Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 115, March 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
Hand Tool Sharpening Class: Hand Tool Sharpening with Jim Dillon, March 10

If you can get the edges of your hand tools as sharp as a razor, your woodworking endeavors will be much easier. In this class, you'll discover ways to get your edges keen in a consistent and predictable manner. You'll learn several methods, including electric grinders, water stones, diamond stones, as well as using ready made honing guides.

Hand Tool Sharpening, March 10
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 7-8 Build a Shaker Candle Box
Mar 10 Hand Tool Sharpening
Mar 11 French Polish Workshop
Mar 17-19 Build a Shaker End Table
Mar 26 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
Mar 28 Intro to Chip Carving
Mar 29 Turn a Peppermill
Apr 1 Taming the Skew
Apr 4 Hand Cut Dovetails
Apr 8 Coloring Wood
Apr 9 Four Square Woodworking
Apr 11 Beginning Turning
Apr 14 Hand Tool Sharpening
Apr 21 Hand Planes
Apr 22 Sharpening for Turners
Apr 25 Carve a Wooden Spoon
Apr 25-26 Antique Restoration
Apr 27-30 Cabinetmaking Basics

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

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This month we are featuring the woodworking projects of Butch Montgomery, who has been woodworking since shop class in High School, where he built an entire roll top desk for his mother, despite the fact that it was a more "advanced" project.

CLICK HERE to see Butch'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 beautifully carved spoons and boxes of Rodney Miller, who we have also featured in our Show Us Your Woodturning column in The Highland Woodturner.

CLICK HERE to see Rodney's Carvings:
Rikon Bandsaws and Planers

Bandsaws and Planers

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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 what you need to do in order to enlarge an already drilled hole, as well as a money saving tip on finding the best wood storage solutions within the shop space you are provided.

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

Question:  I am making a dresser out of maple and need to stain or dye it to match a bed out of alder and stained a reddish brown color. What is the best method to match the color? Stain seems to just muddy the maple.

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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.
Hock Kitchen Knife Kit
Hock Kitchen
Knife Kit

By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

This month, Jeff takes a different route in his tool review and discusses the Hock Kitchen Knife Kit. These kits include top quality, steel blades that you can add your own custom handle to in order to create a great addition to your kitchen.

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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 Steve discuss the Festool Kapex KS 120 EB Sliding Compound Miter Saw .

Festool Kapex KS 120 EB Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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!

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This month, Ed Scent (Highland Woodworker cardholder since 1995) shares several suggestions on ways to prevent injuring yourself on a spinning blade, and how to figure out when it is okay to touch the blade.

CLICK HERE to read the tip:

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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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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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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:


Inside This Issue
Book Review: The Soul of a Tree
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
Designing and Making a Bench
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Color Matching
Tool Review: Hock Kitchen Knife Kit
My Tell Tale Pyrography
Blog: Installing a Benchcrafted Leg Vise
Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month: No. 60-1/2RN Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
SAFETY: Dangers of Blade Spin Down

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 Herb Schlobohm's shop, which he refers to as the "antithesis" of the normal woodworking shop.

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

A Sticky Brand Extension

Sins Of Commission, Sins Of Omission

The 5S Compliant Shop Wall Cabinet Project

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve discusses the science and structure behind the tapes we most often use in our woodworking shops. He also questions the integrity of furniture bought from a furniture store and the mistakes that can often be found. And lastly, he lays out the 5S Design Criteria for his new wall storage cabinets.

CLICK HERE to read more:
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This Month on
The Highland Blog

Installing My Benchcrafted Leg Vise

Our blogger, Terry Chapman, recently purchased the hardware for a new Benchcrafted Glide Leg Vise and has finished installing it on his workbench. Read about his installation process and the benefits of his new Benchcrafted Leg Vise on the Highland Blog.

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Our March Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month:
Lie-Nielsen No. 60-1/2RN Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane with Nicker

Lie-Nielsen No. 60-1/2RN Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane with Nicker

Many of my customers have come to me, wanting advice on which of our many block planes they should buy. Often this is prefaced by the fact that they would like the plane they buy to provide a great deal of functionality, as this may be the only plane they purchase. With this in mind, I frequently find myself suggesting our Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane ( 60-1/2RN with nicker).

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen No. 60-1/2RN Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane with Nicker:

Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen No. 60-1/2RN Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane with Nicker:
The Soul of a Tree -
A Woodworker's Reflections

The Soul of a Tree Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

The Soul of a Tree , George Nakashima's autobiography and philosophy, is a special book about an extraordinary woodworker. It is, of course, an account of the story of his life and the influences that led him to become the exceptional woodworker that he was. But it is much more than that, for those influences—from his earliest years—developed his deep reverence for nature and, in particular, for the many and varied species of trees that inhabit our shared planet. And it is the expression of his philosophic views about trees that forms the core and important message of this book.

CLICK HERE to read the review:

Designing and Making a Bench

By Rod Scott
Hayden, ID

Rod Scott discusses the creation of a sitting bench using 100 year old antique cast iron castings and 100+ year old wood planks salvaged from the home site of an early 20th century homestead.

CLICK HERE to find out how he designed and built the bench:
Handworks and the Studley Tool Chest
HANDWORKS Show Coming May 15-16

Perhaps the finest woodworking show you'll ever attend will take place in the small village of Amana, Iowa on May 15-16, 2015. Featuring many artisan toolmakers who specialize in the modern use of hand tools, this show will inspire and amaze anyone who loves the sound of a shaving clearing the throat of a well-made hand plane. Roy Underhill and many others will be on hand to educate and entertain. Nearby will be a rare display of the exquisite Studley Tool Chest. Save the date, and plan your route to Amana. You will not want to miss this show.

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My Tell Tale Pyrography My Tell Tale Pyrography

By Prof. Nsir Malik
Islamabad, Pakistan

Pyrography literally means "Writing with fire" and in his article, Professor Nsir Malik discusses his method in creating his own machinery system for creating his beautiful wood burning artwork.

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Finishing Wood with Alan Noel

wood finishing In a Pinch

This month Alan shares some everyday household items that you can use to help you with your finishing processes, and also requests your own household solution ideas.

Here are EIGHT items you'll find around the house that you can use:

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

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

Purchase any model SawStop PCS Cabinet Saw during March or April, 2015 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 thousands of woodworkers from serious injury. Don't put it off any longer! Now is the best time ever to add a SawStop to your workshop.

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SawStop is the safest tablesaw

Mirka DEROS Random Orbit Sander
NEW Mirka DEROS Random Orbit Sander

The new Mirka DEROS is the first random orbit sander to use a brushless DC motor without the need for an external transformer. It's small and light enough to use with one hand, combining the power and light weight of a pneumatic tool with the convenience of an electric tool. If you do a lot of sanding on vertical surfaces, you will especially love this sander.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Rikon 70-220VSR Midi Lathe
NEW Rikon 70-220VSR Variable Speed Midi Lathe

Rikon has hit a home run with their new model 70-220VSR 1 HP variable speed reversing midi-lathe. Featuring 12-1/2" swing over the ways and 20" between centers, as well as a 24-position index head, this lathe is designed to handle a wide variety of projects.

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Bora Magnetic Combination Square
Bora Magnetic Combination Square

This innovative stainless steel combination square uses two powerful rare earth magnets to secure the blade to the head making it exceptionally fast and easy to use.

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Bowclamp Clamping Cauls
Bowclamp Clamping Cauls

Bowclamps allow you to clamp up to 4-foot widths with only a single clamp at each end. The Bowclamp is manufactured using CNC technology to machine a curve that perfectly distributes equal pressure everywhere it contacts your project. Extremely versatile, Bowclamps will work with virtually any clamp on the market.

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Earlex 6000 HVLP SprayPort
Earlex 6000 HVLP Professional SprayPort

The compact Earlex SprayPort 6000 turbine is driven by a 1200 watt motor, providing plenty of power that makes it ideal for the small professional shop or serious amateur woodworker. Equipped with the exceptional Pro-8 non-bleeder spray gun and super lightweight flexible HyperFlex™ HVLP hose, this system makes spray application a pleasure.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Save 50% on our Denim Tool Roll Denim Tool Roll

Here's a great deal on a 14-pocket denim tool roll, ideal for protecting the edges on your chisels and carving tools.

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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. We expect to have a limited number of saws available to ship beginning in March 2015. Please 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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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.

CLICK HERE for more info:

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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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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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 Dear Highland,

I'm writing this letter to explain the absolute sickness I felt after the first cut with my woodslicer.

I can't believe the number of hours wasted and the amount of frustration I had dealt with working around my bandsaws shortcomings.

I will explain. Primarily I'm a turner and bought a bandsaw to cut the corners off blocks but also planned to use the tool for other tasks. Struggling with the factory blade and other blades purchased I found that "drift" was more like "undertow" and that resawing for segmented turnings was more like a wasteful way to check the grain direction. I decided to take one last chance before selling the expensive paperweight, and I purchased the Wood Slicer blade.

I couldn't believe the feed rate and accuracy. I literally felt sick. Why did I wait so long to buy one? Why did I put up with a tool that made it harder to work rather than easier? I had wasted more wood than the blade cost.

I would say to anyone that is struggling with their bandsaw .... stop and call.


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