Aug 162007

New Red Hot Special!

In recent years, many companies have tried to copy the venerable Bessey K Body clamps – with varying degrees of success. One of the better clones has been the Gross Stabil PC2 Parallel Clamps. Recently, Bessey purchased Gross Stabil. They don’t need two different versions of the same clamp, so the Gross Stabil model has been discontinued and you benefit from outstanding prices on some great clamps! Quantities are limited, so act fast – once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!

Check out the Red Hot Special!

(If you don’t see the Red Hot Special item on our homepage, that means we’ve sold out, so check back soon for our next item!)

Jul 242007

New Red Hot Special!

Don’t miss the new Highland Woodworking Red Hot Special! We are offering a special buy a – Set of 3 Wooden Pocket Tapes – at an absolutely amazing price. You’ll get 1 Ebony tape, 1 Rosewood tape and 1 Padauk tape – all 3 for less than the price of 2 tapes! They make great gifts and stocking stuffers. But quantities are limited, so you’ll have to act fast! Visit Highland Woodworking to order yours!

If you don’t see the Red Hot Special icon on our homepage, that means we’ve sold out, so check back soon for our next item!

May 282007

Foreign object in eyeThe other day I had a slight mishap in the shop that as in most cases, was completely avoidable. After breaking out into that “Jeez, THAT was a close one!” sweat, all I could think was “This is exactly how accidents happen – sheer oversight and carelessness.”
I was cutting thin slivers of wood from pen blanks on the miter saw to make segmented pieces. Since the blanks are roughly 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 6″, I was very concerned with how to hold them while cutting. After a lot of thought, I made a simple sled with a toggle clamp to hold the blank, which allowed me to keep my fingers far away from the blade as I chopped. I went so far as to use double-stick tape to further secure the smaller pieces to the sled, since I couldn’t clamp some of them down as well as I would have liked.
So I’m cutting away, carefully taping and clamping each piece, when a piece manages to fly up and hit me squarely in my right eye. Why? BECAUSE I WASN’T WEARING EYE PROTECTION!!! I took all that time to plan out my cuts and protect my hands, yet completely neglected my eyes and face. My eye seemed okay after the initial shock, and you can bet I put on a faceshield for the rest of my cuts!
Later I noticed my eye felt a little sore, so I looked at it in the mirror. I had a small chunk of wood about 1/16″ x 3/16″ stuck in the inside corner of my eye! No wonder it hurt when I blinked and even more so when I rubbed my eye! Fortunately I was able to remove the wood without incident. Again I felt my body flush with sweat as I considered how seriously I could have injured myself.
From the Merck Manual Home Edition:
The most common eye injuries are those to the cornea and outer surface of the eye (conjunctiva) caused by foreign objects. Although most of these injuries are minor, some—such as penetration of the cornea or development of an infection from a cut or scratch on the cornea—can be serious.
I guess shop safety entails protecting ALL body parts!!! Shop for safety equipment at Highland Woodworking
* Send us your account of a shop injury or close call for a future Wood News Online feature: woodnews@highlandwoodworking.com.

May 212007

The Sunday Paper, All You Need to Know

The Sunday Paper, an Atlanta alternative weekly newspaper which focuses on news, culture, entertainment and local events and issues, recently voted Highland Hardware (now known as Highland Woodworking) as the “Best Hardware Store”! In their May 13-19 issue, The Sunday Paper published the results of their 2007 Reader’s Choice Awards, an annual compilation of local favorites, as voted upon by readers. The listing reads:
A spot of Zen on an otherwise bustling street, Highland Hardware is a respite for burgeoning and expert woodworkers alike. Hardware staples are available, but it’s the staff’s know-how that transforms a trip to pick up a bandsaw into what feels like a homey chat with community crafts-people. The store also offers a variety of woodworking classes.”
Although Highland Hardware started out 28 years ago as a local hardware and woodworking retailer, over the years we have grown to become exclusively an international purveyor of fine woodworking tools. In late 2006 we changed our name to Highland Woodworking to reflect our departure from a traditional hardware store inventory to a selection of specialized woodworking and finishing supplies, tools and educational programs. Our new name is a truer reflection of the nature of our offering and our position in the woodworking industry.
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The Sunday Paper 2007 Reader's Choice Awards

May 082007

New Red Hot Special!Don’t miss the new Highland Woodworking Red Hot Special! Our brand new Set of 6 Soft-Sanders is 20% off, but quantities are limited, so you’ll have to act fast! Visit Highland Woodworking to order yours!

If you don’t see the Red Hot Special icon on our homepage, that means we’ve sold out, so check back soon for our next item!

May 022007

It is a rare privilege and a real delight to welcome Toshio Odate back to Highland Woodworking. We’re honored to offer this rare opportunity to spend a aweekend learning and practicing with this eminent master.

It was just after giving his first class here in Nov. 1981 that Toshio began work on his first book, Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use, which has become an enduring classic both here and in Japan. Decades later, we welcome him as a renowned author, craftsman and sculptor.

These classes offer a unique opportunity to experience a wonderfully different culture and practice of woodworking, even as you learn about specific tools and practical techniques.

* BONUS! Receive a complimentary $15 Highland Woodworking Gift Certificate, good on any non-power tool purchase, when you enroll in either class! †

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