Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 112, December 2014 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
Sharpening for Turners Class
with Hal Simmons, Dec. 17


Sharpening for Turners One of the first skills a woodturner needs to learn is how to properly sharpen his/her tools. There is a direct relationship between sharp tools and the ability to turn well. This class is especially helpful for beginning turners, as well as those who've been turning for some time, but have never learned how to produce a sharp edge.

Sharpening for Turners, Dec. 17
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.

Dec 6 Build a Tool Storage Box
Dec 6 Finishing 101
Dec 7 Bandsaw Basics
Dec 10 Finishing the Finish
Dec 11 Milling & Jointing Lumber
Dec 16 Hand Planes
Dec 17 Sharpening for Turners
Dec 18 Hand Cut Mortise & Tenon
Dec 20 Beginning Turning
Dec 21 Basic Bowl Turning
Jan 3 Basic Bowl Turning
Jan 4 Beginning Turning
Jan 6 Hand Tool Sharpening
Jan 7 Taming the Skew
Jan 8 Milling & Jointing Lumber
Jan 13 Table Saw Orientation
Jan 17-18 Build a Pair of Saw Benches with Christopher Schwarz
Jan 21 French Polish Workshop
Jan 22 Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon
Jan 24 Hand Cut Dovetails
Jan 29 Cabinetmaking Basics
Jan 31 Beginning Character Carving

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Someday you'll be really glad you gave yourself a SawStop Table Saw for Christmas this year
SawStop PCS Tablesaw

Most likely that day will be the same day you assemble it in your shop and first turn it on, because you'll realize you now own a truly superb table saw. And sometime down the road, if the blade on your SawStop suddenly and unexpectedly nicks a tiny little scratch on a thumb or finger, you'll be REALLY glad all over again.


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Kids Tool Kit with REAL Tools - a Great Gift for
your Child or Grandchild


Our Kids Tool Kit contains real tools of a quality that will serve any woodworker, and we've selected them based on what's needed for the kind of woodworking projects that kids are likely to undertake.

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Boxed Set of 6
Narex Premium Chisels

Boxed Set of 6 Narex Premium Chisels

These premium Czech-made Narex bevel-edged chisels are of exceptional quality. The blades are nicely tempered chrome-manganese steel (Rc 59) shaped in the slimmer cross section that joiners prefer. They will take and hold a beautiful edge without brittleness. The set includes a handsome protective wooden box for storage.

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Rikon Bandsaws and Planers

BIG SAVINGS on Rikon
Bandsaws and Planers


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Show Us Your Woodworking!

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This month we are featuring a different type of woodworking "project" than normal. Adrian Burleigh has submitted several of his own tool constructions including a Recycled Oak Timber Work Bench, a Turning Saw, a Panel Gauge, and a Moxon Vise.

CLICK HERE to see Adrian's projects:
Show Us Your Woodcarving!

We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your carving along with captions and a brief history and description of your carvings. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store credit if we show your carving in a future issue.

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This month we are featuring the inspirational carvings of Wilson Lee, Jr, whose work represents comments on the world in which he lives.

CLICK HERE to see more of Wilson's woodcarvings:
Tips From
Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop


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


This month Jim has two tips involving dust control, including the benefits of having a separate room in your shop for your dust collector, as well as an easy and convenient way to dry off your dust mask.

CLICK HERE to read this month's tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop!
Electric Bass Guitar Build Part 5

Building an Electric Bass Guitar: Part 5 - Frets, Bridge, and Saddles

By Lee Laird
Austin, TX


This month Lee is almost done with his bass guitar. In this installment he discusses the installation of the Frets, Bridge, and Saddles.

Read more about the build HERE:
Ask the Staff

Question:  Why have I never seen a plan for a wooden bench longer than 5 feet?

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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.

Safety Tip Banner

This month, Ralph Lombardo offers a safety tip on quitting while you're ahead when you are working with the big tools.

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Woodworking Tool Catalog

Our latest Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!

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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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Highland Gift Cards

Can't decide? Here's an awesome present that's sure to be appreciated by just about every woodworker!

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Tools of the Trade Banner

Charles Brock has singled out the specific tools he uses when building his sculptured chairs and listed them in one place for easy selection by woodworkers undertaking this challenging project.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Inside This Issue
Book Review: The Perfect Edge
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Show Us Your Shop
Building an Electric Bass Guitar, Part 5
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Bench Plans
Tool Review: Micro-Jig GRR-Rip Block
The Great Sawbo - Part 3
Project: Broken Hockey Stick Bench
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Finishing in Cold Weather
SAFETY: Quit While You Are Ahead

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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 Mike Lawrence's out-building shop located in Louisville, KY.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at Mike's shop:


Exceptional Gift Ideas

Join the Highland staff as we talk about tools we like to suggest as gifts and why we like them.

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Start your wishlist on our website:
Down to Earth Woodworker Banner

By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin


Leadlight Window Frame

Easy-To-Build Finishing Enclosure

Head-To-Head Showdown!

More Space & Time In Your Shop

Steven Johnson Picture This month, Steve begins a new Leadlight Window Frame project, finishes his Dust Free Finishing Enclosure project, and has a product showdown between two types of paper towels that help clean your shop.

CLICK HERE to read more:
Micro-Jig GRR-Rip Block
TOOL REVIEW:
Micro-Jig GRR-Rip Push Block


By Jeffrey Fleisher
New Market, VA


It is hard to make the statement that a push block can be a revolutionary tool but the Micro-Jig GRR-Rip Block contains some exceptional features.

CLICK HERE to see how the GRR-Rip Block can help you:


HIGHLAND VIDEO: Product Tours and Tool Demonstrations available on our YouTube Channel!

Check out the great product tour videos and demonstrations on our YouTube Channel. Our good friends Morton, David & Steve demonstrate some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.

Click below to watch David Picciuto, The Drunken Woodworker, discuss the Elipse P100 Dust Mask.


Elipse P100 Dust Mask

Are there any products you'd like to see in a product tour? If so, we invite you to EMAIL US and let us know what YOU would like to see!



This Month on
The Highland Blog

The Awesome Responsibility
of Being a Woodworking
Grandpa


This month we shared a blog conversation between several woodworkers who have all just recently become grandfathers. They discussed the awesome responsibility of having to pass down their woodworking knowledge to the next generation.

CLICK HERE to read the discussion:


BOOK REVIEW: Ron Hock's The Perfect Edge

The Perfect Edge Review by
J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA


Ron Hock is, justifiably, a blade maker of renown. In this book, The Perfect Edge, he has given us a perfect introduction to the practice of sharpening the tools we woodworkers regularly employ. This well-crafted, clearly-written and sometimes humorous book answers many of the vexing questions woodworkers ask. Hock opens with the question, "why sharpen"?

CLICK HERE to find out why:



Project: Broken
Hockey Stick Bench

By Dan Zehner
West Lafayette, IN


August 20th was a day like any other. It was a tough day at work as an engineer, but then one email changed it all. A well-known Canadian marketing agent contacted me to build a "few" benches from broken hockey sticks for a hockey festival.

CLICK HERE to read about the project:

The Great Sawbo - Part 3
By Scott Stahl
Kankakee, Illinois


In Part 1, we milled the stock, prepared the mortises, and glued both halves of the top. In Part 2 we did the fitting of the Roubo bench joint and final gluing of the bench top. Now in the finale we add the leg vise, throw on some finish, and finally have a completed Sawbo.

CLICK HERE to read Part 3:
Finishing Wood with Alan Noel

wood finishing Finishing in Cold Weather

Now that most of the country has experienced temperatures below 50 this year, it's time to start thinking about how to handle your finishing processes in this colder weather.

Here are SEVEN tips for cold weather finishing:



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Order any of the above 4 books from us during December 2014
for 33% off list price.


Click here for more details and to LOOK INSIDE each of the books:



Visit Fox Chapel Publishing's
big Open House event in
Lancaster, PA May 8-9, 2015

Give yourself the gift of a great experience: a trip to Fox Chapel Publishing's annual Open House in Lancaster, PA next spring, May 8-9, 2015. You'll find woodworking classes, hands-on demonstrations, and shopping at a cool outdoor museum.
CLICK HERE to read more:


Woodworkers Wanted for Submissions
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Exquisite 4" Marking Gauge

Hamilton 4inch Cherry Marking Gauge Besides becoming one of the most beautiful tools in your entire shop, this marking gauge handmade in cherry by Jeff Hamilton will outperform any other marking gauge you've ever used. Its cryogenically heat treated blade has been honed to 8000X, and its fingernail grind shape will excel in marking in both grain directions while helping pull the fence tight against your workpiece.

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SAVE $96 with our Tormek T-7 Holiday Package Deal

Now through Dec. 31, 2014, we're including FOR FREE a handy rotating base worth $55, as well as the SVM-45 Knife Jig worth $39. If you've been wanting a Tormek T-7 to streamline sharpening in your shop, now is the time to buy!

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Sjobergs Elite Workbench With FREE Cabinet Sjobergs Elite Workbench With FREE Cabinet

The Sjobergs Elite is among the finest workbenches made anywhere. For a limited time ending Dec. 31, 2014, we are including at no extra charge an attractive storage cabinet that mounts beneath the benchtop providing 2 shelves and 2 cabinets with doors.

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Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Jig - Intro $299.99 SALE Ends Dec. 31
NEW Leigh RTJ400 Router Table Jig
Leigh's latest new 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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Festool Vecturo Oscillating Tool System NEW Festool Vecturo
Oscillating Tool System


Festool has evolved the oscillating tool concept to a whole new standard. The Festool Vecturo will become the installer and renovator's best friend, and can provide any woodworker with capabilities and efficiency never before experienced.

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Calvin Cobb,
Radio Woodworker
by Roy Underhill


Calvin Cobb, Radio Woodworker by Roy Underhill For over 30 years our friend Roy Underhill has brought a wealth of woodworking tradition into our homes via his TV series The Woodwright's Shop. Now Roy has broken new ground with his first novel, a woodworking thriller that includes Nazis, a supercomputer, bureaucratic blundering and inopportune inoperative wooden legs. Let this book be a pleasant find under your tree on Christmas morning.

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NEW - The Book of Plates
by André-Jacob Roubo

Roubo's Book of Plates

New from the Lost Art Press, the Book of Plates is 472 pages long and contains every single plate from all of the volumes of Roubo's 18th-century masterpiece. It is an intoxicating look at 18th-century work, everything from furniture to architectural woodwork, carriage-making, marquetry and garden woodwork.

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NEW Festool Sys-AZ
Pull Out Drawers


Festool Sys-AZ Pull Out Drawers Festool's Sys-Ports are great organizing tools, but they don't fit into everyone's shop layout or budget. With the new Sys-AZ Pull Out Drawers, you can have the same function, but customized and at a more affordable price. Each Sys-AZ fits a standard Systainer and includes drawer slides. The drawer slides extend fully so you can open the lids of your Systainers when the drawers are pulled out.

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NEW SawStop
Sliding Crosscut Table


NEW SawStop Sliding Crosscut Table SawStop's new Sliding Crosscut Table can be installed on any SawStop table saw to make it exceptionally easy to accomplish repeatably accurate crosscuts even on large sheet goods up to 48" in depth. This is a heavy-duty accessory with many features that help allow smooth user-friendly operation.

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NEW 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.

See why it is the ideal dust solution for woodworkers:


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. 28" flexible arm allows easy aim.

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


This new DVD archive contains every article in the 244 issues of Fine Woodworking magazine published in the past 39 years. Easily search and view an entire generation's worth of woodworking wisdom. While supplies last, save $30 off the $99.95 list price.

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The Highland Woodworker Web TV
CLICK ABOVE to watch our new December 2014 episode


Steel City HSS Helical Planer
with free set of Carbide Cutters
Only $499.99


With its patented cutterhead design, Steel City was the first company to bring a helical-style benchtop planer to market at an affordable price. The latest model now comes equipped with 26 HSS cutters and we add a spare set of 26 CARBIDE CUTTERS for free!

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Rikon 12 inch Premium Mini-Lathe, only $299.99
while supplies last




We love this little lathe. It's what our students use in our turning classes. With it you can turn bowls up to 12" diameter, and with an optional bed extension it can even be expanded to turn spindles up to 40" long.

CLICK HERE for more info:


New Axiom Precision Professional CNC

New Axiom Precision Professional CNC We are excited to have partnered with the guys at Axiom Precision to offer CNC machines that are designed and built to rigorous standards to meet the needs of commercial CNC users, yet are priced to be affordable for small shops. As we are an Axiom marketing affiliate, simply click the link below to visit their website directly as a Highland customer.

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Benchcrafted Vises Are Available from Highland

Benchcrafted Vises We are pleased to offer Benchcrafted vises, the finest workbench hardware made anywhere, along with detailed plans for building your own Roubo-style workbench.

See our Benchcrafted Vises:



WORKBENCH SALE
Save up to $200
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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WOOD SLICER Testimonial

Wood Slicer resawing blade I purchased one of these blades several months ago but it was just lately that I installed it on my Jet 18” band saw. I did a resaw on some cherry from 1” down to 1/2” and you could have knocked me over with a feather. I have never had a band saw blade that cut so easy and straight, with such little effort. I did 6 or 7 more pieces of cherry just to make sure I was not dreaming. In the past I have had so much trouble trying to get a good cut while resawing that I was about to abandon the band saw. I had been using my table saw but that wastes so much wood due to the thicker blade. Just had to let you guys know how satisfied I am with this blade. I am going to buy another just to have on hand.

-Don Emmerling, Johnstown, OH

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