Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 85, September 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

Make a Picture Frame, Sun. Sep 16

"Cheap" store-bought frames are flimsy and expensive and not so cheap. Quality store-bought frames are expensive. What if you want just a plain, simple frame made out of wood? Jim shows you how to make a simple, sturdy frame that will look fine in a Modernist, Art & Crafts, or Shaker-Inspired interior.

Make a Picture Frame, Sep. 16th

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.

Sep 8   Scott Antique Show Secrets
Sep 12   Taming of the Skew
Sep 15   Hand Cut Dovetails
Sep 16   Make a Picture Frame
Sep 19   French Polishing
Sep 22   Beginning Turning
Sep 22   Spray Finishing
Sep 24–27   Build Your First Cabinet
Sep 29   Basic Bowl Turning
Oct 3   French Polishing
Oct 6   Bandsaw Basics
Oct 7   Tablesaw Basics
Oct 13   Handcut Dovetails
Oct 13   Scott Antique Show Secrets
Oct 14   Milling & Jointing Lumber
Oct 17   Sharpening for Turners
Oct 20 & 21   Antique Restoration
Oct 21   Beginning Turning
Oct 23 & 24   Build a Bookcase
Oct 30   Natural Edge Bowl Turning

Classes Suitable for Teens

View Slideshows of Classes

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

Show Your Stuff!

woodworking tools

This month we feature several pieces by Rod Scott of Hayden, ID, including this beautifully built child-sized Windsor rocking chair.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at this Windsor rocker and more:

Show Us Your Wood Carving!
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Linda Master brings a new level to the term 'detail oriented'. This month's carving column features her intricate work, including detailed pieces smaller than a penny!

And if you think that's small, you'll be amazed what Linda was able to carve on the top of a toothpick! CLICK HERE to check it out!

Maurice Ungaro has four words to live by regarding power tools in his shop.

CLICK HERE to find out what they are:

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 few of our great videos:

Rikon Planer/Jointers -
10 inch & 12 inch

The Lie-Nielsen Dowel Plate

The Festool RO90
Multi-purpose Sander

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 Downloadable Project Plan:
Tumble Clown

Kevin McGuire, author of the popular book " The All-New Woodworking For Kids " provides a new project plan in each issue of Wood News.

The Tumble Clown is a vintage-inspired push toy perfect for toddlers and older kids alike!

Order your plan online by adding it to your shopping cart. 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 to order your downloadable plan:

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
Traditional Box Projects: Book Review
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Applying Polyurethane Finish
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
SAFETY: Unplug Your Power Tools

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.
Show Us Your Shop!
This month we are have Karl Bischoff's Seattle, Washington shop, primarily built to build a 30' wooden schooner.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:

Our September Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

The Convex Sole Block Plane

This month's Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month is the Convex Sole Block Plane. Loosely based on Stanley's #100-1/2, this squirrel-tailed compass plane smoothes chair seats, hollows instruments backs and textures anything that needs it.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen Convex Sole Block Plane to find out more:

Take a closer look at the Convex Sole Block Plane:

Free Knife Jig

Get a FREE Knife Jig with purchase of a Tormek T-3 Wet Grinder during September 2012.

CLICK HERE for more info:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

This month, our Down to Earth Woodworker, Steven Johnson, contemplates the journey we call woodworking, whether it be the wrong turns that require us to fix a project we thought was finished, the dead ends that make us sit back and think about a design that still isn't quite right, or the unknown destinations we find ourselves headed towards at the start of many woodworking projects.

Read the DTEW column to learn why Steve thinks pulling weeds is sort of like hand planing a board!

A good workbench is the keystone of any woodworking shop. You'll be able to approach your next woodworking project like never before with our AFFORDABLE new European Workbench. Solidly constructed from beautiful European beechwood, this bench will help to inspire and enable quality woodworking.

Festool Sandpaper

We carry a huge selection of in-stock Festool sandpaper to fit all Festool Sanders. All the grits, sizes, shapes and abrasive types are now conveniently organized and explained on this new single page of our website.

Check it out:

Triton Multi-Stand
only $79.99

Triton's super popular Multi-Stand offers better features and far more versatility than standard work supports.

CLICK HERE to find out all that it will do:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I have several layers of sprayed lacquer on a cabinet in my workshop. Keeping in mind that it may get a little wet from time to time because of its location, can I spray a polyurethane on top of that without a problem of adhesion and durability? I thought I read someplace that shellac and lacquer are a good foundation for almost anything else except penetrating oil.

Ask the Staff -
Another Suggestion

A couple of months ago we had a question about how best to mount a heavy snap-on machinist's vise to a workbench . One of our readers, Bill Scheuerell, has come up with a great alternative and we wanted to share.

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Using Wood Glues

I get questions from time to time about which glue is best for assembling a new project and which is best for making repairs to wooden furniture. In woodworking, there are several types of glues that are commonly used and each of these have their own particular uses as well as overlapping properties.

Here are SIX tips for using wood glues:

New Large European Workbench
Only $1199.99

A new shipment of Premium Large European Workbenches has just arrived. An optional built-in storage cabinet is also available separately.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Rikon 10" Bandsaw
Special Purchase
Now only $199.99 while current supplies last

This little gem has proven itself to be an excellent value as a compact bandsaw. We've sold almost 500 of them in just the past 2 years! We highly recommend it as your first bandsaw bought on a budget, or as a second bandsaw that allows you to avoid constantly swapping blades on your main bandsaw. This special purchase makes it extremely affordable, only while supplies last.

CLICK HERE for More Info:

Save $55 on our Triton Router Package Deal

Get our versatile 10-piece template guide set (a $55 value) FREE as part of our Triton Router package deal. Select either the popular 2-1/4 HP model, or the more powerful 3-1/4 HP model. Quantities limited.

CLICK HERE for more info:

NEW BOOK: Grandpa's Workshop

This is absolutely the most engaging children's book we've ever seen about woodworking. It will inspire and entertain both kids and adults, and is the perfect medium for capturing the imagination of a child you would like to introduce to woodworking. Beautifully illustrated, it's this year's perfect gift for your child, grandchild or any other young person whose creativity you would like to inspire.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Limited Edition Commemorative First Issue of Fine Woodworking

Responding to readers' requests for this long-out-of-print first issue of Fine Woodworking magazine, the Taunton Press has authorized a special limited-edition reprint that is exactly as charter subscribers experienced it in 1975.

This special collector's edition includes all the same articles, ads, materials, and information as the original, providing an extraordinary look back in time. Includes collector's folio. An excellent holiday gift idea. Quantity is limited.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Woodworking Tool Catalog


Our latest
Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!


Pre-order the new Festool CMS Router Table now
to ship October 1, 2012

CLICK HERE to find out all about the new Festool Router Table:

Haven't Seen Our New Woodworking Web TV Show? CHECK IT OUT!

Watch for our NEXT new episode coming in early September!
the most recent show:

Highland Products
Featured Recently
in Wood News Online

• Amana 60t Crosscut Blade
• Earlex 5500HV Spray Station
• Festool XL DF 700 Joiner
• Lenox Carbide Bandsaw Blades
• Narex Chisels with Magnetic Bar
• Narex Premium Bench Chisels
• Quick-Action Bar Clamps
• Rikon 14" Professional Bandsaw
• SawStop Contractor Saw

Traditional Box Projects

woodworking tools By J. Norman Reid,
Delaplane, Virginia

Recently, Strother Purdy's fine book, Traditional Box Projects, arrived in my mailbox. As is my custom, I immediately flipped through its pages to see what would catch my eye. Several things did, which prompted me to read through the whole book in quick order. I liked what I read.

CLICK HERE to learn what caught the eye of our reviewer:

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:

Woodworking in America 2012

Get face-to-face instruction from the world’s best woodworkers such as Roy Underhill, Curtis Buchanan, David Marks, Christopher Schwarz and more! Meet the staff of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Test-drive the newest products from top toolmakers inside the marketplace with over 45 exhibitors!

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 wanted to comment on your Wood Slicer bandsaw blades. Anyone wanting to re-saw lumber, contact Highland Woodworking. I ordered my second wood slicer while resawing Oak for my Grandchildrens' Jewelry Boxes. I've never seen anything like them! And, way to go Highland! It arrived at my home as fast as they cut! Great blade and fast service. I'm sure glad I found a great blade and a fantastic Company to Deal with. Thank you HIGHLAND!

— Bill Stoelk, Basin, Wyoming

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:

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

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