Highland Staff

Apr 122018

Back in the December 2016 issue of Wood News, Norm Reid reviewed actor/woodworker Nick Offerman’s newest title Good Clean Fun. This excellent book provides a look inside the inner-workings of the well-known Offerman Woodshop and much more!

If you’re looking for a good time reading about wood, woodworking and woodworkers, you need go no further. In this, his third book, actor, humorist, author and, yes, woodworker Nick Offerman tells all about the Offerman Woodshop. It’s a quirky read and as the cover suggests full of “assorted tomfoolery.” And fun. Once I had it in my hands, I could hardly put it down.

We are excited to have Nick Offerman (plus several other special guests) set to visit our store in Atlanta for our 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 28th. Come out and enjoy the day with us!

Click here to read the rest of Norm’s review

Click here for more information about our 40th Anniversary celebration

Apr 102018

In the April 2018 issue of Wood News, Jeff Fleisher take a closer look at the all new Leigh B975 Box Joint & Beehive Jig, a great new tool that simplifies the process of making box joints and ensures the consistency of your joints.

The Leigh Box Joint & Beehive Jig is the perfect jig for you to have in the shop to make box joint joinery. Since boxes are one of the first projects that woodworkers make, the box joint is one of the first joints that a woodworker might try, so having this jig on hand is highly recommended!

Click here to read more of Jeff’s review

Mar 222018

In the latest issue of Festool Heaven, we featured Gary Wegner’s woodworking shop. When Gary Wegner left his farm and moved into town in Spokane, WA, he decided to reinvent his wood shop by eliminating his tablesaw and replacing it with a Festool TS 55 Tracksaw and MFT Workbench. Take a look at the pictures of his shop below to see how it worked for him, or click to learn more about Gary’s shop.

To read about even more shops, click to check out our Shops Gallery.

If you would like to submit your shop, just SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking shop along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800 x 600 resolution.) Receive a store credit redeemable towards merchandise if we show your shop in a future issue of Wood News or Festool Heaven.

Mar 202018

Having trouble with your dovetails? Try using the David Barron Magnetic Dovetail Saw Guide for awhile and see if it helps straighten out your cuts.

In the video above, Jay Bates uses his Barron Magnetic Dovetail Saw Guide to hand cut dovetails for a hand tool tote. Follow along to see how you can use the Barron Guide in your own projects.

Click here to watch the video

Mar 152018

Leigh’s B975 Box Joint and Beehive Jig offers a simple way to quickly make perfect half-inch and 3/4-inch box joints using either a handheld router or a router mounted in a router table.

To find out more about this exciting new tool, watch the playlist below:

Mar 132018

Reviewed by J. Norman Reid

In the March issue of Wood News, Norm Reid takes a closer look at a classic, Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop.

This book is more than a guide to working timber into useful things; it’s an essential guide for anyone desiring to live close to nature, as well as a spellbinding adventure into the craft of woodmanship for us all.

Click here to read more or order your own copy.

Mar 082018

In the March issue of Wood News, Bob Rummer writes about restoring vintage tools, and some of his conservation practices. The article offers an interesting discussion of collector vs. woodworker approaches to restoration.

The place that we seem to get into arguments is with old tools that have value to both collectors and woodworkers. The woodworker wants a functional tool, the collector wants the tool kept in its “vintage” condition. The tool collector sees value in maintaining patina and the vintage look.

Click to read more about vintage tool restoration.