Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 98, October 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
Introduction to Chip Carving with Mickey Hudspeth
Introduction to Chip Carving
with Mickey Hudspeth
October 19, 2013

Come learn the precise method of chip carving with Mickey Hudspeth, who we recently featured in our September 2013 issue of Wood news.

Chip Carving Class, October 19

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.

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
Nov 2-3 Designing and Building Chairs
Nov 5 Hand Tool Sharpening
Nov 6 Coloring Wood with Alan Noel
Nov 9 Beginning Character Carving
Nov 9 Spray Finishing
Nov 10 Introduction to Marquetry
Nov 13 French Polish Workshop
Nov 14 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
Nov 16 Hand Cut Dovetails
Nov 17 Make a Marking Knife
Nov 19 Hand Planes
Nov 21 Milling and Jointing Lumber
Nov 23 Basic Bowl Turning
Nov 24 Beginning Turning

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Rikon Bandsaws
Sale on 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
14" Pro Bandsaw 10-350
List $1399.99   SALE $1299.99

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

Show Your Stuff!

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This month we have two beautiful Shaker-style projects built by woody hobbyist, Anthony DiSabatino, who used wood salvaged from his in-laws' 1860's barn.

CLICK HERE to read Anthony's story and take a closer look at his Shaker style projects:

Show Us Your Wood Carving!

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This month we've got Erno Szentgyorgyi and his custom hand carved pieces and unique architectural elements, as well as his high-ceilinged shop designed especially for his larger pieces.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at Erno'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 repurposing of your old worn out t-shirts and "other" clothing items for finishing applicators. But first, Jim has some tips on how to get the most out of just one sheet of sandpaper.

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

Safety Tip Banner

This month, Christine Brean has a tip on holding your hair back for both men and women.

CLICK HERE to read Christine's Tip:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I'm looking at your throat plates but was wondering if what you're selling will fit my Craftsman Saw?

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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.

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
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Wet Sanding

To prep the finish for the final coat or to just "get the trash out", wet sanding is the key to success. Wet sanding allows the finisher to achieve a very smooth and professional looking finish and also one that truly compliments the hard work we all put into our projects.

Here are EIGHT helpful tips to consider:

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 Kreg Router Table:

Kreg Router Table

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!

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:

Woodworking in America
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 Inside This Issue
Foundations of Better Woodworking Book Review
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Woodworking in an Apartment Shop
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Zero Clearance Throatplate
Tool Review: Abranet Mesh Abrasive
Building a Dulcimer
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Wet Sanding
SAFETY: Holding Your Hair Back

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 converted garage workshop of James Kelley in Spring, TX.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at James' shop:

Our October Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

No. 6 Fore Plane

No. 6 Fore Plane
The No. 6 Fore Plane (sometimes called a Try Plane) is a size midway between a Jack and a Jointer, but has many different features than its smaller and larger counterparts, which Lee Laird provides great detail about within his blog.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen No. 6 Fore Plane to learn more:

Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen No. 6 Fore Plane:

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By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

Prep Your Shop For Winter

Dado Depth Torture Test

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve has some tips on preparing and getting ready for an outstanding winter full of great projects, enjoyable shop time and a passel of fun. Steve also explains and experiments with the Dado Depth Torture Test, and invites you to do so too!

CLICK HERE to learn some of these great Winter tips and take your own Dado Depth Strength Torture Test:

SawStop PCS Tablesaw SawStop Tablesaw
Always better NOW than later

I Bought a SawStop Tablesaw (although I wish I'd gotten it sooner)
By Alan Noel
Atlanta, GA

Just before my 54th birthday, I was using my old tablesaw to cut some pieces of poplar into long strips to hold glass panels in cabinet doors. I had done cuts like this safely many times before, but this time something distracted me and I must have taken my eye off the saw for a fraction of a second. To my pain and horror, all of a sudden I realized I had cut myself. It shocked me how incredibly fast it all happened.
I was afraid to take a look:

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Foundations of Better Woodworking, by Jeff Miller: Book Review

woodworking tools By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

Though its title refers to "foundations," this is no introductory book on woodworking. It is, rather, a guide by a master woodworker to principles and practices that will help you achieve continual improvements in your woodworking. As such, it fills a unique spot in woodworking literature.
READ the rest of the review:

Designing & Building Chairs with Jeff Miller Nov. 2-3 Designing and Building Chairs with Jeff Miller

We are excited to host a weekend with noted chair builder and author Jeff Miller. Jeff will demonstrate the steps of designing and building a beautiful chair, considered by many to be the pinnacle of woodworking challenges. Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend a weekend with a master woodworker and gifted teacher.

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

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Extreme Pumpkin Carving, 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded

Extreme Pumpkin Carving By using Extreme Pumpkin Carving as the guide for your pumpkin carvings, you will have people stopped-in-their-tracks with these outstanding designs.You can accomplish these projects with regular household knives or your woodcarving tools.

Fixtures and Chucks for Woodturning

Fixtures and Chucks for Woodturning More than merely a reference for dedicated turners, this book is designed to help both beginners and advanced turners improve their skills and broaden the range of projects they tackle at the lathe, by presenting a carefully crafted combination of how to advice and interesting, engaging projects.

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

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

Save $30-$40 on
Triton Plunge Routers

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. Click above to watch a video product tour.
2 HP - SALE $219.99
3-1/4 HP - SALE $249.99

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Highland 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Smoothing Plane
To help commemorate Highland Woodworking's 35 years of service to woodworkers, we commissioned artisan plane maker Scott Meek to produce the Highland Smoother, a limited edition premium smoothing plane. Hand built of select flame birch with a teak sole and matching teak wedge, it is both beautiful and practical, and a sheer delight to see, touch and use. Only 35 of this particular model are being produced.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Whiteside Router Bits

Whiteside Router Bits, manufactured in NC since 1982, have consistently rated BEST OVERALL and BEST VALUE in FWW's independent testing. We are pleased to announce that we have greatly expanded our selection of Whiteside bits, and now offer over 400 different sizes and patterns. We invite you to browse our Whiteside online router bit store and experience the best quality and value for yourself.

Go to our Online Whiteside Router Bit Store:

Rikon 10" Bandsaw
Special Purchase
Now only $199.99 while current supplies last

This little gem has proven itself to be an excellent value as a compact bandsaw. We've sold over 500 of them in just the past 2 years! We highly recommend it as your first bandsaw bought on a budget, or as a second bandsaw that allows you to avoid constantly swapping blades on your main bandsaw. This special purchase makes it extremely affordable, only while supplies last.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Kreg K5 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.

CLICK HERE for more info:

SALE on Earlex HV5500
Spray Station, only $299.99

Now thru Oct. 31, 2013
This is a great value in a best-selling-ever HVLP sprayer. It includes both 1.5mm and 2.0mm spray tips.
CLICK for more info:

Watch a video product tour:

Sweet New Festool Carvex Jigsaws
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.

Click here for more info:

Hudspeth Preston Woodruff – Building a Dulcimer

Right now I'm finishing two dulcimers that are an homage to M.C. Escher. Why dulcimers? Freedom of expression mostly. Shapes, ornamentation, choice of woods – the maker has a lot of flexibility with dulcimers.

See more here:

Benchcrafted Vises Now Available from Highland

Benchcrafted Vises We are pleased to offer Benchcrafted vises, the finest workbench hardware made anywhere, along with detailed plans for building your own Roubo-style workbench.

See our Benchcrafted Vises:

Woodworking Without a Shop

By Anthony Ward
Berywn, IL
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For this new column, we find out the innovative ways for woodworkers to do their craft without a shop. This month we meet Anthony Ward who was able to build a Toy Chest for his grandson Brady’s 6th birthday in his apartment without any major power tools, only a jigsaw, cordless drill and belt sander.

CLICK HERE to read about how Anthony built his grandson's toy chest in his apartment shop:

For this new monthly column, we invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of the work you have managed to make without a 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 woodworking in a future issue.

Video: Spoon Carving

We enjoyed this 45-minute video from Paul Sellers demonstrating how to create a spoon using a gouge and spokeshave. Click the image to watch.

Mirka Abranet Mesh Abrasive: Tool Review

woodworking tools By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

Mirka's innovative 'net' sanding concept is unlike any other sandpaper on the market today. Their patented construction consists of a dense network of polyamide fabric threads onto which the abrasive grit is bonded. This open weave, net structure means that no dust particle is more than 0.5mm from a dust extraction hole. The result is phenomenal dust extraction across the entire abrasive surface and virtually dust-free sanding!

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review:

Woodworking Tool Catalog

Our latest Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!

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WOOD SLICER Testimonial
Wood Slicer resawing blade
@highlandwood Just put my wood slicer on my bandsaw and can't believe how good it cuts...like butter. Good work guys! #woodslicer   @bloodsweatdust

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