Highland Woodworking Wood News Online, No. 92, April 2013 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: Reinforced Miter Joints
April 23rd, 2013

Looking to add some real strength to frames for artwork or mirrors? Want to build cabinet doors with mitered corners? In this class you’ll learn about shop-built router and tablesaw jigs to reinforce this inherently weak joint with splined, keyed, or lapped construction.

Reinforced Miter Joints, April 23rd

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  Basic Bowl Turning
Apr 7  Basic Bowl Turning
Apr 13  Antique Show Secrets
Apr 17  French Polish Workshop
Apr 20  Beginning Turning
Apr 21  Turn a Peppermill
Apr 23  Reinforced Miter Joints
Apr 24  Sharpening for Turners
Apr 28  Build a Standing Desk with Roy Underhill
Apr 30  Handtool Sharpening
May 4  Hand Cut Dovetails
May 6 - 9  Cabinetmaking Basics
May 11  Basic Bowl Turning
May 15  Taming the Skew
May 25  Beginning Turning
May 28  Hand Planes
May 29  Finishing the Finish

Classes Suitable for Teens

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NEW Knew Concept Saws

Lee Marshall has expanded his line of innovative premium saws to include a new 6-1/2" Coping Saw as well as the new Titanium Birdcage Fretsaw which comes in 3 sizes. Still extremely popular are his original 5" and 8" premium aluminum fretsaws. Incredibly stiff and strong, all of these saws have featherweight balance for the utmost control.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Sale on Rikon Bandsaws and Planers

We offer among the lowest prices anywhere on these popular machines from Rikon.

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New Digital Marking Gauge

Our new iGaging Digital Marking Gauge brings precision digital measurement to the traditional marking gauge, and will mark either wood or steel.

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Show Your Stuff!

woodworking tools

This month we are featuring the exquisitely detailed scaled furniture works of Ramon Gibbs.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at this scaled desk/jewelry box along with several other amazing pieces:

Show Us Your Wood Carving!

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In this month's column, we've got carvings and other shaped work by Chris Adkins, who was involved in woodworking at a very early age since his father and grandfather were woodworkers as well.

CLICK HERE to take a closer look at Chris's 'Tree Box' as well as a few of his other pieces:

Tips From

sticks in the mud workshop By Jim Randolph
Long Beach, MS

In this month's "Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop", Jim Randolph shares a couple tips for making the dull sanding experience a little more enjoyable.

CLICK HERE to read this month's tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop!

Brian Howe has a great safety tip this month that will help you to avoid being startled in your shop and causing an accident.

CLICK HERE to read it:

Product Tours Available on our YouTube Channel!

Check out the great product tour videos on our Youtube Channel . Our good friend Morton demonstrates some of our most popular products for your benefit in these tours.

Click below to watch one of Morton's recent videos, all about the new Steel City Helical-Style Planer, now with Carbide Cutters:

The New Steel City Planer

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

Build Your Own Little Free Library

Find out more about this nationwide community movement! The Little Free Library was founded in 2009 by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, and since its inception, these little libraries have been popping up in front yards and public spaces throughout the country and even the world!

Read more about how to build your own on The Highland Blog:

New Downloadable Project Plan:
The Zephyr

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 wind-powered sail-car is a great project for kids ages 3 and up!

Order your 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 for more info:

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.

Check Out the Tools of the Trade:

 Inside This Issue
Tips from Sticks-in-the-Mud Woodshop
Craftsman Furniture Book Review
Show Us Your Shop
The Down to Earth Woodworker
Q&A: Fixing a Finishing Mess
Show Us Your Stuff
Show Us Your Carving
FINISHING: Using Milk Paint
SAFETY: Avoid Being Startled in the Shop

SawStop April Rebate
Upgrade offer ends APRIL 30, 2013
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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 Bruce Herndon's Malo, Washington shop, where he builds split cane bamboo fly rods.

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

Our April Lie-Nielsen
Tool of the Month:

The #9-1/2 Standard Angle Adjustable Mouth Block Plane

This month we're highlighting the Lie-Nielsen Standard Angle Adjustable Mouth Block Plane, also known as the 9-1/2. Our friend Lee Laird, of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, wrote a blog post introducing us to the diverse uses of this versatile block plane, and gave us a few tips to help maximize its functionality.

Check out Lee's short tutorial on the 9-1/2 Block Plane:

Take a look at the 9-1/2 Adjustable Mouth Block Plane:

By Steven D. Johnson,
Racine, Wisconsin

"Finishing" The Metric Conversion

And Speaking Of "Mixing"...

Mobile Sanding Center – Design Criteria

Legendary Sharpening - No Skill Or Effort Required

Update...The Natural-Edge Coffee Table Project

Steve continues his metric conversion this month, or should we say he 'finishes' it? Turns out converting shellac quantities to metric is much easier than he expected! Steve also provides a great video for a homemade magnetic stirring device, talks out the details for the new sanding center he's planning, and gives us an update on his natural edge coffee tables. But we are most excited to read Steve's breakthrough on sharpening, researched from ancient times and explained in thorough detail in this month's column. We hope you will find it extremely useful as well.

But first, finish your own metric conversion! CLICK HERE to read how simple it really is:

Save 33% on these select woodworking books from Fox Chapel Publishing

Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture

Originally designed by Gustav Stickley and his associates in the Arts & Crafts movement, these new drawings have been carefully checked against original catalogs and antiques.

Foolproof Wood Finishing

Take the mystery out of wood finishing with easy-to-follow exercises designed by Teri Masaschi, one of the nation's premier wood finishing instructors. Woodworkers of all skill levels can minimize guesswork and costly mistakes as they learn the secrets of choosing, using and applying the perfect finish.

Order these books from us during April 2013 for 33% off list price.

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

Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture: Book Review

By J. Norman Reid
Delaplane, VA

woodworking tools Craftsman furniture is a style I've loved and admired all my life. Lang's collection of shop plans is a marvelous resource, whether your intention is to faithfully copy Arts & Crafts original classics or set out on your own to create anew by emulating the style and borrowing details.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review:

Ask the Staff

Question:   I have a lot of natural, clear satin Varathane-coated Poplar wood trim in my house. I made the mistake of filling the finish nail holes with Elmers Carpenter's Wood Filler. The filler was supposed to be stainable, but I cannot find a stain that will penetrate or cover all the light colored "spots" throughout the trim. Short of digging the filler out of each hole, or painting the trim which I do not want to do, do you have any suggestions for how to fix this?

For more details and the answer, CLICK HERE:

E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication, we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.

Finishing Wood
with Alan Noel
wood finishing
Using Milk Paint

Milk paint has been around for many, many years and is a good choice of finish when reproducing windsor style chairs, shaker style furniture and many other types of projects.

Here are EIGHT tips to help you with using Milk Paint:

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Meet our special guest
our 35th Anniversary
Celebration & Sale
Sat., April 27, 2013

Come meet one of TV's biggest crowd pleasers, Woodwright's Shop host Roy Underhill, our special guest during our 35th Anniversary Celebration and big One Day Sale in Atlanta on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Roy will be giving FREE traditional woodworking demos all day long. Also on Sunday, April 28, he will teach a 1-day class, How to Build a Standing Desk .

CLICK HERE for more info:

CLICK HERE to see a
next episode coming mid-April:

Steel City Helical Planer
with 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. Our NEWEST MODEL now comes equipped with 26 CARBIDE CUTTERS for exceptional edge retention, lasting up to 20 times longer than HSS cutters.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Free Knife Jig with Tormek T-3 Purchase
Offer ends April 30

Order our smooth-running Tormek T-3 Sharpening System during April, 2013 and receive a FREE knife jig, an extra $38 value. The Tormek
T-3 will make short work of your most demanding sharpening needs.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Save 33% on our Delta Magnetic Work Light

Our Magnetic Work Light has a powerful 40 lb. magnet in the lamp's base which lets you put it wherever it needs to go; its 14" flexible arm lets you put bright, clear illumination exactly where you need it most.

CLICK HERE for more info:

Woodworking Tool Catalog


Our latest
Woodworking Catalog is available to browse online!


FREE set of Narex chisels with purchase of our European Workbench during April 2013

Receive a FREE set of 4 Narex chisels when you buy our European Workbench during April 2013.

Package deal only $399.99:

CLICK HERE to see a video product tour of this versatile workbench:

Save $60 on our FEIN
Select Plus Multi-Master

We have a limited quantity of this popular model to sell at 20% off regular price. Includes QuickIn Rapid Lever Clamping System for tool-free accessory changes, durable case and assorted accessories.

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FREE SHIPPING on Leigh Jigs in lower 48 states

Our Leigh Dovetail Jigs and Frame Mortise and Tenon Jigs will turn your shop into a cabinet factory.

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WOOD SLICER Testimonial
Wood Slicer resawing blade

So it’s been 20 plus years since I bought my 9" Delta band saw. I was really looking forward to having a saw to do shapes and just take a nick off a block of wood. So for 20 years it sat on my bench and I NEVER EVER was able to make the slightest bit of a straight cut with it. I tightened, loosened, searched the web. You name it I tried it. Mostly it just sat there taking up space.

I saw your demo for the wood slicer blade and thought that might be the trick but you only go down to 70.5". THEN I saw the Rikon 10" bandsaw on sale, watched the video demo and I bought it as well as the wood slicer blade.

It arrived today. I set her up and made the prettiest STRAIGHT cut with it. Yippee! I showed it to the old Delta, and told it THIS IS THE WAY TO CUT WOOD, but it wasn’t impressed.

Finally I’m going to be able to use a band saw!

Thank You!

— Bob M.

Get Yourself a Wood Slicer:

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

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