There isn’t a silver bullet when it comes to sharpening, but some tools certainly make the process easier. The Tormek Sharpening System is one of those tools, providing accuracy and repeatability time and time again.
To get a good sense of what a Tormek can do, take a look at the video below. Watch how the Tormek transforms a wrecked chisel into a perfect razor-sharp cutting edge in just 6 minutes. It may not be a silver bullet, but it is fast!
On Saturday, February 9th, we held a small demonstration of the SawStop brake system, which is responsible for the technology behind the quick shutdown of the SawStop Table Saw when it senses flesh. These demos are often done with hot dogs as they are the most similar to a human finger, though Roy Underhill once did one with a fried chicken drumstick.
Highland employee, Jeff Dillon, performed the demo by first explaining the technology behind the brake system followed by the hot dog demonstration. He then pulled out the blade and brake cartridge to further show how the brake stops the blade when it comes into contact with flesh.
While the blade still nicks the hot dog, it is much less damage then going straight through it
The blade and brake cartridge. You will need to replace the brake cartridge and evaluate the condition of the blade for future use.
To find out more information about SawStop or to purchase your own saw, you can visit Highland Woodworking online or in-person.
You can get so much done in a shop with a quality router table, and the Kreg Router Table System can help woodworkers of all levels finish their projects faster, more easily and with greater precision than before.
Mike Morton offers a thorough tour of the Kreg Router Table System in the video below, helping you figure out how to adjust the stand, how to use the new style of insert plate and much more!
At Highland Woodworking, we are pretty fanatical about sharpening, and we know Chris Schwarz shares our feelings about this. When Chris was updating his Sharpen Up or Shut Up keynote address for us to publish in Wood News last month, he suggested to us that our readers might be interested in his entire ‘Sharpen This’ series, so we thought we would share those articles and continue to spread the word that sharpening really is the key to happiness, at least where woodworking is concerned.
In Part 1 of the series, Chris offers what he believes to be the current state of sharpening in the woodworking world, and offers a few suggestions to get started. This whole series is a gold mine of useful information, as most Chris Schwarz articles tend to be, and the introduction pulls no punches and jumps right in to set things straight. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.
In this classic video, Roy Underhill, patron saint of extreme hand tool woodworking, takes the SawStop PCS for a drive with a piece of southern fried chicken during a visit to Highland Woodworking. Take a look, below!
I was initially disappointed to find out that the tree they were felling was a Bradford pear, that despised tree that smells like rotting fish in the spring and collapses under its own weight in the winter. Still, the loggers were happy to drop it off in my driveway rather than spend an hour chipping it, so I was resolved to experiment on my new wood. I can today state, emphatically, that if you get the chance to get 400-500 pounds of green pear wood for free, you should take it. You don’t need to park your car indoors anymore.