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2014 Top 10 Videos from the “Festool Connect Contest”

December 20, 20140 Comments

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Festool or not, all these videos are inspiring in their own way. As woodworkers and craftspeople we tend to see beauty in places and ways others don’t, so when we see individuals who are just as passionate about their craft as we are, it stokes the fires in […]

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Dan’s Hockey Stick Bench

December 17, 20140 Comments

It’s always exciting to see friends get featured and recognized for their woodworking projects, but it’s even more exciting when it’s something you they asked you for a little help with when they were first building it. If you’re a subscriber to the Highland Woodworking Newsletter you probably already saw Dan’s Hockey Stick Bench, but […]

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Understanding RPMs hurts my head

December 15, 20149 Comments

Before we go further, I should point out that I have never been someone who understands motors. You’d think growing up in the Detroit area I’d be fluent in all things horsepower & RPMs, but I’m not and I’m okay with that. But regardless of whether you speak motor, or not, a basic understanding of […]

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535 Wood body coffee scoop

December 12, 20146 Comments

Mornings can be rough for me, but a good cup of coffee can make all the difference. Over the years we’ve tried several different coffee makers, including the K-cups, but in the end we always come back to our good old Mr. Coffee coffee maker. As a result it’s important to make sure I get […]

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The Highland Woodworker episode no. 16

December 11, 20140 Comments

Need a break from all the chaos the Holidays bring? Here’s a good way to step back from the madness and enjoy this shared passion for woodworking we all have, it’s the latest episode of The Highland Woodworker with Charles Brock. In this episode Charles and the crew visit with Don Williams in the Moment […]

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Last Minute Elf 2014

December 9, 20140 Comments

We all struggle from time-to-time with coming up with gift ideas to make for loved ones and friends. But there’s no need to worry you won’t have any ideas thanks to “The Last Minute Elf!” The guys over at the Modern Woodworker’s Association are sponsoring this year’s Last Minute Elf project and they’re looking for […]

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2014 Suggested gift guide for the Woodworker

December 8, 20140 Comments

With Christmas just around the corner it’s time to make sure loved ones know exactly what you want under the tree. To help you out I created a downloadable PDF filled with “suggestions” ranging from hand tools to power tools, and even some suggested reading. It’s not a complete list of all the great ideas […]

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Meet “Chip in Action”

December 5, 20143 Comments

I get asked frequently if my kids are interested in woodworking as much as I am? The answer is an absolute NO, they have pretty much zero interest, and I’m totally cool with it. They have their own things they enjoy doing and I completely respect them for it (that, and I don’t have to […]

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20,000 pages of Woodworking Value Pack at Shop Woodworking

December 4, 20140 Comments

For years I’ve been a hoarder of woodworking magazines. I couldn’t bring myself to throw them out, even after I’d read and then reread them for all their woodworking goodness. The only problem I kept running into (aside from shelf space) was trying to remember which issue it was that I found that article I […]

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