Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 116, April 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
Relief Carving Class: Relief Carving for Beginners with Sabiha Mujtaba, April 17-19

Relief carving is the art of creating depth and the illusion of three dimensions in a relatively shallow plane of wood. Sabiha will show you how to use various carving instruments to accomplish your design in a solid piece of wood measuring approximately 10" x 12" x 1-1/2". The Arbortech and Foredom power carvers will be used along with Flexcut hand carving tools, files and rasps.

Relief Carving, April 17-19
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 8 Coloring Wood
Apr 9 Milling and Jointing Lumber
Apr 11 Beginning Turning
Apr 14 Hand Tool Sharpening
Apr 17-19 Relief Carving for Beginners
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
May 2 Finishing 101
May 6 French Polish Workshop
May 9 Basic Bowl Turning
May 12-13 Build a Bookcase
May 16 Beginning Character Carving
May 16 Spray Finishing
May 17 Intro to Marquetry
May 19 Hand Tool Sharpening
May 20 Taming the Skew
May 21 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
May 23 Beginning Turning
May 27 Finishing the Finish
May 28 Milling and Jointing Lumber
May 28 Hand Cut Dovetails

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

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This month we are featuring a variety of woodworking projects made by Larry White, who began woodworking in 7th grade shop class with Mr. Laughlin and hasn't stopped since.

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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 detailed animal carvings of Richard Shaw who uses a variety of carving tools and techniques to create his realistic figures.

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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 3 tips on the uses of PVC in your workshop. Whether it is small or big pieces, Jim shares a variety of ways you can use PVC in combination with other tools in your shop to help stay organized and tidy.

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

Question:  I need to drill a flat bottom screw hole (counterbore), and I need a tool to do it. What can you recommend?

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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.
Veritas Gent's Saw
Veritas Gent's Saw

By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

This month, Jeff reviews the Veritas Gent's Saw, one of several different dovetail saws made by Veritas. This saw comes in both crosscut or rip-cut configurations and both make a great saw to add to your collection.

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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 Woodpeckers Coping Sled .

Woodpeckers Coping Sled

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, we've got a tip on how using a sliding table with your table saw will not only improve your cuts, but will also help ensure a safer working environment.

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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.

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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: Chairmaker's Notebook
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
Making Shenandoah Toolworks Awls
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Hole Drilling
Tool Review: Veritas Gent's Saw
Chisel Storage
Blog: Discussing My New Bench Holdfast
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
SAFETY: Using a Sliding Table

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 Duque's workshop in his hometown mountainous city of Medellin, Colombia.

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

Tale Of The Tape(s)

Construction Of The 5S Compliant Shop Wall Cabinet

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve puts several different types of adhesive tapes through some rigorous tests to determine adherence ability, residue remnants, and writability. He also gives us some construction information on his new 5S Shop Wall Cabinets.

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Chairmaker's Notebook
by Peter Galbert

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

If one were to conjure up the perfect woodworking book, what would it be like? I think it would very closely resemble Chairmaker's Notebook . In this most recent contribution from Lost Art Press, legendary chairmaker Peter Galbert has created much more than a guide to building Windsor chairs from green wood. He has set a new standard against which all future woodworking books will be measured.

CLICK HERE to read the review:

Making Shenandoah Toolworks Awls

By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

Highland Woodworking has been carrying the Mallets and Awls made by Shenandoah Toolworks for a few months now, and we thought it would be fun to go behind the scenes and see how Norm and Jeff at Shenandoah Tool Works make their beautiful awls.

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This Month on
The Highland Blog

Discussing My New Bench Holdfast

Our blogger, Terry Chapman, recently added a new Bench Holdfast to his workbench and is really enjoying how much it is helping his bench work. In his blog entry he discusses the installation process as well as the benefits he has found with his new holdfast.

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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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Chisel Storage Chisel Storage

By Lee Laird
Austin, TX

Over the years I've used different strategies to store the chisels I own, and each has it's place. In this article I will discuss these different storage strategies so you can find the right way to store your own chisel set.

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Rikon 25-130H Helical Head Planer NEW Rikon 25-130H
Helical Head Planer

Rikon's new 25-130H 13" thickness planer with helical-style cutterhead is a beefy benchtop unit designed to perform reliably either in your workshop or at the job site. 26 two-sided HSS cutters are arranged in a staggered pattern around the cutterhead in a way that greatly reduces noise as well as improving chip removal. Five year warranty.

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Woodpeckers OneTime Tool – GAP GAUGE

Woodpeckers Gap Gauge These cleverly-designed gap gauges help you achieve absolute accuracy while actually saving you time. By quickly gauging either the thickness of material or inside dimension of a joint, the opposite end of the Gap Gauge is perfectly set to the required size for the other half of the joint. There's no need to even pull out a ruler!

DEADLINE to order is April 13:

Festool Contouro Edge Bander NEW Festool Conturo Edge Bander

Festool's new Conturo edge bander is an advanced system for perfect edge banding, offering exceptional precision and ease of use even on curved and beveled surfaces. While unlikely to find a home in a typical home woodshop, the Conturo is an innovative solution for applications requiring volume precise edge banding production.

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Rikon 62-400 Air Filtration System Rikon 62-400 COMPACT
Air Filtration System

Measuring just over 20" by 17" by 10" and weighing only 31 pounds, this affordable unit is the ideal air filtration solution for the space-challenged shop. Despite its small size, the 62-400 can filter the air in a 20 x 20 x 8 shop 7 times each hour.

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Gladstone Steel Shelf Drilling Jig Gladstone Steel
Shelf Drilling Jig

This heavy duty all-metal shelf drilling jig is very easy to use for accurately drilling 1/4" or 5mm holes spaced 1" apart.


Gladstone HSS Replaceable Tip Turning Scrapers Gladstone Replaceable Tip HSS Turning Scrapers

Replaceable tip tools are a great way to get started in woodturning. The learning curve for turning is much easier and you don't have to learn how to sharpen. We have a limited supply of these fine tools at a great price.


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:

NEW Mirka DEROS Random Orbit Sander

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 sand a lot on vertical surfaces, you will especially love this sander.

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NEW Rikon 70-220VSR Variable Speed Midi Lathe

Rikon 70-220VSR 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 woodturning projects.

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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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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.

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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 I must say I could not believe the way my new Wood Slicer saw blade cut through a 10" birch log. I have used several other types of blades and I am able to cut up a whole 48" x 10" log in less time with these blades than it took to make one cut with the others. Thank you for having such a great product.  -- Lloyd Gibson

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