Feb 182019
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There isn’t a silver bullet when it comes to sharpening, but some tools certainly make the process easier. The Tormek Sharpening System is one of those tools, providing accuracy and repeatability time and time again.

To get a good sense of what a Tormek can do, take a look at the video below. Watch how the Tormek transforms a wrecked chisel into a perfect razor-sharp cutting edge in just 6 minutes. It may not be a silver bullet, but it is fast!

Take a look at the Tormek Sharpening System options available at Highland Woodworking

Feb 122019
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On Saturday, February 9th, we held a small demonstration of the SawStop brake system, which is responsible for the technology behind the quick shutdown of the SawStop Table Saw when it senses flesh. These demos are often done with hot dogs as they are the most similar to a human finger, though Roy Underhill once did one with a fried chicken drumstick.

Highland employee, Jeff Dillon, performed the demo by first explaining the technology behind the brake system followed by the hot dog demonstration. He then pulled out the blade and brake cartridge to further show how the brake stops the blade when it comes into contact with flesh.

While the blade still nicks the hot dog, it is much less damage then going straight through it

The blade and brake cartridge. You will need to replace the brake cartridge and evaluate the condition of the blade for future use.

To find out more information about SawStop or to purchase your own saw, you can visit Highland Woodworking online or in-person.

Feb 052019
Reusable Food Tubs – Tips from Sticks in the Mud - February 2019 - Tip #2
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No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift. Thus, each month we include a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.” You want something free? Well, almost free. If you eat whipped butter, margarine, Cool Whip, or other foodstuffs that come in […]

Feb 042019
Clamp Cleaning – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – February 2019 – Tip #1
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Welcome to “Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop.” I am a hobbyist who loves woodworking and writing for those who also love the craft. I have found some ways to accomplish tasks in the workshop that might be helpful to you, and I enjoy hearing your own problem-solving ideas. Please share them in the COMMENTS section of each […]

Feb 012019
February Poll: Do You Wear a Nail/Carpenter's Apron Inside the Shop?
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  There are web sites and YouTube channels that run down Festool. There are channels that run down your favorite YouTuber. I get that. Not everybody likes the same thing, and not everyone can keep their opinion to themselves, or follow Mama’s advice: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” I’ve […]

Jan 282019
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We’ve got another episode of The Highland Woodworker premiering shortly, but in the meantime you can watch a preview of the upcoming episode now! If you ever want to catch up on any past episodes, check out The Highland Woodworker Archive offering hours of past episodes and woodworking fun!  

Jan 242019
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You can get so much done in a shop with a quality router table, and the Kreg Router Table System can help woodworkers of all levels finish their projects faster, more easily and with greater precision than before. Mike Morton offers a thorough tour of the Kreg Router Table System in the video below, helping […]