Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 129, May 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

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Since most of Festool's power tools are engineered for efficient and simple shop-vac connectivity, it's no surprise that Festool would also make highly innovative, full-featured shop vacuums.

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Inside This Issue

The Down to Earth Woodworker

Show Us Your Woodworking

Show Us Your Carving

Finishing: Crackle

Safety: Storing Bandsaw Blades

Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud

Women in Woodworking

Project Idea: Hall Table

Video: Lie-Nielsen 101 Block Plane

Blog: A Once-In- A-Lifetime
Problem for Tool Owners

The Highland Woodworker

Project: Wine-Pouring Machine

Poll: Hand Sanding?

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Universal Mobile Base

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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.

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Show Us Your Shop Bruce Macdonald

Show Us Your Shop
by Bruce Macdonald
Dunrobin, ON, Canada

This month we're featuring the workshop of Bruce Macdonald in Dunrobin, ON, Canada.

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.

See more of Bruce's shop

The Down to Earth Woodworker

The Down to Earth Woodworker - The Heretic
by Steve Johnson
Racine, WI

Not in the religious sense, but in the definition "Someone who believes or teaches something that goes against accepted or official beliefs," this down to earth woodworker can wholly identify. In this column I am going to be the consummate non-conformist, likely ruffling the feathers of a few, perhaps finding a few fellow heretics, and possibly even effecting a conversion amongst the willing.

In the next couple of column sections bring an open mind while we examine the cheapening, and utter commoditization, of a sacred wood joint, show why dust collection is often an exercise in futility, and look at what makes a piece of furniture popular in today's world. It's guaranteed to make you think (and possibly get angry with me).

The Down to Earth Woodworker - read more

Show Us Your Woodworking - Gary Wegner

Show Us Your Woodworking!

This month we are sharing the woodworking projects of Gary Wegner from Spokane, WA, who enjoys using Festool tools to make his woodworking projects.

Take a look at Gary's
woodworking projects

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.

May 7 Begin Character Carving
May 11 French Polish Workshop
May 21-22 Antique Restoration
May 24 Handtool Sharpening
May 25 Taming the Skew
May 26 Intro to Pen Turning
May 31 Basic Bowl Turning
June 2 Timber Framing
June 4 Hand Cut Dovetails
June 5 Router Basics
June 7-8 Carve a Wooden Spoon
June 11 Build a Tool Storage Box

Classes Suitable for Teens
View Slideshows of our past woodworking classes

Show Us Your Woodcarving

Show Us Your Woodcarving

This month we are featuring the carvings created by Shawn Watters who has been carving ever since college.

See more of Shawn's carvings

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel

Crackle Finishing Tip

Crackle Finishing

Through the years a decorative finish known as a "crackle" finish is still asked for by our customers. Now that the rustic look is back we are getting many more requests for this type of finish again. This finish is used to mimic a very old painted finish that has cracked and faded over a long period of time.

Here are 9 tips for finishing with Crackle

Bandsaw Storage Safety Tip

This month, Dave Scott has a tip for keeping band saw blades from getting in the way when they are not on the bandsaw.

Read the bandsaw blade storage safety tip

Tips From
Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop

Sticks in the Mud Workshop Tips

Sanding Tips

This month, Jim has a tip on keeping track of the number of sanding passes you make, as well as a money-saving tip on reusing sanding discs after they've been worn down by the sander.

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

Women in Woodworking - Marilyn Guthrie

Women in Woodworking - Meet Marilyn Guthrie
by Andrea Ramsay
Seattle, WA

This month Andrea interviews Marilyn Guthrie, who became interested in woodworking, like many people, after she found herself with a garage full of tools from remodeling her 1906 home.

Find out more about Marilyn and her woodworking

Building a Hall Table Project

Project Idea: Building a Hall Table, Part 1
by Forrest Bonner

A friend of ours moved into a new apartment locally and, since she has seen some of my woodwork, asked if I would build a narrow hall table for her. Always looking for new challenges, I said sure! We went on a fairly wide search on the internet for narrow tables and came across a Silky Oak and Redgum Hall Table by Australian Woodwork.

Read Part 1 of the building process

Instructional Videos and Demonstrations available on our YouTube Channel!

Lie-Nielsen 101 Block Plane

Lie-Nielsen 101 Block Plane Instructional Video

Take a look at the Lie Nielsen 101 Block Plane! Morton demonstrates how to set up and start using the versatile 'pocket' plane, a tool that will find many uses around your shop.

Watch the video to find out more

This Month on
The Highland Blog

A Once-In- A-Lifetime Problem for Tool Owners

This month on the Highland blog, Paul Burri discusses an important question, which you may not have thought of yet...What will happen to your tool collection when you're no longer around? Will it be passed down to the next generation in your family? Will it be donated to a school or local woodworking club?.

What will you do with your tools?

The Highland Woodworker

Watch the April 2016 episode of
The Highland Woodworker
featuring our interview with
Thomas Lie-Nielsen

Woodworking Poll

Woodworking Poll

Do you ever get into the Zen of hand sanding?

In this month's poll, Jim Randolph asks "Do you ever get into the Zen of hand sanding?"

Answer our poll

Wine Pouring Machine Woodworking Project

Project Idea: Wine-Pouring Machine
by Paul Burri

From my earliest days as a woodworker I resolved that I would never use any of the common, less expensive, soft woods like pine, fir or redwood. I also had the idea of making a series of machines (from these expensive woods) that would do all sorts of crazy, "labor-saving" but essentially useless jobs. In addition, I would make the machines as complicated as possible to increase the irony. One of these machines is the hand-cranked wine-pouring machine.

Read more about building a hand-cranked "wine-pouring" machine

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I recently purchased a 3/4 inch Wood Slicer blade. It certainly is everything you claimed it to be. My 18 inch bandsaw always frustrated me. I was never sure if it was the blade, the fence, or the guides. The saw now performs as it should, at a much lower decibel than before. The blade set-up instructions are informative and well written in layman's terms. Thank you for a quality product. — Dennis

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More Great Products for your Shop

Thinking of getting a SawStop for your workshop?

Your fingers are worth it!

NEW - Rikon 14 inch Deluxe Bandsaw

A great bandsaw for all woodworkers

David Barron Magnetic Dovetail Guide

Makes it easier than ever to achieve perfect handcut dovetails

Tormek T-7 Sharpener

The Tormek Grinder Sharpening system is unsurpassed for quality, versatility, accuracy and repeatability when grinding, sharpening and honing just about every tool in your workshop and home.

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Festool CT SYS HEPA Systainer Dust Extractor

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Brand New Book
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Essential Woodworking Hand tools

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Portamate 6-Shelf Lumber Rack

Lumber Rack Holds Up to 600 Lbs!

Sam Maloof - 36 Views of a Master Woodworker

Great New Book!


Sturdy Brothers Chisel Roll

The perfect storage solution for your finest chisels

Elipse Dust Mask

The ideal dust mask for woodworkers

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