Highland Staff

May 092019

For the May issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer writes about the history of woodworking language and the importance of getting the details right:

A standard terminology is an important part of any craft or discipline. If you are going to be certified as a master electrician, you have to know the difference between a wire nut and a split bolt. More importantly, you have to be able to describe why you should use one over the other. Woodworking has its own craft terminology and there are many resources, dictionaries, and glossaries. In general, we are pretty clear on what is what although there are certainly some variations among us. I think we can live with “rebates” and “rabbets”. Maybe even with “slip feather” and “veneer spline”. However, when I see an expert making a “tusk-wedged tenon” when they are actually making a keyed through tenon — well, things have just gone too far.

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Apr 252019

Steve Gass, creator of the SawStop Table Saw finger-saving technology, has a lot of confidence in his table saws. So much confidence that he was willing to go on Discovery Channel’s Time Warp show to demonstrate the technology, using his own finger!

Watch the demonstration in the video below:

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Apr 232019

Many years ago, Alan Noel wrote an article for Wood News telling the story of an accident with his tablesaw, and his reasoning for upgrading to a SawStop.

Just before my 54th birthday, I was using my old tablesaw to cut some pieces of poplar into long strips to hold glass panels in cabinet doors. I had done cuts like this safely many times before, but this time something distracted me and I must have taken my eye off the saw for a fraction of a second. To my pain and horror, all of a sudden I realized I had cut myself. It shocked me how incredibly fast it all happened.

Click to read more of Alan’s tablesaw story

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Apr 182019

Have you ever wondered how the SawStop braking technology actually works? This short video walks you through the process and shows you the secrets of SawStop’s amazing finger detection technology.

Click here to take a closer look at the SawStop Tablesaw options available at Highland Woodworking.

Apr 112019


For the April issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed the newest book by Christian Becksvoort, Shaker Inspiration:

This book conveys the wisdom of a master craftsman drawing on a long and successful career as a cabinetmaker. Charmingly written in a briefly stated, friendly tone, it easily belies the wealth of knowledge it conveys. Less a treatise on Shaker furniture than an exposition of Becksvoort’s career in a one- man shop, it will be especially valuable for woodworkers who aspire to succeed in business as woodworking craftsmen. While it will be of interest to many woodworkers who want to follow the career path that Becksvoort took, it contains a great deal of wisdom about how and how not to set up shop for oneself.

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Apr 092019


We are excited to announce that our Women in Woodworking column is back in Wood News this month! Char Miller-King is a local woodworker in Atlanta who has been a regular customer at Highland for quite some time and was previously profiled on our blog in September 2017. She will be taking the reins of this monthly Wood News column that features the work and shops of other women woodworkers. Here’s an excerpt from Char’s first column:

About a year ago I started searching for other women in woodworking to connect with and I found a few on social media and they were amazing. When we connected it was like being a part of a sister circle, I had finally found my tribe. There is almost nothing better than talking shop with someone, but talking shop with another woman is extraordinary, you know that you are speaking with someone who truly gets you. I wanted to explore this phenomenon of women in woodworking.

Click here to read the rest of Char’s first column and get a tour around her shop!

Mar 282019

When Steve Johnson, the Down to Earth Woodworker, purchased his SawStop Tablesaw, he noted that the entire experience of the tool-buying experience was greater than the sum of its parts. From planning where the tablesaw would fit into his shop, to speaking with Highland Woodworking customer service to determine the perfect accessories for his shop, to the delivery and assembly of the saw, to the first cut, Steve appreciated every step of the process buying his new SawStop Tablesaw. Watch Steve’s unique take in the video below:

Click here to take a closer look at the SawStop Tablesaw options available at Highland Woodworking.