Kelley Bagby

I grew up around woodworking tools (see picture, age 4-5ish) but only recently started doing some of my own woodworking.

Sep 282017
 

Are you thinking of upgrading the workbench in your shop? Consider the Hofmann & Hammer line of workbenches, available at Highland.

In the video below, Mike Morton takes a closer look at all of the models of the Hofmann and Hammer premium German workbenches. Take a look and figure out which one would fit best in your workshop!

Aug 302017
 

Over the last year, we have featured a wide variety shops in Wood News. We recently collected a few from the archives, including Scott Wilson’s spacious home shop, Tony Rumball’s shop options (he has access to 3 different woodworking shops!) and more.

Take a look at these workshops for ideas and inspiration, or just for fun.

And to read about even more shops, click to check out our Shops Gallery.

If you would like to submit your shop, just SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking shop along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800 x 600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store credit redeemable towards merchandise if we show your shop in a future issue.

Jun 232017
 

This article first appeared in the December 2013 issue of The Highland Woodturner.

There was an accident involving a ceramic coffee container, which was a gift from my in-laws. More specifically, I accidentally dropped and shattered the lid of the container. After pondering this tragic accident, I realized I could turn a replacement lid.

CLICK HERE to read Curtis’s lid-turning process

CLICK HERE to take a look at the Highland Woodturner Archives

Apr 182017
 

Over the last year, we have featured some dream shops in Wood News. We recently collected a few from the archives, including Randy Cordle’s ‘minimalist shop’, Derik VanVleet’s ‘King in his Castle’ shop and more.

Take a look at these workshops for ideas and inspiration, or just for fun.

And to read about even more shops, click to check out our Shops Gallery.

If you would like to submit your shop, just SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking shop along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800 x 600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store credit redeemable towards merchandise if we show your shop in a future issue.

Sep 202016
 

In the latest episode of The Highland Woodworker, we’ve got a great tour of IWF 2016 with Chuck. He talks with many of the toolmakers who exhibited at the show and shows off some of the new tools that were featured.

We’ve also got an interview with Master woodworker Garrett Hack. Garrett talks about his woodworking history, shows us around his hand-built shop, and tells us about the encrypted masterpiece he is currently working on.

With all this and more, this episode should be a good one – take a look!

Sep 082016
 

In this month’s Wood News we featured Derik VanVleet’s woodworking shop. Derik says he fell into woodworking doing remodeling work on a house he bought, and the next thing he knew, he was a woodworker! Take a look at the pictures of his shop below, or click to learn more about Derik VanVleet’s shop.

To read about even more shops, click to check out our Shops Gallery.

If you would like to submit your shop, just SEND US PHOTOS of your woodworking shop along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking. (Email photos at 800 x 600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store credit redeemable towards merchandise if we show your shop in a future issue.

May 272016
 

Starrett tools have been known for their high level of precision and quality American-made tools since 1878. It is easy to look at their tools and wonder what makes them worth the price, and the answer to that question lies in the remarkable level of precision as well as the long life of these tools. Plan to hand your Starrett tools down to the next generation!
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Starrett precision squares start square and accurate and stay that way, even after years of use. The graduations are precision machine marked – not stamped or printed on. They won’t wear off or become hard to read. The blade can be installed in the head in four orientations – so all four scales can be used in every application. In short, they’re just better than other combination squares.

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The Double Squares come in 4″ and 6″ versions. Marc Spagnuolo has recommended the 4″ version as an “always-in-the-apron” favorite.

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The Combination Squares are available in 4″, 6″, 12″ and 24″ as well as 150mm and 300mm sizes. While the 4″ and 6″ and 150mm models come only in the standard cast iron head with black wrinkle finish, the 12″ and 300mm sizes offer the option a set that includes a center head and a protractor head, a fitted case, a hardened steel square head and a gloss black finish. You can also purchase an additional 24″ blade to fit the 12″ square head to get more layout use out of your 12″ Combination Square.

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And of course the 24″ Combination Square is excellent for your larger projects, such as working with giant redwoods.

The clamping mechanism that holds the rule to the square body is one of the really special aspects of the Starrett squares. On cheaper rules, this mechanism is not milled precisely and that lack of precision causes less-than-smooth operation, including difficulties inserting the blade into the head, sliding it back and forth, locking it down and releasing it. The ruler in a Starrett square always slides smoothly in and out but also locks down square.

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Take a look at Matt Cremona’s tour of the Starrett squares to learn more about these precision tools.