Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 105, May 2014 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
Introduction to Chip Carving Class May 17

Chip carving is a form of relief carving in which the carver removes precise chips from the surface of the wood with a small extremely sharp knife. Atlanta's very own award winning chip carver, Mickey Hudspeth will demonstrate what chip carving is, the safety issues involved and demonstrate various types of cuts including cutting triangles, canoe shaped chips, rosettes and drawing and carving freehand. Then each student will practice under Mickey's supervision by chip carving on practice boards.

CLICK HERE to read a blog entry
about Mickey Hudspeth and his Chip Carving

CLICK HERE to sign-up for Introduction to Chip Carving
with Mickey Hudspeth, May 17

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.

May 8 Marking & Measuring
May 10 Hand Cut Dovetails
May 13-14 Build a Bookcase
May 17 Intro to Chip Carving
May 17-18 Antique Restoration
May 18 Bandsaw Basics
May 22 Timber Framing
May 24 Basic Bowl Turning
May 24 Finishing 101
May 25 Natural Edge Bowl Turning
May 28 Sharpening for Turners
May 31 Beginning Turning
Jun 7 Build a Tool Storage Box
Jun 8 Table Saw Basics
Jun 9-12 Cabinetmaking Basics
Jun 14 Beginning Character Carving
Jun 18 French Polish Workshop
Jun 19 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
Jun 21 Hand Tool Sharpening
Jun 21 Finishing 101
Jun 25 Taming the Skew
Jun 28 Basic Bowl Turning
Jun 29 Beginning Turning

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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:

Steel City Helical Planer
with Carbide Cutters

Only $499.99

Steel City's affordable 13" helical-style thickness planer now comes equipped with 26 CARBIDE CUTTERS for long-lasting edge retention.

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

woodworking tools

This month we're featuring the woodworking projects of Thomas Jones, who has always loved anything made of wood.

CLICK HERE to see more of Thomas's projects:
Show Us Your Woodcarving!

Woodcarving Projects

This month we're featuring the detailed carvings of Shar Troost, an artist who wanted to try carving.

CLICK HERE to see more woodcarvings:
Tips From

Sticks in the Mud Workshop Tips By Jim Randolph
Long Beach, MS

This month, Jim has another tip on the benefits of using low-power, compact fluorescent lights, as well as scavenging for trash cans for his shop.

CLICK HERE to read this month's tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop!
This Month on
The Highland Blog

The Bayou Giveth
and the Bayou Taketh Away
with Jim Randolph

Regular readers of Tips From The Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop are familiar with Jim and his home in the Bayou. With the recent hurricanes over the past years, Jim has collected a lot of "stuff" in his yard, including a beautiful piece of wood that he wants to identify.

CLICK HERE to read more:

Safety Tip Banner

This month, Tom Moran has an additional tip to add to our "NINETEEN WAYS to Help Avoid Injuring Your Fingers on a Tablesaw."

CLICK HERE to read Tom'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.

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HIGHLAND VIDEO: Product Tours Available on our YouTube Channel

Check out the great product tour videos on our YouTube Channel . Our good friends Morton, Curtis Turner and Chris Adkins demonstrate some of our most popular products.

Click below to watch a product tour of our Kunz Plus Bench Planes :

Kunz Plus Bench Planes

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:
Inside This Issue
Book Review: To Make As Perfectly As Possible
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
Lithium-Ion Batteries
A Workshop from Down Under
Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month: No. 60-1/2R Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane
Blog: The Bayou Giveth and the Bayou Taketh Away
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Forrest Dado-King Set
Tool Review: Micro Jig GRR-Ripper
Show Us Your Woodworking
Show Us Your Woodcarving
Finishing: Stripping Basics
SAFETY: Tablesaw Safety

Lie-Nielsen and Tormek Giveaway

Show Us 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 Robert Schweiger's "retirement shop with a view" in Satellite Beach, FL.

CLICK HERE to take a look inside Robert's shop:
The Highland Woodworker Web TV
Great new Web TV episode
  • How two Tennessee brothers mindfully recycle OLD BARNS
  • An inspiring visit to the shop of MASTER WOODCARVER Mary May
  • The secrets to how Kip Krusa builds his EXQUISITE GUITARS
  • Learning all you need to know about SHELLAC from Glen Huey
  • The benefits of adding a KREG K5 pockethole jig to your tool box

Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson, Racine, Wisconsin

Talking Trees

A Tale Of Two Benches – My Design Process

The Ultimate Pallet Wood Project - Part 1

Pallet Project Safety

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve tells a tale of pine vs. sweetgum trees, his ideas for two differently styled benches, the ultimate wood pallet project and the source of the pallets, as well as precautions to take when using pallets for your woodworking projects.

CLICK HERE to read more:

Our May Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month:

Lie-Nielsen No. 60-1/2RN
Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane

Lie-Nielsen No. 60-1/2RN Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane with Nicker
Many woodworkers ask for advice on which of our many block planes they should buy. Often the concern is that the plane they choose needs to provide a great deal of functionality, as it may be the only plane they purchase. With that in mind, I often suggest our Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the #60-1/2RN to find out more:

Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen No. 60-1/2RN Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane:

Steve Hay
An Australian Workshop
from Down Under

By Steve Hay
Queensland, Australia

We receive many submissions for Show Us Your Shop and amongst them we find many unique shop qualities. After Steve Hay submitted his shop from down under in Queensland, Australia, we found that not only does Steve have a beautiful shop, he also has his own Australian network TV show called Woodworking Masterclass .

CLICK HERE to tour the shop and learn more about the show:

Understanding Lithium-ion Batteries
in Portable Tools

By W. F. (Rick) Howard
Philadelphia, PA

There's a lot of hype about lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), mixed in with old wives' tales and just plain misinformation. But with at least 10 major tool manufacturers using LIBs, they must have something going for them.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the lithium-ion battery:

Woodturning has become the fastest growing part of the woodworking community. To give it the attention it deserves, we now offer a free monthly online publication devoted entirely to woodturning.

Check out the most recent issue!

Sign-up to receive The Highland Woodturner every month!

Want to join in? We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS AND STORIES of your favorite current turning topic.

Why not write an article for Wood News?

We actively solicit contributions of editorial material (articles, photos and videos) from our customers and readership, and for each one we accept and publish in Wood News Online , we will compensate the contributor. We pay $100 store credit for a 1000+ word article with photos, and $50 store credit for "Show Us" columns.

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Ask the Staff

Question:   I am interested in purchasing a Forrest Dado King set from you, but I am trying to decide if I should get the 6" or 8" set. Your thoughts are appreciated.

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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

wood finishing Stripping Basics

Are you a do-it-yourselfer who wants to strip and re-finish your furniture and cabinets? This month, Alan Noel has the tips you need for the job!

Here are TEN helpful tips to stripping finish off your furniture:

Festool Domino Joiners Buy Now and SAVE 10%
on a Festool Domino Joiner

Festool's Domino machines have revolutionized mortise and tenon joinery. With one of these portable machines, it becomes literally possible for you to do the work of a furniture factory anywhere with unmatched speed and accuracy.

Seldom do Festool products go on sale. If you've ever thought about expanding your capacity to do high-end machine joinery on any scale, now's a great time to act. You'll save 10% on either model Festool Domino Joiner, and on all Domino accessories and supplies as well.

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Kreg K-5 Pocket Hole Jig Get a Kreg K5 Jig with FREE AutoMaxx Face Clamp

Special Offer Quantity Limited

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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Get EXTRA SAVINGS with our Rikon 14" Bandsaw Package Deal

Only $799.99 including
FREE Wood Slicer and DVD

Our bestselling Rikon 14" bandsaw has proven itself a reliable workhorse in hundreds of our customers' shops. Its 13 inch resaw capacity and powerful 1-1/2 HP (115 volt or 230 volt) motor allow you to create any thickness lumber.


Woodpeckers 1281 Precision Square Woodpeckers Precision Woodworking Square

We are proud to add to our line of precision marking and measuring tools the Woodpeckers 1281 Precision Woodworking Square. Meticulously machined from a solid piece of stable cast aluminum, then joined with two precisely machined cheeks using stainless steel alignment pins, this tool is guaranteed for life to hold square within one thousandth of an inch along its entire length. Clever design features make it a delight to use. And it's made entirely in the USA!

CLICK HERE for more info:

SawStop PCS Tablesaw Thinking of getting a SawStop
for your workshop?

Your fingers are worth it!
SawStop PCS Tablesaw
  In the U.S., a tablesaw
  accident happens

Micro Jig GRR-Ripper Advanced GR-200 System
Micro Jig GRR-Ripper
Advanced GR-200 System

By Jeffrey Fleisher, New Market, VA

The GRR-ripper 3-D Push Block System by MicroJig was designed for both safety and performance from the ground up. In 20-plus years of woodworking, I have used all types of store bought and shop made push sticks, push blocks, feather boards, safety guards and thin-strip cutting jigs and fixtures. The GRR-ripper push block system packages all of these functions in a very safe and well-designed tool.

CLICK HERE to read the full review:

To Make as Perfectly
as Possible
by Andre Jacob Roubo

To Make as Perfectly as Possible Reviewed by
J. Norman Reid,
Delaplane, Virginia

In the 1760s, André-Jacob Roubo was commissioned by the French Royal Academy to write a treatise on furnituremaking practice. The result was a massive masterwork that described in great detail the methods of French woodworking artisans in pursuit of their highest art and craft. Though Roubo wrote two and a half centuries ago, his advice is timeless.

CLICK HERE to read the review:

Rikon 10" Bandsaw
Now only
while current supplies last

This little gem has proven itself to be an excellent value as a compact bandsaw. We've sold now sold well over a thousand of them! 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.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Woodworking Tool Catalog
Our latest Tool Catalog is now available to browse online!


Rikon 12 inch Premium Mini-Lathe, only $299.99
while supplies last

We love this little lathe. It's what our students use in our turning classes. With it you can turn bowls up to 12" diameter, and with an optional bed extension it can even be expanded to turn spindles up to 40" long.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Save up to $200
Several models of our ever-popular European and German workbenches are now on sale. Choose the model that fits your shop and budget.

CLICK HERE for more info:

WOOD SLICER Testimonial

Wood Slicer resawing blade I've been using the Wood Slicer for a few years, and of course it's awesome. I also bought your Woodturners Bandsaw Blade . It cut through dried walnut like butter. I haven't tried it on green wood yet, but I will soon. I have some green walnut that I need to turn into bowl blanks. Can't wait to see how it works! – Larry

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:
CLICK HERE to see the Wood Slicer resawing blade in action:

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