Kelley Bagby

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

Mar 112013

Compound Tenons on the Table Saw

By Jeff Fleisher
New Market, VA

cutting compound tenonsIt seems that every month there is another article in one of the popular woodworking magazines on building a tenoning jig for your shop. Each new jig has some new ‘special’ feature…T-slots, vertical clamps, x-y axis rotation around the center of the Earth and much more!! However, all these homemade shop jigs only cut straight tenons. What happens if you want to cut a compound angled tenon on the end of a board?

CLICK HERE for an easy way to build a tenon jig to cut compound angled tenons on your table saw.

Mar 072013

sticksa1frontWe are excited to present a new regular column in Wood News Online: “Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop”.

Jim Randolph is a hobbyist, not a professional – someone who loves woodworking, just like you do. He has found a few better ways to accomplish some tasks in the workshop and he’ll be sharing them with you each month in his column.

CLICK HERE to take a look at the very first column of Tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the March issue of Wood News Online.

Mar 062013

wn91The newest issue of Wood News is out, and we are really excited about this one!

Steve Johnson takes a head-on look at immersing himself in the metric system in his Down to Earth Woodworker column, and offers a convincing argument that you should do the same. If you’ve been considering getting Chris Schwarz’s Super-Tune a Handplane DVD, you’ll want to take a look at J. Norman Reid’s review. We’ve also got the fourth article in the My Last Shop series from Mike Smith, in which Mike demolishes the shed taking up the space he is going to use for his new shop and tells you how he did it.

We’ve also got winners of our jig contest, a new episode of The Highland Woodworker, and something we can’t wait for you to see – a new column by Jim Randolph, called Tips from Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop. Every month Jim will be offering a couple tips he has worked out in his own shop to save time and money and generally enhance your projects.

We’ve also got some great deals on Sawstop, Rikon, Tormek and more! CLICK HERE  to take a look at this month’s issue of Wood News Online!

Mar 052013

Highland is proud to be involved with The Mad Housers, a local community organization that builds shelters for homeless individuals and families in the Atlanta area. We sat down with Peter Richards, a volunteer for the Mad Housers, to find out a little more about the group.

housers2HW: Can you give some history of the Mad Housers, how it came to be, when it started and who was responsible for its creation? Has the organization evolved since its beginnings?

PR: The best source of information on Mad Houser history is the website: Take a look!

bluehut_smWhat I understand is that it was started by architecture students at Georgia Tech in the 1970’s or so.   Yes, it has evolved.   The original huts were 8′ x’6′ (and most still are) but we now have a High Hat:  with more room in the overhead loft and The Lowrider: a 4′ x 4′ x’8′ hut for use in more sensitive spots (it’s lower and thus less able to be seen). Lowriders come with a 4′ cube for storage and a front deck.
We now insulate the huts and have developed a more efficient way to build them and to manufacture the little wood stoves for them. We seem to get more organized every year.

HW: How did you personally get involved in the Mad Housers?
I read an article about them in Creative Loafing about 12 years ago.

HW: Had you done much building/construction work before joining?
Yes, I had build several small houses: playhouses, a workshop, an outhouse and over 100 classroom lofts.  Also, I had worked with contractors in Maine for several years.

HW: What age range do you generally see among the volunteers?
Generally 20’s and 30’s, but you’ll see all ages among our volunteers.

HW: What tools and materials do you use to build the shelters?
Hammers, measuring tapes, screw gun, chopsaw, circular saw. The huts are made of plywood and studs. Roll roofing, stiff foam insulation in the walls. We use recycled doors and can always use more: we can’t use hollow-core or ones with thin panels or windows. There is one small window over the doorway for light. We don’t put in more windows because we want these huts to be as secure and safe as they can be. The huts sit on cinderblocks. The standard hut is 6’x 8′ with a 6′ x 6′ loft.

HW: How can someone reading this article get involved with the Mad Housers?
Go to their website:
You can just show up to any event and you are automatically an official volunteer. Check out the calendar of events here.

HW: Any other details?
We build the hut panels on Wednesday evenings at our warehouse off Chattahoochee Ave. and erect them on Saturday or Sunday mornings. The architectural plans are on our website. Some of our huts have been around for 20+ years.   We build them where there are already homeless people living.   We have clusters of huts at several camps and also we have built single huts.

If you are in the Atlanta area and interested in volunteering, the Mad Housers would love to have your skills! If you live elsewhere but you are interested in doing something similar in your neck of the woods, you can contact the Housers about starting another chapter and they can help with technical and training support.
Feb 272013

We are excited to announce the winners of our 2013 Jig Contest! First place went to Danny Hellyar for his innovative Sliding Board Jack, which allows Danny to hold stock securely onto the front of his workbench for working with a saw, hand plane or other hand tools. See below for a few pictures of Danny’s design:




We had so many excellent entries in the contest that we awarded multiple 2nd, 3rd & 4th place prizes, and even that was really hard to decide! We were so impressed by the innovation demonstrated by all of the woodworkers who contributed to the contest, and want to thank everyone for sending in their submissions.

Here’s a link to the rest of the prizewinners.

Take a look at the gallery of all of our jig contest submissions!

Feb 252013

We are excited to announce that Episode 5 of The Highland Woodworker is out! And while we may not have quite the same good vs. evil drama of another Episode V we could mention, we think you’ll still really enjoy it.

Take a closer look at the happenings at Highland’s Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool event, including interviews with Michel Auriou and Chris Schwarz, learn a useful technique from chairmaker Jeff Miller, and visit the Tennessee workshop of master furniture maker Alf Sharp, plus much more! Click below to start the video:

Feb 222013

It seems like Terry Chapman gets to take all of the cool woodworking classes. From his week-long chair building class with Peter Galbert a few years ago to his latest visit to Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School to carve with Mary May – Terry is certainly learning from some of the best! This month in The Highland Woodturner we’ve included a classic article Terry wrote after attending a turning class with Mike Mahoney at Highland, several years back.

Read about Terry’s experience learning from Mike Mahoney here.

CLICK HERE to take a look at the full February issue of The Highland Woodturner.