Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 103, March 2014 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
Beyond the Basics of Marking and Measuring, Class on March 27, 2014

Beyond the Basics with Tony Suess During this 3-hour demo class, instructor Tony Suess will share numerous techniques that will dramatically improve the quality of your woodworking. Some of the topics covered will include how to determine the accuracy of your layout tools, proper use of tape measures and rulers, tool and machine setup, simple jigs you can make, and techniques for "dead accurate" reproduction of multiple parts.

CLASS: Beyond the Basics with Tony Suess, March 27

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 12 Sharpening for Turners
Mar 13 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
Mar 15 Hand Cut Dovetails
Mar 17-20 Cabinet Making Basics
Mar 25 Hand Planes
Mar 26 Coloring Wood
Mar 27 Marking and Measuring
Apr 2 Finishing the Finish
Apr 5-6 Build a Footstool
Apr 9 Table Saw Orientation
Apr 12 Cabinet Built-Ins
Apr 13 Milling and Jointing Lumber
Apr 17 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
Apr 19 Basic Bowl Turning
Apr 22 Hand Tool Sharpening
Apr 23 Taming of the Skew
Apr 26 Spray Finishing
Apr 26 Beginning Turning
Apr 27 Turn a Peppermill
Apr 29 Hand Planes
Apr 30 French Polish Workshop

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Classes Suitable for Teens
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Show Us Your Woodworking!

woodworking tools

This month we're featuring the woodworking of Pat Ring, who is showing off a variety of projects with veneer and inlay.

CLICK HERE to see more of Pat's projects:
Show Us Your Woodcarving!

Woodcarving Projects

This month we're featuring the carvings of David Tidwell, a painter turned woodcarver whose pieces are filled with incredible detail and color.

CLICK HERE to see more of David's woodcarvings:
Tips From

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

This month, Jim offers tips on both disposable and rechargeable batteries, including when and how to replace them, and which ones you should use in your most commonly used woodworking helpers.

CLICK HERE to read this month's tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop!
This Month on
The Highland Blog

Building a Wooden Square
By Lee Laird
Austin, Texas

Every once in a while I'll see a tool/project that calls to me. You know, one of those "whatchamacallits" that real people probably don't really need, but looks so cool? As you might imagine, the majority of THOSE projects never see the light of day in my shop. Luckily, there are also some other projects that REALLY, REALLY, call to me, and just happen to be both cool and useful. This article is about one of these latter types of projects. See how I built it!

Part 1: Creating the Half-lap Joint
Part 2: Shaping and Glueing

Safety Tip Banner

This month, Dale Dunlevy has a tip about why you shouldn't wear long sleeves in the workshop.

CLICK HERE to read Dale's Tip:

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:

ProCarpenter Left&Right Reading Tape

ProCarpenter Left and Right By Jeffrey Fleisher, New Market, VA

A ruler is a ruler is a ruler.... I thought so too until I started using the ProCarpenter line of rulers from FastCap. FastCap's innovations take the standard tape measure and add features that really makes it useful for the woodworker.

CLICK HERE to read the review:

HIGHLAND VIDEO: Product Tours Available on our YouTube Channel

Check out the great product tour videos on our YouTube Channel . Our good friends Morton, Curtis Turner and Chris Adkins demonstrate some of our most popular products.

Veritas MK II Honing Guide Click below to watch a product tour, all about the Veritas MK II Honing Guide :

Veritas MK II Honing Guide

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!

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:
Inside This Issue
Book Review: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
The Wee Workshop
Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month: The Froe
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Maloof Sculptured Rocker
How I Started Woodworking
Review: ProCarpenter 16' Left & Right Reading Tape
Building a Wooden Square
Show Us Your Woodworking
Show Us Your Woodcarving
Finish Durability
SAFETY: Long Sleeves

Web TV for Woodworkers
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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 Don Henderson's shop in Orleans, Ontario.

CLICK HERE to take a look inside Don's shop:
Our March Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month:
Lie-Nielsen Froe
Lie-Nielsen Froe

For those of you who have never before tried a froe, or may not have ever even seen one, let me describe some basics. A froe is an "L” shaped tool, with a straight piece of metal connected at a 90-degree angle to a wooden handle. The froe is used primarily on green wood (wood that hasn't yet dried). Lee Laird goes into further detail of its design and uses on the Highland Blog.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about Froe to find out more:

Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen Froe:

Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson, Racine, Wisconsin

Ready For Prime (Shop) Time?


A Little "S"ticked Off

Installation of a Central Dust Collection System (Part 3)

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve discusses the replacement process of his current shop lights with LED lighting, what to expect as a "thank you" when you gift somebody with woodworking, some product details of the Standard Detail Sanding Kit, and lastly, he gives us an update on the installation of his Central Dust Collection System.

CLICK HERE to read more:

Why We Make Things
and Why It Matters
by Peter Korn

Reviewed by J. Norman Reid,
Delaplane, Virginia

Why We Make Things This intelligent and eminently readable book fits into a different niche than most in the literature of woodworking. This is not, like many, a book about technique. It does not discuss the merits of one style of furniture versus another. To a large extent, it is not even specifically about woodworking although that is one common thread woven throughout the narrative. Rather, this fine book chronicles the evolution of a woodworker seeking to fill his soul through craft into a person ultimately fulfilled through a range of activities that often are barely connected to the working of wood.

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CLICK HERE to listen to the Radio Boston interview with Peter Korn

The "Wee Workshop"
A Small Space
But a Great Shop

By Ray Whyte
British Columbia, Canada

A number of years ago, my wife Jacquie and I downsized to a small ranch style house when we became empty nesters. The house met all our needs, but unfortunately the garage was less than adequate for my work shop. I am an avid hobby woodworker as well as running a small design and build furniture shop. After years of planning efficient and innovative furniture projects for others, it was time to put the little grey cells to work and come up with a plan for my new shop. I could not add any space to the existing garage so this is the design I came up with.

CLICK HERE to see how Ray organized his "Wee Workshop."

How I Got Started
in Woodworking

By Scott Stahl
Kankakee, Illinois

We've all started woodworking at some point in our lives, or maybe you are getting ready to start after reading this newsletter. Scott Stahl shares his story on how he began woodworking, and gives some tips to woodworkers of all levels on what to do once you're ready to begin!

CLICK HERE to read Scott's story:

Woodturning has become the fastest growing part of the woodworking community. To give it the attention it deserves, we now offer a free monthly online publication devoted entirely to woodturning.

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Ask the Staff

Question:   I am having trouble sawing the 10/4 x 8" stock required for the Maloof Sculptured Rocker's head crest when using a Wood Slicer on 2" stock. Why am I having this problem?

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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 Finish Durability

When it comes to durability, oil based finishes are by far the tougher finish although they suffer the same failures over time as do all other finishes. This failure is due to the expansion and contraction of the wood substrate over time creating tiny cracks in the surface film.

Here are SIX helpful tips to preserve your finish a bit longer:


Now's the Best Time Ever
to Buy a SawStop!

Purchase any model SawStop PCS Cabinet Saw during March or April, 2014 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 fingers of more than a thousand woodworkers from serious injury. We have machines in stock for immediate delivery anywhere in the lower 48.

Don't put it off any longer! Now is the best time ever to add a SawStop to your workshop.

CLICK HERE for more info:

SawStop is the safest tablesaw

Buy a Tormek T-7 Grinder during March and receive a FREE Gransfors-Bruks hand axe, a $120 value

This is a great time to buy yourself the finest sharpening machine on the market. The Swedish-made Tormek T-7 wet grinder is unmatched in performance and quality. The handmade Swedish Gransfors-Bruks axe (a $120 value) is as fine a tool as you will find anywhere.

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NEW Kreg Automaxx
Face Clamp

Kreg has added Automaxx technology to the face clamp, making it more ergonomic and useful than ever before because they automatically adjust to different workpiece thicknesses without the need for manual adjustment.

CLICK HERE for more info:

NEW Kreg Rip-Cut Circular Saw Guide

The Kreg Rip-Cut makes it extremely fast and easy to rip large plywood and MDF panels into smaller sections. No marking or measuring is required. The Rip-Cut easily attaches to almost any circular saw, allowing you to rip panels into sections up to 24" wide with absolute accuracy.

CLICK HERE for more info:

NEW Flex-arm LED Work Light with Magnifier

This handy LED Work Light features a 4" diameter 3X magnifying lens for well-lit closeup viewing of any work process. Its magnetic base will firmly grip any ferrous metal surface, or you can clamp the light to any work surface up to 2-1/2" thick using the table-clamp holder that is included.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Rikon 12 inch Premium Mini-Lathe, only $299.99
while supplies last

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

CLICK HERE for more info:
Rikon 10" Bandsaw
Now only
while current supplies last

This little gem has proven itself to be an excellent value as a compact bandsaw. We've sold now sold well over a thousand of them! 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.

CLICK HERE for more info:
Save $200 on our Rikon 14" Bandsaw

Our bestselling Rikon 14" bandsaw has proven itself a reliable workhorse in hundreds of our customers' shops. Its 13 inch resaw capacity and powerful 1-1/2 HP (115 volt or 230 volt) motor allow you to create any thickness lumber.

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NEW Rikon 25-200H Helical Planer-Jointer
Now on sale, SAVE $400

This new version of Rikon's popular 12" Planer-Jointer features a helical cutterhead with 56 individual cutters arranged in four overlapping rows for ultra-smooth planing. Hefty 3 HP motor allows 1/8" thick stock removal in a single pass.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Save up to $200
Several models of our ever-popular European and German workbenches are now on sale. Choose the model that fits your shop and budget.

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Steel City Helical Planer
with Carbide Cutters
Only $499.99

Steel City's affordable 13" helical-style thickness planer now comes equipped with 26 CARBIDE CUTTERS for long-lasting edge retention.

CLICK HERE for more info:

WOOD SLICER Testimonial

Wood Slicer resawing blade I thought I would write and say that I really enjoy dealing with Highland Woodworking. A few days ago I spoke by phone with a representative from Highland. I had questions with regard to my bandsaw (Delta 14" 1 HP) having enough go power to do re-sawing of veneer. I was assured that it did, provided it was tuned up properly, had a good quality blade and to watch my feed rate. He then suggested that I use the Wood Slicer 1/2" blade. So I ordered two of the blades, tuned up the saw and installed one on the saw. Checked the drift, set up my fence and began slicing off perfect 3/32" veneers. I could not be happier. Highland Woodworking is now my go to place to shop.
Thank you, Larry Kemp

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:
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