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Intro to Chip Carving
Saturday, June 9

Chip carving is a popular form of relief carving in which the carver removes precise chips from the surface of the wood to produce decorative patterns and images that enhance any woodworking project. This class will get you started.

Intro to Chip Carving, June 9

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.

May 12  Beginning Character Carving
May 12  Antiques Show and Tell
May 16  Table Saw Orientation
May 18-20  Relief Carving
May 22-23  Build a Bookcase
May 30  Taming the Skew
May 31  Timber Framing
June 3  Natural Edge Bowl Turning
June 13  Coloring with Wood
June 2  Beginning Turning
June 5  Hand Planes
June 6  French Polish Workshop
June 9  Introduction to Chip Carving
June 9  Antiques Show and Tell
June 10  Basic Bowl Turning
June 12  Make a Picture Frame
June 16  Cabinets and Built-Ins
June 22-23  Creative Furniture Design
June 25  Build a Base Cabinet
June 30-July 1  Marquetry in Depth
July 7  Basic Bowl Turning
July 7-8  Antique Restoration
July 8  Turn a Peppermill
July 11  Sharpening for Turners
July 18  Taming of the Skew
July 21  Hand Cut Dovetails
July 22  Beginning Turning
July 24  Jointing Lumber
July 28  Hand Saw Sharpening
July 29  Turning Bottle Stoppers
August 4  Router Basics
August 4  Spray Finishing
August 5  Table Saw Basics
August 7  Hand Tool Sharpening
August 11  Character Carving

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Knew Concepts Woodworker's Fretsaw

Ingeniously designed to be both light and strong as well as simple to adjust and use, this extremely popular new premium fretsaw makes it easier than ever to remove waste when cutting dovetails.

What makes it special?


Great Prices on 3 Rikon Bandsaw Models at Highland Woodworking

Save $80 to $300 on these terrific values while limited sale quantities last:


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The Underappreciated Spokeshave

By Andrew Sawyer,
Racine, Wisconsin

The most underappreciated, and underused tool in my shop is the spokeshave. I have five of them. The first one I had was a very frustrating tool to use, until I tuned it up. I had no idea what pleasure and versatility was hiding behind a good tune up. These highly maneuverable tools can help anyone. First I'll tell you about the different types of spokeshaves I have in my shop, and how I use them. Then I will cover how to tune them up.

CLICK HERE to read more about the most underappreciated tool in your toolbox!


Show Your Stuff!

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This month we feature Tim Loonam's gorgeous canoe paddles made from reclaimed wood.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at these beautiful designs:


Show Us Your Wood Carving!
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This month's column features an amazing totem pole carved by Michael Sweet.

CLICK HERE to take a look at pictures showing how Michael turned an 11 foot long, 32 inch diameter piece of wood into this beautiful totem pole!


Dennis Horton is a professional firefighter, so he has a whole slew of great safety tips.

Check out a couple of them HERE:


New Downloadable Project Plan: Tot Lounger

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". A simple two-piece carry-chair sized just for your young child!

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!

CLICK HERE for more info:


Rikon 70-050VS VARIABLE SPEED Mini-Lathe, only $249.99

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:

Save with our Rocker SUPER BUNDLE

First you build the rocker. Then you sculpt it into a piece of functional art. These 2 DVDs and plan set give you all you need to know to build the chair and help you master the sculpting process.

Find out more:



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:

 Inside This Issue
Made By Hand: Book Review
The Unappreciated Spokeshave
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Earlex HV5500
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Prepping for the Top Coat
SAFETY: Tips from a Safety Pro

Show Your Shop!
Show Us Your Shop!
This month we are featuring John Perella's Catskill Mountains workshop, where he turns, designs, and builds furniture, all with local hardwoods.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:



Our June Lie-Nielsen
Tools of the Month:

Small Bench Planes

This month's Lie-Nielsen Tools of the Month are the small bench planes; the #1, #2 and #2I. The layout of these small planes allows for great precision, but they can be used for larger projects as well. Lee Laird wrote an informative blog post on the Highland blog about how best to set up and use these bench planes in your own woodworking.

Read Lee's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen #1, #2 & #2I here:

Take a closer look at the small bench planes:
Lie Nielsen #1 bench plane
Lie Nielsen #2 bronze bench plane
Lie Nielsen #2I cast ductile iron bench plane:


By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

The Destroyer of Tools

The Ultimate Miter Saw Work Station (I Hope!)

Could This Be The Next Big Country Song?

Astute Reader Catches Big Mistake

In his June column, our Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, offers his thoughts on a couple topics many woodworkers can identify with: the friend or family member who borrows and destroys your tools, and growing old with your truck. He also reports back with a whole list of great ideas for his new miter saw work station thanks to you, our readers! And finally, he addresses a big mistake from last month's column.

CLICK HERE to read Steven's great idea for fending off his own "destroyer of tools", and much more!


See Chairmaker Brian Boggs on The Highland Woodworker web TV
The Highland Woodworker

The latest episode spotlights master planemaker Ron Brese, who could not find plane perfection until he made his own. Find out how chairmaker Brian Boggs uses everything from a shave horse to an adult erector set (see photo) to build beautiful seating in our Moment with a Master. Bert the Wood Expert tells us where cherry gets its character. Our Tool Box segment demonstrates a tool you should carve out a place for in your tool box, and much more.

CLICK HERE to see the show:


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:

Set of 6 Narex Bevel Edge Chisels with Magnetic Tool Holder, only $49.99

These award-winning chisels are among our most popular. Set of 6 includes magnetic tool holder. Named "Best Value" by FWW magazine.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Making Wood Tools
with John Wilson


Veteran toolmaker and teacher John Wilson brings us what may be both the most beautiful book of the year as well as the most useful. Interesting stories, innovative designs, and detailed plans introduce you to the age-old art of making for yourself the tools you use in your shop for working wood. 275 photos and 50 drawings.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I'm thinking of purchasing an Earlex hp5500 spray system. I've read the reviews, which most rated it well for woodworking, but didn't like it for spraying paint. Why is that? I see in your new ad that it now comes with another tip for paint spraying. Does the new tip improve its paint-spraying capabilities?


Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Prepping for the Topcoat

All of the sanding has been done. Two or more coats of finish have been applied and you are now ready for the final coat or "top coat".

Here are SEVEN TIPS to help smooth the way:



FATHER'S DAY SALE
on Hofmann & Hammer Premium Workbenches
Save up to $200!

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 info:

FREE ROTATING BASE (a $55 value) with purchase of a Tormek T-7 Grinder during June, 2012

Tormek makes sharpening chisels, plane irons and other edge tools fast, accurate and efficient. Buy a Tormek T-7 during this limited time special and get the new Rotating Base for FREE.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Buy our Kreg K4MS Master System during June 2012 for $139.99 and get a big kit of screws worth $29.99 for FREE!

This outstanding offer to celebrate Father's Day gives Dad everything he needs to accelerate routine joinery with the Kreg system. Special includes a free case containing 675 of the most popular Kreg pocket hole screws.

CLICK HERE for more info:

NEW Festool Domino XL SUPER-SIZED Joiner
NOW SHIPPING

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:

Rikon's NEW 14" Professional Bandsaw
NOW SHIPPING

Rikon's engineers have outdone themselves with their new heavy duty 14" Professional Bandsaw. Offering a huge 14" resaw capacity, large table, robust fence, built-in LED light, and a choice of powerful motors (2.5 HP or 3.0 HP).

CLICK HERE for more info:

SAVE 30% on our popular AMANA Crosscut Blade

Amana's German-made saw blades are significantly less expensive than other professional quality blades. Unlike most so-called 'bargain blades', these are all a full 1/8" thick, have precision ground, resharpenable carbide teeth, good tooth geometry and careful machining. Order now to save!

CLICK HERE for more info:

Sentora Carpenter Saw
This amazing saw brings Japanese cutting technology to the traditional style carpenter saw. It cuts better than any carpenter saw we've ever used.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Video Product Tour:
SawStop Contractor Saw

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:

CLICK HERE to see a video demo on how to assemble a new SawStop Contractor Saw:

Made by Hand
Book Review:
A Delightful Journey

woodworking tools By J. Norman Reid,
Delaplane, Virginia

Fidgen's book is a diverting introduction to working wood by hand. Written in a highly accessible style, more like a conversation with a woodworking friend than a beginner's manual, Fidgen explains the essentials for setting up a hand tool shop—basic tools, sharpening, constructing key appliances, processes for design and construction—then progresses to six innovative and beautiful projects, each building on skills developed in constructing the previous ones.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review:


Quick Action Clamp SALE
Only $9.99 - $14.99 each

Not only do these lightweight clamps make excellent one-handed pump action clamps for positioning, glue-up and repair, in no time flat they convert into spreaders for joint disassembly or for leveling jacks in cabinet installations. Rated at 330 lbs. of force.
CLICK HERE for more info:

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:

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 newest issue:


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WOOD SLICER Testimonial
Wood Slicer resawing blade

I bought one of your 3/4 inch WOOD SLICER Blades for my Band Saw...I set it up yesterday and the calibration was done in about 2 minutes, unlike the hours of issues I have had with two previous blades from your competitors...I was re-sawing some basswood for my Epilog Laser to do some of my laser art with your Wood Slicer Blade and it was like cutting like butter and very clean. This is one of the finest blades I have ever used.

— Roland Brown

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:

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