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. 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.
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For this new column exclusively devoted to woodcarving, we invite you to SEND US
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!
Arthritis is a nearly inevitable consequence of aging in humans. For many human males, it seems the desire to do some woodworking is also. There are many things the modern woodworker can do to minimize the impact of woodworking on one’s arthritis and to also minimize the impact of arthritis on woodworking.CLICK HERE to read a few suggestions on dealing with arthritis and woodworking:
This month's tip comes from John Nielsen, who offers three basic questions we should all ask ourselves before trying a new technique in the shop.CLICK HERE to check out John's safety tip!
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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 Andy Rovelstad's basement workshop, located in Franklin County, PA. CLICK HERE for a look inside:
Lie-Nielson Tool of the Month:
The Low Angle Smoothing Plane
Our Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month of August is the Low Angle Smoothing Plane, modeled on the nearly extinct Stanley 164. This shorter version of the low angle jack features an adjustable mouth and 2" wide iron set at 12 degrees. It features a Bailey overhead lateral iron adjuster.
Our friend Lee Laird wrote up a great blog post about setup and use of the Low Angle Smoother on The Highland Blog. See what Lee thinks is so great about the Low Angle Smoothing Plane:
Deteriorating Skills Emergency Sharpening Building the NEW Down To Earth Workshop, Part 3 – Stairs, Door & Windows
This month, our Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, has made quite a bit of visible progress on the NEW Down to Earth Workshop, finishing the stairs to the second floor as well as installing the new door and two new windows. Along the way he contemplates some factors that could be causing the deterioration of his hammering skills, "MacGyvers" his way to a set of sharper chisels, and even shoots a mid-project video so we can see for ourselves what progress he has made. CLICK HERE to find out why Steve thinks it is safer in HIS workshop to be the nail than the hammer:
Toy Kits Kids Can Build
NOW ON SALE
Adding to our line of woodworking project kits for kids, these great wooden 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. CLICK HERE for more info:
Get rebates on new Flexcut carving sets
Save $129 on our DeWalt Scrollsaw
Our package deal gives you by far the best scrollsaw for the money.CLICK HERE for more info:
Outstanding New Epoxy products from System 3
G-2 epoxy is designed for gluing dense, oily or acidic woods such as teak, rosewood, or lignum vitae, and bonds almost any other material with a clear, waterproof glue line.
MirrorCoat is a pourable, two-part epoxy resin finish designed to give a durable, high-gloss finish to bars and table tops that can stand up to most abuse.CLICK HERE for more info on the
G-2 epoxy: CLICK HERE for more info on the MirrorCoat:
New Downloadable Project Plan: The Garden Cart
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 Garden Cart, a great addition if you have already built or plan to build the Planter Box and Garden Tools from one of the earlier plans offered.
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. And check back next month for another great new downloadable plan from Kevin!
with Alan Noel
Bleaching in Furniture RestorationBleaching is a tool that is used sparingly when restoring an old piece of furniture. Often there will be iron stains from old nails, black or very dark water stains or sun bleached areas that are far lighter than the surrounding areas, caused by an object being in the same location for a long period of time. Here are FOUR things you need to know about bleaching wood:
Ask the Staff Question: I'm restoring an antebellum home and the upstairs heartwood pine floors have never been finished. After sanding for a week, I found numerous cracks, holes and imperfections. I want to fill all these and I saved the sawdust. I tried glue mixed with the sawdust, but it did not do well. Any suggestions?
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.
Save $200 on our finest German workbenchCLICK HERE for more info:
New Charles Brock DVD:
Shaping a Sculptured Rocker After all the joinery has been cut and pieces assembled, the remaining challenge for the sculpted chairmaker is shaping it all into a work of art. This 110-minute DVD will show you how. CLICK HERE for more info:
CLICK HERE for a look at 42 sculptured rocking chairs built from our DVD plan bundle by Charles Brock
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. CLICK HERE for more info:
Product Tours Available on our YouTube Channel!
Check out the great product tour videos on our Youtube Channel. Our good friend Morton demonstrates some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.
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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!
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Great Buy on our Rikon Dust Collector,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:
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!
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CLICK HERE to read his amazing story and take a look at a few of the projects he has made!
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:
Save $100 on our Walnut Parts Kits for a Sculptured Rocker or Lowback Chair Both kits are now on sale. Buying the kit makes these challenging projects far less daunting. More info on Rocker Kit:
More info on Lowback Kit:
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:
Another Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER
I purchased two of the 1/2" Wood Slicer bandsaw blades about which you brag.
Well, you don't brag enough. Incredible!
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