Highland Staff

Sep 172019

In the August issue of Hock Tool’s monthly newsletter, we saw the familiar face of perennial Highland instructor Jim Dillon in a fantastic interview.

Many woodworkers local to Atlanta have taken classes with Jim and many more of you have seen some of the videos he has produced on the Highland YouTube channel, including ones on Broad Axes, the Narex Spoon Carving Kit, SawStop Router Tables, and Adding a Hock Blade to Your Hand Plane.

Read the interview with Jim and perhaps it will inspire you to take a class or watch a video and improve your own woodworking skills.

Sep 102019

If you’ve been thinking about getting a Dovetail Jig for your shop but you aren’t sure which is the right one for you, this video might help you decide. With a comparison of the Leigh D4R Pro and the Leigh Super Dovetail Jig, the video breaks down the body construction, finger style & joint spacing, capacity, joint options and more!

Aug 302019

If your shop feels too small for a standard tablesaw but you would still like the safety afforded by a SawStop, take a closer look at the newly updated SawStop Jobsite PRO Tablesaw.

In the short video below, Jim Dillon shows off the features of the Jobsite PRO, demonstrating its easy portability, its many capabilities and the improvements made from the original Jobsite Saw.

Aug 222019

We hear from a lot of customers who find the Festool sandpaper options downright confusing. So we asked our friend Steve Johnson, the Down to Earth Woodworker, to help us understand which Festool Sandpaper to buy.

In the video below, Steve explains the best sandpaper options for general sanding, raw wood, finishing, shaping and more. He also creates an easy guide so you can remember Festool Sandpaper types and uses:

Aug 202019

Festool’s line of Rotex Sanders are perfect if you are looking to get into the world of Festool Sanding and you want the most versatility you can buy in a sander.

Matthew Morris discusses the different options and uses of Festool Rotex Sanders in this short video:

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.

Click here to learn what tricks he used

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.

Click here to read more of Norm’s review

Learn more about the Woodpeckers Slab Flattening Mill