Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 87, November 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
Cabinet Built-Ins
Class, November 17

In this one day seminar, you will observe Kreg McMahon construct a custom built-in right onto a wall – in the same manner as you would do in your own home. Kreg will cover all the steps including design & planning, sheet good processing, joinery methods, adjustable shelf holes, design detail enhancements like trim fluting, and face frame cabinet door construction.

Cabinet Built-Ins, Nov 17

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.

Nov 3  Spray Finishing
Nov 7  Coloring Wood
Nov 10-11  Classical Furniture Carving
Nov 13  Hand Tool Sharpening
Nov 14  Taming the Skew
Nov 17  Cabinet Built-ins
Nov 27  Hand Planes
Nov 28  Sharpening for Turners
Dec 1  Beginning Character Carving
Dec 2  Chip Carving
Dec 5  Table Saw Orientation
Dec 6  Timber Framing
Dec 8  Beginning Turning
Dec 8  Scott Antique Show Secrets
Dec 9  Turn a Peppermill
Dec 11  Hand Tool Sharpening
Dec 12  Finishing the Finish
Dec 13  Milling and Jointing Lumber
Dec 15  Hand Cut Dovetails
Dec 18  French Polish Workshop

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?

SALE PRICES on Rikon Thickness Planer and Rikon Planer-Jointers

Save up to $400 while limited sale quantities last:

Show Your Stuff!

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This month we are featuring several pieces of beautiful furniture built by John Weber of Canajoharie, NY.

CLICK HERE to look more closely at several impressive pieces inspired by the books of Glen Huey:

Show Us Your Wood Carving!
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Bill Cosentini is an artist with his chainsaw, and these detailed carvings are the evidence of that fact.

CLICK HERE to see the impressive work Bill has completed with his chainsaw:

Jeremy Hopkins has a couple of great ideas for more woodturning safety.

CLICK HERE to read them:

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 one of Morton's great videos:

Highland Woodworking
Store Tour

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!

Latest episode of The Highland Woodworker Web TV features the Moulthrop family of master woodturners and an interview with woodworker Jimmy Carter

CLICK HERE for the new episode:

New Downloadable Project Plan:
Marble Launch

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

Inspired by vintage arcade-style tabletop games, the Marble Launcher will be great fun for older kids to build and play with.

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 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:

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
The New Traditional Woodworker: Review
Woodworking Has Worked For Me
My Last Shop: A Series
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Workshop Floor
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Cleaning a Finish
SAFETY: More Woodturning Safety Tips

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 credit if we show your shop in a future issue.
Show Us Your Shop!
This month we are featuring Shawn Nystrom's Windsor, VA shop, where he is looking forward to spending 40+ hours a week as he nears retirement.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:

Save 33% on these select woodworking books from Fox Chapel Publishing

Check out these popular titles:
  • Woodturning Christmas Ornaments with Dale Nish
  • Fresh Designs for Woodworking
  • Woodcarving Magic
  • How to Make Workbenches & Shop Storage Solutions
  • Complete Book of Woodcarving
  • Great Book of Woodworking Projects
Order these books from us during November 2012 and save 33% off list.
CLICK HERE for more info, or to BROWSE THE FIRST CHAPTER of each of these books online now:

Our November Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

The #101 Bronze Violin Maker's Plane

Don't let the name fool you! While traditionally called a Violin Maker's Plane, this pocket-sized block plane will find many uses for any woodworker who appreciates exquisite tools for fine applications. It's the perfect plane for fine detail work and it's small enough to fit in your pocket.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen #101 Violin Maker's Plane to find out more:

Take a closer look at the #101 Violin Maker's Plane:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

Barbershops & Woodshops

The Beard/Mask Interface

One Day Super Shop Cleaning

This month, The Down to Earth Woodworker is reminded of his childhood moments spent in the local barbershop, and likens that feeling to a trip to your local woodworking store. He also offers a helpful solution for all of those bearded woodworkers he talked about last month who want to wear a safety mask, and then provides a start to finish guide for a top to bottom one day shop cleanup just in time for woodworking season.

Is your shop in need of a good cleaning? If so CLICK HERE to read Steve's ONE DAY PLAN:

Woodworking Works for Me

By Steve McClintic, Sr
Roanoke, Virginia

The great thing about a hobby is it is done at leisure. There are no deadlines, expectations or assumptions. For more than 40 years, woodworking has been my hobby.

In 2008, I officially retired. I thought to myself: "What should I do?"

Woodworking. It was a no brainer.

CLICK HERE to read more of Steve's woodworking story:

My Last Shop: A Workshop Series

By Mike Smith
Mountain Park, GA

woodworking tools My name is Mike Smith and I'm a Child of a Child of the Depression. I recently retired from teaching woodworking and now my bride, Margie, of 45 years and I have moved to what I like to call "Our Last Home". Now I would like to build "My Last Shop". Come along with me.

CLICK HERE to learn what Mike has in store for his "Last Shop":

Ask the Staff

Question:   My good sized shop is in need of a new concrete floor, but at this time that is out of reach, cost-wise. Can you offer a more inexpensive solution?

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
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Cleaning a Finish

Giving a good cleaning to a piece of furniture that has a viable finish is not an arduous task if one uses the right tool for the job. In my shop we always use waterless hand cleaner. This type of cleaner is used primarily by auto mechanics to clean the grease and grime off their hands and is also great for cleaning furniture finishes.

Here are ELEVEN tips for cleaning a finish:

Families Love our Kid's Woodworking Tool Kit

Our very popular Woodworking Tool Kit for Kids is 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. Makes a great Christmas present!

What's in the kid's tool kit?

Woodworking Tool Catalog


Our latest
Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!


Great Gift Idea: Limited Edition Commemorative First Issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine

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

This special collector's edition includes all the 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:

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:

Great Prices on 3 Rikon Bandsaw Models at Highland Woodworking

Save up to $500 on these terrific values while limited sale quantities last:

The Versatile Pattern Maker's Vise

What CAN'T this vise do? This may be the most versatile stock control device you've ever imagined. The unique mounting system allows for 180 degree rotation and 90 degree upward swing, with fine alignment control from all angles.

CLICK HERE for more info:

CLICK HERE to watch a video product tour for the Pattern Maker's Vise:

Save $200 on our Large European Workbench
Now Only $999.99

Upgrade your shop with this great buy on a high-quality workbench. 198 lbs.
Includes two Quick-Action Vises .

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:

NEW Festool CMS Router Table NOW AVAILABLE
Free Shipping in 48 states

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

Highland Products
Featured Recently
in Wood News Online

• Amana 60t Crosscut Blade
• Earlex 5500HV Spray Station
• Festool TI 15 Impact Drill/Driver
• Festool XL DF 700 Joiner
• Lenox Carbide Bandsaw Blades
• Masterpiece Wood Finish
• Narex Chisels with Magnetic Bar
• Narex Premium Bench Chisels
• Quick-Action Bar Clamps
• Rikon 14" Professional Bandsaw
• SawStop Contractor Saw

Book Review: The New Traditional Woodworker

woodworking tools By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, Virginia

The current revival of interest in hand tools has summoned forth a number of good books to ease the transition away from power tools. One of the best—if not the best—is Jim Tolpin's The New Traditional Woodworker.

What is so great about The New Traditional Woodworker? CLICK HERE to read more:

SawStop PCS Tablesaw
SawStop PCS Tablesaw
An easy way to make
your workshop SAFER

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 $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. Available with the powerful 3-1/4 HP model. Quantities limited.

CLICK HERE for more info:

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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