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Class: Make a Marking Knife
June 25th, 2013

In this class, you'll get to learn and try a few key techniques in the process of making a very useful marking knife you can take home with you. Using readily available tools and materials, Jim will show, and then coach you through, the process of annealing, shaping, hardening, and tempering an O-1 steel blank, then attaching wooden scales to make your unique marking knife beautiful and comfortable to use.

Make a Marking Knife, June 25

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.

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
Jul 3  Hand Cut Dovetails
Jul 6  Cabinetmaking Basics
Jul 9-10  Basic Bowl Turning
Jul 13  Taming the Skew
Jul 17  Beginning Turning
Jul 20  Hand Planes
Jul 21  Finishing the Finish
Jul 27  Cabinet Built-ins
Jul 28  Antique Restoration

Classes Suitable for Teens

View Slideshows of Classes

Sale on Rikon
Bandsaws and Planers

Rikon Bandsaws
10" Bandsaw 10-305
List $299.99   SALE $219.99
14" Bandsaw 10-325
List $949.99   SALE $799.99
16" Bandsaw 10-336
List $1249.99   SALE $999.99
18" Bandsaw 10-345
List $1499.99   SALE $1199.99
14" Pro Bandsaw 10-350
List $1399.99   SALE $1299.99
Rikon Planers
16" Thickness Planer 23-400
List $1499.99   SALE $999.99
12" Planer-Jointer 25-200
List $1999.99   SALE $1499.99

Show Your Stuff!

This month we are featuring beautiful pieces of woodworking built by Rick Voss.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at this piece along with a number of others:

Show Us Your Wood Carving!

In this month's column, we feature several fascinating carvings by Cal Logue.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at many of Cal's carvings:

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 tips on making and using a square corner jig and keeping track of sandpaper you use in your sanding blocks.

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

Tony Burgess has a couple of tips this month on how he plans ahead for a cut.

CLICK HERE to read Tony's Tips:

Product Tours Available on our YouTube Channel!

Check out the great product tour videos on our Youtube Channel . Our good friend Morton demonstrates some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.

Click below to watch one of Morton's recent videos, all about the Carter Log Mill:

Are there any products you'd like to see in a product tour? If so, we invite you to EMAIL US and let us know what YOU would like to see!

This Month on
The Highland Blog

Woodworking in the Community: Bishop Frank Allan

This month we interviewed Bishop Frank Allan, who among other things founded The Work of Our Hands, an organization that offers woodturning and other craft center resources to communities in need.

CLICK HERE to read more about this great program on The Highland Blog:

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
Tablesaw: The Missing Manual Book Review
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Making an Urn
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Distressing a Piece
SAFETY: Planning a Cut

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 Levittown, NY shop of Herb Johnston, built at the insistence of his wife and 'just plain luxury with a capital L!'

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

Our June Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

The #102 Low-Angle
Block Planes
The Low-angle Block Plane was originally designed for endgrain work, so it is no surprise that the Lie-Nielsen No. 102 is exceptional working on endgrain. Available in both Cast Ductile Iron and Bronze versions.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen #102 Low-Angle Block Planes to find out more:

Take a closer look at the Cast Ductile Iron #102 Block Plane:

Take a closer look at the Bronze #102 Block Plane:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

In this month's column, Steve goes to work doing the basic cabinet construction for his mobile sanding center, but soon finds himself mired in a plywood controversy that turns all of his assumptions about the use of plywood upside down. He also starts using his new Kreg Setup Bars and gives us a full review for the ways he was able to use them around the shop.

But first, Steve has some great energy saving tips that could help you save money in the shop. CLICK HERE to read all about them!

Table Saw - The Missing Shop Manual

When you unpack a new table saw-whether it's a bench top, contractor or cabinet saw-the enclosed manual doesn't venture much beyond basic safety, assembly, and set-up. Where's the manual that covers all the things your new table saw is designed to do?

Cooking Fish & Game

An excellent Father's Day gift idea! There's nothing like the satisfaction of bringing home freshly caught fish or magnificent wild game. With the help of this cookbook, that satisfaction will reach everyone who's lucky enough to join you for the meal.

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

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

Table Saw - The Missing Shop Manual: Book Review

By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

woodworking tools This little book—a good-size to keep handy in the woodshop—is exactly what its title says: the missing table saw shop manual. In less space than many power tool manuals require, this book manages to cover everything you need to know about setting up and using your table saw safely, effectively and accurately.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Distressing a Piece

I can remember the first piece of furniture I built for a client that wanted it to look "antique" or "distressed". Needless to say I had a hard time distressing all of the hard work I had put into it. I looked to the real thing for inspiration and reproductions for ideas and technique.

Here are SEVEN tips I learned along the way:

More Featured Products

Mirka CEROS Sanders and Abranet Mesh Abrasives
The Mirka CEROS sander is a revolutionary development in random orbit sanders. It combines the best features of electric and pneumatic sanders in one electric sander. Half the size and weight of traditional electric sanders, its low profile and palm lever switch make it very easy to handle with one hand.

Used with Mirka's unique Abranet mesh abrasives and a good dust extractor, the improved dust collection efficiency results in a better quality finish, a cleaner workspace and longer abrasive life.

Check out this awesome
Mirka combination:

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?

New Arbortech Cutters
For many years we have sold Arbortech cutters and accessories for use on electric angle grinders. They are one of the fastest and most efficient ways to rapidly carve or sculpt wood. Two new cutters now join the Arbortech arsenal.

The carbide-tipped TUFF Cut Universal Blade works on wood, plastic, PVC, fiberglass and non-ferrous metals.

The unique Turboplane blade carves wood only on its face, not its edges, so is ideal for curved projects like chair seats and dough bowls, and can even be used with a template. Click below for more details as well as videos showing the blades in use.

Tuff Cut Universal Blade:
Turboplane Woodcarving Blade:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I would like to make a wood cremation urn. If you have any information on this subject it would be greatly appreciated. I am really looking forward to attempting to build an urn and a video would really be helpful.

For more details and the answer, CLICK HERE:

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

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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.

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WOOD SLICER Testimonial
Wood Slicer resawing blade

Just wanted to drop you folks a note and tell you how please I am with my new Wood Slicer band saw blade.

I had a chance to use the new blade today when resawing some red oak. All of the great comments others have said about this blade are true! It cut quickly, cleanly and straight, even on my 20 year old imported band saw! My only regret is that I didn’t purchase this blade earlier.

You can be certain I will brag up this blade on the wood working forums! — Lewis K.

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:

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

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