Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 126, February 2016 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: Cabinetmaking Basics with Jim Dillon, Feb 22-25

Cabinetmaking Basics Kitchen cabinets are one of the major reasons ordinary people become woodworkers, and given how much you can pay for obviously low-quality cabinets, that's no surprise. In four intensive nights you'll build your own Euro-style floor cabinet, complete with door and drawer, to take home with you. More importantly, you'll learn how to make more cabinets, in different sizes and styles, what tools you need, how to choose and install hardware, and a bit about installation. Cabinet size is approximately 15" wide x 24" deep x 30-1/2" tall.

Cabinetmaking Basics with Jim Dillon, February 22-25
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.

Feb 6 Beginning Character Carving
Feb 10 Intro to Pen Turning
Feb 17 Finishing the Finish
Feb 22-25 Cabinetmaking Basics
Feb 27 Beginning Turning
Feb 28 Natural Edge Bowl Turning
Mar 2 Taming the Skew
Mar 5 Carve a Wooden Spoon
Mar 6 Bandsaw Basics
Mar 9-10 Intro to Relief Carving
Mar 22-23 Build a Bookcase
Mar 26 Beginning Turning
Mar 30 French Polish Workshop
Mar 31 Timber Framing

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

Woodworking Projects | Leo Camp This month we are featuring a variety of woodworking projects made by Leo Camp, who grew up in sawdust and wood chips under the watchful eye of his cabinetmaking father.

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Woodcarving Projects | Bob Edwards
Show Us Your Woodcarving!
This month we are featuring the carvings of Bob Edwards, who first learned how to carve 5 years ago after taking a class here at Highland Woodworking.

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Show Us What You've Made With Your Highland Woodworking Tools
Rikon 10" Bandsaw

How I Used My Tool | Bruce Wollison We love to hear about the projects and fixes you make with the tools you've purchased from Highland Woodworking! This month we're featuring a dog sled project made by our customer, Bruce Wollison, with the Rikon 10" Bandsaw.

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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 discusses eye safety within the shop and how a conveniently located pair of shop glasses will help protect your vision.

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


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Video of the Month
Festool Abrasives

Each month we're featuring one of our many spectacular Festool products and highlighting it with a video product tour.

Festool Abrasives

This month we're featuring a Highland Woodworking product tour of Festool Sandpaper with Steve Johnson, where he helps to calm the confusion between all of the different types.

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Ask the Staff

Question:  What oil finish would you recommend for a Sjobergs Workbench ?

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Make A Joint Stool
From A Tree

by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee

Make A Joint Stool From A Tree Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

This brief book, Make A Joint Stool From A Tree - An Introduction To 17th-Century Joinery , with barely 100 pages of text, has a value that far outweighs its slender size. Billed as a volume on how to make a joint stool from riven oak, the book’s subtitle—“An Introduction to 17th Century Joinery”—states its real purpose. The authors, well-known and established students and practitioners of the earliest forms of American furniture, do more than detail their methods for building a joint stool from green wood. They also relate what they’ve deduced about the methods and tools from the original period. The result is a book that combines practical woodworking guidance with valuable historical information.

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This month, Ira Pen has a woodworking safety tip for avoiding loose bandsaw blades.

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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!

Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Dovetail Jig

By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Dovetail Jig
If you want to create quick and easy dovetails on your router table, the Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Dovetail Jig is the way to go. In this review, Jeff goes over the different parts of the jig, specifically their patented 'eBush' elliptical template guide, and how they all come together to create perfect dovetails.

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CLICK HERE to find out more info on the Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Dovetail Jig:

Leigh Router Table Jig
NEW Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Jig
Leigh's 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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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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Inside This Issue
Women in Woodworking
Book Review: Make A Joint Stool From A Tree
Show Us What You've Made With Your Highland Woodworking Tools
Online Flip Catalog
Video of the Month: Festool Sandpaper
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Tool Review: Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Dovetail Jig
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
From Woodworking to Luthiery
Everyday Items Used In My Shop
Video: Bad Axe Saws
Q&A: Sjobergs Workbench Finish
Poll: Do You Have a Junk Corner?
Blog: Chips from the Chisel
Finishing: Touch-Up Markers
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
SAFETY: Loose Bandsaw Blades

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 workshop of Mark Davis in Glendora, CA.

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Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

More Than A Worklight

Quick Follow-Up and Thank You!!!

Twists, Turns, and Detours

The Twist and Turns Of Wood

Form Versus Function – The Studley Tool Chest or "How I Will Probably Offend Chris Schwarz"

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve shares his review of the Festool KAL II Syslite , follows up on his woodcarving experience from last month, discusses the twists, turns, and detours of both his life's path and wood in general, and lastly he gives his opinion on the famous Studley Tool Chest.

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Women in Woodworking
Ali Harrington

By Andrea Ramsay
Seattle, WA

This month, Andrea interviews Ali Harrington, who is a woodworker dedicated to building custom, heirloom quality furniture. She finds joy in creating one of a kind pieces that meet her clients needs.

Ali's project for the beginning woodworker is a Cutting Board project, which she references within the article.

CLICK HERE to read Ali's story:

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Finishing Wood with Alan Noel

wood finishing Furniture Touch Up Markers

Touch Up Markers are very handy tools to have around the finishing area as well as in your touch up kit for onsite use. They come in a variety of colors and are easy to use.

Here are 8 tips on using them:

This Month on
The Highland Blog

Blog Series: Chips from the Chisel

The following blog series, 'Chips from the Chisel' is John Gainey’s experience as a carpenter and joiner apprentice on the Cardiff Docks in South Wales from 1955-1960.

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Woodworking Poll

Do You Have a Junk Corner In Your Shop?

In this month's poll, Jim Randolph asks "Do You Have a Junk Corner in Your Shop?"

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From Woodworking to Luthiery

By Rod Scott
Hayden, ID

From Woodworking to Luthiery As I neared retirement I searched around for a new challenge. During a web surfing session I came upon a site describing how to make an acoustic guitar. After reading this and other articles on the net I decided to try guitar making, after all a guitar is just a box with some hardware attached, right? That was the beginning of a yearlong project that produced my first model, a 6-string acoustic.

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Everyday Items Used In My Shop

By Paul Burri
Santa Barbara, CA

Workbench Project

I have a lot of "tools" that I use regularly that perhaps some woodworkers would like to know about. They are ordinary household items that I have found to be very handy to a woodworker and they are so useful that I wouldn't be without.

CLICK HERE to see what they are:

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Product Tours and Demonstrations available on our YouTube Channel!

Check out the great product tour videos and demonstrations on our YouTube Channel . Our video product tour woodworkers demonstrate some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.
Click below to watch Chris Black show off 3 different Bad Axe Saws including the Tenon Saw, Stiletto Dovetail Saw, and Small Tenon Saw.

Bad Axe Saws

Bad Axe Saws

Are there any products or demos you'd like to see in a YouTube video? If so, we invite you to EMAIL US and let us know what YOU would like to see!

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Order any of the above 4 books from us during January/February for 33% off list price.

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Join the International Wood Collectors Society (IWCS)

ICWS Since 1947 IWCS has been a non-profit society, that you can join, which is dedicated to distributing information on collecting wood, correctly identifying and naming wood specimens, and using wood in creative crafts.

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Brand New Magazine,
Mortise & Tenon

Mortise & Tenon is an exciting new annual magazine celebrating the preservation, research, and authentic recreation of historic furniture. Far more like a book than the term "magazine" would typically imply, Mortise & Tenon is the brainchild of professional furniture conservator Joshua Klein, who lives and works in mid-coast Maine. The inaugural issue (144 pages) is currently at the printer, and is now available to pre-order.

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Tormek T-7 Sharpener
SALE, only $599.99

Now's a great time to save on the purchase of this legendary smooth-running, water-cooled sharpening system. The Tormek T-7 is unsurpassed for quality, versatility, edge positioning accuracy and repeatability when grinding, sharpening and honing just about every tool in your shop and home.

Sale Ends Feb. 29, 2016:

Woodpeckers Precision Triangles Woodpeckers OneTime Tool
Precision Triangles

These Woodpeckers Precision Triangles are perfect for layout work as well as calibrating your woodworking machines. Accurate to within a thousandth of an inch per foot, they are designed and built for a lifetime of reliable use.

Deadline to order is Feb. 22, 2016

Richard Kell Fine Tools Richard Kell Fine Tools

After selling Richard Kell's excellent honing guides for many years, we recently expanded our range to include a number of his exquisite marking and measuring tools. Richard has been refining his designs and meticulously building small (mostly brass) fine tools in England since 1983. We are pleased to now offer his dovetail marker, bevel gauge, sliding bevel, squares, center finder, plumb bob and memory stick, as well as 3 models of his honing guides

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Save up to $300
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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Rikon 18 inch Bandsaw
Now Only $999.99

Limited Quantity Available at This Extraordinary Price

Rikon's model 10-341 18" bandsaw offers much greater cutting capacity than other bandsaws in this price range, up to 17-1/2" width and resawing up to 13" high.

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Triton 2-1/4 HP Router
On Sale, only $199.99

A special purchase allows us to offer a great deal on this popular plunge router that's excellent for use in a router table as well as handheld, while limited supplies last.

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Vesper Double Square

Vesper Double Square For years we have tried to persuade Chris Vesper to wholesale his famous tools to us so we could make them easily available to our customers. At last he has agreed to sell us one of his most popular tools, the Vesper Double Square. A true pleasure to use, the odds are great that this versatile pocketsized square will become the handiest tool in your shop.

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Bad Axe Stiletto Dovetail Saw
Bad Axe Hand Saws

Woodworkers who appreciate hand tools that perform better than all others are discovering that Bad Axe Saws are the real deal. Known for "cutting like they're riding on rails," Bad Axe Saws are a step up from other high quality handsaws.

CLICK HERE to see why:

Blum Original Bench Horse Blum Original Bench Horse

If you need a sturdy, versatile workbench to take to the jobsite, the Blum Tool Original Bench Horse may be your ideal solution. Though the bench is truly portable (it sets up in less than 15 seconds), its leg system is rock solid, and its torsion-box top assembly is stiffer than many heavier workbenches, as well as offering exceptional clamping capacity and versatility using ordinary pipe clamps.

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Universal Mobile Base,
only $49.99

Rikon Universal Mobile Base
Find more space in your workshop by mounting some of your big tools onto these handy steel mobile bases. After moving a machine into position, you can lock it firmly in place by flipping the mobile base's two quick-action levers, allowing the tool to rest securely on adjustable rubber leveling feet. Handles up to 400 lbs.

Limited supply available

Rikon 25-130H HSS 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.

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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:

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. 25" flexible arm allows easy aim.

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WOOD SLICER Testimonial

Wood Slicer resawing blade Several weeks ago I purchased a 1/2" X 105" Woodslicer bandsaw blade from your company for my Grizzly G0555 band saw with riser block. I have used this saw set up per Carl Bilderback's 2006 article in Popular Woodworking. I cannot be more pleased with this blade's performance! I have read all of your set up instructions and comments about the Woodslicer and find them all true except for one item. You fail to mention that this blade seems to self feed. Happy, Happy in Troy, OH -Jerry

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