Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 128, April 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: Build a Backsaw with Tom Calisto, April 23-24

Build a Backsaw with Tom Calisto Building your own backsaw is not as difficult as you would think. In 2 days Tom will guide you through crafting your own saw that will slice through wood as well as any on the market. Beginning with a rough tote, precision milled brass back, brass saw nuts and a blank spring steel saw plate you will transform these components into a high end saw.

Build a Backsaw with Tom Calisto, April 23-24
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.

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 17 Tablesaw Basics
Apr 18-21 Cabinetmaking Basics
Apr 23-24 Build a Backsaw
Apr 26 Handplanes
Apr 30 Spray Finishing
May 4 Finishing the Finish
May 7 Beginning Character Carving
May 11 French Polish Workshop
May 17 Intro to Chip Carving

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Show Us Your Woodworking!

Woodworking Projects | Rachel Curray This month we are featuring 2 beautiful projects by Rachel Curray, a Studio Art major at Cal State Long Beach who has been featured on the The Offerman Woodshop blog.

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Woodcarving Projects | Doug Sullivan
Show Us Your Woodcarving!
This month we are featuring the carvings created by Doug Sullivan, who has taught himself a lot of carving techniques by watching YouTube videos.

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What Have You Made With Your Highland Woodworking Tools?

Carter Magfence

Carter Magfence | David Ziff 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 several hardwood projects made by our customer, David Ziff, with the help of his Carter Magfence , available at Highland Woodworking.

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Sturdy Brothers Apron
Sturdy Brothers Apron and Chisel Roll

By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA

Sturdy Brothers Chisel Roll Sturdy Brothers is a Georgia-based small-business making beautifully hand-crafted waxed canvas and leather goods. Highland recently started carrying a line of their products including their shop aprons and chisel rolls, which Jeff reviews in this month's column.

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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 shares a tip on building a mechanism to help loosen thumbscrews on his blade-holding devices, as well as a money-saving woodworking tip involving the recycling of old socks.

Read this month's tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop!

Safety Tip Banner

This month, Doug Lewis shares his "safety first" practices that he uses every time he enters his shop.

What are Doug's "Safety-First" Practices?

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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Video of the Month
The Merits of Using Festool Power Tools

Each month we're featuring a video highlighting the benefits of different Festool Power Tools.

Merits of Festool Power Tools

This month we're featuring a Festool USA video of Kayleen McCabe from DIY network's Rescue Renovation , who discusses the merits of using Festool power tools on her show.

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Ask the Staff

From our Ask the Staff October 2007 archives:

 I had a mahogany front door installed on my house about 8 months ago, and the finish is already peeling off. The installer said they used an exterior finish purchased at a home center. Why didn't the finish last longer, and how should I go about fixing it?

Here's the answer:

E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.
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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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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
MagSwitch Video Product Tour
Women in Woodworking-Julia Harrison
Tool Review: Sturdy Brothers Aprons/Rolls
Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud
Spring 2016 Book Specials
Poll: What's On Your "Workshop Playlist?"
Blog: Get Woodworking Week Round-Up
Book Review: Mortise & Tenon Magazine
The Unfinished Symphony
Tool Making for the Woodshop
Browse Our Online Catalog

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're featuring the workshop of James Huggett in Earlysville, VA.

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Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

Of Yourself, By Yourself… Making A YouTube Video

Cheese Plate

Technology Update For Woodworkers

Spring Shop Organization Time

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve shares some tips and ideas for those who want to start their own woodworking YouTube channel, provides a "spare time" cheese plate project idea, addresses some new technology gadgets for woodworkers, and discusses his newest online class, "More Space & Time In Your Workshop."

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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 Steve Johnson take us on a product tour of the Magswitch Workholding System. There's much more than initially meets the eye on this superb workholding system for your tablesaw and other shop tools.

Magswitch Workholding System

Magswitch Workholding System

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!

Women in Woodworking
Julia Harrison

By Andrea Ramsay
Seattle, WA

This month, Andrea interviews Julia Harrison, a wood carver in the Pacific Northwest, who is often traveling. She uses her small traveling carving set and wood found in each area to carve different pieces that are meaningful to each local community.

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Mortise & Tenon Magazine

Mortise and Tenon Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

When I opened Mortise & Tenon and handled its richly-illustrated pages, I was in no way disappointed. The many photos—both color and black and white—drew me into its stories and created an immediate desire to read it cover to cover, something I did in very short order. What I discovered, when I did, was a magazine that plows ground not currently cultivated by any other single publication on furniture or furniture-making.

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This Month on
The Highland Blog

Get WoodWorking Week Round-Up

Thanks to everyone who submitted their tips, projects, and photos for #GetWoodworking Week. In case you missed any of the tips or projects discussed, we've got a full round-up on our blog! Now you can #GetWoodworking anytime!

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The Unfinished Symphony

The Unfinished Symphony By Bob Rummer
Lawrence, KS

In his most recent article, popular Wood News contibutor, Bob Rummer, discusses how a woodworker's unfinished woodworking projects can be compared to a famous composers "unfinished symphony", and offers tips on how you can get back into working on your projects so they'll be "finished."

What is the Unfinished Symphony?:

Tool Making for the Wood Shop

Tool Making for the Wood Shop By Kerry Lambertson
Finland, MN

The clever woodworker, with a few basic tools, many of which are probably already on hand, can become a metalworker, and make or modify many simple tools. This approach offers all kinds of advantages. Shop­made tools are sometimes more affordable than their hardware­store counterparts, and often of equal or better quality, not to mention being customized to the job at hand.

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The Highland Woodworker Web TV
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Moment With a Master - Warren May VIDEO INTERVIEW:
Moment With a Master - Warren May

Enjoy Charles Brock's recent video interview with master dulcimer maker Warren May of Berea, Kentucky, part of our Web TV show, The Highland Woodworker. Moment With a Master is sponsored by Woodpeckers .

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Half Price Clearance

Woodworking Poll

What's On Your "Workshop Playlist?"

In this month's poll, Jim Randolph asks "What's On Your 'Workshop Playlist?'" What music "gets you going?" What music "gets you in the mood for woodworking?"

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False Graining Techniques

False Graining Techniques Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

This book, well-illustrated in full color, is filled with ideas and inspiration. It's a quick, fun read that will leave you full of ideas about ways you can simulate wood grain or, if you choose, apply riotous colors and patterns to your projects.

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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.

Tormek T-7 - Quantity is LIMITED! Get yours today!

Sjobergs Elite Workbench Package Deal Sjobergs Elite Workbench
with SM08 Shelf Cabinet Package Deal

The Sjobergs Elite is among the finest workbenches made anywhere. For a limited time, our package deal offer includes the Elite 2500 workbench plus an attractive storage cabinet that mounts beneath the benchtop providing 2 shelves and 2 cabinets with doors.

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David Barron Magnetic Dovetail Saw Guide

Highland Woodworking is the Exclusive
US Dealer

These bestselling 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.

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Festool Systainer
Dust Extractor

The CT SYS is Festool's most compact, portable dust extractor. The Dust Extractor fits inside a Systainer 2 and comes with a hose garage the size of a Systainer 1. It's small enough to carry around with the included shoulder strap. When you're using the CT SYS, you can remove the hose garage to maximize portablility.

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NEW - Rikon 14" Deluxe
Bandsaw 10-326

Rikon's new model 10-326 14" bandsaw has been upgraded from the 10-325 and now offers spring-loaded, tool-less blade guides, as well as quick-lock table trunnion and a quick-adjust fence system with 6" tall rip fence.

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Rikon Universal Mobile Base Universal Mobile Base
Just $39.99 - Save $20

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 leveling feet.

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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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The Woodworker -
The Charles Hayward Years

After 8 years in the making, these select articles from The Woodworker Magazine have been bound together in 2 volumes by Christopher Schwarz and the Lost Art Press staff. The articles showcase Charles H. Hayward (1898-1998) as the most important workshop writer and editor of the 20th century during a time where hand tools and machinery were in strong competition with one another.

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The Anarchist's
Design Book

by Christopher Schwarz

The Anarchist's Design Book

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.

Read J. Norman Reid's review of The Anarchist's Design Book:

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Blade Gauge Woodpeckers OneTime Tool
Blade Gauge

Set a precise saw blade angle in seconds. Woodpeckers latest OneTime Tool takes all the guesswork out of setting your table saw or miter saw to the angles you use all the time. Pick the size you want for either 10" or 12" blades, or get both sizes and save.

Woodpeckers OneTime Tool - Deadline to order is Apr. 25, 2016

NEW - Wooden Rules

NEW - Wooden Rules These outstanding American-made wooden rules will remind you of the tool your grandfather used in his shop. Each rule is made from a single piece of select hard maple and bound with inlaid brass caps. The numbers and graduations are engraved and filled with with a blackening slurry. (They are not stamped on.) They are coated in a tough clear coat to protect against wear and grime.

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NEW - Heirloom Timeline Growth Rule

NEW - Wooden Rules Many parents record the growth of their children with marks on a wall. The heirloom growth rule is a more elegant and beautiful way do that, plus you can take it with if you ever move. All graduations and markings are engraved, then hand-filled with black pigment - not printed on the surface.

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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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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.

Elipse 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 The Wood Slicer is a dream and certainly lives up to its reputation!! WishI had been using it earlier in life. Thanks,
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