Feb 202019
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Resawing is the term for woodcutting that takes a board of a given thickness and slices it into two or more thinner boards. Though it can be done on a small scale on a tablesaw, the bandsaw is universally regarded as the go-to tool for resawing lumber.

We recently stumbled across an old article from the now-extinct magazine American Woodworker* that addressed the question of how to select a good resawing blade for your bandsaw. Resawing has always been a favorite subject of ours here at Highland Woodworking, as our Wood Slicer Resaw Bandsaw Blade has been a best seller for us these past 30 years.

The article analyzed the most important features that help determine the performance of a resawing blade, namely blade thickness, blade width, number of teeth per inch, tooth form and durability.

Resawn BoardsThe article applied this analysis to the major brands of  resawing bandsaw blades available, with emphasis on the accuracy of the cut as measured by the straightness and smoothness of the workpiece after it has been resawn. Of all the blades tested, only two brands of resawing blades met the necessary criteria set by the magazine’s editors. Spoiler alert: the Wood Slicer was one of them!

If you’re wondering how to successfully use your bandsaw for resawing lumber, reading this article may be helpful. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Wood Slicer or purchasing your own, you can do so on the Highland Woodworking website.

*Note: American Woodworker  magazine was later absorbed into Popular Woodworking  magazine.

More on resawing:
A Practical Guide to Successful Resawing

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
SawStop Safety Demonstration at Highland Last Weekend
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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 […]

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!