Highland Staff

Feb 122019

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.

Jan 282019

We’ve got another episode of The Highland Woodworker premiering shortly, but in the meantime you can watch a preview of the upcoming episode now!

If you ever want to catch up on any past episodes, check out The Highland Woodworker Archive offering hours of past episodes and woodworking fun!


Jan 242019

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!

Click to find out more about the Kreg Router Table System, available at Highland Woodworking.

Jan 232019

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.

Click here to read Part 1 of the Sharpen This series

Jan 172019

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!

Jan 152019

In the latest issue of Wood News Online, Bram Gallagher tells the story of milling a salvaged tree that was being taken down in his neighborhood. 

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.

Click here to read more!

Dec 202018

Christopher Schwarz’s fascination with workbenches and workbench design history continues in his new offer from Lost Art Press, Ingenious Mechanicks. Norm Reid reviewed the book, here are a few of his initial thoughts:

A recent release from Lost Art Press, this book is an homage to Christopher Schwarz’s love for workbenches and his dedication to understanding them in all their manifestations. On the surface, Ingenious Mechanicks is a beautifully-illustrated treatise on ancient workbenches. But while it does illuminate our understanding of how woodworkers from Roman times forward did their work, it contributes much more than that. Readers will find here guidelines for crafting several styles of low workbenches that are both beautiful (they can serve as furniture!) and surprisingly functional. In doing so, it turns our heads toward new directions for approaching hand tool woodworking that may well shake up practices well-enshrined in Western tradition since before Joseph Moxon and André Roubo came on the scene.

Read the rest of the review

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