Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 93, May 2013 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: Taming the Skew
May 15th, 2013

This class will focus on overcoming the fear factor by understanding how a catch or dig-in is produced and how to prevent it. You will learn how to produce planing cuts, v-cuts, end-grain/straight or perpendicular cuts and beads. Some prior use of turning tools will be helpful, but is not required.

Taming the Skew, May 15

Class: Cabinet Built-ins
June 1st, 2013

Just about every home has a space that can be enhanced and improved with a custom built-in cabinet. Built-ins can serve as cabinets, bookshelves, entertainment centers, storage spaces or a combination of the all of the above. In this one day seminar, you will observe Kreg McMahon, owner of Kreg’s Custom Carpentry construct a custom built-in right onto a wall – in the same manner as you would do in your own home.

Cabinet Built-ins, June 1

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.

May 4  Hand Cut Dovetails
May 6 - 9  Cabinetmaking Basics
May 11  Basic Bowl Turning
May 15  Taming the Skew
May 25  Beginning Turning
May 28  Hand Planes
May 29  Finishing the Finish
Jun 1  Cabinet Built-ins
Jun 1 & 2  Antique Restoration
Jun 8  Chip Carving
Jun 8  Antique Show Secrets
Jun 9  Shop Jigs 101
Jun 13  Timber Framing
Jun 15  Basic Bowl Turning
Jun 15  Finishing 101
Jun 16  Basic Bowl Turning
Jun 19  French Polish Workshop
Jun 22  Beginning Character Carving
Jun 23  Bandsaw Basics
Jun 25  Make a Marking Knife
Jun 29  Beginning Turning
Jun 29  Spray Finishing
Jun 30  Natural Edge Bowl Turning

Classes Suitable for Teens

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NEW Knew Concept Saws

Lee Marshall has expanded his line of innovative premium saws to include a new 6-1/2" Coping Saw as well as the new Titanium Birdcage Fretsaw which comes in 3 sizes. Still extremely popular are his original 5" and 8" premium aluminum fretsaws. Incredibly stiff and strong, all of these saws have featherweight balance for the utmost control.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Rikon 16-inch Bandsaw
Special only $999.99

12" resaw capacity, robust 297-lb. mass, 16-3/8" width capacity, 2 speeds, double bearing blade guides, 1-3/4 HP 230V/115V motor, 5-year warranty. All these combine to make this special purchase a very hot deal at only $999.99. Quantity is limited.

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Sale on Rikon Bandsaws and Planers

We offer among the lowest prices anywhere on these popular machines from Rikon.

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Show Your Stuff!

woodworking tools

This month we are featuring several impressive pieces made by Tom LeRoy.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at this plate rack along with a number of other beautiful pieces:

Show Us Your Wood Carving!

woodworking tools

In this month's column, we have many intricate carvings by Denis Hermecz, who specializes in beautiful door designs but seems to have tried a bit of everything and does it all beautifully!

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at many of Denis' pieces:

Tips From

sticks in the mud workshop By Jim Randolph
Long Beach, MS

In this month's "Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop", Jim Randolph shares a few finishing tips he has learned over the years.

CLICK HERE to read this month's tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop!

Doug Lewis keeps an eye on his own comfort level before making a cut...read his tips to find out more.

CLICK HERE to read Doug's Tips:

This Month on
The Highland Blog

The Chair-Man: Building a Windsor Chair by Hand

Terry Chapman is off on another woodworking adventure, this time to New Hampshire to make another windsor chair with Mike Dunbar.

Read his thoughts on getting ready for the trip on The Highland Blog:

New Downloadable Project Plan:
A Trio of Trout

Kevin McGuire, author of the popular book " The All-New Woodworking For Kids " provides a new project plan in each issue of Wood News.

This easy-to-build leaping brook trout plaything is a great project for kids ages 3 and up!

Order your plan online by adding it to your shopping cart. After it has been processed by our staff, you will receive an email with a link to download your plan set in PDF form.

Check back next month for another great new downloadable plan from Kevin!

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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.

Check Out the Tools of the Trade:

 Inside This Issue
Seven Steps to Peak Handplane Performance
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Cutting a Rabbet
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Using Wood Putty
SAFETY: When to Walk Away

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 the Templeton, PA workshop of WinterHawk, who makes beautiful Native American style flutes.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at WinterHawk's shop:

Our May Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

The #101 Bronze
Violin Maker's Plane
Don't let the name fool you! While traditionally called a Violin Maker's Plane, this pocket-sized block plane will find many uses for any woodworker who appreciates exquisite tools for fine applications. It's the perfect plane for fine detail work and it's small enough to fit in your pocket.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen #101 Violin Maker's Plane to find out more:

Take a closer look at the #101 Violin Maker's Plane:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

In his column this month, Steve addresses tool manufacturers with an open letter asking for better specification sheets and instruction manuals. Do you agree with Steve that what is available from manufacturers is lacking? We then get a peek at the final design of Steve's Mobile Sanding Center, as well as his next project - an overhaul of the 2nd floor of his shop. And finally, Steve recounts another perspective on how much shop space you really 'need', and then provides some long awaited pictures of his finished natural edge coffee tables. And boy do they look nice!

But first, do you agree that you want more information about the tools you buy?

Building a Strip Canoe

Covering everything from safety in the boat to shop repairs, Gil Gilpatrick thouroughly explains the whys and shortcuts learned from his experience in the shop and on the water.

Carving the Little Guys

Carving the Little Guys is an excellent little carving book that will inspire you to grab a knife and a scrap of wood and follow along. Author Keith Randich includes a useful introduction about wood, knives, sharpening, cutting techniques, safety and even repairs to damaged carvings, and then follows with easy step-by-step instructions for carving a 'Little Guy'.

Order these books from us during May 2013 for 33% off list price.

Click here for more details and to LOOK INSIDE each of the books:

Awesome DVD: Ben's Mill

Ben Thresher's mill is one of the few water-powered woodworking mills left in this country. Operating in rural Vermont since 1848, the mill is a unique link between the age of craft and the age of modern industry.

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Seven Steps to Peak Handplane Performance

By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

woodworking tools You've just purchased that new smoothing plane you've had your eye on for so long. Or you've lovingly brought an older Stanley to bright and shiny condition. And now you're ready to put a fine finish on a treasured piece of wood. But is your plane ready to make the wispy shavings you're hoping for? What can you do to set up your plane for the best results?

CLICK HERE for seven steps to get peak performance from your hand planes:

Ask the Staff

Question:   In the woodworking plan I am using for a project, the directions call for a 1/2 inch rabbet bit to cut a 1/4 inch rabbet in the middle of each drawer divider. It is a curved edge. How can you tell that your bit is going in 1/4 inch?

E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Using Wood Putty

Wood putty is a very useful tool for filling nail holes and small cracks during the building process. The two most common types are lacquer based and water based. Once cured, both types can be a problem to touch up in the finishing process because the binder that is used in each type will refuse to accept color.

Here are NINE tips to help you with finishing after using Wood Putty:

More Featured Products
Roubo Workbench Tops

Roy Underhill and Chris Schwarz have helped resurrect interest in the methods and tools of 18th-century master cabinetmaker Andre Jacob Roubo, particularly his massive 4-inch-thick workbench. Our new hard maple laminations will help to make construction of your own Roubo bench a more workable challenge.

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Roy Underhill's April Visit to Highland Woodworking

Roy Underhill was his usual entertaining self during his class at our store in Atlanta on April 28, 2013. Above he demonstrates his custom "one stroke" Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw.

See more photos from the class, and a video of the saw in action:

NEW Festool TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Track Saw

Leave it to Festool to improve upon what is already an amazing saw. Several new features make the saw perform more accurately, easily and with greater versatility than before.

What are the new features?

Triton Router Rebate

Order our most versatile router May 1-June 30 and earn a $20 mail-in rebate.

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FREE set of Narex chisels comes with our European Workbench during May

Receive a FREE set of 4 Narex chisels when you buy our European Workbench during May 2013.

Package deal only $399.99:

CLICK HERE to see a video product tour of this versatile workbench:

Kreg Jig K4 Master System Mail-in Rebate

Order our most popular pocket hole jig between May 1 and June 30 and earn a $15 mail-in rebate.

Click here for more info:

our April episode:

Ultimate Trim Bits

If you rout with templates a lot, the Whiteside Ultimate Trim Bits are for you. Their compression spiral design results in smooth cuts with no tearout - no matter what direction you rout.

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Steel City Helical Planer
with Carbide Cutters
Only $499.99

With its patented cutterhead design, Steel City was the first company to bring a helical-style benchtop planer to market at an affordable price. Our NEWEST MODEL now comes equipped with 26 CARBIDE CUTTERS for exceptional edge retention, lasting up to 20 times longer than HSS cutters.

CLICK HERE for more info:

New FESTOOL Systainer Storage Solutions

Festool's Systainer system readies your shop for maximum efficiency. These new systainer accessories help add some mobility.

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Woodworking Tool Catalog


Our latest
Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!


Save $60 on our FEIN
Select Plus Multi-Master

We have a limited quantity of this popular model to sell at 20% off regular price. Includes QuickIn Rapid Lever Clamping System for tool-free accessory changes, durable case and assorted accessories.

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FREE SHIPPING on Leigh Jigs in lower 48 states

Our Leigh Dovetail Jigs and Frame Mortise and Tenon Jigs will turn your shop into a cabinet factory.

CLICK HERE for more info:

WOOD SLICER Testimonial
Wood Slicer resawing blade

So it’s been 20 plus years since I bought my 9" Delta band saw. I was really looking forward to having a saw to do shapes and just take a nick off a block of wood. So for 20 years it sat on my bench and I NEVER EVER was able to make the slightest bit of a straight cut with it. I tightened, loosened, searched the web. You name it, I tried it. Mostly it just sat there taking up space.

I saw your demo for the wood slicer blade and thought that might be the trick but you only go down to 70.5". THEN I saw the Rikon 10" bandsaw on sale, watched the video demo and I bought it as well as the wood slicer blade.

It arrived today. I set her up and made the prettiest STRAIGHT cut with it. Yippee! I showed it to the old Delta, and told it THIS IS THE WAY TO CUT WOOD, but it wasn’t impressed.

Finally I’m going to be able to use a band saw! Thank You! — Bob M.

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:

CLICK HERE to watch a video tour of the Wood Slicer:

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