Kelley Bagby

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

Nov 292018
 

When my kids were 4 and 6, we decided to move to a new house. The house was in a great Massachusetts town with good schools and a friendly community, and the house came with nice, new, clean walls. Our old house, in contrast, had a doorway leading from the kitchen to the pantry that we would use to regularly mark our daughters’ heights from when we could get them to stand upright. We even had heights for their favorite stuffed animals (who never seemed to grow…)

As we were starting to pack up, I happened by the door frame with all the years of height markings and my heart dropped. We were not only leaving this house with so much of our history, we were leaving the actual tangible evidence of our kids’ growth. Should I remove the piece of door frame and take it with us? Did I even have time to be thinking about this? When was the moving van arriving again?

When I mentioned it to my mom, she had the perfect solution. Two days later a tall package arrived on my doorstep, and in it was the Heirloom Timeline Growth Ruler. I was able to copy over the marks from the door frame of our old house, and we can keep our new clean walls that way for a little bit longer.

Kids grow up so fast.

Everybody says it, of course. It is such an overused cliche, but when you actually get to the point of your kids being ages 4 and 6, you start to realize why everyone says it. It is shocking how true it is. And in between all the milestones and accomplishments, when things slow down for a minute, it is nice to literally take measure of where your kids are at, so you might have some hope of remembering this blur of a time.

Jul 052018
 

In an article he wrote in 2016, Steve Johnson addresses dust collection in the shop, arguing that even with a high quality dust collector and a good air filtration system, you still can not expect to have clean air in your shop. (Though he still thinks both of these systems are important to have for other reasons!) Steve thinks he has found a solution though to help him breathe a little more easily.

Read Steve’s article to see what he found.

Jul 032018
 

We are getting ready to release our next episode of The Highland Woodworker and it got us thinking about some of our favorite past episodes, including this one from 2015 which featured Don Williams and Christopher Schwarz guiding us on a tour of the H.O. Studley Tool Cabinet. With great stories about the history of the tool cabinet as well as an up close and personal look, this episode is worthy of a watch even if you’ve already seen it. Enjoy!

Feb 222018
 

In the February issue of The Highland Woodturner, Curtis Turner offers an easy solution for repairing a sanding pad:

I never looked closely at how the head was attached to the handle of my handheld sander. After inspecting, I felt I could repair or at least salvage something from this equipment failure. I could see it was a simple task to remove the sanding head. I didn’t have the ability to remake it in the same fashion, so I decided to convert it into a standard sanding pad for use in power rotary tools.

Click here to read more of Curtis’s column

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