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Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 96, August 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
Designing and Building Chairs with Jeff Miller
Class: Designing & Building
Chairs with Jeff Miller
November 2-3, 2013

We are very excited to host a weekend with noted chair builder Jeff Miller. Employing his 30 years of experience as a chair designer, cabinetmaker, author and instructor, Jeff will demonstrate the steps of designing and building a beautiful chair, considered by many to be the pinnacle of woodworking challenges. The techniques he will cover will also enrich your non-chair woodworking as well. Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend a weekend with a master woodworker who is also well known as a gifted teacher.

Designing & Building Chairs with Jeff Miller, Nov 2-3

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.

Sep 7  Beginning Turning
Sep 8  Natural Bowl Turning
Sep 11  French Polish Workshop
Sep 14  Hand Cut Dovetails
Sep 15  Tablesaw Basics
Sep 24  Hand Tool Sharpening
Sep 25  Sharpening for Turners
Sep 28  Basic Bowl Turning
Sep 28  Spray Finishing
Sep 29  Basic Bowl Turning
Oct 1 Hand Planes
Oct 2 Finishing the Finish
Oct 7-10 Relief Carving for Beginners
Oct 12-13 Antique Restoration
Oct 16 Taming the Skew
Oct 17 Timber Framing
Oct 19 Introduction to Chip Carving
Oct 19 Finishing 101
Oct 20 Bandsaw Basics
Oct 21-24 Build a Cabinet & Drawer
Oct 26 Beginning Turning
Oct 27 Basic Bowl Turning
Oct 30 Shop Jigs 101

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Rikon Bandsaws
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10" Bandsaw 10-305
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16" Bandsaw 10-336
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18" Bandsaw 10-345
List $1499.99   SALE $1199.99
14" Pro Bandsaw 10-350
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Mirka CEROS Sanders and Abranet Mesh Abrasives

Mirka Sander 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:
Mikra Sander Product Tour
the Mirka CEROS Sander in action!

Show Your Stuff!

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This month we are featuring a beautiful rocking horse built by Stew Hagerty, an inspiring woodworker who shows us that you don't need to let physical limitations stop you from creating beautiful woodworking.

CLICK HERE to hear Stew's story and take a closer look at his rocking horse:

Show Us Your Wood Carving!

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This month we've got some creative carvings done by Carl Lehman, who incorporates some unusual techniques into his 'rocking cycles'.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at Carl's woodcarvings:

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 offers some tips on hearing protection in the shop that would seem to contradict his typically frugal ways on the surface, but that long term likely will save you money (and also your eardrums!)

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

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This month, Ron Conrad has a tip to help improve safety for when guests stop by your workshop.

CLICK HERE to read Ron's Tip:

NEW Grr-rip Pushblock

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:

FREE SHIPPING on Leigh Jigs in lower 48 states
Leigh Jigs
Our Leigh Dovetail Jigs and Frame Mortise and Tenon Jigs will turn your shop into a cabinet factory.

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This Month on
The Highland Blog

A Visit to Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Picture
This past month a few of us got to take a trip up to Warren, Maine to visit the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks factory and showroom for their dealer training and open house. We enjoyed a tour of the factory as well as numerous demonstrations by Lie-Nielsen show staff and several other master woodworkers.

CLICK HERE to read more about our weekend at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks on the Highland Blog:

Woodworking Tool Catalog


Our latest
Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!


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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:

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 Inside This Issue
Chip Carving Workshop Book Review
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
My Last Shop: Part 6 in A Series
The French Oak Roubo Workbenches
Tool Review: The Auriou Rasps
Dreams of a Drum Maker
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Japanese Waterstone Materials
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: How Many Coats?
SAFETY: Unexpected Shop Guests

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 beautiful Aiken, SC shop of Roger Moore.

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

Our August Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

The Small Shoulder Plane

Small Shoulder Plane
This adjustable-mouth rabbet plane, based on the Record 041, has all the refinement you would expect from a Lie-Nielsen plane. The body is all-metal, cast of ductile iron, and with a bronze cap. The body is 5 3/4" long by 5/8" wide, and it weighs 1.35 pounds.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen Small Shoulder Plane to learn more:

Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen Small Shoulder Plane:

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By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

Bits & Pieces & Reverse Designing

More Bits & Pieces – Charging Off

Even More Bits & Pieces – On The Block

Still More Bits & Pieces – Prototyping a New Year’s Promise

Mobile Sanding Center – Drawer Fronts & Trim

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve completes the drawer fronts and trim on his mobile sanding center. But first, he describes several 'bits and pieces' projects he is doing in between his time spent outside in the summer sun.

CLICK HERE to take a look at some of the summer projects Steve has got going on:

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Chip Carving Workshop

Chip Carving Workshop Chip carving, also known as spoon carving or "Kerbschnitt," is the ideal introduction to woodcarving for beginners. This simple traditional carving method uses just a few basic knives to remove selected chips of wood in small triangles, squares, and free-form curves, producing amazingly intricate and delicate results. Nationally known woodcarving artist and author Lora S. Irish shows you how to get started in this venerable craft.

Pyrography Workbook

Pyrography Workbook Cover Sue Walters, internationally renowned Australian pyrographer, teaches you everything you need to know to create stunning pyrography artwork through three step by step projects.

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

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

Chip Carving Workshop:
Book Review

woodworking tools By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

For those who—like me—aspire to be chip carvers, Lora Irish has created a valuable resource. She begins with a brief review of basic chip carving techniques, including the choice of wood, transferring patterns, sharpening and hand positions.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review:

The Auriou Rasps:
Tool Review

woodworking tools By Jeffrey Fleisher
New market, VA

I always shied away from using rasps in my woodworking because they always seemed to gouge the surface or leave it rough with long linear scrapes. That was until I took a class on building a Sam Maloof-style rocking chair and was introduced to Auriou rasps.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review:

Thunder Valley Drums: Building a Drum

By Bob Teets
Elizabethtown, KY

woodworking tools I've loved drums since childhood, and after retiring, I set about following my dreams of being a drum maker.

CLICK HERE to read Bob's process for building his lightning-struck drums:

Ask the Staff

Question:   Can you tell me what Japanese waterstones are made of? Do they have any lead in them?

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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

By Michael Smith
Mountain Park, GA

woodworking tools In the sixth installment of Mike Smith's My Last Shop Series, Mike enjoys the visible proress of framing and building the roof of his shop-to-be.

CLICK HERE to get the details:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
How Many Coats is Enough?

Over the years I have been asked many times, "How many coats of finish is enough"? Well, that is a good question, to which there is no definitive answer. It all depends... and I say that a lot. This month we'll narrow the question a bit to just oil-based finishes.

Here are SIX tips for knowing when you might be done using an oil-based finish:


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French Oak Roubo Benches Report on the French Oak Roubo Workbench Project

A group of woodworkers gathered in Barnesville, Georgia recently to build 16 Roubo workbenches using massive oak timbers that came with a very unusual pedigree.

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Benchcrafted Vises Now Available from Highland

Benchcrafted Vises We are pleased to now offer Benchcrafted vises, the finest workbench hardware made anywhere. In addition to their exceptional leg vises and tail vises, we also recommend Benchcrafted's superb set of plans for building a Roubo split-top bench. We also offer premium hard maple 4"-thick laminations for workbench tops to make it easier to construct your own Roubo workbench.

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NEW - With the Grain
A Craftsman’s Guide
to Understanding Wood
by Christian Becksvoort

With The Grain Book Cover Recently at a Lie-Nielsen hand tool event, we asked Chris Becksvoort what distinguished his new Lost Art Press book from Bruce Hoadley's best-selling "Understanding Wood" (first published by Taunton back in 1980). His answer: "That is a great book. He knows a lot about wood. However he's not a woodworker." Well that pretty much answered the question. A student of the subject all his life, Becksvoort for sure knows a lot about trees and wood, and as one of the most accomplished craftsmen of our time, he is especially knowledgeable about the science of wood as it applies to building furniture.

See why every woodworker should own this book:

Festool Carvex Jigsaws Sweet New Festool Carvex Jigsaws

As with all their other tools, Festool has reinvented the power jigsaw to make the Carvex the finest jigsaw on the planet. High efficiency brushless motor, tool-free FastFix Blade Chuck, interchangeable bases, strobe LEDs and auto triple guide blade system provide smooth, vibration-free cutting unlike any you've ever experienced.

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Save $30-$40 on
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Triton Touter Sale Choose either 2 HP or 3-1/4 HP models of this extremely versatile plunge router, great for either hand-held use or extremely convenient performance in a router table.

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Elkhead Handles Elkhead Handles for Knew Concepts Saws

When we first saw a Knew Concepts fretsaw in action, we knew it was a very fine tool, but wondered how many woodworkers would be willing to shell out $100 for a tool they've been used to buying for $15. Now after selling over 500 of the saws, that doubt has been erased. The only complaint we ever recall was that the appearance of the handle did not live up to the beauty of the saw. Elkhead Tools has created a remedy for that in the form of these beautiful well-made cocobolo handles. Just like the saws, they are not cheap but some who own the saw will want to retrofit one of these handles.

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Knew Concepts Fretsaw
CLICK HERE to see the Knew Concepts Fretsaw in action!

New 6 Inch Quick-Action Bar Clamp

6 Inch Quick Action Clamp We've now added a 6 inch version to our extremely popular line of affordable quick-action clamps. Purchase either individually, as a set of 6, or as part of a set of assorted sizes.

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Flexcut Deal Buy Flexcut Carving Tools
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Receive a $5 Cash Rebate on each $50 worth of Flexcut carving tools purchased. Valid through 7/31/2015.

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Toggle Clamp Yoke Assembly

Toggle Clamp Yoke Assembly This new accessory adds to your toggle clamp's already-exceptional versatility by distributing its clamping pressure over a wider area, thus increasing the stability of the workpiece being held.

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Save $60 on our FEIN
Select Plus Multi-Master
Fein Offer

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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WOOD SLICER Testimonial
Wood Slicer resawing blade

A few days ago I received my wood slicer blade and talk about a happy man, I am one. I have a 14 inch rigid band saw and have had it for several years with little of no use. I was never happy with the way it cut or for that matter there wasn't a lot I liked about it. I just keep it around to do those things I couldn't do with a table saw.

I have used it more these past few days than I did in the past several months. Its almost like I have a new band saw. The ease of cutting wood is now a pleasure where is use to be a pain in the butt. You have a winner with the wood slicer. I have never done any wood slicing, since I knew the band saw couldn't handle it with the blades I have been using. I plan on using the wood slicer for all my band saw needs in the future. — Tom G.

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