in this sharpening video:
Good Deal on an Improved Bench Dog
Narex, the Czech maker of our most popular bench chisels, now has improved the design of the traditional European rectangular cross-section bench dog. They're in stock and we have a good price on a pair. CLICK HERE to check out the new design:
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:
Steel City Helical Planer
Only $499.99 - Watch our
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:
with Alan Noel
Getting That 'Shabby Chic' LookA decorative finish can dramatically reinvent a tired old piece of furniture. There are many businesses that are buying up old furniture and "stylistically re-purposing" them for the marketplace. To create this look there are as many methods as there are folks doing them. Here are EIGHT tips to help you achieve a great shabby chic look:
Ask the Staff Question: Help! I've used Formby's Tung Oil Finish, and have been pleased with the glossy finish. But now I want to learn how to use "pure tung oil". What should it be mixed with for different types of finishes and applications? Is it used alone, in the pure form? If so, how is it applied? Also please tell me about drying time in its various forms.
E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.
Highland Woodworking Gift Certificates
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Great Buy on our Rikon Dust Collector,CLICK HERE for more info:
New Product Tours Available on our
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!
Toy Kits Kids Can Build
Adding to our line of woodworking project kits for kids, these great toy kits include everything necessary to build each toy, including tools and paint for coloring them. With adult assistance, kids as young as 6 can handle them, but older kids will love building them too. Imagine Christmas in July. Kids need fun, creative stuff like this to do this summer! CLICK HERE for more info:
Show Us Your Carving!
For this new column exclusively devoted to woodcarving, we invite you to SEND US
CLICK HERE to take a look at some of Sarah's spectacular carving work!
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.
New Downloadable Project Plans
This month we have a new downloadable project plan for a children's plaything designed by Kevin McGuire, author of the popular book "The All-New Woodworking For Kids". This month we are featuring the Rattle Mower Bundle Plan, a fun variation on the traditional children's lawn mower.
Place your order online and after it has been processed by our staff, you will receive an email with a link to download your plan set in PDF form. Three projects are available now. We plan to offer a new project plan from Kevin each month.
Show Your Stuff!
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CLICK HERE to take a look at several of his impressive creations, including this intricate miniature chuck wagon!
Building A Cradle with the Late James Grisham
I received a call for help from a sweet lady named Linda Grisham. Her story was very interesting, the kind that tugs at your heart and keeps you from forming the word "No" as a response.
Linda explained that her husband James was a woodworker and had built several Maloof style pieces of sculptured furniture. He'd finished several rockers and was working on a cradle when a drunken driver hit and killed him during one of his early morning bike rides near Carrolton, Georgia.
Linda asked if I would finish the cradle because their first grand child was due in June. See what I mean?To read the rest of Chuck's story CLICK HERE:
NEW Walnut Parts Kit for Sculptured Lowback Dining Chair We are pleased to now offer a complete walnut parts kit for building Charles Brock's sculptured lowback dining chair. CLICK HERE for more info:
SAVE $100 on our Walnut Parts Kit for Sculptured Rocker
Our walnut parts kit for building a sculptured rocking chair is now on sale. The kit will make this challenging project less daunting than starting completely from scratch. CLICK HERE for more info:
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.
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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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Another Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER
I normally don't write letters, but I received a Wood Slicer band saw blade from
you yesterday and put it on my 14 inch band saw. Boy was I impressed! 1/64" slices out of 8/4" Red
Oak like butter. A super light sanding and ready for finish! What a great band saw blade!
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