Mar 302017
 
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If there were a ten-dollar finishing tool that worked ten times faster than a sander, made almost no noise, worked on finishes between coats as well as on bare wood, and did the work of abrasives from 60 to 220 grit, you’d know about it, right?

Guess what? There really is such a device: its the humble wood scraper, of course.

Learn how to tune up and use your wood scraper to improve your finishing process with this helpful article from the Highland archives.

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Mar 282017
 
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It can take just one or two successful tries at spray finishing to get why spraying is a great choice everywhere from the home shop to the industrial factory floor. Spray finishing is quite simply a fast, efficient and reliable way to lay down smooth, uniform coatings that adhere well, dry predictably, and require minimal further processing. It also turns out that spraying is easy to learn and not very hard to do well.

Take a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Spray Finishing to learn more and then try it out yourself!

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Mar 232017
 
The Highland Woodturner: Turning a Box
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In the March 2017 issue of The Highland Woodturner, Curtis Turner – yes, that is his real name – shows us how to turn a box with a lid. A spalted tamarind blank floated around my shop for years waiting for the right project. Last month, it somehow made its way to the top of […]

Mar 212017
 
Tool Sharpening for a Beginner, Part 4: The Tormek System
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Amy Herschleb attend Jim Dillon’s Hand Tool Sharpening class at Highland and came away with a new appreciation of working with sharp tools. In this series she will go into thoughtful detail on the 3 methods of sharpening Jim Dillon taught. Today she covers Method 3, The Tormek System. CLICK HERE to read Part 3 The […]

Mar 202017
 
Tool Sharpening for a Beginner, Part 3: Waterstones
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Amy Herschleb attended Jim Dillon’s Hand Tool Sharpening class at Highland Woodworking and came away with a new appreciation of working with sharp tools. In this series she will go into thoughtful detail on the 3 methods of sharpening Jim Dillon taught. Today she covers Method 2, Using Waterstones. CLICK HERE to read Part 2 The […]

Mar 172017
 
Tool Sharpening for a Beginner, Part 2: Sandpaper on Glass
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Amy Herschleb attend Jim Dillon’s Hand Tool Sharpening class at Highland and came away with a new appreciation of working with sharp tools. In this series she will go into thoughtful detail on the 3 methods of sharpening Jim Dillon taught. Today she covers Method 1, Sandpaper on Glass. CLICK HERE to read Part 1 The […]

Mar 162017
 
Tool Sharpening for a Beginner, Part 1
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With the constant jokes circulating the woodworking workplace, there ought to be an award for who gets to be “the sharpest tool in the shed.” And as a newcomer to the field, until lately I would rank a non-starter. I have been catching up on my reading, and being drawn to the attractively-bound volume, recently […]