In the short video below, Jim Dillon demonstrates the use of a simple side clamp honing guide, explaining how to use it to sharpen your hand tools consistently and repeatably. This honing guide plus many other useful sharpening tools are available at Highland Woodworking.
In the October 2020 issue of Wood News, Jim Randolph returns for an issue to share some quick tips on setting up and using the Bora Centipede. My new 4′ x 8′ Bora Centipede needed a workout, so I stretched it to its limits and went looking for a sheet of plywood to place on […]
In the September 2020 episode of The Highland Woodworker, Chuck looks at the Festool Kapex KS 120 Miter Saw with Stand and Extensions. He demonstrates setup, explains the Miterfast, built-in holddowns and the UG Mobile Miter Station, just a few of the details that would make the Kapex a great addition to any workshop. Take […]
In the October 2020 issue of Wood News, Bob Rummer unpacks a collection of shop-made tools from his Great Grandpa’s toolbox, and it led him to reflect on the connection between toolmaking and woodworking. One reason we make tools is to meet the special demands of unique projects. As a luthier, Grandpa Burnham made a […]
We can all admit that one of the best parts of the project is being done with it. But what about the finish? Some people prefer not having any finish on their project to give it the completely natural wood look. Other people go to the opposite spectrum and paint their wooden projects with acrylic […]
We at Highland were very proud to recently be featured in Nancy Hiller’s “Little Acorns” profiles on the Lost Art Press blog. A lot has happened in the past 40+ years and Nancy did a great job capturing some of our favorite stories, including a dinner with President Jimmy Carter, Roy Underhill’s infamous fried chicken […]
In the September 2020 issue of Wood News, Marshall Knox describes his own woodworking journey, and offers some ideas for how to improve your own woodworking capabilities. In years past, people acquired skills through a slow process of apprenticeship. Long hours under the watchful eye of a master craftsman. Today some may still follow that […]