Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 104, April 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
Cabinet Built-ins with Kreg McMahon
Cabinet Built-ins Class
with Kreg McMahon
April 12, 2014

In this full day of construction instruction, youll learn plenty of tips and tricks to make your own built-in design and construction go smoothly. Kreg will use a range of tools in the class, but his focus will be on pocket hole joinery and hand power tools, with an approach that you don't need an entire woodshop to create nice built-ins for your home. Though it's a demonstration seminar, there will be plenty times during the day for lending a participatory hand. So come with paper, pencil and a digital camera and get ready to soak up a heap of built-in building know-how.

CLASS: Cabinet Built-ins
with Kreg McMahon, April 12

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.

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
May 4 Intro to Marquetry
May 8 Marking & Measuring
May 10 Hand Cut Dovetails
May 13-14 Build a Bookcase
May 17 Intro to Chip Carving
May 17-18 Antique Restoration
May 18 Bandsaw Basics
May 22 Timber Framing
May 24 Basic Bowl Turning
May 24 Finishing 101
May 25 Natural Edge Bowl Turning
May 28 Sharpening for Turners
May 31 Beginning Turning

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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.

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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.

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

woodworking tools

This month we're featuring the woodworking of Joseph Sanzano from Jacksonville, FL, who shares several of his shaker projects.

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

Woodcarving Projects

This month we're featuring the carvings of Serge Jacob, a carver all the way from Belgium who started carving only 3 years ago.

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

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

This month, Jim explains what to do when your compressed air tank gathers moisture and how to get rid of it, as well as a tip on the helpfulness of quick-disconnects.

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

Build a Continuous Arm
Windsor Chair
with Peter Galbert

This past month, master chair maker, Peter Galbert, led a week-long class on creating a continuous arm windsor chair, and by the end of the week, our students had a finished (or nearly finished) chair to take home with them. We kept up with their progress throughout the week and documented it on our blog.

CLICK HERE to see pictures and read about the build:

Safety Tip Banner

This month, Roger Webb has a tip on the best spot in your shop to keep a fire extinguisher handy.

CLICK HERE to read Roger'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.

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Earlex HV5500
HVLP Spray Station

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station By Jeffrey Fleisher, New Market, VA

If you are new to spray finishing or do not have an air compressor, then this HVLP spray system is just the ticket for you. The Earlex HV5500 provides a low cost, entry system, to the world of spray finishing with excellent results.

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.

Click below to watch a product tour of our Earlex HV5500 Spray Station :

Earlex HV5500 Spray Station

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: Handsaw Essentials
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
A Shop Amongst Hawaiian Avocados
Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month: #102 Low-Angle Block Plane
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Making of Span Trees
My Last Shop: Final Details
Tool Review: Earlex HV5500 Spray Station
Resharpen a Japanese Ryoba’s Rip Teeth
Show Us Your Woodworking
Show Us Your Woodcarving
Painted Finishes
SAFETY: Fire Extinguishers

Lie-Nielsen and Tormek Giveaway

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 Charlie Bridges shop (a 2-car garage, split in half) in Orleans, Ontario.

CLICK HERE to take a look inside Charlie's shop:
Our April Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month:
Lie-Nielsen 102 Low-Angle Block Plane
Lie-Nielsen #102 Low-Angle Block Plane

The Low-Angle Block Plane was originally designed for endgrain work, so it is no surprise that the Lie-Nielsen No. 102 is exceptional at working on endgrain. The small format of the No. 102 is also good for touching up a small isolated spot, even if the surface isn’t completely flat, as the length and width of the plane body can sometimes allow access that other planes could not reach. Lee Laird goes into further details about the design and use of the Lie-Nielsen #102 Low-Angle Block Plane in The Highland Blog .

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the #102 to find out more:

Take a closer look at Lie-Nielsen's #102 Low-Angle Block Plane:

Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson, Racine, Wisconsin

JDS 2100-CKV Dust Collector Review

Pick A Pack Of Pucks

New Highland Woodworking Library Addition

Pet Steps – An Exercise In Scale

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve discusses the JDS 2100-CKV Dust Collector, repurposes hockey pucks for his workshop, the new Down to Earth Woodworker section in the Highland Woodworking Library, and lastly, he shares a Pet Steps project idea.

CLICK HERE to read more:

Handsaw Essentials
by Christopher Schwarz

Reviewed by J. Norman Reid,
Delaplane, Virginia

Handsaw Essentials Have you been bitten by the hand tool bug? Are you ready to plunge yourself in the world of hand saws? Or, do you think that a saw is just a saw? Read this book and you'll understand just how much depth there is in this fascinating aspect of hand tool wordworking.

CLICK to read the review:

Web TV for Woodworkers
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My Last Shop:
A Workshop Series

my last shop By Michael Smith
Mountain Park, GA

Final Details

In the tenth installment of Mike Smith's My Last Shop Series , Mike clarifies some recent questions on his dust collection system, and then shows us the installation of his table saw.

CLICK HERE to get the details:

A Shop Amongst Hawaiian Avocados

By John App
Off the grid in Hawaii

Ever thought about running your shop on solar energy? Take a look into a woodworking shop that is completely off grid in the middle of a tropical paradise in Hawaii.

CLICK HERE to read more about this exotic shop:

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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Resharpen Rip Teeth
Resharpen a Japanese Ryoba’s Rip Teeth

By Lee Laird
Kankakee, Illinois

The Ryoba is a saw that has rip teeth on one side of the saw-plate and cross-cut teeth on the opposite side. Since there is no stiffener or back on the saw plate, like you would see on a Western back saw or a dozuki, the saw can cut as deep as you need, or that it can reach. In this article, Lee Laird goes over some tips and techniques for sharpening this particular Japanese saw.

CLICK HERE to find out how:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I saw a video on the making of "span trees" in Germany and was fascinated with the process. I would love to try this but finding a "how to" is near impossible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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 Painted Finishes

This month Alan faces the conundrum of having to paint over beautiful hardwoods, but in a way so that it could be reversed in the future. What did he choose?

Here are SIX helpful tips to painting over finishes:

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NEW: Narex Boxed
Set of 6 Premium Chisels

Our exceptional premium Narex bevel edged chisels are now available beautifully boxed in a set of 6. Blades are fine-grained, nicely tempered chrome-manganese steel (Rc 59) in the slimmer cross section that joiners prefer. They take and hold a beautiful edge without brittleness.

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NEW Rikon 10-351 3 HP Professional Bandsaw
Now Only $1299.99

Rikon has outdone themselves with the 14" Professional Bandsaw. It has everything you could want in a serious bandsaw - large table, robust fence, huge 14" resaw capacity, built-in LED light, foot brake, blade guides that adjust without tools, a powerful 3 HP 220-volt motor, and state-of-the-art V-Wedge steel frame for maximum strength under high blade tension.

CLICK HERE for more info:

JDS 2 HP Cyclone Heavy Duty Dust Collector

The JDS 2 HP Cyclone is the most powerful and compact 2 HP Cyclone in the industry. This unit is 68" tall and has a footprint of 40" x 28". The perfect size for basement shops and shops with limited space. The unique Turbo-Fan impeller provides outstanding CFM This makes the unit perfect for small central systems, though it is also highly portable.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Our latest Tool Catalog is now available to browse online!


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:

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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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.

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Rikon 14" Bandsaw
STILL ONLY $799.99

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.


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.

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MicroDial Tapering Jig

The precision, safety and control of the Microdial Tapering Jig will improve your woodworking experience. With it you can cut tapers with surgical precision using the intuitive ColorMatch system and enjoy hassle-free adjustments between repeat cuts using its built-in MemoryLock technology.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig

Kreg K-5 Pocket Hole Jig This newest version of Kreg's pocket hole jig has 6 brand new features that will help significantly speed up your cabinet joinery production as well as increase its versatility.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Fox Chapel Books Banner

Understanding Wood Finishing by Bob Flexner

Understanding Wood Finishing In this recently updated classic, finishing expert Bob Flexner takes a complicated subject and renders it very understandable in simple terms, making it accessible to all of us woodworkers who would rather spend our time building furniture than agonizing over how to properly finish it.

Order this book from us during
Apr. 2014 for 33% off list price.

CLICK HERE to see inside the book

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.

CLICK HERE for more info:

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