Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 91, March 2013 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
Class: Spray Finishing, March 23rd

Professional Antique Restorer Alan Noel will show you what it takes to apply a spray finish successfully and consistently. He'll cover the different styles of spray guns, their strengths and weaknesses and the tricks needed to get the most optimum output with a specific finish.

Spray Finishing, March 23rd

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.

Mar 6  Finishing the Finish
Mar 9  Beginning Character Carving
Mar 10  Old Fashion Mortise and Tenon
Mar 13  Sharpening for Turners
Mar 17  Introduction to Chip Carving
Mar 19  Hand Tool Sharpening
Mar 21  Timber Framing
Mar 23  Spray Finishing
Mar 26  Hand Planes
Mar 27  Wood Coloring Basics
Apr 6  Basic Bowl Turning
Apr 7  Basic Bowl Turning
Apr 13  Antique Show Secrets
Apr 17  French Polish Workshop
Apr 20  Beginning Turning
Apr 21  Turn a Peppermill
Apr 23  Reinforced Miter Joints
Apr 30  Handtool Sharpening

Classes Suitable for Teens

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NEW Knew Concept Saws

Lee Marshall has expanded his line of innovative premium saws to include a new 6-1/2" Coping Saw as well as the new Titanium Birdcage Fretsaw which comes in 3 sizes. Still extremely popular are his original 5" and 8" premium aluminum fretsaws. Incredibly stiff and strong, all of these saws have featherweight balance for the utmost control.

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Sale on Rikon Bandsaws and Planers

We offer among the lowest prices anywhere on these popular machines from Rikon.

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Show Your Stuff!

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This month we are featuring the work of Phil Rasmussen, who says he likes to make mission and shaker style furniture with a twist.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at this beautiful coffee table by Phil as well as several of his other pieces:

Show Us Your Wood Carving!
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In this month's column, we've got the work of self-taught carver Hugh Parks, who really enjoys the challenge of carving decoys and life-sized birds.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at a few of his impressive carved birds:

Tips From

By Jim Randolph
Long Beach, MS

sticks in the mud workshop Welcome to a new feature in Wood News Online, "Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop". I am a hobbyist, not a professional, someone who loves woodworking, just like you do. I have found some better ways to accomplish tasks in the workshop and look forward to sharing those with you each month, as well as hearing your problem-solving ideas.

CLICK HERE to read the first two tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop!

Lindsay Frost has a very simple safety tip that could make a difference in a lot of shops.

CLICK HERE to read it:

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 watch one of Morton's recent videos, offering tips for folding and storing your bandsaw blades:

Folding a Bandsaw Blade

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!

This Month on
The Highland Blog

Carving with Mary May at The Woodwright's School
by Terry Chapman

In February Terry Chapman took a road trip up to Roy Underhill's The Woodwright School in Pittsboro to attend a carving class taught by master woodcarver Mary May. Read about Terry's experience in the class, and then keep your eye out for a Mary May class on the Highland class schedule later this year!

CLICK HERE to read Terry's post about the first day of carving class at The Woodwright's School:

New Downloadable Project Plan:
My Menagerie

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

This vintage-inspired take-apart toy encourages children to assemble their own menagerie of pets and wildlife, sea creatures, plants or whatever they like!

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!

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Woodworking Tool Catalog


Our latest
Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!


Charles Brock has singled out the specific tools he uses when building his sculptured 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
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
My Last Shop: Part 4 - Demolition
Super-Tune A Handplane Review
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: A Portable Radial Arm Saw?
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Wipe On Finishes
SAFETY: When to Quit for the Day

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 Glen Bond's Eureka, Missouri shop. Even though Glen says that unfortunately his shop isn't self-cleaning, he enjoys sharing it with his wife Pat, who is also a woodworker.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at Glen & Pat's shop:

Instantly access any article ever published in Fine Woodworking

Our new DVD archive contains every article in the 230 issues of Fine Woodworking magazine published in the past 37 years. While supplies last, we'll also include free the boxed commemorative first issue of Fine Woodworking, itself a $19.95 value.

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Click image below to see the 15 winners in our Woodworking Jig Contest

See our selection of Toggle Clamps:

Our March Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

The #5 Jack Plane

The Lie-Nielsen #5 Jack Plane features meticulous construction, low-tolerance machining and Bed Rock body and frog design. Its soles and sides are milled reliably flat and square, and its finish is so smooth that it will hardly need more than a well-buffed coat of wax to be practically friction-free.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the #5 Jack Plane to learn more:

Take a closer look at the #5 Jack Plane:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

Full Immersion Learning - A Woodworker's "Metrification"

An Inspiring Woodworker

My Local Woodworking Store...Killing Our Hobby One Customer At A Time

Fun At My Neighbor's Expense

Steve starts off this month's column with the most convincing argument for a woodworker to go metric that we've ever heard. If you weren't already considering it, you likely will by the time you finish reading! Steve also profiles an inspiring woodworker he met recently, takes a quick visit to his local woodworking store with disappointing results, and has a little fun at his neighbor's expense, all in this month's The Down To Earth Woodworker.

Have you ever considered going metric? CLICK HERE to read why Steve thinks that is a GREAT IDEA:

Super-Tune Your Hand Plane: DVD Review

By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

woodworking tools I teach a class on restoring old handplanes. I've read all the books and articles I could find on the subject. And, I've built up my own base of expertise by restoring a number of planes in my own shop. I thought I knew all there was to know about restoring and setting up planes. I was wrong, and this excellent DVD proved it.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review:

Ask the Staff

Question:   Hello, I was wondering if any company out there has a portable frame type thing to set up a small radial arm saw using a circular saw? It could possibly be made using a slide rail system like on router tables and table saws, perhaps?

Check out the answer HERE:

E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
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Wipe On Finishes

Wipe on finishes are the easiest to apply and maintain. Traditionally, oil and spirit varnishes are brushed or wiped on, with oil being by far the easiest because of the slow dry time.

Here are TEN steps to using wipe on finishes in your own projects:

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Best Time Ever
to Buy a SawStop!

Purchase any model SawStop PCS Cabinet Saw during March or April, 2013 and receive a $199 accessory FOR FREE as a factory rebate! Choose either the SawStop PCS integrated mobile base or the overarm mount for the dust collector (Both accessories are shown already mounted on the saw pictured above). The SawStop has already saved the hands of more than a thousand woodworkers from serious injury. We have machines in stock for immediate delivery anywhere in the lower 48 states. Why put it off any longer? Now is a great time to add a SawStop to your workshop.

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Another New Episode of our Web TV show

Experience the excitement of the big Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event held recently at Highland Woodworking; hear Christopher Schwarz tell about the Dutch tool chest he just built; watch chairmaker Jeff Miller demonstrate the machine he uses to make short work cutting compound tenons; let Matthew Teague show his tricks for keeping a sharp edge on your bench chisels; and hear how master craftsman Alf Sharp got hooked on 18th century furniture making. Watch the all-new FIFTH EPISODE of The Highland Woodworker, the free TV show we created ESPECIALLY for the woodworkers we serve.

CLICK HERE to see Episode 5:

Steel City Helical Planer now has Carbide Cutters

With its patented cutterhead design, Steel City was the first company to bring a helical-style benchtop planer to market at an affordable price. Our NEWEST MODEL now comes equipped with 26 CARBIDE CUTTERS for exceptional edge retention, lasting up to 20 times longer than HSS cutters.

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Free Knife Jig with Tormek T-3 Purchase

Order our smooth-running Tormek T-3 Sharpening System during March and April, 2013 and receive a FREE knife jig, an extra $38 value. The Tormek
T-3 will make short work of your most demanding sharpening needs.

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Save 33% on our Delta Magnetic Work Light

Our Magnetic Work Light has a powerful 40 lb. magnet in the lamp's base which lets you put it wherever it needs to go; its 14" flexible arm lets you put bright, clear illumination exactly where you need it most.

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New Digital Marking Gauge

Our new iGaging Digital Marking Gauge brings precision digital measurement to the traditional marking gauge, and will mark either wood or steel.

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Now Save $200 on the Rikon 10-350 Professional Bandsaw

This extra-powerful new heavy-duty premium bandsaw is loaded with deluxe features that make it perfect for the woodworking professional or other serious woodworkers. Features include large table, robust fence, huge 14" resaw capacity, 2-speeds, built-in LED light, foot brake, blade guides that adjust without tools, quick-release lever and a powerful motor. Weighs 308 lbs. 5-year warranty.

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

Check out these popular titles:
  • Understanding Wood Finishing
  • Chainsaw Carving: The Art and Craft
  • Relief Carving Workshop
  • The New Complete Guide to the Band Saw
  • Wood Pallet Projects
  • Old Time Whittling
Order these books from us during March 2013 for 33% off list price.

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Save on Innovative New Bessey Clamps

Check out the savings on these great new clamps from Bessey, including the REVO Jr. K-body clamps, Auto-Adjust Toggle Clamps and Variable Angle Strap clamp.

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My Last Shop: A Workshop Series

woodworking tools By Michael Smith
Mountain Park, GA

In the fourth installment of Mike Smith's My Last Shop Series, Mike has to take down an existing shed that is in the place where he wants to build his new shop. He walks us through the steps he took to do it.

CLICK HERE to get the details:

WOOD SLICER Testimonial
Wood Slicer resawing blade

Today my life changed for the better, I received my new Wood Slicer bandsaw blade. A year ago a friend did some resawing for me on his saw. I saw the avenues that were opened by the ability to resaw. I purchased a riser block and have experimented with mixed results in resawing. This blade makes it possible for even a guy like me to resaw in my shop.

I followed the set up instructions and tried it out to my shrieks of joy. This product delivers. Thank you so much, I look forward to exploring others products in your catalogue. So nice to buy a product that does what it says it will do and this adds an important aspect to my woodworking and furniture building.

— Loren W.

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:

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

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