Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 97, September 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
Sale on Rikon Bandsaws

Rikon Bandsaws
10" Bandsaw 10-305
List $299.99   SALE $199.99
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

Mirka CEROS Sanders and Abranet Mesh Abrasives

Mirka Sander Mirka technology has made sanding faster and more comfortable than ever before. Buy a Mirka Ceros sander, dust extractor and hose now and receive a $150-value rebate. Find out also what makes Mirka Abranet sandpaper so unique and highly efficient.

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Show Your Stuff!

woodworking tools

This month we are featuring a mostly handmade stool built by Andreas Zenker, a computer programmer by trade who caught the woodworking bug just a few short months ago and has already gotten hooked.

CLICK HERE to hear Andreas's story and take a closer look at his stool:

Show Us Your Wood Carving!

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This month we've got Preston Woodruff and his beautiful woodcarved treenware created with Appalachian tradition in mind.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at Preston'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 the anatomy of a foam paintbrush and how it can be used for multiple purposes even after you finish painting with it. But first, Jim has a trick for dealing with older 2-part epoxy sets.

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

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This month, Ric Blamer has a tip on noticing a problem early on in your chain of decisions for executing a project.

CLICK HERE to read Ric's Tip:

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.

CLICK HERE for more info:

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 Festool Domino XL DF700 Joiner:

Festool Domino XL DF700 Joiner

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

A Visit to RE-CO BKLYN, New York City's only Sawmill

This past month we got the chance to visit RE-CO BKLYN, New York City's only Sawmill located in Brooklyn, where we got to tour the space and learn more about the benefits and challenges of running a sawmill in the big city.

CLICK HERE to read more about our tour of RE-CO BKLYN on the Highland Blog:

Tools of the Trade Banner

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
By Hand and Eye Book Review
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
My Last Shop: Part 7 in A Series
Making Your Own Marking Gauge
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Woodslicer Tension Guidelines
Spotlight on Mickey Hudspeth
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Spray Finishing
SAFETY: Chain of Decisions

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 exotic Bangkok, Thailand shop of Neil Yeager.

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

Our September Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

Mortise Chisel

Mortise Chisel
The Lie-Nielsen Mortise Chisel is the perfect tool for creating your mortise and tenon joints by hand. Thicker than they are wide, they help make a straight cut of varying sizes depending on which width you choose.

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

Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen Mortise Chisel:

Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

Wednesday Tools & Friday Tools – The Rikon Combo Belt/Disc Sander

Sheet Sandpaper Organizer & Storage Unit

Bittersweet Endings

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve reviews the Rikon Model 50-120 Combination 6" Belt, 10" Disc Sander and makes his own project out of the disassembly and reassembly of the tool to improve the noise level. He also completes his mobile sanding unit with a last minute sandpaper sheet sorter/storage unit add-on, and he shows you how to do it!

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at the Rikon Disc Sander with Steve:

SawStop PCS Tablesaw SawStop Tablesaw
Always better NOW than later

Web TV preview
CLICK HERE for a preview of our ALL-NEW Sept. Web TV episode:

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Cigar Box Guitars

Cigar Box Guitars Cigar box guitars have never been more popular and now you can learn to make your own. You don't need to spend a lot of money and you don't need to have a shop full of tools. All you need to do is follow the author's step-by-step instructions for making three different styles of guitar. They're fun (some would say addictive) to build and even more fun to play!

Small Woodturning Projects

Small Woodturning Projects Step into the workshop of award-winning and internationally recognized woodturning expert Bonnie Klein to learn the techniques that lead to woodturning success. Whether you are an enthusiastic beginner or an experienced turner, these practical and fun-to-make small projects are Bonnie Klein “classics” that will ultimately improve your woodturning expertise on any size lathe.

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

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

By Hand & Eye:
Book Review

woodworking tools By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

This is an important work. The collaboration of one author well-versed in classical design principles and another who is a strong advocate for hand tools and traditional measurement techniques, By Hand & Eye breaks ground that will be new for most woodworkers.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review:

Making Your Own Marking Gauge

By John Eugster
Las Vegas, NV
woodworking tools

I've been using a standard type of Marples gauge for 30+ years and although it functions well there were some things I didn't care for.

CLICK HERE to read about John's ideal design for a Marking Gauge and how he made it:

Ask the Staff

Question:   Do you have any tension guidelines for the Wood Slicer blades? I already have a blade tension meter.

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

By Michael Smith
Mountain Park, GA

woodworking tools In the seventh installment of Mike Smith's My Last Shop Series, Mike begins the "nidgey" work, aka the nitty gritty details.

CLICK HERE to get the details:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Spray Finishing

When it comes to ease of application and total control, spray finishing with either HVLP (high volume, low pressure) or conventional compressed air and suction/gravity feed spray guns is definitely the way to go.

Here are NINE helpful tips to consider:

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Tormek T-7 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Wet Grinder Tormek T-7 40th Anniversary

The good news is this anniversary special includes (for no extra charge) a handy rotating base worth $55, as well as a commemorative ballcap. The bad news is we were allocated only a small handful to sell to our customers and we won't be receiving any more. If you've been lusting after a Tormek T-7 to streamline sharpening in your shop, now is the time to buy!

CLICK HERE for more info:

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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Kreg K-5 Pocket Hole Jig Kreg K-5 Pocket Hole Jig

This newest version of Kreg's pocket hole jig has 6 brand new features that will help significantly speed up your cabinet joinery production as well as increase its versatility.

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Woodworking Tool Catalog

Our latest Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!


Hudspeth Spotlight on Mickey Hudspeth, Chip Carver

Mickey Hudspeth teaches the Introduction to Chip Carving class at Highland a few times a year. Since it is an intro class, we weren't sure how much Mickey gets to show off the impressive advanced chip carving work he regularly produces, so we thought we would show it off for him.

See more here:

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.

See our Benchcrafted Vises:

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

With The Grain Book Cover Both a master craftsman as well as an expert wood scientist, the author teaches woodworkers straightforward ways to tame even the most ornery woods so their joinery will produce furniture that will endure for centuries.

See why every woodworker should own this book:

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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Wood Finishing Stains
and Dyes

Finishing Stains We offer a wide variety of unique products for adding color to wood, including our German-made Arti aniline dyes, Arti dyes for toymakers, Old Fashioned Milk Paint, Tints-All Universal Colorants, TransTint concentrated dyes, and premium dyes and stains from General Finishes.

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Arbortech Power Cutters NEW Arbortech Power Cutters

Arbortech has just added a mini-version of the impressive carbide Turboplane power woodcarving blade that it introduced last year. Both cutters offer extra-precise control, yet cut quickly and require minimal sanding.

Arbortech Mini-TURBO Woodcarving Blade

Arbortech TURBOPlane Woodcarving Blade


WOOD SLICER Testimonial
Wood Slicer resawing blade

I just received my new "wood slicer" blade that I ordered from HW. I have to tell you how absolutely pleased I am with it. I installed the new Woodslicer blade so that I would be able to do some re-sawing on some reclaimed lumber I purchased. Before I decided to resaw the good stuff, I tested the blade out on some scrap wood. Let me tell you, all I kept saying over and over again, was Wow, Wow, and Wow! I'm serious when I say I was very impressed with how the blade cut. Not only did it cut through the wood like butter, but the resulting wood was incredibly smooth on the cut surfaces and I hadn't ever really had something cut wood so well. I just kept saying wow because I didn't believe a blade could cut so easily and so smoothly.

I needed to share my experience with you and wanted to say the blade FAR exceeded my expectations. It is an excellent blade and I'm very happy I saw it advertised on the Highland Woodworking site and glad I was able to purchase it. Thanks for selling a great product. It makes me that much more confident in any of my future purchases from Highland Woodworking.
— Thanks, David Brady

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