Chris Bagby

Chris Bagby, Owner & CEO A 1973 graduate of Georgia Tech, Chris co-founded Highland Woodworking in 1978 with Sharon Bagby. He originally provided custom millwork services before focusing mainly on marketing. His other interests include photography, tennis, snowboarding and thru-hiking backcountry trails, including the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail. He's also a registered yoga teacher, and his oldest yoga student is 93 years old!

Sep 092010
Hofmann and Hammer workbenches at Highland Woodworking

Phil Colson forklifts a pallet of new workbenches off the 40-foot container truck

It’s always exciting around here when we receive a full 40-foot ocean container load of something we’ve ordered from abroad. Today we unloaded 70 Hofmann & Hammer workbenches from a container shipped direct from the factory in Gruenfeld-Zimmern, Germany. We believe they are truly the finest value in a premium quality workbench available anywhere. They’re now on sale on our website. Save $200 on the Large and Medium benches, and $100 on the compact bench.

Hofmann and Hammer workbenches

May 082010

Chris Black is shown demonstrating how to restore and sharpen an old handsaw in the Highland Woodworking booth at the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event on Friday, May 7, 2010 at Peach State Lumber in Kennesaw, GA (20 miles north of Atlanta up I-75). Hands-on instruction in sharpening, tuning and using hand planes by Lie-Nielsen employees (including owner Tom Lie-Nielsen) is available throughout the day.
The show continues from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, May 8. Admission is free.

Apr 152010

Earlex 2900 spray gunHighland Woodworking is now the exclusive supplier for the Earlex 2900 HVLP Spray Station, which has brought a new level of performance and affordability to spray finishing.
The compact Earlex HVLP unit is an exceptional value with its aluminum spray gun, teflon-coated paint cup and 13 foot spray hose, all of which store neatly onboard the turbine unit.
HVLP technology now makes it easy for woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers to step up to spray finishing without the expense and steep learning curve once associated with spray finishing.
HVLP spray finishingOur versatile Earlex 2900 HVLP sprayer comes equipped to apply a variety of finishes ranging from lacquers, varnishes, and polyurethanes to modern water-based finishes. Thinned latex paint can also be applied both interior and exterior.
We supply the Earlex 2900 HVLP sprayer with a quick start guide as well as master finisher Jeff Jewitt’s excellent DVD and illustrated guide to spray finishing. The entire package deal is priced at only $149.99.

Jan 062010

When we saw this jig demonstrated at the AWFS Show in Las Vegas last summer, our first thought was “Who needs another specialized router table jig?”
Boy, were we wrong! Kreg’s new Beaded Face Frame System has taken off like you cannot imagine. Simply put, it easily produces cabinet face frames that feature attractive professional-looking beads that connect flawlessly around the entire frame. It’s either doing the work of a specialized machine that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars, or it quickly and efficiently replaces a long and laborious tablesaw project plus tedious assembly.
John Lucas has provided a detailed illustrated tutorial on using the jig on his website Wood Shop Demos.
We also have a 3-minute video demo of the tool in action.

Watch the Video Demo

Dec 262009

Lie-Nielsen We are delighted to announce that Thomas Lie-Nielsen, founder and owner of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and maker of the finest woodworking hand planes made in America, will be in Atlanta to teach a class at Highland Woodworking on Sunday, January 24, 2010.
Thomas will also be giving free hand plane and hand tool demonstrations throughout the day at our Winter One Day Sale on Saturday, January 23.
In his class on Sunday, January 24, entitled “Sharpening and Using Hand Planes,” he will be teaching students how to properly sharpen plane irons and other edge tools, tune and adjust a plane to achieve optimum performance, and practice developing the skills needed to use hand planes in a woodworking shop. Students are invited to bring their own hand planes (any brand: Record, Stanley, Anant, ECE, Clifton, etc. and of course Lie-Nielsen) and their own sharpening stones to use in the class. Thomas and his assistant will provide detailed instruction as well as one-on-one coaching so each student who attends will come away able to remove wispy-thin shavings that leave exquisitely smooth surfaces, and much more.
Lie-NielsenHe will also personally engrave his autograph on your Lie-Nielsen plane that you may already own or purchase during the weekend sale.
The hands-on class on Sunday is limited to 16 students, so it is important to register early to ensure getting a space for yourself. CLICK HERE for info on how to sign up for the class. You may also call 800-241-6748.
For those attending the free hand plane and hand tool demonstrations at the One Day Sale on Saturday, no advance registration is necessary.

Dec 062009

We just got in a large supply of Rikon’s brand new upgraded 10″ bandsaw.
We wondered if it could handle some heavy duty cutting like resawing, so we installed one of our 1/2″ Wood Slicers on the new demo Rikon 10″ bandsaw that we set up in our showroom the day after our shipment was delivered.

Rikon 10       Rikon 10

After squaring up a piece of 4×4 poplar, we were able to resaw full-length slices from it that were uniformly 1/64″ thick along the entire length! Can your bandsaw do that? That convinced us this little machine can perform precision work despite its low price tag.
While it’s obvious the Rikon 10″ benchtop bandsaw will make an excellent starter saw for someone just getting into woodworking on a limited budget, it can also be a valuable time-saver even to woodworkers who already own a larger bandsaw but don’t want the inconvenience of having to constantly change different width blades back and forth for different operations. For instance, put a 1/8″ blade on this little beast and you’ll always have an excellent, powerful scroll cutting machine that’s ready to go. Ditto if you wanted a dedicated small resawing and ripping machine on material up to 4-5/8″ thick.
191042rh.jpgThe Rikon 10″ bandsaw’s cutting capacity is 9-5/8″ wide by 4-5/8″ high. Its table is solidly built out of cast iron. Motor is an ample 1/3 HP, 110 volts. Blade speed is 2780 feet/minute. A nice rip fence with integral inch scale is included. The entire unit weighs 66 lbs. The Rikon 10″ band saw uses 70-1/2″ long blades that can range in width from 1/8″ – 1/2″. (One 1/4″ wide blade comes with the saw.) The Rikon 10″ bandsaw includes a two-year factory limited warranty.
We’re pleased to offer this exceptional Rikon benchtop band saw at a very affordable price.

Oct 072009

Festool has repackaged their new 12+3 and 15+3 lithium-ion powered cordless drills making them a bit easier to afford. Previously each model came with 4 different drill chucks. Now each drill comes with 2 standard Fastfix chucks: the 1/2″ drill chuck and the Festool Centrotec chuck. The right-angle chuck and the eccentric chuck are available as optional accessories.
Both Festool drill models still include two high-efficiency lithium-ion batteries, smart charger, advanced electronic clutch, 3-year warranty and stackable Festool Systainer. The Festool T12+3 sells for $400. The Festool T15+3 sells for $450.
• The Festool drill’s extreme light weight (thanks to the lithium battery) means less operator fatigue.
• The exclusive Fastfix chucking system allows each drill to perform the function of several different drills.
• The Festool drill’s second generation brushless motor is electronically protected against burnout and maintains constant power regardless of load or speed.

• Tests have shown the Festool T+3 drills outperform the competitions’ 15 and 18 volt drills. You can literally drive more than 1,000,000 screws with one of these drills. Built to last a lifetime, it is literally the last drill you will ever need to buy.