with Alan Noel, April 14
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This month Scott Roberts of Dawsonville, GA, gives us four different tips that he employs in his woodturning shop.CLICK HERE to check out Scott's safety tips!
Here's 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 Rolling Push Goat. This delightful riding toy is a real muscle-builder for little legs that aren't yet walking.
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. Check back next month for another great new downloadable plan from Kevin!
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
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Featured this month is Greg Matthews' workshop in Waynesville, NC. CLICK HERE for a look inside:
Masterpiece Wood Finish, New 3-part oil/wax finish
Masterpiece Wood Finish is a new oil/wax system designed by a chairmaker to enhance the beauty of wood for interior furniture. This system takes the guesswork out of selecting a great finish for the fine woodworking projects in which you've invested so many hours of work. Check out this great new wood finishing solution:
NEW Festool Domino XL SUPER-SIZED Joiner
Festool's Domino joinery system has already revolutionized mortise and tenon joinery. Now the new Domino XL has super-sized it as well! Check out this amazing new tool:
Our April Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:
Lie-Nielsen Card Scrapers
For the woodworker who has built items in wood with reversing grain, or super figured woods, it might seem that sandpaper is the only real option to tame the beast. To show us how a properly prepared scraper may be the best tool for the job, Lee Laird has written another in his series of posts in the Highland blog.
Read Lee's blog post:
"Lie-Nielsen Scrapers – Why you want one in your toolbox!"
See Lie-Nielsen Scrapers on our website:
Early Spring & Upset Schedules Parting (With A Tool) Is Such Sweet Sorrow Design Criteria "Don't Tread On Me" Drawer Liners
Now that Spring has arrived in the Down to Earth Woodworking shop (earlier than expected!) Steven Johnson is figuring out how to rearrange his workshop schedule around the required spring odd jobs. That doesn't stop him from planning a new stand for his miter saw (and asking for your help!) and coming up with a great plan to repurpose his old cushy floor tiles as drawer liners. CLICK HERE for to read about the Down to Earth Woodworker's struggle with giving up a much loved tool and much more:
Three models of our ever-popular Hofmann & Hammer premium German workbenches are now on sale. Choose the model that fits your shop and budget. CLICK HERE for more info:
NEW Video Product Tour:
Tormek Planer Knife Jig
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.
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!
NEW Narex Premium
Bevel Edge Chisels
Narex's new premium bevel edged chisels are of exceptional quality. The blades are fine-grained, nicely tempered chrome-manganese steel in the slimmer cross section that joiners prefer. They take and hold a beautiful edge without brittleness. CLICK HERE for more info:
NEW Veritas Gent's Saws
Veritas has merged modern materials and traditional design to create this well balanced, excellent cutting dovetail saw. Available in rip or crosscut tooth patterns CLICK HERE for more info:
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
Ask the Staff Question: I have a set of oil stones that I inherited from my grandfather. They appear to be in fairly good shape, however it takes forever to grind an edge with them. I suspect that they may just be very clogged. Can you suggest a way of cleaning the stones? Also, what is a good technique to get them flat and suitable for honing plane blades?
E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.
with Alan Noel
Using Wood Putty
It never fails. When cutting out parts for a project or just handling the pieces during the glue-up, chips or dings are sure to happen and are going to need to be filled with some type of filler. The same is also true when working on old furniture. Nail holes need to be filled or the corner edge of a top has been slightly damaged. When it comes to the finishing stage, hiding these repairs can be quite a challenge..Here are SEVEN TIPS for getting it right:
SATURDAY, May 5 our Spring ONE DAY SALE features free live demos by MORTON, our Web TV Video Instructor
Mike Morton is the instructor and host of our series of educational videos and product tours online. He'll be demonstrating his favorite hand & power tools, sharing his favorite woodworking tips and techniques and answering questions throughout the day.
Curt Jarrell will be showing our new Masterpiece Wood Finishes as well as our sculptured chair parts kits. Dan Durant, our ever helpful Festool rep will demo and discuss how Festool machines can quickly pay for themselves. Jim Dillon will demystify the Leigh dovetail jig and the Leigh frame mortise and tenon jig. We'll also do the SawStop hotdog demo twice during the day, at 11 AM and 2 PM.
New Video Product Tour:
SawStop Contractor Saw Let Morton show you how the SawStop Contractor Saw can make life easier and safer in your shop.
The SawStop 10" Contractor Saw is the safest contractor saw on the market, and we are pleased to now be able to offer and ship it to our customers nationwide within the 48 contiguous United States.CLICK HERE to see the video:
NEW Rikon 14" Professional Bandsaw coming soon
Knew Concepts Woodworker's Fretsaw
Rikon 70-050VS VARIABLE SPEED Mini-Lathe, only $299.99
This is a great deal on a variable speed mini-lathe. Speed is easily adjusted within each of 3 variable speed ranges (300-700 rpm, 700-1500 rpm, and 1500-3350 rpm) simply by turning a knob. Sale quantity limited. CLICK HERE for more info:
FREE set of Narex chisels with purchase of our European Workbench during April 2012Receive a FREE set of 4 Narex chisels when you buy our European Workbench during April 2012.
Czeck Edge Marking Knife
Perfect for general layout work, this elegant marking knife from Czeck Edge Hand Tools registers snugly against a straight edge from both the left and right sides. CLICK HERE for more info:
Czeck Edge Ruler Stop
This ingenious device is designed and built to serve as a stop on a ruler, but will clamp tightly to practically anything that can fit between the 1-1/4" maximum jaw width. A shop made straight edge of any length, a story stick or a machine fence can all benefit from the repeatable accuracy the Ruler Stop provides. CLICK HERE for more info:
Praise for The Highland Woodworker:
"...better than what's on TV" -Marc Spagnuolo, the Wood Whisperer
"...gave me what's been lacking" - Matt's Basement Workshop
"...I'd love to see more companies follow their lead" - Shannon Rogers, the Renaissance Woodworker
"Now THIS is a woodworking show" - Wood Talk OnlineCLICK HERE to play the first episode:
NEW Glue Cleaning Chisel
This specialized chisel is uniquely designed to remove dried glue and debris from inside corners and surfaces within drawers and cabinets. CLICK HERE for more info:
1/6-sheet Sanding Block
This is the "Goldilocks" of sanding blocks, with its 3/8" thick cushioned pad that is not too hard, or not too soft, but just right. CLICK HERE for more info:
Scraper and Saw Jointer
This handsome holder grips your 6" or 8" file so you can joint the edges of your cabinet/card scrapers or file the teeth level on your hand saw. CLICK HERE for more info:
Buy a SawStop PCS Cabinet Saw by 4/30/12 and get a nice rebate SawStop has launched a great rebate offer good through the end of April, 2012. Purchase a 3 HP or 1.75 HP PCS cabinet saw and get a factory rebate of either a free mobile base, or the overarm dust collection assembly. Either accessory is a $199 value! Note: We offer the SawStop PCS Cabinet Saw for sale only within the state of Georgia. (However we ship the SawStop Contractor Saw thru-out the 48 U.S. states.) CLICK HERE for details:
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This Month's Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER
Just got my new Wood Slicer blade, set it up and "O-My-God" what a difference. My old blade had 11/16" drift in 8 inches. This one, I set it up straight and it resaws straight. Thank you very much. Really enjoyable. Cuts like going through butter. I've never had a blade cut so good. Ever. Below is a closeup picture of the swings I make. It requires a lot of resawing for the lath work.
— Ron KlinglerGet Yourself a Wood Slicer:
CLICK HERE to watch a video tour of the Wood Slicer:
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