Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 120, August 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
CLASS: Build a Shaker Style End Table with Jim Dillon, August 17-19

Build a Shaker Style End Table with Jim Dillon 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. Jim will show you how to edge-glue the prepared wood to make the top and will guide you through the proper clamping techniques to maintain a flat panel. He will discuss making a jig that produces uniformly tapered legs and will help you with its use. Upon completion of this class, you'll be proud to take home a side table ready for finishing.

Build a Shaker Style End Table, Aug 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.

Aug 8 Hand Cut Dovetails
Aug 9 Router Basics
Aug 12 Finishing the Finish
Aug 13 Four Square Woodworking
Aug 15 Beginning Turning
Aug 16 Turn a Peppermill
Aug 17-19 Shaker Style End Table
Aug 22 Basic Bowl Turning
Aug 22 Finishing 101
Aug 23 Natural Edge Bowl Turning
Aug 25 Hand Tool Sharpening
Aug 27 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
Sep 2 Table Saw Orientation
Sep 9 Sharpening for Turners
Sep 12 Beginning Turning
Sep 13 Basic Bowl Turning
Sep 16 French Polish Workshop
Sep 19 Basics: Build a Tool Storage Box
Sep 19 Finishing 101
Sep 20 Build a Tray for your Sliding Lid Storage Box
Sep 22-23 Build a Bookcase
Sep 26 Basic Bowl Turning
Sep 26-27 Antique Restoration
Sep 27 Beginning Turning
Sep 30 Finishing the Finish

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

Woodworking Projects | Jeff Greenberg This month we are featuring woodworking projects made by Jeff Greenberg, who incorporates water clear epoxy as the main design element into his woodworking.

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Show Us Your Woodcarving!

woodworking tools
This month we are featuring the carving projects of Lamar Holland who has carved a variety of figurines and characters that have won him both 1st and 2nd place at the Georgia National Fair.

CLICK HERE to see more of Lamar'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 suggests a workaround for when you don't have one of those new battery-powered impact drill-drivers and also shares an alternative to knee-pads when you have to be working on your knees.

CLICK HERE to read this month's tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop!
Our August Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month:
Lie-Nielsen Scrapers

Lie-Nielsen Scrapers
In this popular column, Lee Laird 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:

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Ask the Staff

Question:  I would like to know if there is any product that can be applied to MDF to keep water from penetrating from a glass left overnight?

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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.
Benchcrafted Moxon Vise Hardware
Beall Wood Buff Kit

By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

The Beall Wood Buff Kit has gained popularity over the years because it is a quick and easy way to produce a high luster on your woodworking projects. The system uses two polishing compounds and Carnauba Wax to produce a very nice sheen and food-safe surface, which is suitable for toys, kitchen tools or items that are going to hold food.

CLICK HERE to read Jeff's review:

CLICK HERE to watch a video demo of the Beall Wood Buff Kit:

Safety Tip Banner

This month, we're re-sharing Jim Mullen's important tip on staying hydrated and keeping your blood sugar up, especially during the hot summer.

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Do you have a 2 Minute Safety Tip you would like us to share? If so, we invite you to EMAIL US and if we use your tip, you'll get a $25 store credit!

Woodworking Tool Catalog

Our latest Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!

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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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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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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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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: New Woodworkers Guide to SketchUp
Video of the Month: Cordless Field Day
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
Working with Reclaimed Wood
Carving a Bernese Mountain Dog
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Water Penetration
Tool Review: Beall Wood Buff Kit
Women in Woodworking
Video: The Marian Carving Project
Blog: Woodworking Summer Reading Lists
Finishing: Aging Brasses
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
SAFETY: Summer Hydrating

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 Tim Schnedetz's workshop in Creston, OH.

CLICK HERE to see more of Tim's shop:
Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

Sharpening Your Tools

MFAQs (Most Frequently Asked Questions)

On The Level – Machinery Set-Up For Un-Level Floors

Prime Shop Season Is Almost Here!

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve discusses the Tormek T4 Sharpening System and how it has had an affect on his sharpening, the "MFAQ's" aka Most Frequently Asked Questions he has received from readers, an "engineering challenge" that he has run into while working on his current project, and finally, he discusses the fact that it is about to be prime shop season!

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Half Price Clearance

Finishing Wood with Alan Noel

wood finishing Aging Brasses

This month Alan shares his steps for aging brass hardware that can be used on restored old furniture and new projects.

Here are NINE steps to age new brasses to a soft warm glow:

Working with Reclaimed Wood

By Thomas J. Garcia
Riverside, CA

Thomas Garcia has enjoyed working with reclaimed wood since he was a kid. The reclaimed wood he uses for his projects also includes a homemade wood filler that he makes out of reclaimed sawdust. In this article he explains how to make this wood filler.

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Carving a Bernese Mountain Dog  | Linda Master Carving a Bernese Mountain Dog

By Linda Master
Dexter City, OH

Linda Master is a miniaturist specializing in carving animals. This month she discusses the hand carving process of a miniature Bernese Mountain Dog in 1:12 scale.

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This Month on
The Highland Blog

Woodworking Summer Reading Lists

Summer is often a good time to get a lot of reading done and last month we asked our bloggers to submit their summer woodworking reading lists.

CLICK HERE to read their recommendations:

Anne of All Trades Women in Woodworking
Andrea Ramsay

By Anne Briggs Bohnett
Seattle, WA

This month, Anne spends a day in the shop with Andrea Ramsay, who left the technology industry in order to pursue her passion in hand tool woodworking.

The two discuss the process of making a straight edge, which is a good first project for a beginning hand tool woodworker. They also explain the processes of both using and truing your straight edge.

CLICK HERE to read Andrea's story:

Product Tours and 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 the mesmerizing and collaborative carving process of Sabiha Mujtaba as she carves a triptych for the Marian Chapel in Knoxville, TN.

The Marian Carving Project

Are there any products or demonstrations you'd like to see in a YouTube video? If so, we invite you to EMAIL US and let us know what YOU would like to see!

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

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Woodworkers Wanted for Submissions
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Bad Axe Stiletto Dovetail Saw
The Incomparable
Bad Axe Stiletto
12" Dovetail Saw

We are excited to announce that we now stock the finest traditional-style dovetail saws made today, built by Bad Axe Tool Works in Lacrosse, Wisconsin USA. Bad Axe's new Stiletto Dovetail Saw is a sleek tool with a 12"-long Swedish steel blade. It cuts beautifully, and its longer length tracks to your cut lines with uncanny precision.

CLICK HERE for more about the Bad Axe Stiletto Dovetail Saw:

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Bad Axe hand saws:

Tormek T-4 Promo Package Deal
Save $86 With Our Tormek T-4 Sharpening System Package Deal, Plus Get Free Shipping!

Get all you need to efficiently sharpen chisels, plane irons, knives, axes, scissors and small carving tools while saving $86 off the cost of the T-4 unit, the Square Edge Jig and the Hand Tool Kit items bought separately. The T-4's aluminum oxide grinding wheel remains continuously bathed in water, keeping your tool edges cool and free from any risk of overheating. Free shipping on the package deal within the 48 states!

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Record Lathe Chuck
Great Price on a Serious Lathe Chuck for your Mini-Lathe, only $149.99

The Record SC3 Geared Scroll Chuck makes a great starter chuck for owners of a mini-lathe. It's a serious lathe chuck at a great price, and comes fully equipped with 3 sets of jaws conveniently packed in a fitted case. Fits 1" x 8 TPI spindles. A special purchase allows us to offer it at this exceptional price while limited supplies last.

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NEW Rikon Professional
Low Speed Grinder

Rikon Professional Low Speed Grinder We have been searching for years for an affordable slow-speed 8" bench grinder that runs smoothly. Alas, each one that we tried suffered the same affliction – too much vibration for accurate sharpening. Now the engineers at Rikon Tools have finally put an end to our search.

CHECK OUT this superb grinder:

Updated Veritas MK II Honing Guide

Now available in a Narrow Blade Version and a Deluxe Set!

Veritas MK II Honing Guide Veritas's MK II honing guide solves many of the problems associated with sharpening jigs. It holds blades firmly in precise position for honing. Its long roller wheel prevents tipping and utilizes a three-position eccentric cam for applying micro-bevels without repositioning the blade.

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Video of the Month

Each month we're featuring one of our many spectacular Festool power tools and highlighting it with a video product tour.

Festool Field Day

This month we're sharing the Festool Cordless Field Day video produced by Festool, highlighting their newer series of cordless power tools.

CHECK OUT the Festool Cordless Field Day:

New Woodworkers Guide to SketchUp
by Bob Lang

New Woodworkers Guide to SketchUp Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

SketchUp is a three-dimensional modeling program that has achieved wide use in a number of professions, such as architecture, urban planning and—of particular interest to us—woodworking. The fact that SketchUp is a highly capable piece of software also means that in order to get the full benefit of it, the woodworker will need to devote some time to learning its various tools and how to manipulate them to create realistic and accurate models. That's where Robert Lang's new learning program New Woodworkers Guide to SketchUp comes in.

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Shenandoah Woodworking Mallet
Woodworking Mallet

These exquisite Shenandoah Mallets feature steel heads in your choice of either 1 lb. or 1.5 lb. weights. The handcrafted Padauk hardwood handle is designed to be held in one of two positions: "choked up" with the hand at the edge of the steel head when maximum control is required, or near the end of the mallet for chopping out large sections (for example when reducing a background or creating a mortise). The concentrated weight of the mallet head provides a focused force that will make you feel as if the mallet head is doing all the work, not you! Head is made from oil hardened steel, Rockwell 28-32 rating.

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Freud Diablo Sanding Disks

Freud Diablo Sanding Disks
Freud's new Diablo sanding disks outperform ordinary sanding disks, yet are highly affordable. New technology allows them to cut extremely quickly, yet last a long time without loading. They fit most 5"-diameter 5-hole and 8-hole pattern random orbit sander pads (although unfortunately not Festool or Mirka).

CLICK HERE for more info:

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.

Now Available in Two Sizes:

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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WOOD SLICER Testimonial

Wood Slicer resawing blade Just got a 1/2" Wood Slicer for a project. Put it on, re-tuned the band saw and POW! Right out of the box I'm slicing off veneers of hard maple that measure consistently .030". I'm impressed, gentlemen. The blade is everything it's cracked up to be, sharp, consistent, quiet and it leaves a surface that a couple strokes of a scraper will take care of. I'll be back for more. — Doug F

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Wood Slicer Product Tour
the Wood Slicer in action

Woodworking 2015 Community Calendar

Woodworking happenings throughout the country.

Sep 18-20
GA Association of Woodturners- Turning Southern Style XXI

Sep 25-27
Woodworking in America

Oct 10-11
Orange County Woodcarvers Show and Demo

Oct 17
Meet Roy Underhill at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta

CLICK HERE to submit your community woodworking event for possible inclusion in our next newsletter.

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