Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 130, June 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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Inside This Issue

The Down to Earth Woodworker
Spring 2016 Book Specials
Book Review: Small Woodworking Projects
Show Us Your Woodworking
Show Us Your Carving
Tool Review: Sterling Roubo Curves
Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud
Project: Hall Table Part 2 - Drawers
Video: Veritas Workholding Solutions
Blog: The Truths to Appreciating Old Hand Planes
The Highland Woodworker Web TV
Project: "Crooked Cane" Walking Stick
Poll: How do you rate yourself as a woodworker?
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Show Us Your Shop Konrad Plachta

Show Us Your Shop

This month we're featuring the 193 square foot workshop of Konrad Plachta in Bridgenorth, Tasmania.

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 Konrad's shop

The Down to Earth Woodworker

The Down to Earth Woodworker - Wood Movement (An Overview)
by Steve Johnson
Racine, WI

Wood movement is perplexing, mysterious, and all too often, difficult to predict. I have been told since childhood to "read the wood." Sometimes it seems I am trying to read a foreign language.

Google Translate can help me read and answer questions posed by woodworkers from France, Germany, Russia, or almost anywhere else, but "wood speak" is not an option among Google's vast language repository. Frankly, any research on the subject of wood movement on the internet is frustrating. Much of the information encountered is confusing, misleading, or just flat-out wrong. So let's clear it up and make it as simple as possible. This month and in the next Down To Earth Woodworking column, we will delve into the subject deeply.

Along the way, we will dispel some fondly held, but incorrect, notions. We will learn some tips and tricks and a little science (but not so much as to make your head hurt). We will decode the confusing gibberish behind rift-sawn, quarter-sawn, and flat-sawn. The old "masters" of furniture building that sometimes make us feel inferior or at least retro-evolutionary will be "taken down a notch" (but of course in a kind and gentle way), and the whole concept of wood movement will become a secondary consideration --- once more, and correctly, elevating design and craftsmanship to their rightful place in the hierarchy of furniture building priorities. So let's get going…

The Down to Earth Woodworker - read more

Show Us Your Woodworking - Jim McAllister

Show Us Your Woodworking!

This month we are sharing the woodworking projects of Jim McAllister, who has been involved in woodworking since he was 10 and has used his woodworking skills in 5 of his different careers.

Take a look at Jim'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.

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
June 14 Hand Planes
June 15 French Polish Workshop
June 16 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
June 18 Spray Finishing
June 22 Sharpening for Turners
June 23 Intro to Pen Turning
June 25 Finishing 101
June 26 Beginning Turning
June 30 Milling and Jointing Lumber

Classes Suitable for Teens
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Show Us Your Woodcarving

Show Us Your Woodcarving!

This month we are featuring the bowl carvings made by Larry Hamm, who finds that carving bowls is much more enjoyable and rewarding than turning them.

See more of Larry's carvings

Understanding Drawknives and Spokeshaves with Grant Lutz

Featured Class: Understanding Drawknives and Spokeshaves
with Grant Lutz

We invite you to spend an evening with Grant Lutz as he illuminates the ways of the drawknife and spokeshave to help you get the most of what these tools have to offer. Grant will cover the different styles of drawknives and spokeshaves, from the old to the new, and their proper use for efficient stock removal. He'll go over the steps in reconditioning old drawknives to get them in shape so they can actually work and will show you methods and tips on sharpening their edges. Grant will also demonstrate using the tools while seated at a shavehorse, which is the favored method for holding stock when creating spindles with a drawknife and spokeshave. You'll learn about reading and following the fibers in the wood when shaping, a key concept in creating the strong, resilient parts needed for successful steam bending.

Sign up for Understanding Drawknives and Spokeshaves

Book Review: Small Woodworking Projects

Small Woodworking Projects
Sometimes, to break up the feeling of being stalled on a big project, you may need a smaller project or two that will bring the satisfaction of accomplishment more quickly. That is the objective of this book, Small Woodworking Projects , to present a series of shorter projects that, while individually challenging, need not take up a lot of shop time.

Read Norm Reid's review of
Small Woodworking Projects

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through June 30, 2016!

Woodworking Safety

This month, we're taking a look at all of our past safety tips. From bandsaw and table saw safety to finishing safety, we've got a variety of tips to keep you safe in the shop!

Have a safety tip of your own? Share it with us , and you could get a $25 Highland Woodworking gift card if we feature your tip in a future issue

Read all of our reader submitted tips and submit your own!

Tips From
Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop

Sticks in the Mud Workshop Tips

Nail Removal and Reuse

This month, Jim Randolph has a tip on how to remove nails and other hazards from wood you're planning to use for a project, as well as a money-saving tip on reusing those nails.

Read Tip #1 - Removing Stubborn Nails and Hazards from Wood

Read Tip #2 - Reusing Woodworking Nails

Sterling Roubo Curves Tool Review

Tool Review - Sterling Tool Works Roubo Curves
by Jeff Fleisher
New Market, VA

Roubo Curves are metal french curves by Sterling Tool Works. These are precision cut, thick gauge metal french curves that will let you draw curves on full scale drawings. These french curves will last a lifetime!

Find out more about the Roubo Curves in Jeff's review

Building a Hall Table Project - Part 2

Project Idea: Building a Hall Table, Part 2 - Drawers
by Forrest Bonner

Forrest Bonner continues his Hall Table project by making the drawers, drawer fronts, and drawer pulls. At this point in the project he was facing several "firsts" including his first time making drawers, and his first time hand-cutting dovetails.

Read Part 2 of the Building Process - Building the Drawers

Instructional Videos and Demonstrations available on our YouTube Channel!

Veritas Workholding Solutions

Veritas Workholding Solutions

Veritas' innovation in workbench accessories will take you well beyond traditional holdfast options. In our Veritas Workholding Video we will explore bench dogs, hold-downs, surface clamps, bench vises and other bench accessories. Veritas offers quick and easy workbench clamping solutions - hold your work firmly in place! We highlight each tool's unique way to clamp stock and offer various solutions for any type of workbench. Check out Matt's overview of a few of the Veritas work hold-downs.

Watch the video to find out more

This Month on
The Highland Blog

The Truths to Appreciating
Old Hand Planes

This month on the Highland blog, new blogger Mark Miller discusses his collection of old hand planes and the 4 truths that should be followed when using them in order to appreciate them.

Read the Hand Plane Truths

Taunton Press
Spring Specials

Woodworking Poll

Order any of the above 4 Taunton Press titles from us during June 2016 for 30% off list price.

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The Highland Woodworker

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

Woodworking Poll

Woodworking Poll

How do you rate yourself as a woodworker?

In this month's poll, Jim Randolph wants to know more about the readership of Wood News Online. He asks "how do you rate yourself as a woodworker?"

Answer our poll

Cane-Walking Stick Woodworking Project

Project Idea: Crooked Cane
by Paul Burri

I have found that in my woodworking "career" I get into one thing or another and stick with that until it starts to bore me or I get the bug about something else. I have gone through a pen-making stage, a bowl-turning phase, a boomerang phase and a Platonics-solids phase. Lately I've been in a walking stick phase and my most recent project was a "crooked cane." (It's great for rough roads and broken sidewalks in case you were wondering).

Read more about how Paul created his walking stick/crooked cane

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