Highland Staff

Jun 062016

The new wall display in our retail store for showing off our ax inventory is now finished!

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The grid pattern of holes lets us easily alter the position of the custom wooden dowel pegs to accommodate just about every size of ax we offer.

A handsome mitered box with dovetailed key splines and a sliding lid neatly stores extra pegs.

ax wall pegs

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Next time you’re in Atlanta, be sure to stop by and explore our offering of axes.

Hats off to Sam, our retail store manager for his ax display “vision”!

ax wall

Apr 012016

This weekend, Atlanta is hosting a bunch of woodworkers in town for The Woodworking Show. Highland Woodworking is sharing a booth with SawStop, so if you’re at the show, be sure to stop by and say hello!

A few of the show-going woodworkers are also taking advantage of our store’s nearby location and checking it out for the 1st time (or 30th).  We got a great write-up from Jay Bates of Jay’s Custom Creations who visited the store yesterday and got a behind-the-scenes tour from store owner, Chris Bagby. If you haven’t been to the store yet, Jay got some great photos, so be sure to check them out in the link below.

Mar 292016


Peter Galbert was at Highland all last week teaching his Windsor Chair class. After so many years learning his craft, Pete’s brain is full of useful nuggets like this one on how to maximize a bottle of Old Brown Glue.

The problem: constant re-heating of the glue bottle was causing the unused glue to get clumpy and unusable before you can actually use all of the contents of the bottle.

The solution: empty the glue into an old ice cube tray you aren’t using anymore, and put the ice cube tray in the refrigerator (not the freezer!) The cold turns the glue into gelatin-like cubes that you can store individually in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator and then easily pull out, one at a time. One cube is usually enough for the glue-up of a single chair! Thanks, Peter!

Mar 262016


Thanks to everyone who submitted their blogs, videos, and social media updates for #GetWoodworking Week this year! Our main goal is to promote woodworking to our community and get new people interested in it.  It also acts as a reminder to people who may have not gotten into their shops for awhile to go out and make something.

Here is a round-up of some of the highlights of this year’s #GetWoodworking Week:


Wilbur Pan – The problem with buying a Japanese saw, 2016 edition

Ethan Frei- GetWoodworking: How I Got Started

Matt Cremona- What’s Matt Up To This Week

Stephany Wilkes (West by Midwest)- Build Up, Beginning WoodworkerThe Accidental Aesthetic Anarchist

Steve Johnson (The Down to Earth Woodworker)- The Luckiest Woodworker, The Goal is More Woodworkers, Right?, Marketing to Potential New Woodworkers

Justin Starr- A Reason To #Getwoodworkingweek

Jim Ashley (The Wood Lab)- Thoughts When Starting Out


Manhattan Wood Project – Cedar Plank Porch Gardens

Manhattan Wood Project – Finding Decent Wood at a Good Price

Dominic Bender – 14 Ways to make a Tealight Holder


All she can do until the glue dries. #getwoodworkingweek #woodworkaustralia #woodworking #shopfriend #plattcavecreations

A photo posted by Tony Platt (@plattcavecreations) on

Guess I am participating in #GetWoodworkingWeek Finally got my Stanley no.5 tuned up. A photo posted by @davidclyell on

Blizzard outside, so I’ll work on my #getwoodworkingweek project. I need a bench stat!

A photo posted by @lynchnathaniel on


Feeling groovy. #woodworking humor #getwoodworkingweek


A photo posted by Nathan Merrill (@merrillrx) on

Hickory up front, oak in the back. #woodworking #dowoodworking #mallet #hickory #oak #danishoil #getwoodworkingweek A photo posted by Colin Gregory Beckstrand (@colinwalin) on


My first attempt at spoon carving #woodworking #spoon #getwoodworking #maker


A photo posted by Cale Blalock (@cabwoodworking) on

Mar 102016

Highland Woodworking and our WEB TV show, The Highland Woodworker were recently featured on Fine Woodworking’s Shop Talk Live, where both organizations were introduced as new partners with Fine Woodworking. In this episode, Charles Brock, host of The Highland Woodworker, discusses his woodworking background and how both Highland Woodworking and Fine Woodworking had an influence on his woodworking beginnings in the late 1970’s. They also discuss the origins of The Highland Woodworker (the idea all started over a pizza) and how Chuck was able to get Highland Woodworking on board. The whole podcast is a great listen, but if you want to go straight to the interview with Chuck and the Shop Talk guys, you can fast forward to 33:50 of the podcast.

As an added bonus, the most recent episode of The Highland Woodworker features a “Finer Points” segment with one of Shop Talk Live’s hosts, Matt Kenney, who discusses how to cut dovetails on a tablesaw.


Jan 202016

hwtfrontWelcome to 2016 with a brand new issue of The Highland Woodturner, Highland Woodworking’s newsletter geared toward turners from beginning to advanced!

In this month’s issue:

A Case for Prototyping: The Vise Project– Curtis Turner discusses a recent project where he turned a new round handle to replace one of his customer’s traditional vise handles. In this article, Curtis discusses his process for the project as well as the problems he encountered while working on the project.

What’s the “Right” Way to Use Friction Polish?– Rick Morris discusses different types of Friction Polish that are out on the market for your finishing needs. He also performs several tests to find out the following:

  • Should friction polish be applied with the lathe running or stopped?
  • What type of applicator should the polish be applied with?
  • What speed should the lathe be running while polishing?
  • How much sanding is enough for the friction polish to make a high-gloss finish?

Show Us Your Woodturning- Aaron Thomas– Aaron is a disabled war veteran who has turned to woodworking, specifically turning, in order to help him cope with PTSD. He specializes in Native American Flutes, as well as table lamps, standing lamps, and oil lamps.

Phil’s Turning Tip: Making a Morse Taper Reamer– If you have a morse taper that won’t sit properly in the quill, you’ll want to check out Phil’s tip on making a reamer to clean the quill.

Featured Products:

Rikon 70-220VSR 12-1/2 inch Midi Lathe– If you’re looking for a new lathe to replace your old one or to get started in woodturning, the Rikon 70-220 is a great solution, which is designed to handle a wide variety of projects.

Flex Arm Magnetic LED Work Light– One of our most popular items, this work light will help save your eyes and brighten up your workspace for improved accuracy.

Nov 042015

novwoodnewsWe’ve just published another great issue of Wood News Online. This month’s issue includes:

Building a 3-Sided Farm Woodshed– Jon Rubin is known for over-engineering when it comes to his woodworking projects, and it was no different for his recent woodshed that he built on his farm. In this article, Jon discusses his over-engineering and his methods he used to build the woodshed.

Show Us Your Shop– We’re sharing the Edmond, OK workshop of Lance Wroblewski, who started woodworking in 2011 and has been building up his workshop ever since.

Show Us Your Woodworking– This month we’re sharing the woodworking projects of disabled veteran, Steve Adams, who enjoys building anything from small inlaid boxes to full-size houses.

Show Us Your Carving– Ron Latour enjoys transforming 2-D artwork into 3-D deep relief wood sculptures, as well as creating boxes with carved tops.

This month’s woodworking tip columns include:

The Down to Earth Woodworker– This month, Steve discusses the advantages of his new favorite tape measure, wonders who it is out there that makes the decision of “good” vs “bad” when it comes to judging woodworking projects, and shares some new woodworking invention ideas.


Woodworking Safety Tip–  This month’s reader-contributed safety tip comes from John all the way in County Limerick, Ireland, who shares his list of must-do’s before turning on his power saws.

Finishing Tip– Alan has several tips when it comes to painting laminates and the best ways to resurface them.

Ask the Staff– This month our staff was asked for a good recommendation for slow setting epoxy.

Tips from Sticks in the Mud– This month Jim has tips on drilling pilot holes and reusing parts from a foam paint brush to assist your sander.

We’ve also got reviews on the following:

Woodpeckers Woodworking Rule and T-Square– Jeff Fleisher explains how these 2 tools are what you need to help you make precision measurements and cuts.

And a few added bonuses:

Roy Underhill’s recent visit to Highland Woodworking

Poll: Are Most Woodworkers Also General-Purpose DIY-ers?

All of this and more in our November 2015 issue of Wood News Online.