Molly Bagby

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.

Jan 212015

wnblogTake a look at this month’s issue of The Highland Woodturner. Here is what’s inside:

Turning a Pepper Mill– Curtis Turner discusses his process and techniques for turning a pepper mill, a great project that you can use everyday when eating your favorite meals.

Turning New Porch Columns– Temple Blackwood recently took on a large project of turning the porch columns for a new Buddhist Temple in the Boston area. In this article he discusses the design and turning process of the two large columns.

Show Us Your Woodturning– This month we are featuring the turnings of Ira Penn, who began turning two years ago and is showing off a variety of different wooden bowls that he has made throughout the past two years.

Phil’s Turning Tip– This month Phil has a tip on a quick and easy way to label your various sanding discs.

Featured Products:

Deluxe Pepper Mill Kit– Similar to what Curtis used for his own Pepper Mill, this kit provides the mechanisms you need for creating your own pepper mill.

Tormek T-4 Sharpening System– Modeled after the Tormek T-7, the T-4 is a small-scaled sharpening system. Turners will be especially interested in the Tormek TNT-708 Woodturner’s Kit, which contains a variety of jigs specially designed to sharpen your turning tools.

Dec 172014

hwt45We’ve just released our December issue of The Highland Woodturner.

This month we’ve got some oldies but goodies including a popular tip from Phil Colson on how he is able to find FREE wood for his woodturning projects! We also included Aaron Cooley’s Wood News article on his organization, We Ride to Provide, which turns wooden urns for fallen K-9 teams.

Curtis Turner discusses Safety While Woodturning, including the important use of Face Shields and how they can help protect you from a looming accident. He also gets a start to the New Year by suggesting some helpful New Years Resolutions for your woodturning practice.

Rick Morris is back with an article on Creating a Turned Bandsaw Table Insert after he accidentally busted his old insert when he didn’t use a clamp on his bandsaw. He goes through the steps of turning your own insert and in the end you’ll have a suitable replacement!

We’ve also got the beautiful wood turnings of John Perrella who turns bowls made entirely out of Eastern hardwood trees.

And for all you last minute holiday shoppers, we’ve got our updated 2014 Woodturner’s Holiday Gift Guide!

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


Nov 202014

novemberhwtWe’re already gearing up for the holidays and in this month’s issue of The Highland Woodturner, we released our Woodturner’s Holiday Gift Guide – full of tools, books, and other gifts that would be perfect for any woodturner.

This month’s issue also includes:

All of this and more in our November 2014 issue of The Highland Woodturner.


Nov 042014

novemberwnThe holidays are just around the corner and in our November 2014 issue of Wood News Online, we’ve already got some great holiday projects, gift ideas, and safety tips to help insure this holiday will be a great one!

Our holiday-themed articles and specials include:

Project Idea: Advent Calendar– Forrest Bonner walks us through the steps of his creation of a holiday advent calendar, complete with little boxes that children and adults of all ages can open during each day of December and find a special surprise!

Book Review- Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker– Roy Underhill has just come out with this hilarious piece of fiction full of Roy’s well-known humor. And whether you’re a woodworker or you just want a fun read, this is a great gift for anybody this holiday season!

Fox Chapel Holiday Book Specials– This month we have not 2, but 4 Fox Chapel books specials this month, just in time for holiday woodworking. We’ve got something for every woodworker with carving, toy builds, woodturning, and scroll saw projects.

As always, we’ve got our Show Us series including:

Show Us Your Shop– Eric Commarato’s garage stall shop in Jackson, MS.

Show Us Your Woodworking– Ira Penn’s wide variety of furniture projects that he has created to furnish the homes of his two sons.

Show Us Your Carving– Bruce Kinney’s beautifully detailed carvings that he has created while on tour all around the world with the US Navy and FEMA.

Our monthly woodworking tip columns include:

The Down to Earth Woodworker– After having had his SawStop PCS for awhile now, Steve goes over a few things he has noticed with it and how it has been a great improvement to his woodworking shop. He also tells the tale of Andrei and Luk’yan, two remodelers in Chicago who are quite the Festool afficionados. Lastly, he gives some tips on how to multi-task in the shop in order to keep your day-to-day shop routine from getting boring.

Sticks in the Mud–  Jim has tips on creating his own bungee version of a Festool Boom Arm, and using a discarded carpet underlayment as a non-slip router pad.

Alan Noel Finishing Tip– Alan has a series of tips on making sure you sand between each coat of finish in order to promote good adhesion. We’re also excited to share the recent WoodShop News article that featured Alan and his woodworking/finishing businesses.

Monthly Safety Tip– This month’s contributor, Mark Collins, has a safety tip on making sure you turn off the bandsaw before adjusting its height.

We’ve also got the continuations of Lee Laird’s Electric Bass Guitar Build and Scott Stahl’s Sawbo Bench Build, as well as a great Tool Review on the Starrett Combination Squares.

All of this and more in this month’s issue of Wood News Online.

Oct 172014

octoberhwtThis month’s issue of The Highland Woodturner is full of different project ideas including several for the upcoming holidays!

Curtis Turner’s column features an “extremely easy project” on Creating a Stropping Wheel, which is helpful in touching up knives and turning tools. Curtis lets you know the materials you need and gives an overview of the creation process.

Rick Morris has a very helpful step-by-step guide in creating a turned snowman ornament, which then links to two different blog entries on creating a bell-shaped ornament as well as a Christmas tree light ornament.

As an additional feature, Rick has included a two-part video accompaniment to his written article on turning the snowman ornament. So whether you prefer a written step-by-step guide, or watching a video, we’ve got you covered on creating some easy and fun Christmas ornaments for this holiday season!

As a change-up to our normal Show Us Your Woodturning column, Ben Hall has created a video showing off the creation of his turned magic wands. Ben goes through the step-by-step process of this quick turning project and even has his adorable daughter demonstrating how to properly use the magic wand at the end of the video.

Phil Colson has a great time-saving tip on using the Oneway Wolverine Grinding System, which is also one of our featured woodturning products this month, along with the Delta 2MT Live Center.

All of this and more in our October issue of The Highland Woodturner. And don’t forget, we are always accepting reader submissions for both The Highland Woodturner and Wood News Online. CLICK HERE for more information on how to submit and how you can receive store credit at Highland Woodworking for your submission!