Shop Secrets of the Wood Whisperer,
Sunday, May 2
Marc Spagnuolo, the Wood Whisperer, will share his woodworking wisdom during an all-day class at Highland Woodworking on Sunday, May 2.
Beginning with his favorite power tool accessory (a sharp hand tool), Marc will explore numerous ways to achieve added efficiency, accuracy and fun in your woodworking shop.
Our premium German-made Hofmann & Hammer workbenches are on sale
and available for immediate delivery. We believe there are no finer benches made anywhere.
magazine has designated these
benches as a "Best Value."
Great Savings on
Steel City Granite
Jointers & Tablesaws
We are now offering Steel City tablesaws and jointers at prices hundreds of dollars lower than we
listed in our 2009 spring-summer mail order catalog. The saws all feature the new-style solid granite tables and the jointers have solid granite beds
and fences. The dense black granite used in these tools will never rust, warp or twist, and the granite tables and fences all include a full ten-year
replacement guarantee. The machines themselves include a five-year factory warranty.
"Recently I used your saw sharpening service and I wanted to let you know that they did a super job on my
blade. I not only needed the blade sharpened, but one tip was missing and they replaced it as well. Turn around time was only about a week from my
home in Tennessee. The blade cuts as good as a new one. You can bet that I will be using you again when needed."
10% discount on 50 BF (assorted). 20% discount on 100 board feet.
Available for in-store purchase only, premium hand-selected Walnut,
Cherry, Mahogany, Red Oak, quartersawn White Oak, Maple, Poplar, European steamed Beech, Purple Heart and
others. Random widths and lengths, planed 2 sides, one straight edge. Stop in and check it out!
For this popular monthly column, we invite you to
of your woodworking shop along with captions and a brief description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.)
Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your shop in a future issue.
Featured this month is Jim Chandler's workshop built in a restored 111-year-old barn.
Until now my woodworking has been done mostly using power tools. I'd like to see what it's like working wood with high quality hand tools. I'm curious
about your Lie-Nielsen planes. If I were to start with one or two planes, which ones would you recommend?
with your woodworking
questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.
NEW Steel City 8" Helical Head Granite Jointer
Is a Superb Value,
This great value in a longbed 8" jointer is finally in stock and available for immediate shipment!
You can enjoy the benefits of 77" long solid straight granite jointer beds, patented helical
cutterhead with 16 four-sided carbide inserts for consistent sharpness and fast, easy setup, 2 HP
230 volt motor, solid 48" long center-mounted granite fence that tilts in and out for bevels or
chamfers, integral mobile base, and a depth of cut up to 1/2". All this plus a 5-year factory
warranty, and at a very affordable price! Net weight 460 lbs.
Cauls are found in almost every experienced woodworker's shop. They were used by our woodworking
ancestors hundreds of years ago, and maybe even thousands of years ago. They're so common that when
we talk about woodworking techniques we usually forget to mention cauls - they're just there, like
the air we breathe. But for new woodworkers, cauls can be a mystery.
This little gem has already proven itself to be an excellent value as a 10" bandsaw, especially at this low
introductory price. In our tests at the store, we installed a Wood Slicer resawing blade on the Rikon 10-305 bandsaw, carefully adjusted all the
guides, then proceeded to resaw uniform slices 1/64" thick off the length of a 4x4. We highly recommend it as your first bandsaw bought on a budget,
or as a second bandsaw that allows you to avoid constantly swapping blades on your main bandsaw.
The Power8 Workshop provides a compact solution for the woodworker or do-it-yourselfer who needs versatile
tools that are easily transported to the jobsite, or operated in limited (or even non-existent) shop
space. The powerful 18 volt individual cordless circular saw, jigsaw and driver/drill also each function as a
benchtop tablesaw, scrollsaw and drill press.
This month's SketchUp column shows you how you can use SketchUp to design a draftsman's table. Beginning
with this issue of
Wood News Online
, I'm using a simpler format for presenting the process step by step,
with easy-to-understand captions labeling each image.
FREE 12-piece Leigh Router Bit Set with
New Improved Leigh D4R Pro Dovetail Jig
The world's best dovetail jig just got a whole lot better! In its new PRO version, Leigh has
expanded the capabilities of its flagship D4R dovetail jig to allow easy creation of single pass
half-blind dovetails as well as box joints. Order before the end of April and receive FREE a
12-piece dovetail router bit set (a $169 value) after you register your jig with Leigh (Applies to
U.S. and Canada only).
Is it safe to use water based dyes and finishes on veneers bonded to MDF?
By Alan Noel
number one reason for working on furniture made from veneered MDF (medium density fiberboard)
relates to water damage that causes
swelling of the substrate due to moisture absorption, typically around the edges of tops and along the
lower edges of case goods. So obviously, water based anything is tricky to use on veneered pieces
made from MDF.
Just wanted to let you know I received your new leather shop apron that is on sale right now and LOVE IT!! The leather is high quality (being a
longtime horseback rider and saddlery owner I know leather) and it is the only one that I found anywhere with the pocket flaps reinforced with rivets.
I needed one that could see hard service in the shop and this unit will do the job and then some. Thanks for the great product and service.
solicit contributions of editorial material (articles, photos and videos) from our customers and readership, and for every one we accept and publish
Wood News Online
, we will compensate the contributor. We typically pay up to $100 (in the form of a store gift certificate) for a
thousand-word-plus article with photos. The amount of the gift certificate may be prorated for shorter articles. Articles submitted may be edited by
us at our discretion, and compensation may vary depending on the published length.
Meet the Wood Whisperer at our
May 1, 2010
Join us on Saturday, May 1 for our big Spring One-Day Sale! We'll have great savings on hundreds of items throughout the store, entertaining
educational demonstrations by our factory reps from Festool, Micro Jig, Kreg, Freud and others.
And all day long you can see ongoing demos by Marc Spagnuolo, well known around the cyberworld as the Wood Whisperer.
Steel City's 50100G 14" Deluxe Granite Bandsaw
Now Only $599.99
If you're in the market for a powerful, full-featured bandsaw capable of any challenge from
heavy-duty resawing to fine, delicate fretwork, look no further.
We believe the Steel City model 50100G is one of
the best 14" bandsaws available at any price, anywhere.
Quantity purchasing has kept our cost low, and we're passing the savings along to you.
Great Time to Upgrade
to a Festool Track Saw
Order Now to Save 10%
Today is one of those extremely rare days when Festool offers a discount on one of its most popular
tools. Order today and you'll save 10% on our Festool TS55 and TS75 track saws, as well as on spare
blades, extra tracks and the Track Accessory Kit. We have saws and accessories in stock with free
delivery in the lower 48 states. But don't wait too long. Supplies are limited and may sell out.
NEW Earlex 2900 HVLP
Pkg Deal only
With the English-made Earlex 2900 Spray Station, smooth and efficient spray finishing is now
affordable for many of us who in the past had to rely exclusively on brush-on finishes. And included
in our package deal is Jeff Jewitt's excellent DVD and book combination that will take you
step-by-step, helping you demystify the art of spray finishing.
Interested in the idea of building a Maloof-inspired rocker? You can start learning today how to build one yourself! Get a free membership in Chuck's
Rocker Studio Online, a special website that caters to budding Maloof-inspired rocking chair builders.
woodworking book or DVD we've ever sold before has generated the response we've received from customers to Charles Brock's excellent plan bundle that
provides everything you need to know to build your own Maloof-inspired rocking chair.
Now Chuck has singled out the specific tools he uses when
building the chair and listed them in one place for easy selection by woodworkers undertaking this challenging project.
More well-deserved recognition has been visited upon Dilo Fernandino, the man who builds
full-size rosewood baroque masterpieces by hand in his 42 square foot workshop. After his first
solo exhibition in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in February, TV Globo, one of the world's largest
television networks, featured his signature work and interview during a program on April 3, 2010.
Limited Time Offer: Two Free Blades ($158 value) with purchase of PCS SawStop Tablesaw
There's never been a better time to buy a SawStop tablesaw. Get 2 free Titanium blades (40T & 80T) when you
buy the SawStop PCS professional saw. Get a free 40T Titanium blade when you buy the SawStop contractor saw.
The SawStop PCS is a world class precision piece of woodworking machinery based just on its own merits as a tablesaw. However it's indisputably the
SAFEST tablesaw in the world as well. The good news is it's available for a price that's competitive with other professional tablesaws (all of which
LACK SawStop's patented blade braking system). DROP BY OUR STORE at your first opportunity and see why the SawStop is the professional tablesaw that
makes the most sense to buy.
YOU can own a SawStop tablesaw. (WHY WAIT FOR AN ACCIDENT?)
recently purchased a Wood Slicer band saw blade for my Grizzly 14" G0555 band saw and I have to say
that this blade is absolutely unreal. I have never in my life seen a blade to equal this one and I
first used a band saw approximately 50 years ago. I am cutting hardwood to a thickness of 1/16" with
no saw marks and no additional sanding or finishing of any kind required prior to gluing. Very
little finishing is necessary prior to applying a final finish. The speed of cut with this bandsaw
blade on either soft or hard wood has probably doubled, I have not timed it. I would hate to change
back to an ordinary bandsaw blade but I certainly won't risk hurting this blade on ordinary work.
Again, this bandsaw blade is incredible! — T.G.
Now Stocking a Wide Selection of Freud Sawblades and Dados
Freud sawblades offer the ultimate combination of fused tooth grind geometry, blade body rigidity, precise tensioning, a special
carbide blend and superior carbide brazing, non-stick Perma-SHIELD coating and high performance anti-vibration – all working together to provide
the ultimate cut.
If you live near Atlanta, or are just passing through, we invite you to visit and leisurely browse our amazing retail store. The
thousands of woodworking tools on display here await your personal examination.