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CLASS: Build a Bookcase with Jim Dillon, March 22-23

Build a Bookcase with Jim Dillon In this beginners class, you'll learn about carcass design and build a modern design bookcase with a hardwood frame measuring 4 tall x 30 wide. Besides learning construction methods for framed cases, Jim will also cover how a few changes in the design of the apron & crown trim can alter a case to have an Early American or Mission feel. Upon completion of the class you'll take home your very own bookcase ready for finishing.

Build a Bookcase with Jim Dillon, March 22-23
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.

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
Apr 6 Sharpening for Turners
Apr 7 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
Apr 9 Hand Cut Dovetails
Apr 12 Hand Tool Sharpening
Apr 14 Milling and Jointing
Apr 16 Intro to Marquetry
Apr 17 Tablesaw Basics
Apr 18-21 Cabinetmaking Basics
Apr 23-24 Build a Backsaw
Apr 26 Handplanes
Apr 30 Basic Bowl Turning
Apr 30 Spray Finishing

Classes Suitable for Teens

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The Anarchist's
Design Book

by Christopher Schwarz

The Anarchist's Design Book Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

The Anarchist's Design Book , the latest book by Christopher Schwarz once again breaks new ground in the field of woodworking literature. It is, as its title states, a design book. But Schwarz delivers far more than a selection of designs. He introduces us in a structured way to vernacular furniture (the stuff common folks made and used daily) as an alternative to the more ornate and stylized pieces that populate museums and adorn the homes of the wealthy. Along the way, he seizes many opportunities to teach alternative methods of building the designs he presents, bringing them within reach of woodworkers at practically all levels of experience.

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

Woodworking Projects | Scott Wilson This month we are featuring a variety of "eclectic" woodworking projects made by Scott Wilson, who started woodworking in High School with the help of his woodworking Father.

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Woodcarving Projects | Sylvia Hilpertshauser
Show Us Your Woodcarving!
This month we are featuring the carvings of Sylvia Hilpertshauser, an apprentice carver at the Swiss school of Woodcarving in Brienz, Switzerland.

CLICK HERE to see more of Sylvia's Carvings:
What Have You Made With Your Highland Woodworking Tools?

Leigh D4R Pro 24" Dovetail Jig and Foredom 2252 Chisel Carving Kit

Leigh D4R Pro 24” Dovetail Jig | Robert Beers 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 Cherry Blanket Chest made by our customer, Robert Beers, with the help of his Leigh D4R Pro 24" Dovetail Jig and the Foredom 2252 Chisel Carving Kit , both available from Highland Woodworking.

CLICK HERE to read more and submit for this column:
Artisan Spotlight: Shop
Tour of Vesper Tools

Have you ever wondered what a one-man tool shop looks like? I had the pleasure of visiting Chris Vesper's workshop in Melbourne, Australia a few months back, and he was nice enough to give me a peek into the inner workings of an artisan tool maker shop.

CLICK HERE to read more:

Bad Axe Saws

By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

Bad Axe Saws
I was very excited when Highland asked me to do a review of some saws from Bad Axe Tool Works. I may be a little biased since I already own three of their saws. I have been extremely pleased with my saws and I was anxious to see how the saws that Highland Woodworking is now carrying, especially the new Stiletto dovetail saw, compare.

CLICK HERE to read Jeff's review:

CLICK HERE to find out more info on Bad Axe Saws:

Tips From
Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop

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

This month Jim shares a tip on marking a straight line on odd-shaped materials, as well as a money-saving tip on different resources for writing down notes throughout your shop.

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

Safety Tip Banner

This month, Justin Kirk has a safety tip on emptying your shirt pockets before leaning over the tablesaw.

CLICK HERE to read Justin's Safety Tip:

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!


Video of the Month
Festool TXS Cordless Drill and Centrotec Set

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

Festool TXS Cordless Drill and Centrotec Set

This month we're featuring a Festool USA product tour of the Festool TXS Cordless Drill and Festool Centrotec Set. Designed to feel like an extension of your hand, the new T-handle version of the Festool compact drill/driver is a delight to hold. When purchased with a TXS, the Centrotec Set provides multiple advantages to your drilling needs.

CHECK OUT the Festool TXS Cordless Drill and Centrotec Set:

Ask the Staff

Question:  I am making a pair of Adirondack chairs out of cypress for my daughter. The chairs will live in the Seattle area. What finish would you recommend for this wet climate?

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

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Inside This Issue
Women in Woodworking
Book Review: The Anarchist's Design Book
Tool Review: Bad Axe Saws
Project Idea: Barn Wood Star
Artisan Spotlight: Vesper Tools
Poll: Shop Priorities
Get Woodworking Week - Join Us!
Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month
Finishing: Silicone Contamination

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 Chuck Johnson in Taylorsville, UT.

CLICK HERE to see more of Chuck's shop:
My "Postage-Stamp-Sized" Workshop!

By Anne Briggs Bohnett
Seattle, WA

Small Workshop

When we found out our contributor, Anne Briggs Bohnett had a shop that was only 140 square feet, we knew our readers would want to see it. When you find out what Anne was able to do with her space and how she was able to make it a shop of her own you'll be wanting to transform your own laundry room into your new shop!

CLICK HERE to see Anne's tiny workshop:

Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

Switchable Magnets & Featherboards

Advertise Your Workshop & Woodworking!

More Remodeling Surprises. Some Funny, Some Not So Pleasant!

A Couple Of More Things

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve discusses the MagSwitch lineup of featherboards and work-holding devices, questions what a woodworking advertisement might look like, shares some current remodeling "surprises" he has encountered, and shares his most recent YouTube video series of a Bath Vanity build.

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Magswitch Innovative Featherboards

Magswitch Featherboards There's much more than initially meets the eye on this superb workholding system for your tablesaw and other shop tools. A turn of a knob instantly mounts or releases the unit exactly where you want it on your cast iron or steel saw table. A host of clever devices mount to the base unit allowing safe and accurate work for whatever cuts you need to make. CLICK HERE for more info

Fine Woodworking Magazine Fine Woodworking Magazine Celebrates 40 Years

Congratulations to our longtime friends at the Taunton Press. This year the magazine is celebrating its 40th year of publishing. Highland Woodworking has advertised in every issue of FWW since their early years. This month we are also sponsoring the 40th Anniversary section of their website. Their recent podcast "ShopTalk Live" featured an interview with Charles Brock, our friend and host of The Highland Woodworker web TV show

CLICK HERE to visit the FWW 40th Anniversary page:

CLICK HERE to watch a portion of Shop Talk Live:

Instantly access any article ever published in Fine Woodworking,
for only $69.99

This brand new 2015 edition of this DVD archive contains every article published in the 250 issues of Fine Woodworking magazine over the past 40 years. Easily search and view an entire generation's worth of woodworking wisdom.

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Finishing Wood with Alan Noel

wood finishing Silicone Contamination

When first starting out in the finishing business, from time to time I would encounter a problem when spraying on my first coats of lacquer sealers on the furniture I was refinishing. The sealer would start to crawl forming little round craters in small areas of the surface, but seemingly not over the entire surface.

Here are 7 tips to help with this problem:

Women in Woodworking
Megan Brantley

By Andrea Ramsay
Seattle, WA

This month, Andrea interviews Megan Brantley, who got into spoon carving after taking a trip down to Atlanta with her husband, and purchasing 2 carving knives from Highland Woodworking.

CLICK HERE to read Megan's story:

This Month on
The Highland Blog

Get WoodWorking Week 2016

Highland Woodworking is participating in Get Woodworking Week from March 20-26, 2016. This is a chance to promote woodworking to the online community at large and encourage everyone to get some time in their shop, or create a shop! The purpose of the week is to get people off their couches and into their shops to try their hand at woodworking or to pick up the craft again if it has been a while since they have tried it.

CLICK HERE to find out how to participate:

Our March Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

The Lie-Nielsen Honing Guide

Lie-Nielsen Honing Guide

In this popular column, Lee Laird discusses the new Lie-Nielsen Honing Guide, a long-awaited version of the long lived, economy made, side-clamp style honing guides.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen Honing Guide:

Take a closer look at the Lie-Nielsen Honing Guide:
Building a Honing Board for
the Lie-Nielsen Honing Guide

wood finishing
If you, like many of us, have previously been using one of the inexpensive guides with a honing board, you will need to make another board to work with the New Lie-Nielsen Honing Guide . The dimensions of the Lie-Nielsen Honing Guide are different enough that each 5-degree incremental angle stop on previous boards will not work.

CLICK HERE to find out how to make a Honing Board:

Half Price Clearance

Woodworking Poll

What are the priorities in your shop?

In this month's poll, Jim Randolph asks "Would you rather work on your shop or work on projects, or, do you get equal joy from both?"

CLICK HERE to answer our poll:

Barn Wood Star

Project Idea:
Barn Wood Star

By Andrew Morgan
Kennesaw, GA

My buddy Marvin and I had some old barn wood laying round and so we decided to cut out a rustic looking star. At first we were a little nervous about this because of all the angles, but once we did a couple we realized it wasn't that hard. We've decided to share the technique in case you want to make one yourself.

CLICK HERE to learn how:

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 Steve Johnson take us on a product tour of the different types of Festool sanding paper/abrasives. Steve delves into the differences of each kind and what will work best with your random orbit sander.

Festool Abrasives

Festool Abrasives

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!

Now's the Best Time Ever
to Buy a SawStop!

Purchase any model SawStop PCS Cabinet Saw during March or April, 2016 and receive a $199 accessory FOR FREE as a factory rebate! Choose either the SawStop PCS integrated mobile base or the overarm mount for the dust collector (Both accessories are shown already mounted on the saw pictured above). The SawStop has already saved the fingers of thousands of woodworkers from serious injury. Don't put it off any longer! Now is the best time ever to add a SawStop to your workshop.

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SawStop is the safest tablesaw

Tormek T-7 Sharpener
SALE, only $599

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.

Quantity is LIMITED! Get yours today!

New Festool VAC SYS
Vacuum Clamping System

This superb new workholding system will change the way you work. Bringing Festool ingenuity and efficiency to the task, the VAC SYS will provide a strong, stable base for securely holding workpieces in a variety of shapes and sizes while you sand or machine them. Once clamped, you can rotate your workpiece through 360 degree and tilt it through 90 degree with ease.

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David Barron Magnetic Dovetail Saw Guide

ITEMITEMITEM These ingenious guides make it easier than ever to achieve perfect dovetails with your handsaw. The guides feature powerful magnets that secure your handsaw's blade at the proper angle while you are executing the cut. They work for cutting both pins and tails on both through and half-blind dovetails. CLICK HERE for more info:

Save $40 on our Earlex HV5500 Sprayer Package Deal

Earlex has juiced up the turbine motor on its ever-popular HV5000 Spray Station, creating its higher-performance successor, the Earlex HV5500 Spray Station.

JUST $299.99 for a LIMITED TIME:

CLICK HERE to watch a video product tour of the Earlex HV5500:

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 now available.

CLICK HERE to order:

Fine Woodworking 40th Anniversary Classic Re-Releases
FWW 40th Anniversary Releases

Now back in print for a limited time! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Fine Woodworking, the Taunton Press is re-releasing a number of classic titles from the early days of the magazine. Long out of print, the books are filled with expert information that's as timeless now as when it was first published.

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Modular Bar Gauge System Woodpeckers OneTime Tool
Modular Bar Gauge System

Double your accuracy with the Modular Bar Gauge System. This tool is not only the ultimate inside measurement tool, but new "Mushroom-style" tips make it a dead-on outside measurement tool! These new tips and new, modular style connecting rods allow measurements from as little as 8-1/4" all the way up to 96-5/8".

Deadline to order is Mar. 14, 2016

The Highland Woodworker Web TV
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Record Power Carving Tool Set with Quickstart Guide and DVD Record Power Carving Tool Set with Quick Start Guide and DVD

FREE Downloadable Plans

This is a great value for the woodworker or woodturner who wants to add the craft of woodcarving to their skill set. 12 numbered, carefully-selected tool patterns are integrated into a step-by-step quick-start project guide, greatly simplifying and accelerating the learning process for fast results.

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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.

CLICK HERE for more info:

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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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 I just recently purchased your wood slicer 3/4" resaw blade and it is great. I mean for the price, it beats the heck out of my 1" carbide blade. Thanks,

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