Using Hand Planes
with Jim Dillon, April 12
A well-tuned handplane works with the greatest of ease, makes continuous, thin shavings, and leaves
behind a surface ready for finish. If you're not getting that sort of performance from your plane,
or if you do, but only sometimes, this hands-on-class will get you there.
Using Hand Planes, April 12, 2011
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.
Basic Bowl Turning
Using Hand Planes
Finishing the Finish
Fundamentals of Woodworking
Basic Bowl Turning
Hand Tool Sharpening
Taming the Skew
Build a Sculptured Rocker with Charles Brock
Make a Mitered Half Lap Picture Frame
Introduction to Marquetry
Relief Carving for Beginners
Antiques Show and Tell
French Polish Workshop
Basic Bowl Turning
Sharpening for Turners
Turn a Peppermill
Classes Suitable for Teens
See a List of All Our Classes
Slideshows of Classes
A good workbench is the keystone of any woodworking shop. You'll be able to
approach your next woodworking project like never before with our AFFORDABLE new European Workbench.
Solidly constructed from beautiful European beechwood, this bench will help to inspire and enable
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We've packaged our highest-performance Dremel Rotary Tool with over 160
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materials ranging from wood, metal, glass, ceramics and plastic. Bought separately the items would
cost over $189, but our package deal is just $99.99.
now for the small shop
Highland Woodworking has joined with EZ CNC in Dallas, TX to offer a serious
CNC router system that's affordable for the small shop needing to step up to automatic production.
Ruggedly built using industrial-grade American-made components, our EZ CNC router system is simple
to master and highly productive in use.
FESTOOL Contractor's First Aid Kit
Festool has cleverly equipped this SYS 1 Systainer with all the common first
aid supplies required for emergency first aid care, including a handy First-Aid Guide and clearly
marked red first aid latches.
Earlex HVLP HV5000
(Reg. price $299.99)
Discover how fast and easy finishing can be without having to
apply using a brush. Flawlessly sprays stains, lacquer, shellac, polyurethane, and water-based
finishes, as well as thinned latex paint. Quantities limited.
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Using the Pantograph
By Kevin McGuire
The invention of this ingenious tool for copying and resizing images dates back to at least the
1600's. While seeming primitive it has peculiar advantages over modern digital imaging for resizing,
as we will see.
Click here to read about this fascinating tool:
Do you have a great idea for staying alert and helping to avoid injuries in your
workshop? If so,
we want to hear about it!
. Receive a $25 store gift card if we feature your tip
in a future issue.
This month's tip comes from Tom LeRoy, who has instituted a test in his shop that ensures he
approaches every project safely.
HERE to read his safety tip!
Four Rikon Bandsaw Models Are ON SALE at Highland Woodworking
An easy way to navigate our entire
highly-informative woodworking website.
Check It Out!
Another Testimonial for the WOOD SLICER
When I first saw your ad I poo-poo'ed it. But I went ahead and
bought one and decided to try it. My first project was to take the 3/4 inch blade and resaw a piece
of 13 inch by 2 inch quarter sawn oak. First I measured off the lines and placed them on the wooden
block which was about two feet long. Right down the center. Started the saw and from the "get go"
you just know if something is working right or not? Well 20 seconds later I had a PERFECT cut! No
if, ands or buts about it. Right down the line with two fingers pushing the block and holding it
against my standard fence which is about 3 inches tall. So, minimal set up, no effort - perfect
cut...End of story. From now on all my band saw blades come from here and if you want a reference I
will be glad to show anyone what and how I did the cut.
— P. Kellam
Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:
Inside This Issue
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.
By Steven D. Johnson,
Lie-Nielson Tool of the Month
Boggs Curved Spokeshave
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Product Tours Available
on our YouTube Channel!
This month we are
featuring three brand new product tours on our YouTube channel! Our
good friend Morton demonstrates some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.
Click below to take a look at one of the three featured product tours we have available starting this month:
Are there any products you'd like to see a tour of? If so, we invite you to
and let us know what YOU would like to see!
with Alan Noel
Cleaning Your Finishing Brushes
If you have looked at high quality brushes such as ox-hair and
china bristle for varnishing/lacquering or enameling and nylon/polyester brushes for latex paints,
the prices may surprise you. Keeping your finishing brushes tools CLEAN is the key to a great job
and longevity of the tool itself.
Here are six tips to help you keep your finishing brushes clean:
Ask the Staff
I have searched the Internet looking for some advice on staining oak a darker color. I have
been having problems getting the oak to be a more uniform color and wondered if your
be a product that would help with this.
with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication,
we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.
Building the Andre Roubo Workbench
By Kerry Lancaster
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Announcing the WINNER
of our $1000 Festool
New Sander Giveaway
We received over 200,000 entries in our online contest to win a new Festool RO 90 DX
multi-purpose sander and CT26E dust extractor.
CLICK HERE to find out who won:
OUR LATEST NEW woodworking tool catalog is now available to browse
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Buy a Leigh Super 18 or Super 24 Dovetail Jig in April and get a VRS FREE
These dovetail jigs have all the great features you've come to expect from Leigh but at a lower
price! Like previous Leigh versions, you can cut variably spaced through and half-blind dovetails in
a variety of material sizes and thicknesses in two passes, or you can cut both sides of fixed spaced
half-blinds at the same time.
Order the Super 18 or Super 24 Dovetail jig before April
30, 2011 and receive FREE a VRS Vacuum and Router Support worth $99 after you register your jig with
Leigh. (Applies to U.S. and Canada only).
CLICK HERE for more info:
The Versatile NEW Festool Rotex 90 Sander
This brand new powerful 1/2 HP gear-driven sander is easily the most versatile sander on the
market. Instantly switch from polishing mode to random orbital mode to delta oscillating mode.
Order the Rotex 90:
Watch a short Rotex 90 video:
Stunning New Festool Carvex Jigsaws Coming Soon - Pre-order Now
Festool's new Carvex 400-Series completely redefines the jigsaw.
Featuring exclusive tool-free FastFix Blade Chuck, interchangeable base system,
fully automatic triple blade guide system as well as many other features, the Carvex 400-Series jigsaw is the finest on the market.
See what makes them so good:
Coming June 1, Festool
CXS Compact Drill/Driver
Festool's new ultra-compact CXS Drill Driver conveniently brings Festool quality and ease of use into tight spaces. Weighing less than 2 lbs., the CXS compact drill driver packs ample power for tough
More about the CXS Drill Driver:
Our Popular Sculptured Chair Plan Bundles NOW ON SALE - Save up to $40
Our comprehensive plan bundles by Charles Brock provide all the information
and inspiration you'll need to build these beautiful sculptured chairs. Each set includes DVD, book
and full-size drawings.
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Charles Brock has singled out the specific tools he uses when building his
chairs and listed them in one place for easy selection by woodworkers undertaking this challenging
Check Out the Tools of the Trade:
Steel City Helical Planer
Now on Sale for $499.99
Show Your Stuff!
$166 in Free Accessories when you buy a Tormek T-7 Grinder in
Now through April 30, 2011, order one of our Tormek T-7 wet grinders, and upon registering your
grinder with Tormek, receive free an HTK705 hand tool kit for free, a $166 value.
$65 in Free Accessories when you buy a Tormek T-3 Grinder
Order one of our affordable Tormek T-3 wet grinders by April 30, 2011, and upon registering your
grinder with Tormek, receive free the SP650 stone grader and AN04 apron, a $64.98 added value.
The Highland Woodturner
Wood turning is the fastest growing part of the woodworking community. To give it the attention
it deserves, we're starting a new publication devoted entirely to woodturning. Watch for it to appear
around April 20!
Want to join in? We invite you to
SEND US PHOTOS &
of your favorite current turning topic.
Check out the innovative and easy-to-use Easy Wood Turning Tools!
Why so easy? The flat shank of the Easy Wood Tool allows the tool to always ride dead flat on the
tool rest, so the turner's attention can be focused on things other than the tool's edge, and the
cutter is simply moved straight into the work. This simple technique is a boon for beginner turners,
or turners who have struggled using standard tools and techniques in the past.
Take a look at our
Easy Wood Turning Tools: