Highland Staff

May 162019
 

If you have some tricky drilling to do in your shop and you don’t own a drill press, the Portable Drill Guide might be the tool you are looking for!

In the video below, David Picciuto from Make Something explains the easy setup and use of the Portable Drill Guide, including how to approach tricky operations, such as drilling through round objects.

May 142019
 

For the May issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed the newest issue of the always excellent Mortise & Tenon Magazine:

For the sixth time, Mortise & Tenon Magazine creator and editor Joshua Klein has given us a superb example of a high quality woodworking publication. As with its predecessors, its 10 articles are well-balanced in content, beautifully photographed and engagingly written, collectively reflecting a spirit of individualism and self-sufficiency in the design and execution of craftsmanship.

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May 092019
 

For the May issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer writes about the history of woodworking language and the importance of getting the details right:

A standard terminology is an important part of any craft or discipline. If you are going to be certified as a master electrician, you have to know the difference between a wire nut and a split bolt. More importantly, you have to be able to describe why you should use one over the other. Woodworking has its own craft terminology and there are many resources, dictionaries, and glossaries. In general, we are pretty clear on what is what although there are certainly some variations among us. I think we can live with “rebates” and “rabbets”. Maybe even with “slip feather” and “veneer spline”. However, when I see an expert making a “tusk-wedged tenon” when they are actually making a keyed through tenon — well, things have just gone too far.

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Apr 252019
 

Steve Gass, creator of the SawStop Table Saw finger-saving technology, has a lot of confidence in his table saws. So much confidence that he was willing to go on Discovery Channel’s Time Warp show to demonstrate the technology, using his own finger!

Watch the demonstration in the video below:

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Apr 232019
 

Many years ago, Alan Noel wrote an article for Wood News telling the story of an accident with his tablesaw, and his reasoning for upgrading to a SawStop.

Just before my 54th birthday, I was using my old tablesaw to cut some pieces of poplar into long strips to hold glass panels in cabinet doors. I had done cuts like this safely many times before, but this time something distracted me and I must have taken my eye off the saw for a fraction of a second. To my pain and horror, all of a sudden I realized I had cut myself. It shocked me how incredibly fast it all happened.

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Apr 182019
 

 
Have you ever wondered how the SawStop braking technology actually works? This short video walks you through the process and shows you the secrets of SawStop’s amazing finger detection technology.

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Apr 112019
 

 

For the April issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed the newest book by Christian Becksvoort, Shaker Inspiration:

This book conveys the wisdom of a master craftsman drawing on a long and successful career as a cabinetmaker. Charmingly written in a briefly stated, friendly tone, it easily belies the wealth of knowledge it conveys. Less a treatise on Shaker furniture than an exposition of Becksvoort’s career in a one- man shop, it will be especially valuable for woodworkers who aspire to succeed in business as woodworking craftsmen. While it will be of interest to many woodworkers who want to follow the career path that Becksvoort took, it contains a great deal of wisdom about how and how not to set up shop for oneself.

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