Highland Staff

May 192020

On Saturday we released the May 2020 episode of The Highland Woodworker, this time featuring woodworker Charles Brock! Yes that’s right, we finally convinced Chuck to interview himself and what an interview it was. We loved hearing Chuck’s story of how he got into woodworking, as well as getting a full tour of his Spring Hill, TN workshop.

Andrew Zoellner from Popular Woodworking offers some great tips for getting the most out of your miter saw.

And Chuck took a closer look at the Bora NGX Clamp Edge Saw Guide, a great tool that will turn any circular saw into a track saw.

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

May 142020

For the May 2020 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Issue #8 of Mortise & Tenon Magazine:

As always, emphasis is on hand tool woodworking, with a strong sub-emphasis on living close to nature. The result is a refreshing diversion from the overwhelmingly high technology world so far divergent from the earth from which life springs. Especially now, when we are largely cut off from one another by either forced or self-imposed isolation, this issue offers welcome relief.

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May 122020

In the May 2020 issue of Wood News, Samuel Colchamiro discusses backsaws, and offers several tips for becoming better at using them.

In the modern world of precise woodworking machines, handsaws are often discarded as obsolete and inaccurate. Many woodworkers are drawn to the precision of the table saw and consider the classic handsaw far less essential. Woodworkers buy dado blades, crosscut blades, rip blades, and all kinds of jigs and fixtures for their table saw. They switch blades consistently for the most effective cut without realizing that if you learn to track a line with a standard backsaw, the world of woodworking is no longer limited to the accessories of your power tools.

Click here to read the rest of Samuel’s article on backsaws.

May 072020

In the May 2020 issue of Wood News, Bob Rummer discusses how the 1930s were a boom for home crafts and leisure activity, and considers how that might compare to current events.

The coronavirus crisis is changing what we do with our spare time. We can’t all go hiking when we want, and playgrounds, rec centers and libraries are closed around the country. In the 1930s, people were looking for ways to fill their time with meaningful activity and many were looking for ways to find supplemental income.

Click here to continue reading Bob’s article.

May 052020

In the May 2020 issue of Wood News, Doug Stowe shares some great tips for involving kids in your woodworking.

Since kids have been spending more time learning from home, it is important to still be able to emphasize a hands-on learning approach. What better way to do that than have your kids join you in your workshop!

Click here to read tips for getting kids into woodworking

Apr 232020

In the April 2020 issue of Wood News, John Wolf shares his process for a unique woodworking project: the spinning top.

Spinning tops are often the first project taught to new turners, particularly if they are 12 or younger. Some of us are still fascinated by tops even though that 12 year old mark was passed many decades ago. John Wolf recently started making singing tops. These are tops that make a resonate note as they spin.

Click here to learn how to make a spinning top

Apr 212020

Some years back, before he actually purchased a SawStop for his shop, Steve Johnson (the Down to Earth Woodworker) decided to do some deep thinking and some calculations to determine if the SawStop would be worth the price.

I know first hand what an excellent table saw feels like, sounds like, and how it performs. I know their value. So how could SawStop, at slightly less money, but with an expensive safety feature added, possibly perform as well? The price/value equation seemed skewed and it had me stymied.

Click here to read the rest of Steve’s article!