Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 110, October 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
Build a Shaker Style End Table
with Jim Dillon, Oct. 21-23

Build a Shaker Style End Table with Jim Dillon This simple but elegant Shaker styled table made from ash makes a wonderful accent side table for your living room, bedroom or office. The primary construction techniques you'll learn during the creation of this classic piece are flat panel fabrication, table leg tapering and floating tenon joinery. Although the Shakers did not use floating tenon joinery in their traditional table design, this technique offers a highly efficient method for creating strong, durable joints with no impact on the table's visual appeal.

Build a Shaker Style End Table
with Jim Dillon, Oct. 21-23, 2014

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.

Oct 4 Basic Bowl Turning
Oct 5 Beginning Turning
Oct 7 Hand Planes
Oct 8 Sharpening for Turners
Oct 9 Handcut Mortise & Tenon
Oct 11-12 Antique Restoration
Oct 19 Hand Tool Joinery with Frank Klausz
Oct 21-23 Build a Shaker Table
Oct 25 Beginning Turning
Oct 25 Finishing 101
Oct 26 Basic Bowl Turning
Oct 30 Timber Framing
Nov 1 Hand Cut Dovetails
Nov 2 Table Saw Basics
Nov 5 Finishing the Finish
Nov 6 Milling and Jointing Lumber
Nov 8-9 Build a Wooden Plane with Scott Meek
Nov 11-12 Build a Bookcase
Nov 15 Spray Finishing
Nov 19 French Polish Workshop
Nov 20 Timber Framing
Nov 22 Basic Bowl Turning
Nov 23 Beginning Turning

Classes Suitable for Teens

View Slideshows of Classes
Make a Wooden Smooth Plane Class with Scott Meek, Nov. 8-9
Make a Wooden
Smooth Plane Class with
Scott Meek, Nov. 8-9

Spend a weekend with artisan planemaker Scott Meek and take home an exquisite wooden smooth plane along with the skills needed to craft any plane that you desire.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Sterling Plane Hammer

Sterling Plane Hammer

At the Woodworking in America show we were very impressed with these exquisitely-made hammers for adjusting wooden planes, offered by artisan toolmaker Chris Kuehn.

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 Bandsaws and Planers

Bandsaws and Planers

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

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This month we are featuring the woodworking projects of Steven Durkee who has a variety of inlay and jewelry box projects.

CLICK HERE to see more of Steven's work:
Show Us Your Woodcarving!

We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your carving along with captions and a brief history and description of your carvings. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store credit if we show your carving in a future issue.

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This month we are featuring the carvings of Timothy Brennan, painter turned carver from New Paltz, NY. Timothy learned his carving skills from master carver Dimitrios Klitsas of Hampden, Massachusetts.

CLICK HERE to see more of Timothy's woodcarvings:
Chris Pye Woodcarving Workshop

Tips From
Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop

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

What do nail polish and electrical plugs have to do with each other? Find out in this month's tips along with a tip on the helpful use of coat hangers in your woodworking shop.

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

Safety Tip Banner

This month we have an alternative option to the Unwanted Shop Guests tip from our August 2013 issue of Wood News Online.

CLICK HERE to read the alternative:

Ask the Staff

Question:  I recently acquired a Pfeil bowl adze, which needs sharpening. I am at a loss in figuring out how to accomplish this and what type of honing stones, etc. to use. With the size, inside bevel and the angle of the adze head vis-a-vis the handle, I can't quite figure out the best way to do this. I've not seen slip stones large enough. How should I go about sharpening?

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 Blotching

It's always scary to stain a piece that one has put a lot of time and effort into just to have a big blotchy mess when you are done.

Here are EIGHT tips to achieve a more even color in your finishing:

BOOK REVIEW: Weekend Woodturning Projects

Weekend Woodturning Projects Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

If you are looking for a way to get started in turning wood or want some guidance on developing your skills, Weekend Woodturning Projects is a book you should definitely consider. The author, Mark Baker, editor of Woodturning magazine, draws on the kinds of projects that helped him develop into a master turner. The result is a guide to building your own skills as you work through the 25 projects in the book.

READ the rest of the review here:

Woodworking Tool Catalog

Our latest Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!

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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:

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: Weekend Woodturning Projects
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
WIA 2014 Highlights
Building an Electric Bass Guitar, Part 3
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Sharpening a Pfeil Bowl Adze
Tool Review: Klemmsia Cam-Action Clamp
The Great Sawbo - Part 1
Flexibility on the Design-Build Curve
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Blotching
SAFETY: Unwanted Guests - An Alternative

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 David Lane's workshop in Old Lyme, CT.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at David's shop:
Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

Plugging The Holes

End-Of-Day Strategies For Greater Workshop Efficiency

Killin' Time

Off The Cutting Room Floor

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve discusses a way to keep dust out of the holes, short-term woodworking project storage strategies, engaging the woodworking mind, and an update on his SawStop Outfeed Table Project.

CLICK HERE to read more:
Woodworkers Wanted for Submissions
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Our October Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month:
Lie-Nielsen Scrapers

Lie-Nielsen Scrapers
Lee Laird, part of the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool staff, discusses the benefits of both the Lie-Nielsen Hand Scraper set and the Lie-Nielsen Gooseneck Scrapers. He also discusses the sharpening process and how he gets his scrapers set to perfection.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen Scrapers:

Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen Scrapers:
The Highland Woodworker Web TV
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Klemmsia Cam-Action Clamp

By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

I'm sure everyone has heard the saying, "You can't have too many clamps". I'll add that you can't have too big a variety of clamps as well. The Klemmsia Cam-Action Clamp provides a unique clamping action that is both surprisingly strong as well as easy.

CLICK HERE to see why Klemmsia should be a part of your clamp collection:

HIGHLAND VIDEO: Product Tours and Tool Demonstrations available on our YouTube Channel!

Check out the great product tour videos and demonstrations on our Youtube Channel . Our good friends Morton, Curtis, and Chris demonstrate some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.

Click below to watch Peter Galbert discuss his product, The Galbert Drawsharp , while he demonstrates its advantages:

The Galbert Drawsharp

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

Homemade Bowl Blanks

A few months ago a friend asked if I wanted some chunks of walnut. I said does a bear brush his teeth in the woods? Some people he knew took down some walnut trees and were cutting them up into firewood. He got it and brought it to me. Most of them were so big that we could not pick them up, and so instead we just backed his truck up to my gate and slid them off on the walkway. I have been walking around them to get to the shop for about four months, so today I decided it was time to do something with them.

CLICK HERE to read Terry's method of creating his bowl blanks:

Woodworking in
America 2014 -
A Review
WIA 2014 We had a great time attending Woodworking in America 2014 this past September in Winston-Salem, NC. We met a lot of our vendors in the Marketplace and participated in several classes with woodworking greats like Frank Klausz and Roy Underhill. We documented a lot of our experience in photos, videos, and blog entries and have combined them all for your viewing pleasure.

CLICK HERE to see the highlights of WIA 2014:
The Fred West Commemorative
Tool Chest
Fred West Commemorative Tool Chest While at WIA 2014 a few weeks ago, we came across the Fred West Commemorative Tool Chest made by Andrew Gore of Andrew Gore Woodworks. We caught up with Andrew at WIA and he discussed the significance behind the chest and what was included inside of it.

CLICK HERE to find out more:

The Great Sawbo
By Scott Stahl
Kankakee, Illinois

Most people have heard of the Roubo Workbench , patterned after Andre Roubo's plate 11 from the masterwork To Make As Perfectly As Possible . The simplicity of form and dominating mass are ideal combinations for most hand tool woodworking. But did you know that Roubo had a lesser known scion (descendent, not car)? Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to the Sawbo workbench...

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Flexibility on the Design Build Curve

Tom Leroy
Brunswick, ME

Using the inspiration of Japanese architecture, Tom Leroy shares the evolution of his design and building process of creating a new bed for him and his wife.

Read more about the evolution of Tom's bed design HERE:
Electric Bass Guitar Build Part 3

Building an Electric Bass Guitar: Part 3 - Making the Fretboard and Neck from Scratch

By Lee Laird
Austin, TX

In Part 3 of his Electric Bass Guitar build, Lee takes advantage of the Festool Domino to aid him in continuing to build the neck and start on the fretboard portion of his guitar.

Read more about the build HERE:


Fri-Sat, Oct. 17-18, 2014
Attend our OPEN HOUSE featuring our reps from the Lie-Nielsen factory

At our Fall 2014 Open House, factory reps from Lie-Nielsen will be on hand at our store in Atlanta demonstrating sharpening and using hand tools, and will offer everyone an opportunity to try out many of our Lie-Nielsen hand tools for themselves.

Meet Frank Klausz on Saturday, October 18

All day Saturday of the event, world-renowned hand tool joinery master Frank Klausz will also be giving free live joinery demos.

CLICK HERE for a map to Highland Woodworking

CLASS: Learn Hand Tool Joinery with Frank Klausz, October 19, 2014

If you've been wanting to master hand tools and learn how to cut traditional joints, there's no better way than to spend a day with master woodworker Frank Klausz. With 50 years of experience and a cutting edge sense of humor, Frank will inspire you and get you started well on the way to hand tool nirvana.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Woodpeckers T-Square

Woodpeckers OneTime Tool – One Piece

We are now accepting orders for the Woodpeckers One Piece T-Squares, a limited-edition OneTime Tool that will be produced in a single production run for delivery in February, 2015. These T-Squares set a new standard for accuracy in detailed layout work.

DEADLINE TO ORDER is Oct. 20, 2014:

NEW Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Jig

NEW Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Jig

Leigh has responded to the growing importance of router tables in small shops by introducing an innovative new Leigh Jig designed specifically for use on your router table. Able to produce through dovetails, half-blind dovetails and box joints quickly and easily, the Leigh RTJ400 offers instant adjustment of joint tightness down to a thousandth of an inch.

CLICK HERE for more info:

New Axiom Precision Professional CNC
New Axiom Precision Professional CNC

We are excited to have partnered with the guys at Axiom Precision to offer CNC machines that are designed and built to rigorous standards to meet the needs of commercial CNC users, yet are priced to be affordable for small shops.

As we are a marketing affiliate, simply click the link below to visit their website directly as a Highland customer.

Check out Axiom Precision CNC:

NEW SawStop Sliding Crosscut Table
NEW SawStop
Sliding Crosscut Table

SawStop's new Sliding Crosscut Table can be installed on any SawStop table saw to make it exceptionally easy to accomplish repeatably accurate crosscuts even on large sheet goods up to 48" in depth. This is a heavy-duty accessory with many features that help allow smooth user-friendly operation. Initial availability is expected to be limited, so please order now for earliest delivery.

CLICK HERE for more info:

SawStop PCS Tablesaw Thinking of getting a SawStop
for your workshop?

Your fingers are worth it!
SawStop PCS Tablesaw
  In the U.S., a tablesaw
  accident happens

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:

Woodpeckers Saw Gauge

Woodpeckers Saw Gauge

The unique design of this new gauge makes it simple to tune your tablesaw to precise alignment between your miter slot and the saw blade.

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NEW Woodpeckers BladeSaver

NEW Woodpeckers BladeSaver

Here's a handy solution for protecting the brittle teeth of your carbide tipped saw blades from accidentally striking metal when they're not deployed on your saw. It's simple to attach, and a built-in hook allows you to easily hang your blade securely on the wall of your shop.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Improved Bench Holdfast

This improved version of a traditional holdfast allows you to instantly clamp a workpiece securely to your workbench with the twist of a handle.

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NEW Elipse Dust Mask is great for woodworkers

Elipse Dust Mask
For more than a decade we've searched for a worthy successor to the Dustfoe, the most popular dust mask for woodworkers that we've ever sold, but unfortunately was discontinued by its manufacturer. We've finally found it in the Elipse P100 dust mask.

See why it is the ideal dust solution for woodworkers:

Flexible Arm Magnetic LED Work Light

Sale on Flexible Arm Magnetic LED Work Light Here's an excellent way to cast a powerful light wherever you need it in your shop. Switch-operated magnet mounts to any ferrous surface. 28" flexible arm allows easy aim.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Save $60 on our
Tormek T-3 Wet Grinder

Tormek Wet Grinder Savings While our limited supply lasts, purchase the Tormek T-3 from us for only $339.99 (reg. $399.99) and start enjoying the accuracy and versatility it will bring to your workshop.

CLICK HERE for more info:

FREE Belt Sander
with purchase of our
Triton 3-1/4 HP Router

Triton Router Sale This extremely versatile 3-1/4 HP plunge router is great for hand-held use, and is also very convenient to use in a router table.

While supplies last , you'll also receive FREE a Triton Compact Belt Sander worth $79.

CLICK HERE for more info:

NEW Steel City Industrial-Duty
Low-Speed Grinder

Steel City Low Speed Industrial Bench Grinder Save with our Upgrade Package Deal. We've added the items you need to get the most out of this industrial duty low speed grinder. It's a great solution for safely shaping and sharpening your turning tools as well as other edge tools.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Benchcrafted Vises Are 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:

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:

WOOD SLICER Testimonial

Wood Slicer resawing blade Probably most of us think of the Wood Slicer bandsaw blade in terms of re-sawing fine lumber for things like furniture or musical instruments, but I gave one a new life over the weekend: I was building a rustic outdoor staircase using halved utility pole sections for treads. I mounted up a Wood Slicer that I'd previously "retired", and it went through those 10 inch diameter sections like gas through a funnel! What a great blade!


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