Highland Staff

Feb 102022
 

The Sjobergs Smart Workstation Pro is a great workbench solution for the space or budget challenged woodworker. The bench top clamps to nearly any counter or table. The work surface is made from solid beech. It won’t replace a full workbench, but you can definitely hold a drawer side or front in it to make hand-cut dovetails, and it is great for projects where you can’t be in your workshop.

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Feb 082022
 

For the February 2022 issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer reflects on the amount of physical labor once required before the invention of power tools:

Eric Sloane, in his book A Reverence for Wood, says that only when we can look at objects from the past through a craftsman’s eyes, understanding what went into making the object, can we truly begin to appreciate both the people and the object. So let’s take a trip to Opelika, Alabama. In Municipal Park there is a little covered bridge over Rocky Brook. It is one of only 11 historic covered bridges left in the state. Take a closer look, do you think you could make this?

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Feb 032022
 

For the February 2022 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Make a Chair From a Tree – 3rd Edition, by Jennie Alexander:

Make a Chair from a Tree is a very special book. It is, in some ways, a typical how-to-build-it guide to constructing a green wood chair. And if that was all it was, it would be a meritorious addition to woodworking literature. For within its pages you will find valuable tips on preparing green lumber and fashioning it into a now-iconic chair form. But this volume represents much more than that. Let me explain.

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Jan 272022
 

This week we released the January 2022 episode of The Highland Woodworker, this time featuring woodcarver Randy Walters! We get to see some of Randy’s incredible relief carvings, and he even demonstrates some of his techniques.

John Doyle from Popular Woodworking offers a great tip for anyone who has been frustrated trying to use paper patterns.

And Chuck took a closer look at the Elipse Integra P100 Dust Mask with Eye Protection, a fantastic dust mask that now includes eye protection. It is a great solution for woodturners who want dust protection and eye protection without the cumbersome interference of a dust mask and a face shield or safety glasses.

If you have been looking for something new to watch, sit back and enjoy another great episode!

Jan 252022
 

For the January 2022 issue of Wood News Online, Temple Blackwood followed up on his previous article about turning a proper nut bowl. This time he demonstrated how to make a companion nut hammer to go with it:

The holidays here at home, as well as in the shop, included a full opportunity for visitors to enjoy cracking and eating an assortment of nuts – walnuts, pecans, peanuts, and more – in the new “butternut” nut bowl that was featured in last month’s column.

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Jan 132022
 

In this short video, Michael Morton takes us on a tour of the Festool Domino DF 500 Q. The Festool Domino Joiner is a revolution never seen before in mortising. Making a mortise and tenon joint, though one of the strongest and most reliable ways to join wood, can also be challenging and tedious. Festool has created a never seen before dimension to mortising – a hand held power mortiser – that makes mortising fast, simple and accurate.

Jan 112022
 

For the January 2022 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Foundations of Woodworking by Michael Pekovich:

While there are many good books that introduce woodworking to newcomers…none are perfect. Except, perhaps, Pekovich’s new book, Foundations of Woodworking.

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