Now on Sale for $49.99
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!
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 gift card if we show your shop in a future issue.
Featured this month is David Best's beautiful backyard workshop in Fombell, Pennsylvania.
CLICK HERE for a look inside David's shop:
Down to Earth Woodworking
In this issue of Wood News Online, we are kicking off a brand new monthly column. We are calling it The Down to Earth Woodworker.
This month we will investigate exactly who is "the Down to Earth Woodworker." We'll also follow up on some interesting readers' responses to recent articles, "Justifying Your Next Tool Purchase" and "5S Your Workshop." And we'll reveal a dirty little woodworking secret, as well as look into a disturbing psychological phenomenon afflicting woodworkers.
Buying a New Router and Router Table
By George T. (Terry) Chapman
Do you remember a few weeks ago when I talked about buying a new router with the profits from my furnituremaking exploits? Well I decided to go for it, and when I went to Highland I was really impressed with the Triton 2-1/4 HP router.
One of the guys at the store showed me how well it works to mount this router under a router table. It effectively eliminates any need to buy one of those expensive third-party router lifts. I ended up buying the Triton router, plus the full-size Kreg Precision Router Table to go with it.
Get a Power8 Workshop this Father's Day!
Still looking for that perfect Father's Day gift? Whether you are looking for
something for your own Dad or just trying to drop some not-so-subtle hints to the loved ones in your life, the Power8
Workshop is an excellent gift idea.
Ask the Staff
Do magnetic strips that are used to hold tools affect the sharpening of the tool?
E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.
Buy a Leigh FMT Pro jig by June 30 and receive 27 guides & bits FREE
The FMT Pro Mortise & Tenon Jig is a furniture factory that comes in a box. Coupled with your router, it becomes a production machine. Order the FMT Pro before June 30, 2010, and receive FREE a 27-piece guide and bit set worth $370 after you register your jig with Leigh (Applies to U.S. and Canada only).
Foredom 5400 Power Carver, only $269.99,
a Great Gift for Dad!
Our most popular Foredom Power Carver is on sale! Buy while our sale quantity lasts and get the complete kit for only $269.99, a $30 savings. Includes turntable with 47 bits and an instructional project DVD.
with Alan Noel
Stripping the Finish
By Alan Noel
Since the finish is so important to the overall value of antique furniture, stripping has been considered to be a bad word. Stripping the old finish would have to be a last resort.
This also leads us down a slippery slope when antique value is in question and this is, since none of us were around when the piece was made, how do we know definitively what the original finish actually was?
Nevertheless, sometimes stripping the finish is unavoidable.
Hofmann & Hammer Workbenches REDUCED!
Now Save up to $200
Our premium German-made Hofmann & Hammer workbenches are on sale
and available for immediate delivery. We believe there are no finer benches made anywhere. Fine Woodworking magazine has designated these
benches as a "Best Value." Sale quantities limited.
Designing an Arts and Crafts Mantle Clock Using SketchUp
By Sean Headrick
San Jose, California
This month's SketchUp column shows you how to use SketchUp to design an Arts and Crafts style mantle clock. You'll find step by step instructions with easy-to-understand captions labeling each image.
New Rikon 10" Bandsaw
Only $199.99, save $80!
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.
Build a Windsor Chair with Peter Galbert, October 23-29, 2010
Build your own Windsor chair during this 7-day event, plus take home the skills to build many more. Professional chairmaker Peter Galbert will show you all you need to know, plus coach you from start to finish. Space is limited, so sign up early.
An easy way to navigate our entire highly-informative woodworking website.
NEW Charles Brock
Lowback Dining Chair
The latest new plan bundle in Charles Brock's series of Maloof-inspired furniture is coming available July 15, 2010. Pre-order now for earliest delivery, and a special bonus.
An Introduction to Sphere-Based Turning
By Joe Skehan
Salt Lake City, UT
Most wood turning is performed on material mounted in a single plane; the wood is placed between centers or held in a check. It is then worked perpendicular or parallel to the grain. However, as early as the 16th century, turners discovered that if the material being worked was in the shape of a sphere, then it could be worked from any point, rotated and then worked from any other point, producing concentric designs.
Show Your Stuff!
For this new column, we invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your favorite woodworking projects along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your stuff in a future issue.
Featured this month is the work of Jim Frantz of San Diego, California.
CLICK HERE to take a look at his beautiful cabinets and delightful wooden toys:
A Two Minute Safety Tip
Our customer Howard Van Valzah has a great idea for staying alert and helping to avoid injuries in the workshop.
NEW Earlex 2900
USER FRIENDLY HVLP
Sprayer, only $149.99
The English-made Earlex 2900 Spray Station has made smooth and efficient spray finishing both user friendly and highly affordable. Discover how fast and easy finishing can be without having to apply using a brush. Comes equipped to flawlessly spray stains, lacquer, shellac, polyurethane, and water-based finishes, as well as thinned latex paint.
NOW SAVE EVEN MORE
on our Deluxe Steel City14" Granite Bandsaw!
Purchase the 50100G bandsaw for $599.99 and get the 12" Height Adjustment Riser Kit for just $49.99 (reg. $89.99). Total cost of this package deal (our item 50100GR) is $649.98 plus shipping.
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,
10% Off Now thru July 31
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.
Get a Free Membership
in Chuck's Studio Online
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 Studio Online, a special website that caters to budding Maloof-inspired chair builders.
No 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.
Repairing Rotten Wood with LiquidWood and WoodEpox
Spring! It's time to get out and repair all your rotted window sills, door frames, wooden siding and indoor or outdoor furniture. The best product for handling this chore: Abatron's Wood Restoration System, LiquidWood and WoodExpox.
Rikon 12" Lathe
Red Hot Special $289.99
Act now to save $40 on this popular compact lathe. Includes live center, 12-position indexed headstock, 6 speeds - 430-3900rpm, 3" faceplate, 1/2 HP motor and 2 year warranty. Weighs 89 lb.
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Recent WOOD SLICER Testimonial
I recently purchased three band saw blades for my 10 inch Inca 260, included in the purchase was a Wood Slicer Bandsaw Blade. When I unwrapped it, I realized this was something special. I immediately installed the Wood Slicer, fired up the machine and started cutting 6 " X 6" White Oak rough stock. Results? WOW, is all I could say to myself. The cuts were so good I had to look twice to see the cut side from the machine planed face! What a blade, I have never been more pleased with a bandsaw blade and its performance! — R. Simon
Wood Slicer resawing blade:
in CT, June 18-20, 2010
The American Association of Woodturners will hold their 24th Annual AAW Symposium in Hartford, CT, June 18-20, 2010 at the Connecticut Convention Center.
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