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Cabinet Built-ins with Kreg McMahon
Cabinet Built-ins Class
with Kreg McMahon, June 6

Just about every home has a space that could be enhanced and improved with a custom built-in cabinet. Built-ins can serve as cabinets, bookshelves, entertainment centers, storage spaces or a combination of the all of the above. In this one day seminar, you will observe Kreg McMahon, owner of Kregs Custom Carpentry construct a custom built-in right onto a wall in the same manner as you would do in your own home. Kreg will cover all the steps including design & planning, sheet good processing, joinery methods, adjustable shelf holes, design detail enhancements like trim fluting, and face frame cabinet door construction.

Cabinet Built-ins Class, June 6
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.

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
Jul 8 French Polish Workshop
Jul 9 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
Jul 15 Sharpening for Turners
Jul 18 Basic Bowl Turning
Jul 18-19 Antique Restoration
Jul 19 Beginning Turning
Jul 21 Hand Tool Sharpening
Jul 23 Timber Framing
Jul 25 Intro to Marquetry
Jul 26 Intro to Chip Carving
Jul 27-30 Cabinetmaking 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 Don Stevenson who replicates to scale, using wood, historic buildings in miniature as birdhouses, bird feeders, and spirit houses.

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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 a variety of Santa carvings made by Tom Pritchard who has recently begun selling his Santas at his local Christmas show.

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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 incorporating your highest standards into your woodworking projects, as well as a money-saving tip on ways to protect your tools from the weather.

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

Question:  I have a Wood Slicer Blade on my Laguna 14" band saw. Can I use it to saw a 2 foot cherry log into usable boards?

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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.
Canvas Apron by Texas Heritage Woodworks
Canvas Apron by Texas Heritage Woodworks

By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

This month, Jeff reviews the Texas Heritage Woodworks Canvas Apron, a high-quality, classic style shop apron designed with woodworkers in mind. In his review, Jeff explains all of the different built-in aspects of this durable shop apron, perfect for all woodworkers.

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Safety Tip Banner

We recently gathered up all of our safety tips from past issues and have made them conveniently available on one page! Categories range from table saw safety to the ever-popular shop mindset safety.

CLICK HERE to read all of our past safety tips:

Do you have a 2 Minute Safety Tip you would like us to share? If so, we invite you to EMAIL US and if we use your tip, you'll get a $25 store credit!

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: Virtuoso
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
Using the Sun in Woodworking
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Cutting Green Wood
Tool Review: Texas Heritage Classic Canvas Apron
Project: Goodrich Step-Stool
Video: Festool Vecturo Oscillating Tool
Blog: Snakes And Wood In The Unlikeliest Of Places
Finishing: Epoxy Putty Sticks
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
SAFETY: New Safety Tips Map

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 Jim Draper's workshop in Rice, WA.

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Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

Rag Time

Clay Carving Cast

Goodbye, Old Friend

5S Compliant Wall Cabinets, Part III

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve shares his favorite brand of rags for cleaning and finishing, begins making a custom knife handle (complete with a hand cast for sizing), says goodbye to an old woodworking friend, and continues with Part 3 of his 5S compliant wall cabinets.

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Amana Handworks 2015 Read Our Detailed Report on Amana Handworks 2015
– The Best Woodworking Tool Show Ever!

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Half Price Clearance

Finishing Wood with Alan Noel

wood finishing Epoxy Putty Sticks

This month Alan explains the use of Epoxy Putty Sticks and how they are a great solution for furniture and missing wood repairs.

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Virtuoso -The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley
by Donald C. Williams

Virtuoso -The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

This month, Norm reviews Virtuoso , written by Donald C. Williams, which offers a full history and beautiful photos of the tool cabinet and workbench of Henry O. Studley, that was recently on view to the public in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Using the Sun in Woodworking

By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

Many of you know that the sun can bleach your wood if you leave it outside or in front of a window and in the case of cherry, it will even darken it and give it a nice rich tone. But did you know that the sun can help you solve the problem of a warped board?

CLICK HERE to read how:

This Month on
The Highland Blog

Snakes And Wood In The Unlikeliest Of Places

Down in the bayou, Jim Randolph occasionally comes across several animal species that aren't the most pleasant (i.e. snakes and opossums), but at the same time he also comes across wood that can be used on projects that will last a lifetime.

CLICK HERE to see how the two go hand in hand:

Step Stool Project Project Idea: Goodrich Step-Stool

By Mark Miller
Waco, TX

With the passing of his Uncle Jimmy, Mark has inherited the family project of building step stools for the younger generations. In this article he explains the step-by-step process and materials to make the "Goodrich" Step Stool.

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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 a product tour of the Festool OS 400 EQ Vecturo Oscillating Tool and find out why it is the ultimate multi-tool for your workshop.

NEW Festool OS 400 EQ
Vecturo Oscillating Tool

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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Woodpeckers OneTime Tool - Pocket Compass New Woodpeckers OneTime Tool – Pocket Compass

The Woodpeckers Pocket Compass adds significant improvements to the traditional beam compass familiar to woodworkers. Rather than fixing trammel points on a wood stick, the Woodpeckers compass uses a pair of precision-machined, telescoping body parts that lock to your dimension with a twist of a knurled head screw.

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NEW Sterling Toolworks 4-inch Double Square Set NEW Sterling Toolworks 4-inch Double Square Set

This precision square is supplied with one traditional graduated precision etched rule with chrome satin finish. Also included is a "Dovetailing Rule" that's incredibly handy for checking the squareness of your dovetails to ensure excellent fit and "gapless" joints after assembly. The reduced size of one end of the un-graduated rule allows precise checking of squareness in even some of the tightest London style dovetails.

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Tormek Summer Promo

NEW Festool Cordless Track Saw NEW Festool TSC 55
Cordless Track Saw

With the new TSC 55, Festool brings superb high performance to the cordless circular saw, making precision cutting possible even where electric power is not available. Equipped with two 18-volt batteries, the TSC 55 provides the tracksaw accuracy of Festool's flagship TS 55 while delivering up to 100 meters of cutting capacity on a single charge.

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Festool Cordless PowerSelect Program
Festool has just announced a serious upgrade to their offering of cordless power tools.

Festool's new PowerSelect program allows a woodworker to easily own and operate a variety of cordless tools without creating redundancy in batteries and chargers. Each tool can now be purchased with or without batteries and charger. In addition, drills and jigsaws that previously featured 4.2 amp-hour batteries will now come with increased capacity 5.2 Ah batteries. For ease in overhead work, drills can also now be outfitted with a new lightweight 2.6 Ah battery. And finally, the popular CXS drill now comes with longer-lasting 2.6 Ah batteries instead of 1.3 Ah.

With recent new additions, Festool's cordless product line now includes an 18/36V cordless track saw, 18V rotary hammer, 18V hammer drill and 18V C-drill. Festool has also lowered their prices on batteries and chargers.

CLICK HERE to see all our Festool Cordless Tools:

CLICK HERE to download a PDF flyer on Festool Cordless Tools:

NEW Festool 18-volt QuaDrive Drill/Hammer Drill
NEW Festool 18-volt QuaDrive Drill/Hammer Drill

Festool's 18-volt QuaDrive Drill/Hammer Drill is extremely powerful and versatile. With its four-speed gearbox, you can put it in low gear to hog out material, switch to the high-speed hammer function to drill through concrete, or choose a mid-range gear for ordinary drilling needs. Its efficient EC-TEC brushless motor delivers the maximum power possible from an 18-volt battery.

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NEW Festool BHC 18
Rotary Hammer Drill

NEW Festool BHC 18 Rotary Hammer Drill
Festool's compact yet powerful 18-volt rotary hammer drill easily handles the toughest drilling jobs in concrete, wood and steel. Its extremely efficient brushless motor delivers the maximum power possible from an 18-volt battery. Its compact C-handle design provides a concentrated pressure point allowing for superb control even in hard-to-reach applications. Even though the drill weighs only 5.7 lbs., this tool packs an extremely powerful punch.

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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).

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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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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.

Now Available in Two Sizes:

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 Highland Woodworking,
I would like to thank your company for sending me my Wood Slicer Blade so promptly! The blade is outstanding. It does everything you have advertised it would do. It is much quieter than its competition, the cut is smoother, and it cuts very straight. I cut a 1/16" slice of purple heart off a four inch block very easily. — Thanks, Doug

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