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Make a Marking Knife with Jim Dillon

Make a Marking Knife
in Atlanta with Jim Dillon
November 17, 2013


Join Jim Dillon and learn and try a few key techniques in the process of making a very useful marking knife you can take home with you.

Marking Knife Class, 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 9 Beginning Character Carving
Nov 9 Spray Finishing
Nov 10 Introduction to Marquetry
Nov 13 French Polish Workshop
Nov 14 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
Nov 16 Hand Cut Dovetails
Nov 17 Make a Marking Knife
Nov 19 Hand Planes
Nov 21 Milling and Jointing Lumber
Nov 23 Basic Bowl Turning
Nov 24 Beginning Turning
Dec 3 Reinforced Miter Joints
Dec 10-11 Build a Bookcase
Dec 17 Table Saw Orientation
Dec 18 Sharpening for Turners
Dec 19 Natural Edge Bowl Turning
Dec 22 Basic Bowl Turning

Classes Suitable for Teens
View Slideshows of Classes
Rikon Bandsaws

Sale on Rikon Bandsaws
10" Bandsaw 10-305
List $299.99   SALE $199.99
14" Bandsaw 10-325
List $949.99   SALE $799.99
14" Pro Bandsaw 10-350
List $1399.99   SALE $1299.99

New Product:
The Galbert Drawsharp


As a prolific Windsor chairmaker, Peter Galbert relies heavily on his drawknife. He's also an inventor, and he has come up with a great solution for getting a drawknife really sharp.

See how it works:

Read Terry Chapman's blog entry about the Galbert Drawsharp:
Show Us Your Woodworking!

woodworking tools

This month we are showing a beautiful Massachusetts Shelf Clock built with history in mind, involving both the make of the clock and the battle depicted in the clock painting.

CLICK HERE to read Jim's story and take a closer look at his Massachusetts Shelf Clock:
Show Us Your Wood Carving!

woodworking tools

This month we've got Fred Warshofsky, who uses a combination of woodturning and carving to create his beautiful pieces, often depicting the hummingbird.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at Fred's woodcarvings:
Tips From
Sticks-In-The-Mud
Woodshop


Sticks in the Mud Workshop Tips By Jim Randolph
Long Beach, MS


In this month's "Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop," Jim Randolph offers some tips on wiring your outlets with properly gauged wire depending on what you are plugging into them, as well as where to place your outlets when you live in a flood-prone area.

CLICK HERE to read this month's tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop!
Safety Tip Banner

This month, Barry Saltsberg has a tip on rehearsing the cut before you do any operation in your shop.

CLICK HERE to read Barry's Tip:
Ask the Staff

Question:   I was wondering if there is any way of sharpening carbide tips when they get dull?

For more details and the answer, CLICK 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

wood finishing A-B Bleach

Bleaching wood is sometimes necessary to remove unwanted stains, even out the color, or to remove the color of the wood completely to create an effect. When it becomes necessary to completely remove the color, two part or "A-B" bleach is the right tool for the job.

Here are NINE helpful tips to consider:
My Last Shop: A Workshop Series

my last shop Construction Details Continued

In the eighth installment of Mike Smith's My Last Shop Series, Mike goes over more of the construction details, including: Siding, Windows, Doors, Electrical, and Paint.

CLICK HERE to get the details
FREE SHIPPING on Leigh Jigs in lower 48 states

Leigh Jigs Our Leigh Dovetail Jigs and Frame Mortise and Tenon Jigs will turn your shop into a cabinet factory.

CLICK HERE for more info:
HIGHLAND VIDEO: 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, all about the recently updated Festool TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Track Saw:

Festool TS 55 REQ
Plunge Cut Track Saw

Are there any products you'd like to see in a product tour? If so, we invite you to EMAIL US and let us know what YOU would like to see!


This Month on
The Highland Blog


Online Woodworkers Woodworking in America 2013: Online Woodworkers

WIA 2013 was full of a lot of great classes and vendors and this year for the first time they featured an Online Woodworking Roundtable with some of the most well known woodworkers on the web!

CLICK HERE to see who participated in the Online Roundtable on the Highland Blog:
The Art of Carved Doors

carved doors

Arnim Rodeck is a Canadian woodworker, specializing in the art of carved doors. He shares his unique woodworking history and philosophy, as well as his beautifully crafted pieces.

CLICK HERE to read more:
Clearance
Inside This Issue
With the Grain Book Review
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Workshop Design
The Art of Carved Doors
Show Us Your Shop
A Different Kind of Featherboard
Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month: Holdfast
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Carbide Tip Sharpening
Tool Review: General Finishes
Making a Marking Knife
Show Us Your Woodworking
Show Us Your Wood Carving
FINISHING: A-B Bleach
My Last Shop: Construction Details
SAFETY: Rehearsing the Cut

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 the garden workshop of John Gainey.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at John's shop:
Our November Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month:
Lie-Nielsen Ductile Iron Holdfast


Lie-Nielsen Ductile Iron Holdfast

The Lie-Nielsen holdfast is made out of Cast Ductile Iron which creates a very sturdy tool with enough spring to flex properly in order to either hold your project solidly or retain a batten. Lee Laird goes into detail on the Highland Blog.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen Ductile Iron Holdfast to learn more:

Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen Ductile Iron Holdfast:
Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin


Quick, Easy Forstner Bit Organizer

Hap, Hap, Happy Light

Woodworkers "Other" Interests

Breaking Bad (Hand Tool Techniques)

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve has a variety of projects and tips for your everyday woodworking challenges. From a quick and easy Forstner Bit Organizer project to several hand-tool tips, this column is chock-full of ideas to keep your shop running smoothly.

CLICK HERE to see what our Down to Earth Woodworker has in store:


Real Wood Greeting Cards

These unusual wood cards are printed on real Birch veneer, and are great for any woodworker to send or receive.

CLICK HERE for more info:
"New" Books
by Lost Art Press


Lost Art Press is an enterprise energized by Christopher Schwarz and John Hoffman that has succeeded in shedding new light on long-lost traditional woodworking practices, dating back to the time when European "joiners" relied almost exclusively on hand tools to achieve furniture production on a large scale. The two books below are their latest.

The Art of Joinery, the very first English-language treatise on woodworking, was first published as a pamphlet by Joseph Moxon in 1678. This revised edition includes useful commentary by Christopher Schwarz.
The Art of Joinery:

Andre Roubo's To Make as Perfectly as Possible (recently translated from French into English) is a true classic that reveals an authentic look inside the work of an 18th century cabinet shop.
To Make as Perfectly as Possible:



The Practical Woodworker

This 4-volume set was first compiled a century ago by Bernard E. Jones. Containing over 1600 pages, thousands of images and a viable series of skill-building woodworking projects, it is a highly useful learning source for anyone interested in mastering the use of hand tools.

CLICK HERE for more info:
With the Grain - A Craftsman’s Guide to Understanding Wood,
by Christian Becksvoort:
A Book Review


woodworking tools By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA


This slim volume by a master woodworker of long experience offers a broad, if brief, overview of wood and woodworking from the growing tree to the finished product. Beginning woodworkers will find this a valuable orientation, experienced woodworkers a useful review and reference.

READ the rest of the review:
Video
CLICK HERE to see the latest episode:

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Christmas Ornaments For Woodworking

Christmas Ornaments for Woodworking Ready to create your own beautiful Christmas decorations? From simple to complex, two sided to multidimensional, you will find creating these projects enjoyable and some of them maybe even a challenge.

Great Book of Wooden Toys

Great Book of Wooden Toys Now you can build a Norm Marshall wooden toy! With Great Book of Wooden Toys, you'll discover 37 three-dimensional projects, each complete with an exploded illustration, a materials list and detailed step-by-step instructions for a fool-proof building experience.

Order these books from us during November 2013 for 33% off list price.

CLICK HERE for more details and to LOOK INSIDE each of the books:

A Different Kind of Feather Board

In this article, John Bonin demonstrates his extraordinary SketchUp skills to design a different kind of featherboard to hold his frame pieces for the perfect tongue and groove joint.

CLICK HERE to take a look at
John's SketchUp drawings:

Benchcrafted Vises Now Available from Highland

Benchcrafted Vises We are pleased to offer Benchcrafted vises, the finest workbench hardware made anywhere, along with detailed plans for building your own Roubo-style workbench.

See our Benchcrafted Vises:


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• Bessey Toggle Clamps
• Festool Router Table
• Lenox Carbide Bandsaw Blades
• Masterpiece Wood Finish
• Pattern Maker's Vise
I Bought a SawStop Tablesaw (although I wish I'd gotten it sooner)
SawStop PCS Tablesaw
By Alan Noel
Atlanta, GA


Just before my 54th birthday, I was using my old tablesaw to cut some pieces of poplar into long strips. Something distracted me and I must have taken my eye off the saw for a fraction of a second. To my pain and horror, all of a sudden I realized I had cut myself.

I was afraid to take a look:

Highland 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Smoothing Plane

Our limited edition commemorative smoothing plane is hand built of select flame birch with a teak sole and matching teak wedge by Scott Meek Woodworks. Both beautiful and practical, it is a sheer delight to see, touch and use. Only 35 of this particular model are being produced.

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 over 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:
Tormek T-7 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Wet Grinder

Tormek's 40th anniversary limited edition includes (for no extra charge) a handy rotating base worth $55, as well as a commemorative ballcap. If you've been lusting after a Tormek T-7 to streamline sharpening in your shop, now is the time to buy! Quantity limited.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Steel City Helical Planer
with Carbide Cutters
Only $499.99


With its patented cutterhead design, Steel City was the first company to bring a helical-style benchtop planer to market at an affordable price. The latest model now comes equipped with 26 CARBIDE CUTTERS for exceptional edge retention

CLICK HERE for more info:

European Workbench
Only $399.99

European Workbench Scarce since late spring due to a manufacturing delay, our best-selling European workbench is once again available to order, with delivery scheduled for mid-to-late November 2013.

CLICK HERE for more info:

CLICK HERE to see a video product tour of this versatile workbench:
Save $85-$95 on
Triton Plunge Routers


Triton Router Sale Choose either 2 HP or 3-1/4 HP models of this extremely versatile plunge router, great for either hand-held use or extremely convenient performance in a router table, and while supplies last, receive FREE a 10-piece template guide set worth $54.99.

2 HP model - SALE $219.99
3-1/4 HP model - SALE $249.99

CLICK BELOW to watch the
Triton Router video product tour.



    New Festool Saws

Festool has introduced this year a full-featured new version of its flagship plunge-cutting track saw, as well as 4 groundbreaking new Carvex jigsaws, 2 with cords and 2 that are cordless.
See the TS 55 REQ Track Saw

See the new Carvex Jigsaws


New FESTOOL Systainer Storage Solutions

Festool's Systainer system readies your shop for maximum efficiency. These new systainer accessories help add great mobility.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Festool Centrotech Installers Set

Housed in a T-Loc Systainer, this highly useful assortment includes several dozen driver bits and drill bits, each of which features no-slip, quick-change shanks for use with the Festool Centrotec System or any keyless or three-jaw chuck.

CLICK HERE for more info:
Making a Marking Knife

Rod Scott – Making a Marking Knife

A marking knife is handy for precision layout of joints. It makes sharper lines than a pencil and stays sharper much longer. The following narrative will show my process for making this handy tool.

Click here to read more:
Workshop Design-Part 1



In this two part article, Phil Rasmussen gives you several different approaches you can take when designing (or redesigning) your workshop, in order to get the most advantage out of your space, no matter what the size.

CLICK HERE to find out how you can improve your own shop layout!
General Finishes Stains

General Finishes By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA


General Finishes produces a large variety of products for both the commercial and consumer retail markets. In this review, I’d like to focus on their stains and dyes for use by woodworkers like you and me. This includes their oil base stain, water based stain and their water based dye.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review:
Woodworking Tool Catalog

Our latest Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!

CLICK to start flipping through it:

Tools of the Trade Banner

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:
WOOD SLICER Testimonial

Wood Slicer resawing blade Dear Highland Woodworking,
I would like to thank your company for sending me my Wood Slicer Blade so promptly! The blade is outstanding. It does everything you have advertised it would do. It is much quieter than its competition, the cut is smoother, and it cuts very straight. I cut a 1/16 slice of purple heart off a four inch block very easily. Thanks,
Doug Buell-Desoto, KS

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:

Wood Slicer Product Tour
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the Wood Slicer in action
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