Dec 13, 2011
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!
There is a whole lot more to club membership than just being woodworkers. We all have the opportunity to make great friends out of our common interest in woodworking. I would encourage all of you to make a point of getting to know your fellow club members better and enjoy becoming a part of their lives.CLICK HERE to read Howard's many reasons for belonging to a woodworking club:
My clients often comment that their favorite thing about my work is my signature, which is a branded emblem including literally, my signature. Branding is a sign of the maker, a distinctive mark that is unique to you, the artist.Do you feel a sense of loss when a piece leaves your workshop? Maybe you need your own MAKER'S MARK!
This month's tip comes from Lee Ohmart, who has come up with some strategies for countering the afternoon slump that many of us experience.CLICK HERE to check out Lee'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.See the most recent issue!
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 Richard & Ninika Gordon's beautiful timber frame workshop, located in Madison, VA. CLICK HERE for a look inside:
Lie-Nielson Tool of the Month:
The #62 Low Angle Jack
Lie Nielsen's Low Angle Jack Plane is based on the Stanley 62. With its 14" long cast ductile iron body and heavy 2" wide by 3/16" thick iron bedded (bevel up) at just 12°, this plane's low cutting angle (~37°) lets it cut smoother than any other plane, especially on end grain.
Lee Laird, of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, recently wrote a couple of posts for our blog about this "Jack of All Trades" handplane: Read Lee's post about the general setup and capabilities of the low angle jack plane.
Read Lee's post on using the low angle jack to handle highly figured wood.
Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen #62 Low Angle Jack Plane:
For December, the Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, has trade shows on the brain, and he provides a great article with strategies for how to get the most out of the next woodworking trade show you attend. He then follows that up with a great review of the new JDS Air-Tech HP Air Cleaner, and then finishes up with a couple of video updates on the progress he has made on the new desk/assembly table/clutter-catcher he is building for the Down to Earth Workshop. CLICK HERE to take a look at trade show strategies from someone who has a lot of experience!
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 Western Pony
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 Western Pony, a delicate rocking showpiece for your child's display shelf.
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!
An awesome present that's always appreciated by just about any woodworker anywhere.
with Alan Noel
Keeping It Safe When Spray Finishing
Applying finishes with an HVLP sprayer such as the Earlex HV5500 is fast and efficient, but there are a few things you should always keep in mind whenever you work with solvent-based finishes.Here are NINE TIPS you should ALWAYS follow:
Ask the Staff Question: I would like an 8" jointer, but lack 220V power. If 13" planers can be made with 110V motors, why not an 8" jointer?
E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.
Steel City Helical Planer -
Still a Few Left at $499.99
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: Read the Popular Woodworking Magazine Review:
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Knew Concepts Woodworker's Fretsaw
A Sturdy Adjustable Height Workbench American Woodworker magazine calls it "The Coolest Bench Ever!" Why so? Because you can quickly and easily adjust its height to suit your immediate need. We now offer all the hardware for building it.
Imagine a SawStop Contractor Saw Under YOUR Christmas Tree 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? We can ship your saw today! More info and a demo video:
NEW Worksharp Tool Bar Attachment Adds Versatility This well-built new accessory for the Worksharp 3000 Sharpening Center allows a Worksharp 3000 owner to utilize 4 of Tormek's popular grinding jigs for added control and versatility. (The Tormek jigs can be purchased from us separately.)
Insights into Sanding a Sculptured Rocker By Charles Brock
Columbus, Georgia Final sanding of a rocker is a marathon, not a sprint! Sanding a rocker takes a lot more time than the initial roughing out. I can build a rocker in a couple of days. Sanding is something different. I used to do it by hand. Then I found some ways to save time.
Rocking Chair Super Instructional Bundle First you build the rocker. Then you sculpt it into a piece of functional art. The Rocker Plan Bundle gives you all you need to know to build. The Shaping a Sculptured Rocker DVD helps you master the sculpting process. Buying the Super Bundle saves $10 off purchasing the items separately.
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 Wet Grinder 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 a couple of our newest videos:
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!
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:
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:
Show Your Stuff!
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CLICK HERE to take a closer look at how Larry carves out these great seasonal pieces:
Families Love our Kid's Woodworking Tool Kit
One of our top ten selling items this year is our new Woodworking Tool Kit for Kids. It's a great way to introduce kids to the joys of woodworking. These are real tools that really work, and the 2 instructional books show how to build more than 50 useful projects. What's in the kid's tool kit?
Toy Kits Kids Can Build
Now 40% Off
These toy kits made by Woodman Concepts 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:
Why Not Write an Article for Wood News?
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Another Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER
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