Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 117, May 2015 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
Class: Introduction to Marquetry with Jane Burke, May 17 Introduction to Marquetry Class

Marquetry is the art of using different colors of carefully cut and precisely fitted wood veneers to create designs in a single veneer sheet. This "picture" sheet can then be applied any project. In the class Jane will discuss how to create designs and select veneers most suited for marquetry and show how to apply the designs to your project. You will make a small project that will incorporate most of the basic cutting and gluing techniques required to do any marquetry project.

Intro to Marquetry Class, 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 12-13 Build a Bookcase
May 16 Beginning Character Carving
May 16 Spray Finishing
May 17 Intro to Marquetry
May 19 Hand Tool Sharpening
May 20 Taming the Skew
May 21 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
May 23 Beginning Turning
May 27 Finishing the Finish
May 28 Milling and Jointing Lumber
May 30 Hand Cut Dovetails
Jun 2 Hand Planes
Jun 3 Sharpening for Turners
Jun 6 Cabinet Built-Ins
Jun 10 Coloring Wood
Jun 13 Finishing 101
Jun 13-14 Woodworking Expanded
Jun 16 Hand Tool Sharpening
Jun 17 Taming the Skew
Jun 20 Beginning Turning
Jun 21 Basic Bowl Turning
Jun 27 Build a Tool Storage Box
Jun 28 Bandsaw Basics

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

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This month we are featuring the woodworking projects of Dan Andrews, a retired Doctor who divides his free time between woodworking and writing.

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Show Us Your Woodcarving!

We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your carving along with captions and a brief history and description of your carvings. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store credit if we show your carving in a future issue.

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This month we are featuring the interweaved carvings of Jeff Greenberg who also shares his design process for making his beautiful pieces.

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Rikon Bandsaws and Planers

Bandsaws and Planers

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Tips From
Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop

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

This month Jim has a tip on what you can use in your vehicle to protect it from scratches when you're transporting wood and other large items. He also has a budget tip on how you can reuse disposable gloves.

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

Question:  I have this cedar chest and the top finish is aged, but it has weathered beautifully. My daughter made a light burn mark on the top and I don't know how to fix it without ruining the aged look of the wood! Please help!

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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.
Easy Chuck by Easy Wood Tools
Easy Chuck by
Easy Wood Tools

By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

This month, Jeff reviews the Easy Chuck by Easy Wood Tools, a high quality tool using a unique design concept to provide both strong holding power on your lathe and minimal down time when changing jaw sizes.

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Product Tours and Tool Demonstrations available on our YouTube Channel!

Check out the great product tour videos and demonstrations on our YouTube Channel . Our good friends Morton, David, Matt & Steve demonstrate some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.

Click below to watch Steve Johnson's new take on the SawStop Tablesaw and how he relates it to having a "Gestalt Experience."

SawStop Tablesaw

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!

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This month, we've got a tip on how using incandescent task lighting in your shop can help avoid the dangers of blade spin down and other cutters.

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Woodworking Tool Catalog

Our latest Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!

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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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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.

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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.

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Inside This Issue
Book Review: A Guide to Hand Tools and Methods
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
Constructing a Quilt Storage Rack
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Fixing Burn Marks on Finishing
Tool Review: Easy Chuck
Building a Shaker Blanket Chest
Video: SawStop: The Gestalt Experience
Blog: The 3 Stooges of a Dangerous Shop
Finishing: Rolling and Tipping
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
SAFETY: Incandescent Task Lighting

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 Steve Lyde's garage workshop in Altus, OK.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at Steve's shop:
Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

Pitch 'Til You Win

Absolutely Ready For Prime (Shop) Time

The Opposite Of Gestalt?

5S Compliant Shop Wall Cabinets, Part II

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve discusses the basic hand planes you should have in your tool collection, switches out his conventional shop fluorescent tubes for efficient LED bulbs, discusses his recent "anti-gestalt" experience relating to jigs, and lastly he continues the construction of his 5S Shop Wall Cabinets.

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Handworks and the Studley Tool Chest
Hand Tool Show
in Iowa May 15-16

Perhaps the finest woodworking show you'll ever attend will take place in the small village of Amana, Iowa on May 15-16, 2015. Featuring many artisan toolmakers who specialize in the modern use of hand tools, this show will inspire and amaze anyone who loves the sound of a shaving clearing the throat of a well-made hand plane. Roy Underhill and many others will be on hand to educate and entertain. Nearby will be a rare display of the exquisite Studley Tool Chest. Save the date, and plan your route to Amana. You will not want to miss this show.

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Finishing Wood with Alan Noel

wood finishing Rolling and Tipping

This month Alan has several tips for rolling and tipping for when you are doing decorative interior paint finishes on your house and other projects.

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A Guide to Hand Tools and Methods
by David Charlesworth

A Guide to Hand Tools and Methods Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

This brief (144 pages) guide to hand tools is a gem. Drawing on David Charlesworth's 30-plus years of experience as a cabinetmaker, it contains much valuable information I've not seen anywhere else. Unlike some other hand tool treatments, it's not encyclopedic but focuses on selected and especially important tools. What sets it apart from other hand tool books is Charlesworth's opinionated stance.

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Project: Constructing a Quilt Storage Rack

By Forrest Bonner
Huntington Beach, CA

In this article, Forrest Bonner discusses his design and construction process of a Quilt Storage Rack that he built for a quilting friend.

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This Month on
The Highland Blog

The Three Stooges of a Dangerous Shop

A few years ago, a couple of well known woodworkers (The Wood Whisperer, Tom's Workbench, Modern Woodworker's Association, just to name a few) started woodworking safety week, which later turned into Woodworking Safety Day. Our blogger, Brian Benham, commemorated the day by discussing shop safety and the perils of a messy shop.

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Shaker Blanket Chest Building Our First Shaker Blanket Chest

By Brian (Ziggy) Liloia
Berea, KY

Brian Liloia and his significant other, April, recently teamed up and built their own shaker style blanket chest. In this article Brian explains his construction process including his weariness of making hand-cut dovetails for the first time.

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Order any of the above 4 books from us during May/June 2015 for 33% off list price.

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VIRTUOSO: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench
of Henry O. Studley

Virtuoso - The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley
Henry Studley's tool cabinet has been a favorite icon for woodworkers for decades. Don Williams, one of the world's most knowledgeable tool experts, has extensively studied and photographed this magnificent tool chest, and presents his work beautifully in this brand new book. Included also is the first-ever biography of the cabinet's meticulous maker, Henry O. Studley.

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Woodpeckers Gap Gauge Woodpeckers OneTime Tool – Parallel Guide
for Festool Track Saw

Woodpeckers latest OneTime Tool is designed and engineered as the ultimate solution for making reliable parallel cuts when teamed with Festool's Track Saw and Guide Rail. It utilizes several Woodpeckers' proven products, including their popular zero side-play flip stops and special three-slot T-track paired with a new body bracket designed exclusively for attachment to Festool's Guide Track.

DEADLINE to order is May 25:

Woodpeckers Shelf Pin Jig Woodpeckers Very Clever Shelf Pin Drill Template

This simple yet deceptively sophisticated and sturdy jig allows quick alignment for accurately drilling shelf pin holes.

CLICK HERE for more info or to watch an informative video:

Freud Diablo Sanding Disks

Freud Diablo Sanding Disks
Freud's new Diablo sanding disks outperform ordinary sanding disks, yet are highly affordable. New technology allows them to cut extremely quickly, yet last a long time without loading. They fit most 5"-diameter 5-hole and 8-hole pattern random orbit sander pads (although unfortunately not Festool or Mirka).

CLICK HERE for more info:

Workshop Companion Full DVD Set
The Workshop Companion
21 Books on One DVD-ROM

Chris Schwarz called our attention to the new availability of this classic collection of 21 now-out-of-print books – more than 2700 pages – of core woodworking knowledge, all published on one searchable DVD-ROM. It will serve as an excellent reference for anyone, or a complete introduction to the craft.

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Narex Premium Screwdrivers
NEW Narex Premium Screwdrivers

These excellent new screwdrivers from Narex are a large step up in quality from the ordinary ones generally found in a home workshop, yet their cost is still very affordable.

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Narex Premium Paring Chisels
NEW Narex Premium
Long Paring Chisels

These beautiful paring chisels are among Narex's finest tools. They feature bright brass ferrules, sturdy handles and Narex's longest (9-5/8" long) blades – perfect for reaching into deeply-housed joints. The thick blades, tapering from 7/32" at the handle to 9/32" just before the bevel, provide max control without flexing.

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Narex Premium Cranked Neck Paring Chisels
NEW Narex Premium Cranked Neck Paring Chisels

Paring on a surface, whether for fitting, finishing or simply lifting glue squeeze-out, is a very different proposition from paring in from the edge of a piece. These hard-to-find cranked neck chisels, new from Narex, make surface work not only possible but easy, comfortable and efficient.

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NEW Rikon 25-130H
Helical Head Planer
Rikon 25-130H Helical Head Planer

Rikon's new 25-130H 13" thickness planer with helical-style cutterhead is a beefy benchtop unit designed to perform reliably either in your workshop or at the job site. 26 two-sided HSS cutters are arranged in a staggered pattern around the cutterhead in a way that greatly reduces noise as well as improving chip removal. Five year warranty.

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NEW Festool Conturo
Advanced Edge Bander

Festool Conturo Edge Bander
Festool's new Conturo edge bander is an advanced system for perfect edge banding, offering exceptional precision and ease of use even on curved and beveled surfaces. While unlikely to find a home in a typical home woodshop, the Conturo is an innovative solution for applications requiring volume precise edge banding production.

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Our Elipse Dust Mask is great for woodworkers

Elipse Dust Mask
For more than a decade we've searched for a worthy successor to the Dustfoe, the most popular dust mask for woodworkers that we've ever sold, but unfortunately was discontinued by its manufacturer. We've finally found it in the Elipse P100 dust mask.

See why it is the ideal dust solution for woodworkers:

NEW Mirka DEROS Random Orbit Sander

Mirka DEROS Random Orbit Sander The new Mirka DEROS is the first random orbit sander to use a brushless DC motor without the need for an external transformer. It's small and light enough to use with one hand, combining the power and light weight of a pneumatic tool with the convenience of an electric tool. If you sand a lot on vertical surfaces, you will especially love this sander.

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NEW Rikon 70-220VSR Variable Speed Midi Lathe

Rikon 70-220VSR Midi Lathe Rikon has hit a home run with their new model 70-220VSR 1 HP variable speed reversing midi-lathe. Featuring 12-1/2" swing over the ways and 20" between centers, as well as a 24-position index head, this lathe is designed to handle a wide variety of woodturning projects.

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Flexible Arm Magnetic LED Work Light

Sale on Flexible Arm Magnetic LED Work Light Here's an excellent way to cast a powerful light wherever you need it in your shop. Switch-operated magnet mounts to any ferrous surface. 28" flexible arm allows easy aim.

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NEW Leigh Router Table Jig
NEW Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Jig
Leigh's latest new joinery jig is designed specifically for use on router tables. Able to produce through dovetails, half-blind dovetails and box joints quickly and easily, the RTJ400 offers instant adjustment of joint tightness down to a thousandth of an inch.

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WOOD SLICER Testimonial

Wood Slicer resawing blade I had to tell you how pleased I am with this saw blade. I was skeptical but also hopeful. This saw blade is as good as you claim. I resaw wood for my scroll saw projects and have had a difficult time in the past trying to sand out the back side. I used hard maple for my first test and was impressed. It only needed a light sanding. Thank you again.  - Paul Longawa

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