Highland Staff

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Jul 182019

Fast, simple and accurate mortising is now possible with the Festool Domino Joiners, and the XL DF 700 Joiner will help you create joinery strong enough for large projects such as entryway doors, gates, rock solid tables & beds, and post & beam garden arbors.

Mike Morton takes a closer look at the Festool Domino XL in the video below:

Jun 272019

For the June issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer writes about what you need to know about making boxes that they don’t teach you in shop class:

I have made a LOT of boxes in nearly 50 years of woodworking — toolboxes, jewelry boxes, tissue boxes, cabinet-sized boxes, bandsawn boxes, carved boxes, recipe boxes, inlaid boxes, ring boxes, veneered boxes, and nesting boxes. You probably made a box yourself as one of the first projects in woodshop or an introduction to woodworking. After all, the saying is, “If you know how to make a box you can make anything.” The starting point in every box project is, “What are you going to put inside it?” After all, most of the design decisions hinge on fitting something inside the box.

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