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What Have You Made With Your
Highland Woodworking Tools?

by Rob Beers
Harness Creek, MD

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I have always been interested in woodworking. Growing up, my father was constantly building something, and I was his Number 1 guy. So, when I saw that they offered woodworking shop classes in junior high, I immediately signed up. I continued with courses in senior high school and in college I progressed to more advanced courses, such as furniture design.

Fast forward 30 years, I am now a computer scientist and I have a number of hobbies but woodworking and fine furniture building continue to be my passion. I mainly work with exotic and highly figured domestic woods. I have built everything from beds, to live edge dining tables, console tables, mirrors, and cabinets. My latest project was a birthday present for my wife. I made her a cherry blanket chest lined with aromatic red cedar. There is inlaid black walnut and varied spaced dovetails. I added butterfly key joints and hand carved detail around the top of the chest to match the detail in the "paw feet." Yes, I said "paw feet"...inspired by our 130 pound black Labrador retriever, Cooper.

The joinery for this chest was created with the Leigh D4R Pro 24" Dovetail Jig and the Foredom 2252 Chisel Carving Kit , both purchased from Highland Woodworking. The piece was finished with tung and linseed oils and Waterlox Original Satin Topcoat . The Leigh Dovetail Jig was especially useful due to the flexibility and infinite setting of the dovetail framework. Thanks Highland for the exceptional service!

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Would you like to submit a project you made with your Highland Woodworking tool to this column? We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking project made with a tool (or tools) purchased from Highland Woodworking. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $25 store credit if we show your project in a future issue.

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