Molly Bagby

Jul 172015

hwt52We just released our July 2015 issue of The Highland Woodturner with articles and tool specials aimed specifically toward turners.

This month’s issue includes:

Helpful Accessories for Turning– Curtis shares some accessory ideas for your turning shop including task lighting, a center punch, edge protectors for your skews, and more!

The Sailing Vessel Solution– Living in Castine, ME, Temple Blackwood works on a lot of turnings for sailboat repairs, including the recent repair he did on the Schooner Timberwind out of Belfast, ME.

Chris Ramsay, Hat Turner– In this classic blog entry, Phil Colson discusses a visit from Chris Ramsay to the meeting of the GA Association of Woodturners, where he did a live demonstration of turning a cowboy hat!

Show Us Your Woodturning– This month we’ve got the beautifully turned platter made by Les Campbell, who made the project for the widow of his friend that gave him the wooden slabs.

Sizing Bowl Gouges– Phil has a useful tip on how bowl gouges are sized depending on which country they were made in.

All of this and more in our July 2015 issue of The Highland Woodturner.

Jul 072015

No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift.  Thus, each month we include a money-saving tip.  It’s OK if you call me “cheap.”

What are you going to use to mix your different woodworking concoctions in?  The underside of a plastic food container makes a great mixing surface for two-part epoxy.

If the only plastic box around is full of cookies, you have no choice but to eat them before turning it over to use for an adhesive-mixing surface.  If you get in trouble for that, just say, “Jim Randolph said I had to!”

If the only plastic box around is full of cookies, you have no choice but to eat them before turning it over to use for an adhesive-mixing surface. If you get in trouble for that, just say, “Jim Randolph said I had to!”

Nothing, however, beats the underside of an aluminum soda pop can.  And, they are still recyclable after you finish your project!


Allow the aluminum to achieve ambient temperature prior to adding glue ingredients.  The can, glue and project would/should all be the same temperature.  A cold can will likely interfere with curing and/or sticking properties of the glue.


Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home. Questions and comments on woodworking may be sent to Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.

Jun 042015

wn118It’s almost time for summer woodworking and in this month’s issue of Wood News Online, we’ve got some great project ideas, woodworking tips, and tool specials for some summertime fun.

This month’s issue includes:

Project Idea: Goodrich Step Stool– Mark Miller’s Great Uncle started a generational project of building a wooden step stool for every child in the family. After his passing, Mark decided to continue the tradition and in his article he discusses the story behind the step stool and also gives us design and building instructions.

Using the Sun in Woodworking– Jeff Fleisher recently discovered a great way to fix a warped board by using the power of the sun. Find out how in his educational article.

Handworks 2015– We have a full report of our recent visit to Handworks this past month in Amana, IA, including a write-up, a photo gallery, and a video of the hilarious Roy Underhill performing Calypso’s Gift.

Our reader-contributed “Show Us” series includes:

Show Us Your Shop– This month we are featuring Jim Draper’s woodworking shop in Rice, WA. Jim gives us a full description of his shop including a detailed account of each of his major tools.

Show Us Your Woodworking– Don Stevenson shows off his beautiful, replicated to scale, historic buildings, including the Rob Scronce Barn, Martin’s Queen Truss Covered Bridge, Thomas Jefferson’s Honeymoon Cottage, and more.

Show Us Your Carving– Santa Claus is coming to town in this month’s carving column, featuring a variety of Santa Claus carvings made by Tom Pritchard.

This month’s woodworking tips include:

2 Minute Safety Tip– This month we’re introducing our new Safety Tips Map, which includes an archive of all the 2 minute safety tips that have been featured in previous issues of Wood News.

The Down to Earth Woodworker– Steve shares his favorite brand of cleaning rags to use in his shop, discusses the beginnings of making a custom knife handle, says goodbye to an old woodworking friend, and continues his working on his 5S compliant wall cabinets.

Tips from Sticks in the Mud– Jim has a tip on making sure you incorporate high standards into your woodworking, as well as a money-saving tip on protecting your tools from different weather elements.

Finishing Tip– Alan Noel has a tip on using Epoxy Putty Sticks and how they are an ideal choice when you need to repair your wooden furniture.

Ask the Staff-Cutting Green Wood– This month, Jay asks if it is okay to use a Wood Slicer to mill logs into lumber. The answer is “no,” but read more to find out the solution.

This month’s product reviews include:

Book Review: Virtuoso– This much anticipated publication documents and fully illustrates the famous Henry O. Studley Tool Cabinet and Work Bench, recently seen on display in Amana, IA.

Tool Review: Texas Heritage Woodworks Classic Canvas Apron– Jeff tries on this beautiful apron from Texas Heritage Woodworks and explains how this is a top-quality wear to protect you in your shop.

Video Product Tour– David Picciuto takes us on a video product tour of the Festool Vecturo Oscillating Tool, the ultimate multi-tool for your shop.

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

PS: We are always accepting submissions for Wood News and its sister publication, The Highland Woodturner, so if you have a shop to show, a project to share, or a tip to explain, we would love to include it! You can send your submissions to

Apr 222015

hwt49frontHappy Spring! We’ve got a great project-filled April 2015 issue of The Highland Woodturner.

This month’s issue includes:

Turning a Garden Dibbler– In this article, Curtis discusses his process for turning a Garden Dibbler, which is used for making perfect holes in the soil to plant seedlings. This makes a great spring project and can be used by kids of all ages!

An Improved Knockout Bar for the Lathe– A knockout bar is a very important accessory for your lathe and in this article, Rick Morris discusses how you can make your own. This design specifically incorporates a slide-hammer into the handle and a brass tip on the striking end for easy and effective use.

When Ordinary Won’t Do– Terry Chapman recently connected with Clark McMullen, a woodturner who makes a living out of turning urns. But his urns are no ordinary urns and they incorporate a variety of design elements that “turn” them into beautiful pieces of art.

Show Us Your Woodturning– This month we are featuring several bowls turned by John F. Hayes Jr, who enjoys using “gnarly” wood that adds a unique design to each of his bowls.

Phil’s Tip– Phil’s April tip is a great one for those who have found it hard to keep their turning wood from drying too quickly while turning over the course of a few days.

All of these stories plus some great product deals and discounts in our April 2015 issue of The Highland Woodturner.

Mar 172015

hwtmarch2015If you’ve just started woodturning or you’ve been turning for most of your life, our March 2015 issue of The Highland Woodturner has a variety of projects, tips, and stories to motivate your craft.

This month’s issue includes:

My Favorite Tools and Accessories: Curtis Turner has been contributing to The Highland Woodturner for several years and this month he is sharing his favorite woodturning tools and accessories that he uses in his shop.

Porch Column Repairs: Temple has been turning porch columns for several years and is often called upon to make or repair columns for local businesses in Maine. This month he discusses how he makes those repairs and the tools and products he uses to help him.

Repurposing a Hock Spokeshave Blade: Our blogger, Lee Laird, recently turned new handles for his Hock Spokeshave that allow him to make controlled cuts during his frequent instrument builds.

Show Us Your Woodturning: This month we’re sharing the woodturning projects of William Kaufman who uses a variety of woods and incorporates carving techniques within his turnings.

Phil’s Tip: This month we’re sharing an oldie but a goodie with some of Phil’s safety tips when it comes to woodturning. If you’re new to turning, make sure you read through these tips before you get started!

All of this and more in this month’s issue of The Highland Woodturner.

Feb 182015

hwtfebruaryThis month’s issue of The Highland Woodturner has some great woodturning project ideas, tips, and brand new products!

Our February issue includes:

Grinder Bushings: Curtis shares his recent project idea of turning custom bushings out of plastic for his grinder.

Turning a Bangle Bar: Ray Bissonette shares his project idea of turning a wooden jewelry holder for bracelet bangles, which he was inspired to turn after seeing one made out of a paper towel roll.

A Drill Depth Gauge for the Tailstock: Rick Morris discusses his process of creating a drill depth gauge to attach to his tailstock.

Show Us Your Woodturning: This month we’re sharing the beautiful woodturning projects turned by Denis Ciesielski, who often incorporates bronze, brass, or copper castings into his turnings.

Phil’s Tip: Phil has a tip on how he utilizes a discarded sheetrock bucket to make his wood cuts in his driveway.

We are also featuring 2 new woodturning products that we are now selling at Highland Woodworking:

The Rikon 70-220VSR 12-1/2 inch Midi Lathe: Rikon has hit a home run with their new model 70-220VSR midi-lathe. Featuring 12-1/2″ swing over the ways and 20″ between centers, as well as a 24-position index head, this lathe is designed to handle a wide variety of projects.

Getting Started in Woodturning: This new title from The American Association of Woodturners is all about getting started in woodturning with tips and ideas from woodturners for woodturners.

Feb 042015

wn114We have just released our 114th issue of Wood News Online and this month’s issue has some great project ideas, woodworking tips, product features, and more!

This month’s issue includes:

How to Convert a Smoothing Plane into a Scrub Plane– Chris Black, a longtime writer for Wood News Online, discusses the rewarding process of converting a smoothing plane into a scrub plane, and how it is a great project to do if you have an old smoothing plane laying around the house!

Repurposing a Hock Spokeshave Blade– Lee Laird discusses his newest project of turning a Hock Spokeshave blade into a drawknife that he can use for the tight radiuses on his instrument builds.

Economical Wood Choices for Boat Projects– Bob Kinsman was faced with the economical realization that he was going to have to remove and replace the toe rails on his 1986 J24 racing boat, so he decided to turn it into his own project. In this article he discusses the removal process and the wood he ended up choosing for the replacement.

Our monthly Show Us columns include:

Rob Austin’s Woodworking Shop-Rob’s shop has some great features including a variety of woodworking machinery, a well-stocked kitchenette, and dozens more features that make this a woodworking man cave!

Michael Oliver’s Woodworking Projects– Michael shares a variety of furniture and design projects, as well as his detailed approach in creating a piece of furniture, which usually consists of 70% aesthetics and 30% functionality.

Gary Herlinger’s Woodcarvings– Gary shares his beautiful carved mirror that he designed based off of the carvings of Grinling Gibbons at Windsor Castle.

Monthly tips include:

The Down to Earth Woodworker-This month Steve discusses his ideas for a Tool Tune-Up Squad, similar to a Geek Squad for your woodworking tools, as well as his 5S Compliant Clamp Storage project, and his recent visit to the Highland Woodworking Open House.

Tips from Sticks in the Mud– Jim’s got a tip on how drilling holes can provide more speed and stability than a hole punch, as well as the benefits of trash diving.

Ask the Staff– The Wood Slicer is one of our most popular products, and Eric has a question on whether or not it is okay to sharpen.

Safety Tip– We’ve got a tip and story about the bad idea of wearing gloves on a table saw and how it could make you end up in the hospital.

We’ve also got some great product reviews including a brand new column called the Artisan Toolmakers Corner, which showcases our talented vendors who spend their time handcrafting each of their tools that are sold at Highland Woodworking. This month we’re featuring Shenandoah Tool Works and their beautiful mallets and awls.

Also in the reviews this month are the MicroDial Tapering Jig by Micro Jig and a book review on Working Wood 1 & 2 – The Artisan Course with Paul Sellers.

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