Nov 19, 2011
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If you are a wood collector or woodworker, pull over next time you see a large pile of sawdust and smell wood smoke. Some time ago while driving up in Western North Carolina, I stopped to investigate such a scene, and what I found was a large portable band saw lumber mill, a large log yard stocked with a variety of wood species, and a very talented local sawyer and woodworker.CLICK HERE to read more what Dick thinks is probably every woodworker's dream!
This month's tip comes from Jay Slavec, who is proud to still be able to count to ten after 20 years of professional furniture making.CLICK HERE to check out Jay's safety tip!
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!
Inside This Issue
Show Your Shop!
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Featured this month is Bob McConnell's "Volunteer Workshop", located in Lake Arrowhead, CA. CLICK HERE for a look inside:
Lie-Nielson Tool of the Month:
The Large Router Plane
A router plane is a great tool for working shallow mortises - hinge gains, inlay, door locks, trimming tenons and the like. This plane is loosely based on an early Stanley model, but with an improved depth stop and adjuster. Also, the blade is held solidly in the body in a square broached hole. The plane has a ductile iron body.
Lee Laird, of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, recently wrote a couple of posts for our blog about the large router plane: Read Lee's post about the general setup and capabilities of the large router plane.
Read Lee's post on how to use the large router plane to create large-scale tongue and groove joinery.
Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen Large Router Plane:
Now that the Down to Earth Woodworker has moved into his new workshop, he is contemplating some improvements from his previous shop configuration. The first item he sets his sights on is an ingenious clamp rack that holds the clamps horizontally, saving space and allowing for a lot more flexibility in storage options. After completing this satisfying task, he approaches several random acts of woodworking, including helping a friend out with a basic toolkit, updating his shop-built router table which succumbed to humidity in storage, and of course, getting ready for some winter woodworking with a new coffee mug warmer. CLICK HERE to read more random acts of woodworking and check out a video of the new shop bench Steve is designing:
Limited Edition Kreg Toolboxx Pocket Hole Kit Order now to save $90 on Kreg's special edition kit that includes the K4 Master System, a Micro Pocket drill guide and bit, right angle clamp, 800 assorted Kreg screws PLUS a sturdy toolbox to keep it all organized.
Now save $40 on our Earlex HV5500 Sprayer package deal
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
CLICK HERE to watch a video product tour of the Earlex HV5500
New Downloadable Project Plan: The Wind Roller
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 Wind Roller. Build more than one and host a thrilling race! A gentle breeze is all the power you will need.
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
Oxalic Acid in Furniture Restoration
Oxalic acid is a very useful tool when it comes to furniture restoration, as well as restoring an outdoor deck made with pressure treated pine.Here are TWELVE tips on how to mix and use this very useful tool:
New Water-based Wood Turner's Finish General Finishes’ new Wood Turner’s Finish is a non-toxic water/oil urethane hybrid. It is designed for use on bottle stoppers, salad bowls and other woodturnings. It produces a rich amber tone and dries to recoat in minutes. Can be applied with brush, rag or sprayer. CLICK HERE for more info and a short video:
Ask the Staff Question: I would like to add some bench dogs to my workbench. I built the top of my workbench from a piece of a bowling alley lane, and would like to either purchase or make my own dogs. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
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.
Saw News The SawStop 10" Contractor Saw is the safest contractor saw on the market, and we are pleased to now be able to sell and ship it to our customers nationwide within the 48 contiguous United States. Why wait for an accident? We can ship your saw today! More info and a demo video:
Knew Concepts Woodworker's Fretsaw Ingeniously designed to be both light and strong as well as simple to adjust and use, this new premium fretsaw makes it easier than ever to remove waste when cutting dovetails.
Festool 18-volt Drill This big new honker will drive over 900 1-1/2" #10 screws on a single charge! If you're in production, this is definitely the drill that you've been waiting for. CLICK HERE for more info:
CLICK HERE to watch a video product tour of the Festool 18-volt Drill:
Festool Sander Sale Thru Nov. 30, 2011, save 10% on 3 Festool Rotex sanders, 3 Festool random orbit sanders and the Festool RAS 115 Sander/Grinder. Also save 10% on accessories and abrasives for these 7 models.
NEW Leigh R9plus Joinery System Now in Stock Leigh has introduced 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
CLICK HERE to watch a video product tour of the Leigh R9plus
Free Grindstones for Life! Buy a Tormek T-7 watercooled sharpening system between now and Dec. 31, 2011 and receive a certificate entitling you to a new SG-250 Grindstone should your original 10" wheel ever wear down to a diameter of 7". That's a $175 value!
Free Knife Jig with Tormek T-3 Buy the Tormek T-3 between now and Dec. 31, 2011 and we'll include a free knife jig at no extra charge, a savings of $37.
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.
Click below to take a look at Morton's latest product tour video:
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!
David Charlesworth followup We're happy to report that David Charlesworth made his ambulance flight back to the UK on Oct. 14 and is now at home slowly recovering from the serious illness we reported last month. David sends his thanks to all who chipped in to help cover some of his medical expense.
Our European Workbench:
A Great Addition to Your Workshop
This affordable European Workbench will help transform your woodworking.
Put one in your shop for $399.99: CLICK HERE to see a video product tour for this versatile workbench:
Join in The Wood Whisperer's Charity Build! Highland Woodworking is proud to sponsor The Wood Whisperer’s charity build. Marc Spagnuolo and a whole host of woodworkers around the country are building rocking horses for a great cause: Woodworkers Fighting Cancer. And even better, you can combine this build for a great cause with a great gift you can give for the holidays!
Festool Limited Edition 5-piece ZOBO Forstner-stye bit set Available only while limited supplies last, this set of of Forstner-style bits will drill precise holes in wood at up to a 70 degree angle. CLICK HERE for more info:
Excellent buy on Festool's Limited Edition 98-piece Centrotec bit & driver set This exceptional accessory set offers a wide variety of no-slip, quick-change drilling and driving bits and adapters. This is a limited time promotional item, available only while supplies last. CLICK HERE for more info:
Moisture Meter Clever design allows pinless moisture check at the surface or up to 1/2" depth by inserting pins. Also reads temp and relative humidity. CLICK HERE for more info:
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Another Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER
Just a short note to say that I just used your Wood Slicer blade for the first time today! It's incredible.
It surpasses any promise you made about it. What a joy to use -- a quick touch up with the thickness planer and my maple will be ready to use. The set up instructions were great -- they are now taped to the face of the bandsaw permanently.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
CLICK HERE to watch a video tour of the Wood Slicer:
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