Monday, January 16, 2017

SAVE 💸 Dewalt Router & More

This month's featured item is the Dewalt 1.25HP Router Kit (Item # DW00611PK)Sale $179.95

Other GREAT Featured Items:
  • Dewalt Edge Guide (Item # DW61800)  - Price $24.95
  • Dewalt 1-3/16" Center Hole Base (Item # DW00613) - Price $14.95
  • Bifocal Safety Glasses (Powers 1.5, 2.0, & 2.5)  Sale $6.49 each (Regular $7.95)
  • Porter Cable Template Guide Kit (Item # PC42000) - Price $39.95

Monday, December 5, 2016

Raleigh Store Class Calendar

Here is the Raleigh store Winter Class Calendar
Visit the Raleigh store online @

January 21 9am-5pm               $95
Instructor: Meryl Valnes
This class covers all of the fundamentals of woodturning and should be taken before other turning classes. You will learn all about the machines, the tools and the techniques first so that you can fully enjoy finding your own way without the frustrations that many beginning wood turners experience. Projects will include a mallet and a pen.

January 28   9am – 5pm $100
Instructor: Jay Cash
Learn to achieve wood tones and custom colors. This class will address preparing wood with proper sanding techniques, applying wash coats, layering of stains and glazes to develop a deep rich finish. Students will work with sample boards supplied to prepare and develop color samples. Those boards will function as recipes for future projects. 

Demonstrations will be performed to show how to color out sapwood and how to buff out a finish to either a satin or a high gloss final finish. Students will perform the buff out process and grain filling techniques. Tuition includes supplies but students are encouraged to bring their own sample boards to work on. Students should bring two felt blocks, one rubber block, and nitrile staining gloves. 

February 4 9am-5pm           $105
Instructor: Tim Smith
In this class you will learn how to weave a chair or stool seat with fiber
rush using a traditional pattern.  You may either bring your own chair or stool that has a rail frame or purchase a stool ($25.00) from the instructor.  The class fee includes the rush.

February 11        9am- 5pm $95
Instructor: Paul Rolfe
This class covers all of the basics. It begins with a brief discussion of all of the different types of woodcarving tools, woods to use and styles of carving. Students will then carve a project and experience first hand how to use knives and gouges properly and safely. Students 11 years old and up are welcome however some youngsters may benefit from having an adult taking the class with them.


                        (Using electrolysis to remove rust from tools)
February 18 9am-5pm           $120
Instructor: Kendall McCollough
Are you tired of spending hours scrubbing the rust off of old tools? Let the power of science do the work for you! This class focuses on the electrolytic method of rust removal for rehabilitating old tools into a clean usable form. Participants will receive an introduction to the chemical processes behind electrolytic rust removal, potential hazards, and which materials are suitable for this process. Additionally, each participant will leave the class with a functioning electrolysis setup and a cleaned tool. An example tool will be provided, however; a personal tool made of Non-stainless steel may be substituted. Please keep tool dimensions under 10"L x 6"W x 4"H. Required materials: Safety glasses

February 19               1pm-5pm             $55
Instructor: Paul Rolfe
In this class you will learn and experience for yourself various machine and hand techniques for sharpening woodworking and woodcarving tools. Bring your dull tools and any sharpening stones that you may have.

March 4           9am-4pm                              $95.00 (Includes blanks.)
Instructor: Meryl Valnes
In this hands-on class, that will teach how to turn an end-grain lidded box, with a finial.   Emphasis will be on developing the proper skills for getting excellent results every time.  Some turning experience is extremely helpful.  Tool selection, use, and sharpening are all covered.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Forged in Fire

On March 22nd, on the History Channel's episode of Forged In Fire, Jason Redick one of our good customers, won the $10,000 first prize. He is the owner of Angry Giant Forge, and the final challenge was to forge a Nepalese Kukri ( a large curved sword). He competed against 3 other blade smiths to advance to the finals versus one competitor. The show featured video from his forge right here in Fletcher, NC!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Maloof Rocker - Customer Project

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Walter loves building Maloof inspired rockers and has been making a few each year since he retired from teaching. This is a photo of a mesquite rocker with yellow heart accents and turquoise inlay with a mesquite natural edged side table.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Burial Urns for Veterans


The BURIAL URNS FOR VETERANS PROJECT, was initiated in 2015, here in North Carolina. The purpose of the project, is to insure every veteran, whose cremains are interred, in any State, or National Cemetery in North Carolina, is provided with a quality wooden burial urn.

When it was learned that many veterans cremains, were being interred in cardboard boxes, and in other even less honorable containers in North Carolina Veterans Cemeteries, members of, banded together, to make, and provide, free of charge, wooden burial urns.

Families of veterans who arrive at any of our N.C. State or National Veterans Cemeteries, bringing the cremains of a veteran for internment there, need only ask at the cemetery office prior to the time of internment, and a burial urn will be provided, free of charge, for your veteran's cremains. The cemetery staff may assist you in placing the ashes in the urn. members are proud to be able to provide this final act of respect and honor to those men and women, who have so selflessly, served our great nation to preserve our freedom.

Participating cemeteries in North Carolina

  • Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury  
  • Raleigh National Cemetery, Raleigh
  • Wilmington National Cemetery, Wilmington
  • Newbern National Cemetery, Newbern
  • Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, Spring Lake
  • Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville
  • Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Goldsboro     
  • Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain                
Members of  presenting a burial urn to J. D. Whisnant, director of Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, for use in the BURIAL URNS FOR VETERANS PROJECT.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Roses in Hand - Customer Project

We thank Perry A. Reynolds for submitting this customer project to us! As you can see, this is a "Roses in Hand" wood carving. This wood carving was hand carved in basswood and painted in acrylics. It was also hand finished natural. 

You can submit your customer project to us by visiting

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Customer Project

Thanks to John Elmy for his customer project submission!

The pen is turned in Myrtlewood. Also used in the process was Klingspor sandpaper and EEE Ultra Shine Paste Wax with Shellawax.

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Submit your customer project today by visiting us online @

Monday, May 11, 2015

20# Lathe Bargain Box of End Rolls Video

This is a nice informational video about our 20# Lathe Bargain Box of End Rolls. You can find this Bargain Box @

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tea Pots - Customer Project

The two customer projects below were submitted by Nancy Brown. Thanks for sharing your talent with us Nancy!

Bradford Pear Tea Pot and matching cups painted
Cherry Tea Pot painted

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Spoon Tutorial

Helpful Hint - Router Bits

Did you know that you can make a pattern bit using any of the Klingspor's 1/2" shank straight bits and a Bearing Lock Collar (Item number WLC12) and a 3/4" OD-1/2" ID Bearing (Item number WB19). 

Visit us online to view our line of straight bits.