Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 113, January 2015 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
French Polish Workshop
with Alan Noel, Jan. 21

French Polish Workshop French polish has long been regarded as the most beautiful finish for fine wood furniture and, because it imparts a finer sound to stringed instruments, is overwhelmingly preferred by luthiers. This finish actually does not involve polish at all but is simply a method of applying shellac. Alan will demonstrate his method for achieving this finish that's as easy as riding a bike. He will show you how to apply, maintain, repair and restore this classic finish.

French Polish Workshop, Jan. 21
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.

Jan 8 Milling & Jointing Lumber
Jan 13 Table Saw Orientation
Jan 21 French Polish Workshop
Jan 22 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
Jan 24 Hand Cut Dovetails
Jan 25 Organizing Your Workshop
Jan 31 Beginning Character Carving
Feb 1 Carve a Wooden Spoon
Feb 3 Hand Planes
Feb 4 Sharpening for Turners
Feb 11 Finishing the Finish
Feb 12 Timber Framing
Feb 14 Beginning Turning
Feb 21-22 Marquetry in Depth
Feb 24-25 Build a Bookcase
Feb 28 Build a Tool Storage Box

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Our Woodworking Tool Reviews from 2014

Woodworker Jeffrey Fleischer of New Market, VA contributed a tool review to each monthly issue of Wood News during 2014. We've compiled them for you here, and invite you to take a look at Jeffrey's thoughtful evaluations of these woodworking tools.

CLICK HERE to see the reviews:

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

Rikon Bandsaws and Planers

Bandsaws and Planers

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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.

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

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This month we are featuring Michael Sweet's Dollhouse project that he made for his granddaughter, as well as a wide variety of other woodworking projects he has made including a chess set, board games, a Didgeridoo, and several other projects.

CLICK HERE to see Michael'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 have several realistic carvings created by Richard Cheek, a self-taught amateur carver who enjoys creating his own versions of famous sculptures.

CLICK HERE to see more of Richard'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 has a tip on how to get the most use out of your tack rags, as well as a tip on ways to re-use common plastic storage bags specifically for shop storage.

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

Question:  I have a question about wooden-bodied planes. When they are not in use do you remove the iron?

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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.

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This month, Raymond Randall has a follow-up on our November 2014 tip on Adjusting Bandsaw Height and offers an important reminder about running bandsaw blades.

CLICK HERE to read the tip:

Woodworking Tool Catalog

Our latest Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!

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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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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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Highland Gift Cards

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

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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: Beautiful Boxes
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
Building an Electric Bass Guitar, Part 6
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Blog: Finding a Choice Piece of Wood
Q&A: Wood-Bodied Planes
Project: Tippmann Boss Wooden Table
Blogger Woodworking Resolutions
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Holiday Cheers and Smears
SAFETY: The Running Bandsaw

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 Richard Korte's 28' x 34' shop in Olympia, WA, and several of the creative projects made in his shop .

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at Richard's shop:
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By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

Six Degrees of… Woodworking?

Woodworking… The Road Ahead

Waxed Paper vs Freezer Paper – Which Is Best For Woodworkers?

Purpose-Built Shop Storage

Some New Year's Thoughts And What Is Coming Next Month

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve explains how every conversation can eventually lead to woodworking, gives us a 2015 outlook for the woodworking world, performs a test between waxed paper and freezer paper, begins a series on "purpose-built" shop storage, and shares some new things to look forward to this month and beyond!

CLICK HERE to read more:
Tormek Accessory Sale

2015 Woodworking

The beginning of 2015 brings our popular New Years Resolutions blogger series, where our woodworking bloggers share their woodworking resolutions for the new year!

Click each name to read our bloggers' resolutions:
Half Price Clearance

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, David, Matt & Steve demonstrate some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.

Click below to watch Matt Vanderlist of Matt's Basement Workshop, discuss the Carter Accuright Circle Cutter .

Carter Accuright Circle Cutter

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

What to do if you can't find
that choice piece of wood

When designing furniture one of the things that makes a piece go from the mundane, to "WOW that's a nice piece", is choosing an awesome looking piece of wood to feature in the project. It could be anything from that great figure in the wood, to the spalting streaks, and even the cracks and imperfections that make it stand out.

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BOOK REVIEW: Doug Stowe's Beautiful Boxes

Beautiful Boxes Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

Once again, well-known box maker Doug Stowe has produced a beautiful book on box making. It follows two earlier books, Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Building and Basic Box Making , which set the stage by defining numerous methods for making attractive boxes. In this new book, Beautiful Boxes , Stowe goes one step further by linking descriptions of eight box-building projects to principles and elements of design that can help turn ordinary boxes into objects of special beauty and delight.

CLICK HERE to read the review:

Project: Tippmann Boss Wooden Table
By Arthur Stevenson
Greater Kansas City Area

Arthur Stevenson makes his own leather tool rolls with his Tippmann Boss Sewing Machine, and to make his work easier and more stabilized, he decided to make his own wooden table to mount the sewing machine on.

CLICK HERE to read about the project:
Building an Electric Bass Guitar:   Part 6 - Final Details

Electric Bass Guitar Build Part 6 By Lee Laird
Austin, TX

This month Lee has finally finished his guitar. In this final part of the guitar build, Lee discusses last minute details and changes, and in the end gives you a preview of the bass's sound.

Read more about the final details:
Finishing Wood with Alan Noel

wood finishing Holiday Cheers
and Smears

If you're still trying to clean up candle wax, red wine stains, and watermarks from your holiday gatherings, Alan has several tips to clean them up while protecting the finishes on your furniture.

Here are FOUR tips for cleaning up after the holidays:

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Fox Chapel Books Banner

Order any of the above 4 books from us during January/February 2015 for 33% off list price.

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

Woodworkers Wanted for Submissions
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Steven Johnson, the Down to Earth Woodworker Meet the Down to Earth Woodworker at our Winter Open House January 24

Our friend Steve Johnson, well known online as The Down To Earth Woodworker , will be here visiting from Wisconsin as our special guest during our Open House and One Day Sale at our Atlanta store on Sat., January 24.

Throughout the day Saturday, Steve will be answering your questions while giving continuous free demonstrations centering around how to build shopmade shooting boards and showing how easily a shooting board can help you achieve unparalleled accuracy with a hand plane.

A SawStop owner, Steve will also demonstrate and share his insights on the SawStop that go beyond the extraordinary safety system that has helped prevent countless tragic hand injuries.

Join us for a fun experience and in-store only One Day Sale savings on a large selection of great tools.

Sunday, January 25 Class with Steve on Organizing Your Workshop for Maximum Efficiency

5S An expert in the 5S system of manufacturing principles, Steve Johnson will also teach an all-day class on Sunday, Jan. 25 on how to organize your workshop to save time, free up space, save money and make your woodworking better, safer, more satisfying and more efficient.

CLICK HERE for class info:

CLICK HERE to see some of Steve's many articles:

Woodpeckers T-Square

Woodpeckers OneTime Tool – Precision Framing Squares

Woodpeckers new, large-sized Precision Woodworking Squares offer accuracy that's so good, it's guaranteed. How precise? The squares are machined and quality checked to be dead square within .001" or less for each foot of blade length. The blades are a full 1/4" thick, and the handle with cheeks is a full 3/4" thick. These are rugged squares meant to endure. Available in 4 sizes.

DEADLINE to order is Jan. 26:

NEW SawStop Jobsite Saw
SawStop Jobsite Saw
The new SawStop Jobsite Saw lets you bring incredible portability, innovative timesaving features and signature SawStop safety anywhere you need it. Saws are expected to be in short supply at least until March 2015, so get your order in now for earliest delivery.
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SawStop Industrial Saw Now Available Online
SawStop Industrial Saw
Highland has just become one of a small number of stocking dealers authorized to sell SawStop's Industrial Cabinet Saw online nationwide within the 48 states. This is the original SawStop model designed for continuous heavy duty operation in an industrial environment.
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Shenandoah Birdcage Awl Shenandoah Birdcage Awl

This beautiful tool with Padauk handle crafted by the artisan toolmakers at Shenandoah Tool Works is as beautiful as it is functional. Ideal for starting and drilling holes, the awl's shaft is hand forged and twisted from 01 steel hardened to R62. The tip is sharpened for starting and boring holes which the square shank then widens through repeated twisting.

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NEW Leigh Router Table Jig
NEW Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Jig
Leigh's latest new joinery jig is designed specifically for use on router tables. Able to produce through dovetails, half-blind dovetails and box joints quickly and easily, the RTJ400 offers instant adjustment of joint tightness down to a thousandth of an inch.
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NEW Festool Vecturo
Oscillating Tool System

Festool Vecturo Oscillating Tool System Festool has evolved the oscillating tool concept to a whole new standard. The Festool Vecturo will become the installer and renovator's best friend, and can provide any woodworker with capabilities, accuracy and efficiency never before experienced with an oscillating tool.

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Festool for the Compact Shop
Is Festool Worth the Price?

It is a fact that Festool machines are priced higher than almost any other brand of power tool. Are those prices justified? Here are some thoughts on the matter.
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Festool All-Inclusive Service
NEW All-Inclusive Service

Festool recently enhanced their already extremely strong 3-year warranty to now include shipping in both directions on all warranty repairs. Several other new features of the service now make it both easy and worthwhile for you to register for an account on Festool's website.

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Exquisite 4" Marking Gauge

Hamilton 4inch Cherry Marking Gauge Besides becoming one of the most beautiful tools in your entire shop, this marking gauge handmade in cherry by Jeff Hamilton will outperform any other marking gauge you've ever used. Its cryogenically heat treated blade has been honed to 8000X, and its fingernail grind shape will excel in marking in both grain directions while helping pull the fence tight against your workpiece.

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Sterling Plane Hammer

Sterling Plane Hammer At a recent Woodworking in America show we were extremely impressed with these exquisitely-made hammers for adjusting wooden planes, offered by artisan toolmaker Chris Kuehn.

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Our 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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Instantly access any article ever published in Fine Woodworking,
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This new DVD archive contains every article in the 244 issues of Fine Woodworking magazine published in the past 39 years. Easily search and view an entire generation's worth of woodworking wisdom. While supplies last, save $30 off the $99.95 list price.

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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 an Axiom marketing affiliate, simply click the link below to visit their website directly as a Highland customer.

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WOOD SLICER Testimonial

Wood Slicer resawing blade I used to cuss my bandsaw every time that I tried to do any resawing, however I bought a Wood Slicer blade last year and it wasn't the band saw that was the problem, it was the inferior band saw blades that I was using. The Wood Slicer worked right out of the box the first time, it is sharp, quiet and very smooth cutting, the best ever.

-Jeffrey Murray

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