Highland Staff

Aug 252020

In the 10 minute video below, Justin Moon reviews a number of different products and methods you can use to remove rust from many of the tools in your workshop. If you discover that one of your beloved woodworking tools has got a coating of rust on it after a long, humid summer, take a look at Justin’s video to learn how to return your tool to working order.

Aug 202020

Are you looking for a quick, one-day project to make in your shop? In the August 2020 issue of Wood News, Randy Cordle shares his mallet making process.

Recently, I’ve had a bit more free time in the shop and it occurred to me that a proper wood mallet might make a nice single day project. I did what many would do and researched the internet for information and then combined the information into a design that would best suit my needs. I made my first mallet and then honed the design a bit to present what’s featured here. The resulting mallet is not only ergonomic and functional, but it’s quite beautiful. It came out so well that my wife decided immediately upon sight that it needed to be fireplace art, so now it might become necessary to make another one for the shop!

Click here to read the rest of Randy’s article on making a classic woodworker’s mallet.

Aug 182020

In the August 2020 issue of Wood News, Bob Rummer talks about different woodworking specialties and the challenges of choosing which ones to learn to use in your own shop.

One of the wonderful things about woodworking is that there is such a rich landscape of specialties and skills that can be explored. You can dive deep into something like bird carving or you can wander all over the shop and combine turning and carving and furniture-building. Are you a “jack-of-all-trades” or a “master of one”?.

Click here to read the rest of Bob’s article on the various trades of woodworking.

Jul 142020

In the July 2020 issue of Wood News, Char interviews woodworker Jessie Green, and learns what she means when she says her motto is ‘go big or go home’.

Building from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, within her three-car garage, Jessie not only works full-time, but also wears the crown while she and her husband raise their three boys. As a weekend warrior, woodworking is her creative outlet.

Click here to read the rest of Char’s article about Jessie Green.

Jul 092020

We are often looking for new storage solutions for our workshops. In the July 2020 issue of Wood News, Paul Baker shows us how he has built a wooden crate storage unit that is not only quick and easy to make, but is both stackable and helps with organization.

When you need fast, inexpensive, efficient, modular, and sharp-looking storage, I hope you’ll consider this approach. I’ve probably built 20 or more crates, and my shop looks neat, professional, and welcoming.

Click here to read the rest of Paul’s article on easy storage solutions for your workshop.

Jul 072020

In the July 2020 issue of Wood News, Bob Rummer tells the long woodworking history and changing relationship with his favorite type of wood – mahogany.

Do you have a favorite wood? One that is like an old friend on the woodrack? You pick up a board and look over its grain and colors, and you know what it will feel like to plane it or carve it…Mahogany is one of my old friends.

Click here to read the rest of Bob’s article on his history of using mahogany in his woodworking.

Jun 302020

When our book reviewer, Norm Reid, sat down with Another Work Is Possible, he expected a quality read. As the book is authored by the creator of Mortise & Tenon Magazine, Joshua Klein, it already comes with a degree of credibility. But Norm got much more than he was expecting out of the book:

How often do you read a book that brings tears to your eyes? For me, certainly, not often, maybe never. But this book, Another Work Is Possible, did. Let me explain.

This book is, on its surface, a recounting of the process of building a timber-framed blacksmith shop next to the author’s woodshop. But what lies on the surface can be misleading, and in this case there is much more to the story. That story is about a magical time, a time of shared labor, of teaching and learning, of camaraderie, of joy.

Click here to read the rest of the review

Purchase your own copy of Another Work is Possible

Click this link for more great woodworking books to read