Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 100, December 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
Build a Continuous Arm Windsor Chair with Peter Galbert
March 3-9, 2014

Windsor Chair class with Peter Galbert
Join Master Chairmaker, Peter Galbert, in this week long class learning the techniques and building your very own Windsor chair.

Build a Continuous Arm Windsor Chair with Peter Galbert
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.

Dec 17 Table Saw Orientation
Dec 18 Sharpening for Turners
Dec 19 Natural Edge Bowl Turning
Dec 22 Basic Bowl Turning
Jan 4 Hand Cut Dovetails
Jan 5 Router Basics
Jan 8 Table Saw Orientation
Jan 11-12 Footstool Challenge
Jan 14 Hand Tool Sharpening
Jan 15 French Polish Workshop

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Classes Suitable for Teens
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Show Us Your Woodworking!

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This month we've got a variety of woodworking projects made by Ron Wiling, who builds most of his projects for local organizations including Christmas festivals for charity, humane societies, and local parks.

CLICK HERE to find out more about Ron's projects and the charities he makes them for:
Show Us Your Wood Carving!

woodworking tools

This month we're featuring the carving of Joe Duket, who uses power carving to embellish gun stocks, mantels, cabinets, furniture, and virtually anything else made of wood.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at Joe's woodcarvings:
Tips From

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 how to hang a coat hook as straight as possible, as well as an awl-somly good tip on the sharpening and upkeep of awls.

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

This month, Jim Porter has a tip on keeping your workshop floor clear in order to avoid painful slips and falls.

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

Question:   Is the wood from the Windsor Chair Workshop easily obtainable after someone has taken the class?

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 Reversible vs. Non-Reversible Finishing

Like all chemistry experiments, some chemicals mix and some do not, and the same goes for finishing.

Here are EIGHT helpful tips to consider when working with multiple finishes:
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:
Double Edge Flush Cut Trim Saw Veritas Double Edge Flush Cut Trim Saw

By Jeffrey Fleisher, New Market, VA

There's a tool that no one ever thinks about, but is extremely useful when it comes to making cuts flush to the surface or the edge of a board. That tool is a Flush-Cut Saw, and every woodworking shop should have one.

CLICK HERE to read the review:

Workshop Design
Part 2, Work Zones

By Phil Rasmussen, Hendersonville, NC

In this Part 2 of his 3 part article, Phil Rasmussen explains the concept of defining work zones within the design of your shop, in order to make the most out of your time and space.

CLICK HERE to see how you can improve your own shop layout!
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 Festool CMS Router Table: :

Festool CMS Router Table

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

Jeff Miller On Chairmaking with Jeff Miller, by Dyami Plotke.

Dyami Plotke, the blogger behind The Penultimate Workshop, recently attended Jeff Miller's Designing and Building Chairs class held at Highland Woodworking last month.

CLICK HERE: to hear about this one-of-a-kind class.
Woodworking Tool Catalog

Our latest
Catalog is
available to
browse online!


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.

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Inside This Issue
Review: Woodworker's Guide to Turning
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Workshop Design Part 2
Show Us Your Shop
Snazzy Wood Ties
Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month: Large Shoulder Plane (073)
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Wood for Windsor Chairs
Tool Review: Veritas Double Edge Flush-Cut Saw
Show Us Your Woodworking
Show Us Your Wood Carving
Reversible vs. Non-Reversible Finishing
SAFETY: Clear The Floor

Show Us 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 George Brown's "man-shed" shop in Milford, OH.

CLICK HERE to take a look inside George's shop:
Our December Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month:
The Lie-Nielsen 073
Large Shoulder Plane

Lie-Nielsen Large Shoulder Plane
The Lie-Nielsen Large Shoulder Plane is made out of durable Ductile Iron, and is built to address shoulders on tenons, create or increase the depth of rabbets, and both remove and clean up additional material from a dado, just to name a few operations. Lee Laird goes into further detail on the Highland Blog.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about The Lie-Nielsen Large Shoulder Plane (073) to learn more:

Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen Large Shoulder Plane:

Exceptional Gift Ideas

Join the Highland staff as they talk about which tools they like to suggest as gifts and why they like them.

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Start your wishlist on our website:
CLICK HERE to see the latest episode:

Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

Fine Furnishings Show Is Inspiring

The Sign Of A Good Host

The Other Sign In My Shop

Bone-Headed Woodworking Tips

Mise En Place

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve recounts his adventures at the Fine Furnishings Show in Milwaukee; gives some great ideas on hosting guests in your workshop; explains the benefits of a "woodworking only" workshop space; explains why all safety tips aren't necessarily safe; and explains "Mise en place" in terms of woodworking.

CLICK HERE to get all of these tips, ideas, and more:

Snazzy Wood Bow Ties

Alf Sharp is a long-time woodworker who has combined woodworking and fashion to create wooden bow ties, made to be worn!

CLICK HERE to learn Alf's process and see more of his woodworking:

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:
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Woodworking - Techniques & Projects For The First-Time Woodworker

Woodworking - Techniques & Projects For The First-Time Woodworker Woodworking is a useful and enjoyable skill that anyone can learn. If you’ve ever wished you knew how to make things out of wood, this book is the perfect place to start. You'll be amazed at how simple it is to build fun and practical wooden items as you work through the easy lessons inside.

Guide to Turning

Woodworker's Guide to Turning People are drawn to the woodturning lathe because it is the quickest way to go from raw wood to a finished object. Most projects can be finished in an afternoon, and many can be completed in less than an hour.

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

CLICK HERE for more details and to LOOK INSIDE each of the books:
Woodworker's Guide to Turning by John Kelsey:
A Book Review

By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

This small volume, 140 pages, is packed full of everything a beginning woodturner needs to get started and progress to the intermediate skill level and beyond. Included is basic information on everything from tools to techniques.

READ the rest of the review:

Get a FREE toolbelt with our Kids Tool Kit thru Dec. 19

Our Kids Tool Kits contains real tools of a quality that will serve any woodworker, and we've selected them based on what's needed for the kind of woodworking projects that kids are likely to undertake.

CLICK HERE for more info:

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This is our 100th Issue!
A Look Back at the
History of Wood News

In celebration of this 100th edition of Wood News Online, we've assembled an archive of our earliest newsletters that were printed and distributed between 1977 and 1991. They were the precursor to the electronic version of Wood News that we have been sending out monthly since 2005.

We invite you to take a nostalgic stroll through late 20th century woodworking history. We hope you enjoy some of the hundreds of articles that reveal the tools, techniques, people, events and philosophy that have sustained our business since Highland first came into being.

Visit the old Wood News archive

Imagine finding a SawStop under your Christmas tree this year. Everyone in your family will feel safer knowing you're using a SawStop in your workshop.
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Highland 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Smoothing Plane

Our limited edition commemorative smoothing plane is both beautiful and practical, a sheer delight to see, touch and use.

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Rikon 10" Bandsaw
Special Purchase
Now only
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.

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Save $200 with our Rikon 14" Bandsaw Package Deal

Our bestselling Rikon 14" bandsaw has proven itself a reliable workhorse in hundreds of our customers' shops. While current supplies last, receive as a FREE BONUS our legendary Wood Slicer Resawing Blade plus Mark Duginske's informative DVD, Mastering Your Bandsaw.

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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.

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Get a Free Set of Chisels when you buy one of our
European Workbenches thru December 19, 2013

European Workbench Our best-selling affordable European workbenches will transform your woodworking and make a great addition to your workshop.

Compact Workbench, $399.99

Large Workbench, $999.99

Save over $100 on our
Triton Plunge Routers

Triton Router Sale Choose either 2 HP or 3-1/4 HP model 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 Triton Compact Belt Sander worth $79.

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

Rikon Premium 12 inch Mini-Lathe, SALE $299.99

We love this little lathe. It's what students use in our turning classes. With it you can turn bowls up to 12" diameter, and with an optional bed extension it can be expanded to turn spindles up to 40" long.

CLICK HERE for more info:
Save $50 on our sweet SuperNova2 4-jaw Chuck

Here's a great buy on a high quality 4-jaw scroll chuck with advanced features.

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New book by Peter Korn
Why We Make Things and Why It Matters

This brand new book has already received critical acclaim for its insightful exploration into the whys and wherefores of craftsmanship.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Highland Gift Cards

Can't decide? Here's an awesome present that's sure to be appreciated by just about every woodworker!

It's easy to order one:
    New Festool Saws
(now including their new CORDLESS  jigsaw)

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

SALE on Hofmann & Hammer Workbenches

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 more info:

WOOD SLICER Testimonial

Wood Slicer resawing blade Hello,
I just received the 105" X 3/4" Wood Slicer bandsaw blade. The first thing I did was put it on my bandsaw and finish re-sawing wood for my next project. I have never had a blade that cut so quickly and cleanly as your product. The first cut I made left no saw marks on a 5" piece of mahogany. This is very impressive! Excellent product and service. Thanks,

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Gransfors Bruks Axes
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