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Many of you know that my wife is quite the comedian. Yesterday I took her to the Atlanta Airport for her flight to Chicago.
She's been requested to do "the roast" for her brother's retirement party. She read it to me a couple of days prior and it is hilarious!
I guarantee people from the audience will be rolling in the floors laughing...She can tell ANY STORY and make it funny.

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In the Atlanta Metro Area we are blessed with a number of great stores in which one may be able to browse and purchase woodworking tools and supplies at very fair prices. I've been to and done business with ALL OF THE STORES!

But there is one that stands FAR ABOVE any other store that I've ever visited and that is Highland Woodworking in Downtown Atlanta.

Joy and I reside in the northeasterly direction above Atlanta - about 45 miles from the state capital. Atlanta traffic is constantly ranked as one of the worst in the country (I do believe this to be true), so heading home from the airport I had to get on the "connector" which is the "Siamese Expressways" of I-75 and I-85. Not too far north of the I-20 intersection one of the exits is "Freedom Parkway" and that's where I made my decisive move. From that exit, it's an easy 15-20 minutes to Highland Woodworking. And let me tell you guys and gals something:
Visiting there is a trip you will never forget! It's like a museum of Woodworking History with Art, Photos and Vintage tools on the walls and in very nicely made display cases. Google HighlandWoodworking and look at the online photos and keep-in-mind that they do a tremendous amount of business online and have unbelievable guarantees of customer satisfaction.

I hereby promise that nobody asked me to do this write-up, but I'm looking at some of the items purchased yesterday and thought, "More people need to know about this super-cool store!"

Oh yeah, by the way - this is their 40th anniversary and I got some very good deals.

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Maybe on my next trip down.
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I'm supposed to go to Atlanta in August. I'll try to set it up so I can go there. Thanks.
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OPG3 - Otis - I've never been to the store but I have been to their website. I wish we had a store like that in our area. I also follow Steve Johnson on youtube. He writes articles for the store as well. For anyone that hasn't heard of Steve, his youtube channel (downtoearthwoodworks) is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI5...tFCPkGyHMT1y9Q
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When our daughter lived in Atlanta I went to HH several times. When I walk into that store I feel like I have died and gone to heaven. There are a lot of shops for the ladies to look around in and as many restaurants to eat. So there is something for the whole family to do.
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Otis, you are quite right about Highland. Whenever I'm up that way I try to visit the store. I wrote a piece once and stated that they were like a woodworkers candy store. If you are a neanderthal woodworker, that's the place for you. But not just neanders, every type. Beautiful displays and very knowledgeable folks there. Well worth the trip.
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WOW! I just had a virtual tour - gotta wipe the drool off the keyboard before my wife uses it!
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I've bought a lot from Highland Woodworking, but have never made it to the store. They have always treated me very well.

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Yep Guys - it is an amazing store! I have a blast when I go there - every time. Many years ago I worked on the cabinet crew that built the display cases for Fernbank Science Center and Fernbank Museum. Both of those places were my place of employment and they're just 3 or 4 miles from Highland. It was Highland Hardware back then, but they even then had an amazing array of woodworking products.

I find myself doing a fair amount of template routing and often follow-up using drum sanders chucked-into my drill press. They have an amazing variety of drum sanders for that application and variety packs of sanding sleeves in a wide choice of grits. They had relocated the drum sanders and sleeves since my last visit and it sent me further-back into the store than I've ever been - the array of items they carry will blow your mind!

One of my most recently completed projects for here in my home office is a magnetic reference board. Many of you may remember when I built my 14 foot clear-span office desk (with no intermediate supports) and then used it to stand-on to build the two-story storage cabinets above. Well, as our workload has increased, we've had to come-up with some innovative methods to do more work in less time without a big increase in personnel. For my drafting needs, I need to be able to have plotted drawings readily available - and very close by. Since we make the concrete forms in over 6,800 shapes and sizes + custom projects daily - we have need for numerous steel brackets when connections in the field are not at 90 degree angles. I've designed each one of said brackets and we utilize thousand of each size every month. Most of our brackets are made of GALVANIZED 15 or 16 gauge steel. I called our vendor (Evans Tool & Die) and had them make me a: 54" (137 cm) wide in use x 38" (96.5 cm) tall and 14 gauge VERY MAGNETICALLY ATTRACTIVE steel plate! Initially I had it hanging by eye-bolt supported chains with "caribeaner" type connectors on each end going through 3/8" (1 cm) holes 34" (86.5 cm) apart. That worked great! Later, I decided to use both sides by making it become easy to rotate.

By now you're probably wondering what my new magnetic reference board has to do with Highland Woodworking! The answer is very simple: Without any doubt in MY MIND - they have the biggest variety of the most sizes and the best quality of RARE EARTH MAGNETS anywhere I am aware of!

And on Friday, I got some more 1" square and 1" diameter RARE EARTH MAGNETS to accompany the new magnetic reference board! Those things are strong enough to hold big sets of drawings vertically - right where I need them.

Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia
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Yep Guys - it is an amazing store! I have a blast when I go there - every time. Many years ago I worked on the cabinet crew that built the display cases for Fernbank Science Center and Fernbank Museum. Both of those places were my place of employment and they're just 3 or 4 miles from Highland. It was Highland Hardware back then, but they even then had an amazing array of woodworking products.

I find myself doing a fair amount of template routing and often follow-up using drum sanders chucked-into my drill press. They have an amazing variety of drum sanders for that application and variety packs of sanding sleeves in a wide choice of grits. They had relocated the drum sanders and sleeves since my last visit and it sent me further-back into the store than I've ever been - the array of items they carry will blow your mind!

One of my most recently completed projects for here in my home office is a magnetic reference board. Many of you may remember when I built my 14 foot clear-span office desk (with no intermediate supports) and then used it to stand-on to build the two-story storage cabinets above. Well, as our workload has increased, we've had to come-up with some innovative methods to do more work in less time without a big increase in personnel. For my drafting needs, I need to be able to have plotted drawings readily available - and very close by. Since we make the concrete forms in over 6,800 shapes and sizes + custom projects daily - we have need for numerous steel brackets when connections in the field are not at 90 degree angles. I've designed each one of said brackets and we utilize thousand of each size every month. Most of our brackets are made of GALVANIZED 15 or 16 gauge steel. I called our vendor (Evans Tool & Die) and had them make me a: 54" (137 cm) wide in use x 38" (96.5 cm) tall and 14 gauge VERY MAGNETICALLY ATTRACTIVE steel plate! Initially I had it hanging by eye-bolt supported chains with "caribeaner" type connectors on each end going through 3/8" (1 cm) holes 34" (86.5 cm) apart. That worked great! Later, I decided to use both sides by making it become easy to rotate.

By now you're probably wondering what my new magnetic reference board has to do with Highland Woodworking! The answer is very simple: Without any doubt in MY MIND - they have the biggest variety of the most sizes and the best quality of RARE EARTH MAGNETS anywhere I am aware of!

And on Friday, I got some more 1" square and 1" diameter RARE EARTH MAGNETS to accompany the new magnetic reference board! Those things are strong enough to hold big sets of drawings vertically - right where I need them.

Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia
Otis,

I agree with your assessment of the traffic, and doubly so in the rain. We drove down here for an event, and in the trips I had to run to the airport was eye opening to say the least. As soon as you feel like you have things figured out GPS sends you another way. I hope to break free with my dad and try to visit the store. Unfortunately. The car is already pretty full, so can't buy too much!

Thanks for the idea,

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