Molly Bagby

Apr 042014

aprilwoodnewspicOur newest issue of Wood News is now online!

Our April 2014 issue (#104) is filled with some great shop tours, project ideas, and tools. Special features this month include:

An “off-the-grid” woodworking shop in Hawaii amongst a whole bunch of avocado trees and other crops. John App shares how he maintains his woodworking shop with absolutely no connection to any electrical company, whatsoever.

Mike Smith continues his last workshop series with his 10th installment, Final Details, where he answers a few questions from his last installment regarding his dust collection system. He also goes through the set-up process of his table saw and work table.

Blog contributor, Lee Laird, discusses the Japanese Ryoba Saw and how you can resharpen the rip teeth on the saw once they get dull, and the best type of feather files to use in order to do so.

This month our ‘Show Us’ columns include:

Charlie Bridges’ converted garage workshop in Hartsville, TN. The garage is 24×24, and he uses half to work on his cars, and the other half as his workshop.

Joseph Sanzano shares his shaker-style woodworking projects in this months Show Us Your Woodworking column.

Serge Jacob “Jacko” from Belgium is a mechanic for both the Belgian Air Force and the aerobatic team, The Belgian Red Devils, and he shares some of his aerobatic team inspired carvings in this months Show Us Your Carving column.

We’ve also got a variety of tips from our regular contributors including:

The Down to Earth Woodworker: Steve shares his review of the JDS 2100-CKV Dust Collector, a good use for a hockey puck, the new Down to Earth Woodworker section of the Highland Woodworking Library, and a project idea for making Pet Steps.

In our monthly Tips From Sticks in the Mud, Jim gives a tip on removing moisture from compressed air tanks, and the usefulness of quick disconnects.

Alan Noel gives us 6 tips on painting over finishes.

Chris Bagby, the owner of Highland Woodworking, answers a question on ‘the making of span trees.’

And lastly, we’ve got reviews on Christopher Schwarz’s book Handsaw Essentials, as well as a tool review on the Earlex HV5500 Spray Station.

All of this and more in our April 2014 issue of Wood News Online!

Apr 012014

Now you can be as cool as Roy!

We just received a limited supply of Roy Underhill’s “One-Stroke” Dovetail Saw in stock. Today only, take advantage of our sale price of $4,114.00, while supplies last*

Now you can make quick and easy dovetails in just one stroke with this beautiful, one-of-a-kind saw, made of high-quality Swedish Steel. Check out the video below of the saw in action and get yours today!*


*Please note, this saw is not actually available for sale. We hope you enjoyed our holiday amusement and please have a safe and fun April Fools Day.

Mar 282014

Today we are featuring 4 woodworkers in our Follow Friday blog. These 4 gentleman all had features in our March Issues of both Wood News and The Highland Woodturner.

#1: Don Henderson-This month we featured Don’s workshop in Orleans, Ontario in our Show Us Your Shop column. Don’s shop is more recent, having been designed and built in the basement of his new house when he recently moved. His shop consists of the main shop area, and then several annexes that act as storage as well as home to several bigger pieces of equipment including his tablesaw, jointer/planer, and a second bandsaw that is dedicated to just curve cutting. 

A lot of Don’s woodworking focused on the restoration of old wooden boats, which you can see HERE.

#2: Peter Fabricius– In each issue of The Highland Woodturner, we feature a woodturner’s woodturning projects and/or their shop. This month we featured the woodturning and story of Peter Fabricius, a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces who retired in 2006 and was able to solely focus on woodturning upon retirement! When Peter creates a piece, he focuses on 3 factors: interest, beauty, and functionality. In addition to the cigar holders featured below, several more of Peter’s woodturning projects can be seen HERE.


#3: Pat Ring– Pat has gained his woodworking knowledge and expertise from a variety of woodworking schools, instructors, and organizations including the McLaughlin Woods Woodworking School, Garrett Hack, The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association, Joy Valley Woodworks, and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. You can see a variety of Pat’s projects HERE, as well as the custom-made lapsteel guitar case below.


#4: David Tidwell– David is an army veteran who got into painting while stationed in Fort Benning, GA. He didn’t get into carving until he one day decided to whittle a random pine knot he found in his yard. He turned the pine knot into the face of an old man and thus started a carving career. David carves a variety of objects including animals, fish, birds, and faces (as well as an entire trumpet, seen below). You can see more of David’s carvings HERE.


Fridays on the Highland Woodworking Blog are dedicated to #FollowFriday, where we use this space to further highlight a woodworker or turner who we have featured in our monthly e-publications Wood News and The Highland WoodturnerWould you like for your shop or woodworking to appear in our publications? We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your shop or work along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodworking (Email photos at 800×600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store credit redeemable towards merchandise if we show your shop in a future issue.

Mar 192014

march14hwtFor our March issue of The Highland Woodturner, we wanted to gear it toward those who are new to woodturning or interested in find out more about it. This month’s articles include:

Turning for Furniture Makers:  Curtis ran with our beginning woodturning theme by focusing his article on the idea of how woodworkers can incorporate turning into their furniture making. He supplies a variety of ideas for turning projects for different furniture pieces and then goes on to provide tips on how to get started in turning.

Turning Multiple Spindles: Often times, turners need to create multiples of the same piece in order to complete their project. In his March article, Temple Blackwood gives three rules to guide spindle-turners in creating multiple spindles, and how these rules can be applied to other projects.

Show Us Your Woodturning: This month we have the woodturning projects of Peter Fabricius, who has been turning for over 50 years and has a variety of different projects. Pictures of projects featured include cigar cases, a duck kall, a Kendama toy, a segmented bowl, and several other creations.

Phil’s Woodturning Tip: Each month, Phil Colson shares a tip that he has found helpful in his own turning shop. This month he shares how a 5/16 nut can help make the process of hollowing and drilling on the lathe a whole lot easier.

All of this and more in our March 2014 issue of The Highland Woodturner!

Mar 192014

With little trouble, the principles that Temple shared in his most recent article in the March issue of The Highland Woodturner can be applied to other projects. Even those that have complex mounting requirements such as these cedar finials that needed careful positing for the dimensioned pin and for the final clean cuts on the top of the ball.

Square to round:



Define the pin and bead:



Complete the pin/beads for all:


Reverse and remount:


Line up the details and cove:



Completed run of 12 finials:




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Mar 182014


This month, Highland Woodworking was featured as 1 of the 9 “Maker-friendly” independent hardware stores across the nation. Our store was chosen because of our “eclectic inventory” and we were also quoted to be “the best woodworking store in the country” according to Shane Matthews, the founder of My Inventor Club.

Read the article HERE.

Mar 142014

It is always exciting to reach the final day of a class, because usually it means your project is done (or almost done) and you have a piece to take home and show everyone what you’ve been working on for the past week! This was no different for the students from the ‘Build a Continuous Arm Windsor Chair’ class with Peter Galbert last week.

Here is the progress they made throughout the week: Day 1, Days 2-4, Day 5, Day 6

Here are some pictures from the last day (Day 7) of the class:

Some last minute fairing of the spindles.

Some last minute fairing of the spindles.

A test layout run of the spindles.

A test layout run of the spindles.

Last minute fitting and the spindles get glued into the seat.

Last minute fitting and the spindles get glued into the seat.


With the bow back drilled to accept the spindles, the bow and spindles assembly gets closer the final stage of completion:





An early test ride before the tops of the spindles get wedged and cut flush.

An early test ride before the tops of the spindles get wedged and cut flush.

The last day of a very busy 7 day class has our classroom looking a little wet behind the ears!

The last day of a very busy 7 day class has our classroom looking a little wet behind the ears!

Getting close to completion.  Time to release the grins of satisfaction.

Getting close to completion. Time to release the grins of satisfaction.

Happy student / Happy instructor. Well Done!

Happy student / Happy instructor. Well Done!

Thanks to Mark Czarnota for the following 3 pictures of the final projects!


Everyone with their chairs!