Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 83, July 2012 Welcome to Highland Woodworking - Fine Tools & Education Learn more about Highland Woodworking View our current woodworking classes and seminars Woodworking articles and solutions Subscribe to Wood News
4 Square Woodworking – Milling & Jointing Lumber
Class on Tuesday, July 24

One of the most important things needed to successfully build furniture & cabinets is to begin with flat, parallel-sided stock that has perfectly square edges. Unfortunately, wood from lumberyards is rarely flat and true when you bring it home. This class will show how to use your jointer, planer and table saw to properly dress and prepare your stock for a successful build.

Jointing Lumber, July 24

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.

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:


Show Your Stuff!

woodworking tools

This month we feature Ron Nielson's beautiful checkerboard patterned knives.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at this intricate cutlery:


Show Us Your Wood Carving!
woodworking tools

Philip Malenfant's impressive fish carvings are featured this month in our carving column.

CLICK HERE to take a look at this hobbyist carver's lifelike carvings!


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:

Greg Taylor almost learned the hard way how NOT to store flammable items in his shop.

Read the lesson he learned HERE:


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:

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
Blanket Chests: Book Review
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Mounting a Machinist Vise
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Dealing with Contamination
SAFETY: Fire Safety & Workshop Storage

Show Your Shop!
Show Us Your Shop!
This month we are featuring the Dubuque, Iowa Veteran's Freedom Center scrollsaw workshop, where veterans gather to socialize and share their love of scroll sawing.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:


A Look Back: Navy Veteran Carves the Declaration of Independence

Join us as we visit again with Charlie Kested, the 83-year-old Navy veteran and woodworker who carved the entire Declaration of Independence out of walnut using a scrollsaw.

See what Charlie's been up to lately:



Our July Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

The Progressive Pitch Dovetail Saw

This month's Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month is the Progressive Pitch Dovetail Saw. With handsaws, most woodworkers will find that a smaller pitch makes it easier to start a cut, while a larger pitch cuts more quickly once you get started. That’s the concept behind the Progressive Pitch in this saw and what seems to make it a fan favorite. It’s easy to start using the small-pitched teeth at the toe, and then once you get started, the larger pitched teeth cut quickly.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen Progressive Pitch Dovetail Saw to find out more:

Take a closer look at the Progressive Pitch Dovetail Saw:


By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

This month, Steven starts work on his "Ultimate Miter Saw Work Station" by building the top and seeking absolute squareness. He also addresses more reader emails regarding the "rag-in-a-bag" controversy that stemmed from his May column, and finally he offers another great use for one of his favorite products, the Zerust Drawer Liners.

CLICK HERE to see the results of his oily rag disposal experiment


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:

Ask the Staff

Question:   Someone sold me a Snap On vise (I think it is a machinist vise) and I was wondering whether is it a waste or destructive to mount it onto a wooden workbench. Will the workbench be able to handle the weight and movements of the work involved?


Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Contamination in Antique Restoration

When restoring antique furniture, it is quite common to run into problems caused by previous owners who applied "magic polishes" and other concoctions to the finished surfaces.

Here are SEVEN TIPS to help with these problems:













Classic episodes of
Roy Underhill's
The Woodwright's Shop now available on DVD

Though he first taught us these lessons as much as 30 years ago, the information and inspiration they contain is truly timeless. Thanks to Popular Woodworking magazine, all of Roy's episodes from the first 4 seasons (plus the 20th anniversary season) are now available to watch at your leisure. Each DVD in the collection contains all of one season's episodes. Each month additional seasons will also be released.
Sit back and ENJOY ROY!:

Hofmann & Hammer Premium German
Workbenches ON SALE


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:

Video Product Tour:
Hofmann & Hammer German Workbenches

Morton leads us on a video tour of all 4 of our premium German Hofmann & Hammer workbenches.

CLICK HERE to see the video:

Win a FREE "The Highland Woodworker" T-shirt

Send us a photo of yourself pictured beside one of your favorite completed woodworking projects. If you're one of the FIRST FIVE to submit a qualified photo, you'll win one of these custom T-shirts.
CLICK HERE for 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
Summer SALE, Save $100

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:

Lenox Tri-Master Carbide-Tipped Bandsaw Blades

If your shop's bandsaw work is so demanding that your bandsaw blades become dull too quickly, our Lenox Tri-Master Carbide-tipped bandsaw blade may be your solution.

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:

BOOK REVIEW:
Blanket Chests: A Higher Level of Craftsmanship

woodworking tools By J. Norman Reid,
Delaplane, Virginia

I'm always up for a good read, especially when it concerns woodworking, and in this beautifully-illustrated book Gibson and Turner have given us not just a good read but a great one. Edited and produced with care, Blanket Chests is at once a celebration of some very fine examples of this traditional form, an instructional guide to blanket chest construction and an inspiration to higher levels of craftsmanship.

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:


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:

CLICK HERE to watch a video tour of the Wood Slicer:

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