Highland Staff

Aug 222019
 

We hear from a lot of customers who find the Festool sandpaper options downright confusing. So we asked our friend Steve Johnson, the Down to Earth Woodworker, to help us understand which Festool Sandpaper to buy.

In the video below, Steve explains the best sandpaper options for general sanding, raw wood, finishing, shaping and more. He also creates an easy guide so you can remember Festool Sandpaper types and uses:

Aug 202019
 

Festool’s line of Rotex Sanders are perfect if you are looking to get into the world of Festool Sanding and you want the most versatility you can buy in a sander.

Matthew Morris discusses the different options and uses of Festool Rotex Sanders in this short video:

Aug 152019
 

In the August 2019 issue of Wood News, Jeff Fleisher tells the story of how a little imagination made a large project (making 200 copies of the same wooden handle!) more efficient and less tedious.

A well thought out design and skilled craftsmanship are the hallmarks to a quality piece of woodworking. As a custom woodworker you normally have as much time as you need to design and create your ‘masterpiece’. However, if you are in a situtation where you need to mass produce a large quantity of a wooden item then there is a third element that factors into the equation…efficiency.

Click here to learn what tricks he used

Aug 132019
 

In the February 2019 issue of Wood News, Norm Reid gave us a first look at the new Woodpeckers Slab Flattening Mill.

If you enjoy making natural edge furniture, you’ll want to learn more about the Woodpeckers Slab Flattening Mill. Norm Reid was one of the first people to get one and discusses its setup and benefits in this first look.

In the past, I’ve flattened slabs by running them through my 16-inch planer and finishing them with hand planes. But some of the best slabs are wider than my planer can accommodate. While I can still finish larger slabs by hand, I was excited when Woodpeckers announced their Slab Flattening Mill and I was quick to put in my order for one.

Click here to read more of Norm’s review

Learn more about the Woodpeckers Slab Flattening Mill

Aug 082019
 

For the August issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Drew Langsner’s new highly detailed discussion of green chairmaking, The Chairmaker’s Workshop:

A longtime green woodworker and instructor at his North Carolina Country Workshop, Langsner was a teacher by choice, electing not to build chairs for profit on a continuing basis. His long experience in instructing students in chairmaking makes him well-qualified to provide expert instruction on a wide range of Post and Rung and Windsor chairs.

This thorough guide takes the woodworker from harvesting and processing green timber through the steps needed to craft their choice of chairs.

Read the rest of the review

Purchase your own copy of The Chairmaker’s Workshop

Click this link for more great woodworking books to read

Jul 262019
 

In another back issue of Wood News Online, Jeff Fleisher tries out the Barron Magnetic Dovetail Saw Guides. Walking us step-by-step through a quick dovetailing project, Jeff details each aspect of cutting dovetails using this guide and demonstrates how the guide will assist anyone nervous about attempting hand cut dovetails.

Click here to read Jeff’s review of the Barron Magnetic Dovetail Saw Guides

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Jul 242019
 

In an older issue of Wood News Online, Jeff Fleisher installed a Wood Slicer Resaw Bandsaw Blade in his shop and tested it out. In particular Jeff was looking for a resaw blade that would minimize waste as he often works with highly figured woods and wants to get as many pieces as possible out of a single board.

Click here to read what Jeff thought after he tried out the Wood Slicer

Check out our Tool Review Archive to find the perfect tools for your shop!