Tools & Techniques for Creative Woodcarving with Sabiha Mujtaba
Tuesday, March 13
Class Size: 16
Turning Pens with Frank Bowers
Sunday, March 18
10am to 4pm
Class Size: 8
Designing with Software with Tony Suess
Wednesday, March 28
6pm to 9pm
Class Size: 16
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Alan Noel's Finishing Corner
When Things Get a Little Fuzzy
Around the early 80s satin finishes came into vogue because many furniture manufacturers started to export their operations overseas to save on manufacturing costs. Often, the finishes used are very thick and have a hazy or cloudy look which is intended to simulate natural aging and wear, while at the same time hiding the fact that the materials used are inferior. However, there are ways to simulate age and wear without sacrificing, to a certain degree, clarity and overall film strength when applying a satin finish.
Read Alan's tips
Saturday Mornings at Highland a Great Success!
by Chris Black
On February 17, 2007, we began our Saturday Mornings at Highland educational program, a series of free woodworking demonstrations every Saturday morning here in our retail store. So far the response has been tremendous.
Our first Saturday featured our own Phil Colson turning toy tops. The crowd quickly overflowed to the second floor with folks watching over the balcony. Phil engaged the crowd with his easygoing manner, answering questions and then going back to the lathe. After teaching turning techniques, Phil switched over to decorating the tops with various pens, inks and finishes. A bunch of kids, young and old, left with some sample tops and having had a great time.
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I have been building cabinets and furniture for 15 years, and the one thing that I am not content with is the final finish on my pieces. The big problem that I have is what others have called "bleed back". After a period of roughly 4 to 6 months, the stain bleeds back out of the pores of the wood (under the polyurethane) and gives the grain a black unappealing, aged look. It happens on almost all of my projects that involve using a Minwax "wipe on, wipe off stain" on red oak. I have tried my best to wipe off all of the excess stain and always give it 24 hours to dry. I know that red oak is a bit more porous than most other hardwoods, but again, this problem shouldn't be . What am I doing wrong? Or is it the product that I am using that' causing this?
Surface Quality: What Is It and How To Achieve It
by Chris Black
Why is it that when we buy something new, we want it shiny, smooth and flawless, but when we look for something old, it must be dinged, worn and distressed? Of course much of this has to do with our personal tastes and cultural predispositions. Consciously recognizing our attitudes towards the physical characteristics of artifacts, for whatever reason, can help us make better choices about how we design and finish our woodworking projects.
Adjustable Torque Screwdriver with 28 Bits
Here's a truly unique screwdriver that stands out in a crowd - an adjustable torque screwdriver! With a turn of a wrist, the spring loaded slip clutch goes from 2-36 in/lb of torque with an accuracy of ±6%. When you've reached the desired torque, the clutch disengages. A built-in scale indicates your setting.
If you're looking for a gift, they can't possibly have one of these yet. Comes with 26 hex bits with 1/4" shanks, a 2" extension, and a 1/4" drive adapter for sockets, all in a fitted plastic case.
Don't Miss Our Spring One Day Sale!
Saturday, May 5th
Come spend the day at Highland Woodworking for our Spring One Day Sale! We'll have free woodworking demonstrations throughout the day, free refreshments, door prizes and special in-store pricing on hundreds of items.
The shops and eateries here in Virginia-Highlands will keep your family fed and busy all day, so bring the whole clan and come on down! We won't have a tent, so there will be parking available in our lot.
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