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wn114We have just released our 114th issue of Wood News Online and this month’s issue has some great project ideas, woodworking tips, product features, and more!

This month’s issue includes:

How to Convert a Smoothing Plane into a Scrub Plane– Chris Black, a longtime writer for Wood News Online, discusses the rewarding process of converting a smoothing plane into a scrub plane, and how it is a great project to do if you have an old smoothing plane laying around the house!

Repurposing a Hock Spokeshave Blade– Lee Laird discusses his newest project of turning a Hock Spokeshave blade into a drawknife that he can use for the tight radiuses on his instrument builds.

Economical Wood Choices for Boat Projects– Bob Kinsman was faced with the economical realization that he was going to have to remove and replace the toe rails on his 1986 J24 racing boat, so he decided to turn it into his own project. In this article he discusses the removal process and the wood he ended up choosing for the replacement.

Our monthly Show Us columns include:

Rob Austin’s Woodworking Shop-Rob’s shop has some great features including a variety of woodworking machinery, a well-stocked kitchenette, and dozens more features that make this a woodworking man cave!

Michael Oliver’s Woodworking Projects– Michael shares a variety of furniture and design projects, as well as his detailed approach in creating a piece of furniture, which usually consists of 70% aesthetics and 30% functionality.

Gary Herlinger’s Woodcarvings– Gary shares his beautiful carved mirror that he designed based off of the carvings of Grinling Gibbons at Windsor Castle.

Monthly tips include:

The Down to Earth Woodworker-This month Steve discusses his ideas for a Tool Tune-Up Squad, similar to a Geek Squad for your woodworking tools, as well as his 5S Compliant Clamp Storage project, and his recent visit to the Highland Woodworking Open House.

Tips from Sticks in the Mud– Jim’s got a tip on how drilling holes can provide more speed and stability than a hole punch, as well as the benefits of trash diving.

Ask the Staff– The Wood Slicer is one of our most popular products, and Eric has a question on whether or not it is okay to sharpen.

Safety Tip– We’ve got a tip and story about the bad idea of wearing gloves on a table saw and how it could make you end up in the hospital.

We’ve also got some great product reviews including a brand new column called the Artisan Toolmakers Corner, which showcases our talented vendors who spend their time handcrafting each of their tools that are sold at Highland Woodworking. This month we’re featuring Shenandoah Tool Works and their beautiful mallets and awls.

Also in the reviews this month are the MicroDial Tapering Jig by Micro Jig and a book review on Working Wood 1 & 2 – The Artisan Course with Paul Sellers.

All of this and more in our February 2015 issue of Wood News Online.

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