Highland Staff

May 072015

wn117This month we’ve got a brand new issue of Wood News Online full of woodworking project ideas, woodworking tips, and more!

This month’s projects include:

Constructing a Quilt Storage Rack– Forrest Bonner created a Sara-Style Quilt Rack design in Sketchup and then used that design to build the actual rack for a friend of his.

Building Our First Shaker Blanket Chest– Brian “Ziggy” Liloia and his partner, April, wanted to build a “little” project together, which ended up being a big, beautiful shaker blanket chest. In this article, Brian goes through the design and building process of this chest and shares his first experience of cutting dovetails.

This month’s woodworking tips include:

The Down to Earth Woodworker– This month, Steve suggests the hand planes you should have in a basic collection, replaces his shop lights with new LED bulbs, equates his recent jig buying adventure to an “anti-gestalt experience”, and gives us an update on his 5S Shop Wall Cabinet project.

Tips from Sticks in the Mud– Jim shares a tip on how to keep your vehicle free of scratches when transporting project materials (i.e. wood), as well as a money-saving tip on reusing disposable gloves.

Ask the Staff– Ed answers a question on the best method to use in order to remove a burn mark from the finishing on a beautifully aged cedar chest.

Finishing– Alan has a tip on the best methods to use when using a roller to paint your living space.

Two-Minute Safety Tip– This month’s reader-contributed safety tip is from Chris Harpe who explains how the use of incandescent task lighting in your shop can help decrease the likelihood of getting injured during cutter/blade spin down.

This month’s tool reviews include:

Book Review– Norm Reid has a book review on David Charlesworth’s A Guide to Hand Tools and Methodsa book that shares Charlesworth’s personal choices when it comes to picking a set of hand tools for your shop.

Tool Review– Jeff Fleisher shares his review of the Easy Chuck by Easy Wood Tools, a great tool for turners that allows you to “spend more time turning and less time adjusting and messing around with jaw changes.”

Video Product Tour– Steve Johnson gives us a different perspective on the SawStop Tablesaw by comparing it to a “Gestalt Experience.”

Our reader-contributed Show Us columns include:

Show Us Your Shop– This month we go inside the 20’x22′ woodworking shop of Steve Lyde who has a garage workshop in Altus, OK.

Show Us Your Woodworking– Dan Andrews shares a variety of woodworking projects including two wooden chests he has made as wedding presents.

Show Us Your Woodcarving– Jeff Greenberg’s inspiration for his carving projects came from a series of carvings made in Bali that feature the interweaving of several elements.

We’ve also got several new products including the book, Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley, which is an in-depth examination of Studley’s famous tool chest that held over 250 different woodworking tools.

All of this and more in Highland Woodworking’s May 2015 issue of Wood News Online!

Apr 172015

sculpted rockerIf you aren’t familiar with The Wood Whisperer Guild, now is a pretty good time to find out about it. Our friend, Marc Spagnuolo (The Wood Whisperer), has been passionate about teaching woodworking for over a decade and with modern day technology, he has found a way to spread his teaching expertise through the Guild.

Next month’s upcoming Guild Build is the Sculpted Rocker, a project designed by Charles Brock of The Highland Woodworker. This is a project near and dear to Highland Woodworking and we’ve got all the tools you need to make this project with The Wood Whisperer Guild.

Through The Wood Whisperer Guild, Marc will provide hours of detailed video instruction to building this project. While you are building, you will be able to connect with all of the other woodworkers that are working on the project at the same time as you.

Now get building!

Mar 062015

wn115Our March 2015 issue of Wood News Online is now available for reading and it is chock full of some great woodworking project ideas, safety tips, and advice.

This month’s articles include:

My Tell Tale Pyrography– Professor Nsir Malik discusses his passion for pyrography – the art of decorating wood with burn marks. He discusses how he constructed his own “pyrography contraption” and shares some of his beautiful and colorful pieces of artwork that he has made.

Designing and Making a Bench– Rod Scott has had several other articles published within Wood News. This month he discusses a sitting bench he constructed using 2 cast iron end pieces that were found in an old barn on a homestead property.

We’ve got an in-depth review of the Hock Kitchen Knife Kit made by Ron Hock. We’ve also got a book review of The Soul of a Tree-A Woodworker’s Reflections, the biography and philosophy of woodworker George Nakashima. We’re excited to continue our Lie-Nielsen Tool of the Month column with Lee Laird’s review of the Lie-Nielsen No. 60-1/2RN Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane with Nicker.

Our Show Us Series includes:

Show Us Your Shop– Herb Schlobohm takes us on a tour of his anti-shop, which is a different take on the typical shops that we have highlighted in the past.

Show Us Your Woodworking– Butch Montgomery has built a variety of woodworking projects and enjoys paying attention to what people around him need, and then surprising them with a custom made piece.

Show Us Your Woodcarving– Rodney Miller, who we recently featured in our Show Us Your Woodturning column in The Highland Woodturner, has a passion for carving “Love Spoons” which can be made with just a piece of wood and a pocket knife.

This month’s tip columns include:

 The Down to Earth Woodworker– Steve puts a trio of popular woodworking tapes to the test, discusses design flaws in store bought wooden furniture (compared to pieces you’ve made yourself), and begins a new project- The 5S Compliant Shop Wall Cabinet.

Tips from Sticks in the Mud– Jim’s got a helpful tip on enlarging pre-drilled holes, as well as a money-saving tip on creative ways to store wood.

Alan Noel’s Finishing Tip– Alan shares a variety of common household items that you can use in your finishing processes. We’ve also got an Ask the Staff finishing tip on the best way to match stain colors.

A lot of our recent Safety Tips have discussed the dangers of blade spin down and this month Ed Scent gives us several suggestions for staying safe in the shop when you’re working around machinery with fast and sharp blades.

All of this and more including new product specials and sales in this month’s issue of Wood News Online.

Feb 092015

stevejohnson2Each month in Wood News Online we feature Steve Johnson’s column, The Down to Earth Woodworker, which is full of a variety of woodworking projects, tips, videos, and events.

In this month’s column Steve has stories on the following topics:

The Tool Tune-Up Squad: You may have heard of The Geek Squad who can be called to come fix your tech gadgets. Steve’s Tool Tune-Up Squad would work in a similar nature, a group of woodworkers who would hop into their Volkswagen van to come fix any of your broken tools or machinery. Steve shares his ideas and tips for this new business idea.

Building the New 5S Compliant Clamp Rack: Steve’s new project is great for added shop storage and even falls under his 5S Compliancy. Steve walks you through the steps he took to create the clamp brackets and rack, and also shares the PDF’s of his plans and video series that accompanies the project.

My Visit to Highland Woodworking: We were lucky to have Steve come and visit our store in Atlanta during our January Open House! Steve had never been to the actual store and in this column he shares his observations, experiences and expectations he had on his trip.

Feb 062015

tormekt4Tormek is giving away a T4 machine, with the winner to be announced next weekend and our readers have a chance to win it!

Here is the deal –

Follow Affinity Tool (@AffinityTool) and Stumpy Nubs (@StumpyNubs) on Twitter. Then subscribe to Stumpy’s You Tube Channel and watch Stumpy’s YouTube program on 2/7/15 (this Saturday).

Lastly, tweet this line: “I want Stumpy Nubs’ Stuff ?#?Tormek? Giveaway”

If you do these things you will be entered into a drawing for a Free Tormek T4 giveaway!

The winner will be announced the weekend of February 14th.  There is no cost to enter the drawing.

Jan 082015

wnblog2015 is well underway here at Highland Woodworking and we’ve got a great new issue of Wood News Online.

This month’s issue includes:

Project Idea: Tippmann Boss Wooden Table– A Tippmann Boss Sewing Machine requires a very sturdy surface, so Arthur Stevenson decided to build his own table specifically for his Tippmann Boss.

Building an Electric Bass Guitar: Final Details– Lee Laird has spent the past few months chronicling the build of his electric bass and in this final segment he discusses installing the strings and plugs, adding the finish, and more.

Show Us Columns:

Show Us Your Shop– Richard Korte has a beautiful 28’x34′ workshop in Olympia, WA, where he builds wooden boats and a variety of other projects.

Show Us Your Woodworking– Michael Sweet is a self-proclaimed hoarder of wood that he uses to create a variety of woodworking projects including detailed dollhouses, games, portraits, and ornaments.

Show Us Your Carving– Richard Cheek, who we featured in our May 2012 issue of Wood News, is back with several more detailed carvings.

Our monthly tip contributors include:

The Down to Earth Woodworker– This month Steve discusses the Six Degrees of Woodworking (and how every conversation can eventually lead to woodworking), his outlook for the 2015 woodworking year, a test between wax paper and freezer paper and which one works better for the workshop, his new purpose-built shop storage series, and his upcoming visit to Highland Woodworking.

Two Minute Safety Tip– Raymond Randall has contributed a follow-up to the November 2014 Safety Tip on adjusting bandsaw height by suggesting to make sure the blade is no longer moving before touching it.

Tips From-Sticks-In-The-Mud-Woodshop– Tack rags and plastic bags, Jim has tips on how these two things can be reused and recycled within your shop.

Q:A Ask the Staff– Bob asked our staff if you need to remove the iron from wood-bodied planes when you’re not using them. Check out the answer here.

We’ve also got a look back at the best tool reviews of 2014, a book review on Beautiful Boxes, and a variety of tool specials and discounts for the month of January!

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

Dec 152014

A conversation between Bob Rummer, Ken Rummer, Don Burnham and Cousin Jane

Every year at Christmas time our Grandpas were busy in the shop.

Thinking about that, how does a Grandpa approach Christmas time and presents? How can you try to treat all your grandkids fairly? Do you just make multiple copies of everything? Do you try and knock it out of the park with an heirloom every Christmas?

Over time, Grandpa R came up with some creative ways to deal with this. Ken and I think there are some tips here as we all approach Christmas.

CLICK HERE to read Bob, Ken, Don and Jane’s reflections on the gifts they got from their own Grandpas:

We would love feedback from you, our readers, on this topic. What handmade gifts did you get from your woodworking grandparents as kids? Do you make gifts for your own kids and grandkids? Add your thoughts to the comments below.