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Class: Hand Cut Dovetails
July 20th, 2013

While initially intimidating to make, hand cut dovetails are a woodworking joint quite accessible to everyone with a bit of guidance, a saw, a sharp chisel and some practice. In this class you will learn the correct terminology to understand the mechanics of the dovetail, the principals of proper layout techniques for marking the dovetails and the steps involved with cutting and paring accurately to your layout lines.

Hand Cut Dovetails, July 20

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.

Jul 6  Old Fashion Mortise & Tenon
Jul 9-10  Build a Bookcase
Jul 13  Tablesaw Basics
Jul 17  Sharpening for Turners
Jul 20  Hand Cut Dovetails
Jul 21  Milling & Jointing Lumber
Jul 27  Turn a Peppermill
Jul 28  Basic Bowl Turning
Aug 3-4  Antique Restoration

Classes Suitable for Teens

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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 $899.99
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

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:

Show Your Stuff!

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This month we are featuring David Picciuto's small boxes that display the startling contrast between exposed plywood edges and exotic woods.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at these unique pieces:

Show Us Your Wood Carving!

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In this month's column, we have some amazingly intricate carvings and an incredible story from Alexander Grabovetskiy.

CLICK HERE to read Alexander's story and see more of his work:

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 avoiding bending over too much in the workshop. As he says - there is usually a cheap alternative to Advil and chiropractors!

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

This month, Jon Murphy shares his safety philosophy for power tool usage.

CLICK HERE to read Jon's Tip:

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?

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 Magfence:

Carter Magfence

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

Master Chair Maker: Terry Chapman visits Mike Dunbar

This month Terry Chapman took a trip up to The Windsor Institute in Hampton, NH where he attended a class taught by the great Mike Dunbar.

CLICK HERE to read more about Terry's new status of "Master Chair Maker" 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:

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 Inside This Issue
How to Make Picture Frames Book Review
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
My Last Shop: Part 5 in A Series
Vintage Coffee Mill Restorations
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Adjusting a Kunz Bench Plane
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Selecting the Right Finish
SAFETY: Think of Your Follow Through

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 "productive but small" Poughkeepsie, NY shop that Henry Parslow built over his garage in 1987.

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

Our July Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

The Dowel Plate

This simple, old-fashioned tool lets you make your own dowels in any kind of wood you please, in 7 common and useful sizes. Operation is quite simple: split, whittle or shave a dowel or tenon blank to rough size, then drive it through the target hole in the dowel plate to produce an accurately dimensioned dowel. Also available in metric.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen Dowel Plate to learn more:

Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen Dowel Plate:

Watch a video product tour to see how the Dowel Plate works:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

Speedy Building - Time Saving Tactics

Mobile Sanding Center - Box Joint Drawers out of Plywood! (Really?)

Some Follow-Up Notes

Steve is still working towards finishing his mobile sanding center this month, building the drawers with box joints and using a very efficient 'ganging' method to accomplish all the cuts he needs to make. We've also got some responses and feedback to several of your comments on Steve's past columns and videos. But first, a last-minute Mother's Day project sidetracks him for a couple of days and Steve offers us several of the time-saving tips he used to get the project done on time.

Could you use some time-saving tips in your own shop? CLICK HERE to read Steve's ideas:

How to Make Picture Frames

When you walk into a house, one of the first things to catch the eye is the artwork and photographs displayed. These memories and mementos tell the story of the home and people who inhabit it. The frames that hold these treasures are a universal piece of decor. If you have something to frame or are looking for a special gift idea, why not make your own picture frames?

Carving Faces Workbook

Follow along as Harold Enlow, one of America's foremost caricature carvers, teaches you how to carve faces with life and expression.

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

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

How to Make Picture Frames: Book Review

By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

woodworking tools A compilation of brief but punchy articles by the editors of American Woodworker, this slender (117 page) volume promises 12 picture frame projects ranging from simple to stylish. In spite of this modest claim, in fact the book delivers more—indeed, much more.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review:

Refinishing and Restoring Vintage Coffee Mills

By David Brearley
Austin, TX

woodworking tools Coffee and Woodworking often go together like peas and carrots. David Brearley has restored and found homes for roughly 20 coffee mills and has a small collection of original mills at his house.

CLICK HERE to read how he restores a vintage coffee mill:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I just received a Kunz bench plane, and am not sure how to adjust the iron blade. Can you help me?

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.

My Last Shop: A Workshop Series

woodworking tools By Michael Smith
Mountain Park, GA

In the fifth installment of Mike Smith's My Last Shop Series, Mike is finally getting construction started, and he couldn't be more ready!

CLICK HERE to get the details:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Selecting the Right Finish Material

In my classes there is always a lot of confusion about the words "enamel" and "latex". Also, "varnish" and "spar varnish" are confusing as well. In the world of finishing materials, varnish and spar varnish are the same material with one very important exception between the two. And for those of us that have been around for lets say "a while", we see enamel and latex on the same label which quite frankly, doesn't make sense.

Here are FIVE tips to help clear up the confusion:

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Benchcrafted Vises Now Available from Highland

We are excited to introduce to the Highland Woodworking community some of the finest workbench hardware ever made. Benchcrafted Vises are manufactured in the midwestern U.S. by a small family business. Designed and built to impeccable standards, they are primarily intended for use in massive benches such as those inspired by 18th century cabinetmaker Andre Roubo.

In addition to hardware for the leg vise and tail vise, we also offer Benchcrafted's superbly detailed set of plans for building a classic Roubo split-top bench. Going one step further, we also offer premium hard maple 4"-thick laminations for workbench tops designed specifically to make it easier for a woodworker to construct his own Roubo workbench.

Take a look at our new Benchcrafted product offering:

By Hand and Eye

By Hand and Eye is a powerful new look at a very old way of designing furniture. This latest title from Lost Art Press approaches the process of design using principles more commonly associated with music and geometry, and interestingly uses as its primary tool a set of dividers. It offers useful exercises to practice along with small projects to build as a way to help open the reader's inner eye. It's a handsome, full-color book likely to have a lasting impact on the world of woodworking design.

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NEW Lie-Nielsen Bench Holdfast

Lie-Nielsen's simple, elegant holdfast is great for any hand tool woodworker. It is cast from ductile iron and treated with a hot oil finish. It fits into 3/4 inch dog holes and will hold your workpiece firmly in place with just a tap from your mallet. All it takes to remove it is a tap on the back.

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Japanese Ono Carpenter's Broad Axe

A very popular addition to our large selection of premium axes, this affordable little beauty is just right for light hewing and squaring of smaller logs. It is crafted from high carbon steel laminated to heat-treated ductile iron. The bearded head shape allows you to grip just behind the head for maximum control when paring and trimming.

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Norton Chris Pye Signature Series Slip Stone Kit

Slip stones are used to hone the inside of carving gouges. Norton’s engineers, with input from master woodcarver Chris Pye, designed these slipstone kits to meet the needs of serious woodcarvers. Each set is designed for easy and efficient sharpening of a specific type of carving tool.

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NEW Grr-rip Pushblock

The engineers at MicroJig have reinvented the ordinary pushblock to make it safer and more effective than ever before. More affordable than their classic Grr-ripper design, the new pushblock uses the same popular green non-slip bottom for extreme gripping power plus unique Gravity Heels for extra versatility and control.

Check it out:

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Save $60 on our FEIN
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WOOD SLICER Testimonial
Wood Slicer resawing blade

Probably most of us think of the Wood Slicer band saw blade in terms of re-sawing fine lumber for things like furniture or musical instruments, but I gave one a new life over the weekend: I was building a rustic outdoor staircase using halved utility pole sections for treads. I mounted up a Wood Slicer I'd previously "retired", and it went through those 10 inch diameter sections like gas through a funnel! What a great blade! — Peter B.

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