Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 111, November 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
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.

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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 5 Finishing the Finish
Nov 6 Milling and Jointing Lumber
Nov 8-9 Make 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
Dec 2 Hand Tool Sharpening
Dec 3 Coloring Wood
Dec 6 Build a Tool Storage Box
Dec 6 Finishing 101
Dec 7 Bandsaw Basics
Dec 10 Finishing the Finish
Dec 11 Milling & Jointing Lumber
Dec 16 Hand Planes
Dec 17 Sharpening for Turners
Dec 18 Hand Cut Mortise & Tenon
Dec 20 Beginning Turning
Dec 21 Basic Bowl Turning

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Spray Finishing Class in Atlanta
with Alan Noel, Nov. 15

Spray Finishing with Alan Noel Professional Antique Restorer Alan Noel will show what it takes to apply a spray finish successfully and consistently. If you've ever wondered how to get started spraying (or how to problem solve your own spray finishing issues), Alan's 30 years of spray finishing experience will help you achieve a flawless sprayed-on finish.

Spray Finishing Class, Nov. 15
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.

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Texas Heritage Woodworks Shop Apron

Texas Heritage Classic Canvas Apron

Designed specifically with woodworkers in mind, this classic style shop apron has meticulous details throughout, including hand peened copper rivets, double layered construction and bombproof open pockets. Handmade in the USA. Fully adjustable.

CLICK HERE to order yours in time for Christmas:

Rikon Bandsaws and Planers

Bandsaws and Planers

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Masterpiece Wood Finish
Masterpiece Wood Finish

Here's a well-thought-out finishing system that's easy to apply and does an excellent job enhancing the final appearance of the projects you've spent many hours building.

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

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Ira Penn took up woodworking about 8 years ago. He wasn't sure if he would like it at first, but it didn't take long until he was hooked!

CLICK HERE to see some of Ira's projects:
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 Bruce Kinney. A lifelong carver, Bruce still feels he is learning with each new project.

CLICK HERE to see more of Bruce'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

This month Jim offers up a reader-submitted alternate solution to his two-prong plug tip from last month. He also has tips on a self-created alternative to the Festool Boom Arm, as well as how you can use an everyday carpet underlayment as your new non-slip router pad.

CLICK HERE to read this month's tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop!
Electric Bass Guitar Build Part 4

Building an Electric Bass Guitar: Part 4 - Cutting the Headstock and Installing the Tuners

By Lee Laird
Austin, TX

In Part 4 of his Electric Bass Guitar build, Lee glues the fretboard, shapes the neck, cuts the headstock, adds the tuners, and is getting even closer to having an actual instrument!

Read more about the build HERE:
Ask the Staff

Question:  I would like to know if a steel used for knife sharpening is the same tool as a burnisher that is used to sharpen a card scraper?

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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.

Safety Tip Banner

In this month's tip, Mark Collins explains the importance of turning off your bandsaw before adjusting its height.

CLICK HERE to read the tip:

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.

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Inside This Issue
Book Review: Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
Building an Electric Bass Guitar, Part 4
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Sharpening Steel
Tool Review: Starrett Combination Square
The Great Sawbo - Part 2
Project Idea: Advent Calendar
Fred West Commemorative Chest
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Sanding Between Coats
SAFETY: Adjusting Bandsaw Height

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 Eric Commarato's garage workshop in Jackson, MS.

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

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

SawStop Long Term Look

Andrei The Excited

Killin' Time - Ennui Or Awe, It's Your Choice

Side-By-Side Product Showdowns – Next Month!

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve discusses his recent experiences with his SawStop Tablesaw, then introduces us to Andrei and Luk'yan, two Festool "aficionados". Lastly, he continues last month's discussion on "killing time", and gives us a sneak peek to next month's column.

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Woodworkers Wanted for Submissions
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Starrett Combination Square
Starrett Combination Square

By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

Most woodworkers have a combination square in their shop but might not really think about the importance of this tool for fine craftsmanship. You cannot build a quality piece if your measurements are not accurate or layouts are not square. The Starrett Combination Square is the gold standard by which all other squares are measured.

CLICK HERE to see how the Starrett Combination Squares can be used in your shop:

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 David demonstrate some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.

Click below to watch David Picciuto, The Drunken Woodworker, discuss the benefits of the Flex Arm Magnetic LED Work Light .

Flex Arm Magnetic LED Work Light

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

Back to the Workshop:
A Series

Several of our blog contributors wrote about their experiences of getting back into the shop this Fall, preparing for the creation of holiday presents, and their general overlook of the woodworking season.

CLICK HERE to read our Back to the Workshop Series:

Project Idea:
Advent Calendar

By Forrest Bonner
Huntington Beach, CA

In the Summer of 2013 I was looking for a Fall project. Someone suggested an Advent Calendar for my grandchildren, so I started searching the internet for ideas. I came across a Kurt Adler wooden Advent Calendar that fit the bill.

CLICK HERE to read about the project:

The Great Sawbo - Part 2
By Scott Stahl
Kankakee, Illinois

In the preceding installment , we milled the stock, prepared the mortises, and glued both halves of the top. Now we move on to the fitting of the signature Roubo bench joint and final gluing of the bench top.

CLICK HERE to read Part 2:

Pay it Forward
and the Fred West Commemorative
Tool Chest

Andrew Gore
Kansas City, MO

This year at WIA 2014, a group of woodworkers collaborated to create the Fred West Commemorative Tool Chest. Andrew Gore, one of the collaborators, shared his experience of making the chest and the impact that Fred had in the hand tool and woodworking world.

Read more about the Fred West Commemorative Chest:
Finishing Wood with Alan Noel

wood finishing Sanding Between Coats

When applying several coats of finish to a project, it becomes necessary to sand between coats to not only remove any trash that has settled into the finish, but also to promote good adhesion between the layers of finish.

Here are SEVEN tips to improve your finishing process:

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Carving and Painting Christmas Ornaments

Carving and Painting Christmas Ornaments Get inspired to create a wonderful collection of handmade holiday decorations for a child or grandchild to treasure. Popular woodcarving teacher and author Betty Padden shows how to carve memorable ornaments to keep or give to family and friends.

Animated Animal Toys

Animated Animal Toys All children love animals, and all children love toys. Build plenty of good old-fashioned fun for any child with these clever designs for classic pull and push toys.

Woodturning Christmas Ornaments With Dale Nish

Woodturning Christmas Ornaments With Dale Nish Woodturned Christmas ornaments are a delight to make and are beautiful pieces to hang on a Christmas tree or anywhere throughout your home during the holiday season.

Compound Christmas Ornaments for the
Scroll Saw

Compound Christmas Ornaments for the Scroll Saw The best ornaments on the Christmas tree are always those that are handmade! Use your scroll saw to create memorable three-dimensional Christmas ornaments to hang on your tree, use as holiday decorations, or give to family and friends.

Order any of the above 4 books from us during November 2014
for 33% off list price.

Click here for more details and to LOOK INSIDE each of the books:

Pathfinder Wooden Toy Kits
Wooden Toy Kits

These are exceptionally cool wooden toy kits that will inspire and entertain both kids and adults. We offer 5 different kits inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's designs (including a 15th-century helicopter), plus 3 other medieval-era kits. Yes, the catapults really work! These kits will make GREAT holiday gifts.

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BOOK REVIEW: Roy Underhill's Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker

Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

Roy Underhill is many things—woodworker extraordinaire, teacher, author of woodworking and public speaking books; many have called him a saint. But Roy is now even something more—a novelist. And what an entry into the world of fiction! Imagine yourself in the midst of pre-World War II Washington, D.C., then a sleepy cowtown, not yet the pressure-packed, high-paced fishbowl it has become. Ho hum. Can't be much going on there. Seems like a sure recipe for boredom, doesn't it? But Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker is no dreary recitation of the daily grind of public servants at their bureaucratic routines.

READ the rest of the review here:

CLICK HERE to order your copy of Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker now for shipment in mid-November 2014

Hock Kitchen Knife Kits
Hock Kitchen Knife Kits

Now the kitchen knife you make in your shop can be a better quality knife than one you can buy at the kitchen supply store. Ron Hock's plane irons have long been renowned for their ease of sharpening, and the blades supplied in Ron Hock's knife kits are made of the same top quality, high carbon 01 tool steel. Build one of these kits for the chef in your kitchen.

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Magswitch Workholding System
Magswitch Workholding System

Magswitch featherboards grip with incredible force that can be applied or released instantly with a quick turn of a knob, no miter slot needed. Stock is held firmly and safely for controlled ripping, routing, shaping and jointing. Use it on any cast iron or steel surface, including smaller surfaces such as bandsaw or sander tables as well as vertically on various fences.

CLICK HERE to see more ways Magswitch can help hold your work:

Woodpeckers T-Square

Woodpeckers OneTime Tool – Offset Base for Festool DF500 Domino

The newest Woodpeckers OneTIME Tool, the DF500 Offset Base, makes the revolutionary Festool Domino Joiner even better. It provides an amazingly rigid platform that ensures proper mortise geometry even when making large runs of cabinets and furniture parts.

is Nov. 10, 2014:

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:

The Naked Woodworker Video - 2 DVD Set

"The Naked Woodworker" is a clever name for a 2-DVD set from Lost Art Press that thankfully contains no images of nude woodworkers. In the video, veteran woodworking teacher Mike Siemsen demonstrates a way to acquire a decent set of hand tools and build a workbench for about $600 to $700 plus a few weekends of work.

CLICK HERE for more info:

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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WOOD SLICER Testimonial

Wood Slicer resawing blade I received the wood slicer blades I ordered several weeks ago. This week I needed to cut some 3 inch Red Oak, 10 inches wide. I was surprised how awesome it cut with just one pass through the drum sander!

-Kenneth H.

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