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Cabinet Built-Ins with Kreg McMahon, July 9

In this one day seminar, you will observe Kreg McMahon, owner of Kreg’s Custom Carpentry, construct a custom built-in right onto a wall, in the same manner as you would do in your own home. Kreg will cover all the steps including design & planning, sheet good processing, joinery methods, adjustable shelf holes, design detail enhancements like trim fluting, and face frame cabinet door construction.

Cabinet Built-Ins, July 9, 2011

Take a look at a video that shows some of what you will be learning in this class:


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.

July 9
Cabinet Built-Ins

July 13
French Polish Workshop

July 16
Christmas in July, Ornament Turning

July 17
Turning Bottle Stoppers

July 23
Basic Bowl Turning

July 24
Basic Bowl Turning

July 26
Hand Tool Sharpening

July 30
Bandsaw Basics

August 3
Sharpening for Turners

August 6
Tablesaw Basics

August 7
Introduction to Marquetry

August 10
Gilding & Gold Leafing

August 13
Turning Pens

August 13
Antiques Show and Tell

August 14
Basic Bowl Turning

August 16
Make a Mitered Half Lap Picture Frame

August 20
Beginning Turning

August 21
Natural Edge Bowl Turning

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Windsors Chairs:
Why it all Adds Up

By Peter Galbert
Princeton, MA

When I was an art student, just about everyone spent their time trying to make unique or original work. A worthy goal, but dangerous in the hands of a bunch of twenty year olds. As I learned the craft of woodworking, this attitude seeped in. I was sure that if I learned the tools and materials that something new would emerge. And as my interest turned to making chairs, the absolute last thing on my mind was making some sort of "reproduction".

Find out what Peter discovered that changed his mind:


Build a Continuous Arm Windsor Chair with Peter Galbert
Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2011

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.

CLICK HERE for more info:


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Video: Pieces of History -
Reclaiming Old Growth Lumber

We invite you to enjoy another of Lee Tigner's delightful woodworking videos (with a beautiful musical soundtrack), this one covering how he reclaims old-growth lumber and uses it to build "pieces of history" at his Dawsonville, GA shop, Early American Furnishings.

CLICK HERE to watch the video:


Three Rikon Bandsaw Models Are ON SALE at Highland Woodworking


NOW AVAILABLE!
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.

CLICK HERE to see our video product tour for the CXS Drill Driver:

More about the CXS Drill Driver:


Our European Workbench:
A Great Addition to Your Workshop

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.


NEW Auto-adjust Toggle Clamps

Toggle clamps have long been a staple for creative jig-making and the like. This new generation of toggle clamps by Bessey will make your jigs work better than ever. Their ingenious design automatically adjusts to different workpiece thicknesses even while maintaining constant clamp pressure, allowing one clamp to quickly and easily handle a whole range of thicknesses.

CLICK HERE for more info:


Save Now Before Tormek Price Increase August 1

Prices on Tormek's superb T-3 and T-7 wet grinders (and their accessories) are going up by 5% on August 1, 2011. Order by July 31 to buy at the old price and beat the price increase.


Easy Wood Tools

CLICK HERE to find out why they're so easy to use:

Watch our new Easy Wood Tools video:


Repairing Rotten Wood with LiquidWood and WoodEpox

It's time to get out and repair all your rotted window sills, door frames, wooden siding and indoor or outdoor furniture. The best product for handling this chore: Abatron's Wood Restoration System, LiquidWood and WoodExpox.
Here's some good info on how to:


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 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!


16th Master Woodworker's Show

November 4-6, 2011 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville

The Show strives to highlight the finest woodworking in this region. The three-day event is an unconventional, dynamic blend of gallery layout and the open atmosphere of a festival-style show. Entries are encouraged, and are being accepted until August 1st.


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 Inside This Issue
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Using Pure Tung Oil
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
Getting the 'Shabby Chic' Look
Safety Tip: Workshop Visitors
Windsor Chairs: Why it all Adds Up
Building a Cradle with
the Late James Grisham


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 John Moore's unique workshop featuring stunning Shaker-style peg rails in Wimberly, Texas.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:



By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

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
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:


Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Getting That 'Shabby Chic' Look

A 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

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


Great Buy on our Rikon Dust Collector,
only $199.99

Eliminate the unpleasant mess created by sawdust and shavings accumulating in your shop with this special deal on our 1 HP Rikon dust collector.

CLICK HERE for more info:


HIGHLAND VIDEO:
New 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!


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 PHOTOS
of your favorite woodcarving projects along with captions and a brief history of your woodcarving. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your carving work in a future issue!

This month we are featuring the intricate artwork of Sarah Rowe of Columbus, GA.

CLICK HERE to take a look at some of Sarah's spectacular carving work!



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 most recent issue!

Sign up to receive The Highland Woodturner every month!

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


Woodworking Tool Catalog

 

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



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!

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 Gary Smith of Hurricane, UT.

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

By Charles Brock
Columbus, GA

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.

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.

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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!
— Bob M., Nebraska

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