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Beginning Caricature Carving Class, Sat. Aug 11

Carving caricatures is a highly enjoyable way to have fun while being creative. This class will jumpstart all the skills you need to carve small 3-dimensional figurines. Instructor Jim LeClaire will lead you step-by-step, and by the end of class you will have created your own figurine from a block of wood, and know how to make more.

Beginning Caricature Carving Class

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.

Aug 7   Hand Tool Sharpening
Aug 11   Character Carving
Aug 11   Antiques Show and Tell
Aug 12   Turning a Peppermill
Aug 18   Beginning Turning
Aug 18   Spray Finishing
Aug 19   Basic Bowl Turning
Aug 21   Hand Planes
Aug 25   Basic Bowl Turning
Aug 25-26   Antique Restoration
Aug 26   Natural Edge Bowl Turning
Aug 30   Timber Framing
Sep 5   Sharpening for Turners
Sep 8   Antiques Show and Tell
Sep 12   Taming of the Skew
Sep 15   Hand Cut Dovetails
Sep 16   Make a Picture Frame
Sep 19   French Polishing
Sep 22   Beginning Turning
Sep 22   Spray Finishing
Sep 24–27   Build Your First Cabinet
Sep 29   Basic Bowl Turning

Classes Suitable for Teens

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Knew Concepts Woodworker's Fretsaw

Ingeniously designed to be both light and strong as well as simple to adjust and use, this extremely popular new premium fretsaw makes it easier than ever to remove waste when cutting dovetails.

What makes it special?

Great Prices on 3 Rikon Bandsaw Models at Highland Woodworking

Save up to $300 on these terrific values while limited sale quantities last:

Show Your Stuff!

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This month we feature a few of Rick DeFrain's beautiful pieces, including this revised heirloom cradle constructed using solid cherry & mahogany.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at the cradle and several of Rick's other beautiful pieces:

Show Us Your Wood Carving!
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This month our carving column features the wooden sculptures of Chris Condon, who only got into wood carving in the last few years after many years carving in stone.

CLICK HERE to see Chris' intricate pieces that he says are inspired by nature!

Michael Gurczynski has come up with a great way to improve the safety of his table saw and help to avoid kick back injuries.

CLICK HERE to see what he changed with his tablesaw setup:

Sample our Downloadable Project Plans:
Download this Pop-Up Dragon FOR FREE!

Kevin McGuire, author of the popular book " The All-New Woodworking For Kids " provides a new project plan in each issue of Wood News. This month we're giving the downloadable plan FOR FREE.

The Popup Dragon is a traditional surprise toy for kids 6 & up! Consider making several (or a whole bunch) of these little gems while you’re at it, as the very small parts lend themselves to multiples.

Order your free plan online by adding it to your shopping cart. After it has been processed by our staff, you will receive an email with a link to download your plan set in PDF form.

Check back next month for another great new downloadable plan from Kevin!

CLICK HERE to order your free downloadable plan:

Save with our Rocker SUPER BUNDLE

First you build the rocker. Then you sculpt it into a piece of functional art. These 2 DVDs and plan set give you all you need to know to build the chair and help you master the sculpting process.

Find out more:

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

 Inside This Issue
Line & Berry Inlay by Router: DVD Review
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Prestained Oak Flooring
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Using Touch Up Powders
SAFETY: Improving Table Saw Safety

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 gift card if we show your shop in a future issue.
Show Us Your Shop!
This month we are featuring Tom McMillan's Terrapin Workshop in the Smoky Mountains of Whittier, NC.

CLICK HERE for a look inside:

Congratulations to Jarred Kneisel of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, winner of our Leigh Jig-Festool Router Giveaway that ended July 31

Our August Lie-Nielsen
Tools of the Month:

#95 Bronze Edge Planes

This month's Lie-Nielsen Tools of the Month are the #95 Bronze Edge Planes. Lie-Nielsen Edge Planes are versatile planes, cast with an integral 90° fence; they're most frequently used for trimming & finishing exposed edges.

Read Lee Laird's blog post about the Lie-Nielsen #95 Bronze Edge Planes to find out more:

Take a closer look at the Bronze Edge Planes:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

The Ultimate Miter Saw Work Station – Finishing Up!

After a lot of thinking and planning, Steven gets down to business this month and finishes his "Ultimate Miter Saw Work Station". Check out all the great details here, including Festool Systainer storage, adjustable shelves for off-cuts and a wonderfully bright laminate surface.

Click here to read about Steven's first impressions after using his ULTIMATE miter saw work station:

The Better Pen Mandrel
& Better Mandrel Saver

We have two new products that pen turners will love. Tailstock pressure holds ordinary pen mandrels in place on the lathe. Trouble is, if you advance the tailstock too much, the excessive pressure can make the thin mandrel shaft flex or even bend permanently. These two products eliminate that problem, so you'll get more accurate turnings. How do they do it?

Masterpiece Wood Finish, New 3-part oil/wax finish

Masterpiece Wood Finish is a new oil/wax system designed by a chairmaker to enhance the beauty of wood for interior furniture. This system takes the guesswork out of selecting a great finish for the fine woodworking projects in which you've invested so many hours of work.
Check out this great new wood finishing solution:

Take a VIDEO PRODUCT TOUR of Masterpiece Wood Finish:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I was given some pre-stained solid oak flooring and I am attempting to build a front door with it. My question is two-fold: Firstly, even though I will be sanding the surface, some residual coloring will still be there, how can I tell if it is oil- or water-based stain? Secondly, does it matter? That is, will an oil stain cover and protect it regardless of what previous stain has been used?

Check out the answer HERE:

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
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Using Touch Up Powders

When it comes to touching up small areas during the finishing process or touching up small dents and dings after the fact, touch up powders are an integral part of any good finisher/touch up artist's tools of the trade.

Here are EIGHT tips for using touch up powders:

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Rikon 10" Bandsaw
Special Purchase
Now only $199.99 while current supplies last

This little gem has proven itself to be an excellent value as a compact bandsaw. We've sold almost 500 of them in just the past 2 years! We highly recommend it as your first bandsaw bought on a budget, or as a second bandsaw that allows you to avoid constantly swapping blades on your main bandsaw. This special purchase makes it extremely affordable, only while supplies last.

CLICK HERE for More Info:

Pre-order the new Festool CMS Router Table now
to ship October 1, 2012

When Festool brings a new tool to the U.S. market, you can rest assured that it has been designed, built and tested to be the very best that's out there. Such is certainly the case with the new Festool CMS Router Table system. Designed to work seamlessly with the Festool OF 1400 and OF 1010 routers, the CMS System delivers maximum precision, efficiency, and ease of use without all the fuss and hassle of a patchwork system.

CLICK HERE to find out all about the new Festool Router Table:

BREAKTHROUGH: Now shape edge tool bevels with the DMT Dia-Flat Diamond Stone
It turns out that DMT's new Dia-Flat Lapping Stone is good for more than just flattening your sharpening stones. New testing has shown that in many shops it can be used instead of ordinary electric grinders for establishing and restoring the bevel angles on plane irons and chisels.

CLICK HERE to find out more:

Hofmann & Hammer Premium German
Workbenches ON SALE

Three models of our ever-popular Hofmann & Hammer premium German workbenches are now on sale. Choose the model that fits your shop and budget. CLICK HERE for info:

Haven't Seen Our New Woodworking Web TV Show? CHECK IT OUT!

Watch for our NEXT new episode coming in early September!
the most recent show:

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Line & Berry
String Inlay by Router

woodworking tools By J. Norman Reid,
Delaplane, Virginia

Recently, I’ve become intrigued with the idea of using inlay to enhance the appearance of my woodworking projects. But inlay always seemed too difficult and I shyed away from it. So to prepare myself for this new endeavor, I looked around for resources that could help me develop this new skill. I found what I was looking for in Glen Huey’s DVD, Line & Berry String Inlay by Router.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review:

Rikon 70-050VS VARIABLE SPEED Mini-Lathe, only $249.99

This is a great deal on a variable speed mini-lathe. Speed is easily adjusted within each of 3 variable speed ranges (300-700 rpm, 700-1500 rpm, and 1500-3350 rpm) simply by turning a knob. Sale quantity limited.

CLICK HERE for more info:

The Highland Woodturner

Wood turning is the fastest growing part of the woodworking community. To give it the attention it deserves, we've started a new publication devoted entirely to woodturning.

Take a look at the newest issue:

WOOD SLICER Testimonial
Wood Slicer resawing blade

I started using a 1/2" wide Wood Slicer bandsaw blade last night for the first time. What a joy to use! The first piece of 5" wide maple was resawn very easily. By the time I had cut a third piece of maple the edges produced were nearly as smooth as results achieved with a good jointer. The blade cut through a 2" wide knot without burn marks, negligible slowdown and very smooth results. I was extremely pleased with the results of the Wood Slicer bandsaw blade. Thanks!

— D. Williams

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:

CLICK HERE to watch a video tour of the Wood Slicer:

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