Molly Bagby

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!

Oct 022014

wn110blogWe just released our October issue of Wood News Online, full of some great woodworking project ideas, tips, and stories.

This month’s issue includes:

  • Our ‘Show Us’ series featuring woodworking shops, woodworking projects, and carving projects of our readers:

Show Us Your Shop – David Lane’s beautiful stand-alone shop in Old Lyme, CT.
Show Us Your Woodworking – Steven Durkee’s inlay woodworking projects and jewelry boxes.
Show Us Your Carving – Timothy Brennan’s detailed carving projects.

  • A variety of woodworking and safety tips:

Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop – How nail polish and coat hangers can help your woodworking.
Woodworking Safety Tip – Unexpected Guests – An Alternative.
The Down to Earth Woodworker – The SawStop Outfeed Table Project and more.

  • Several ongoing projects that are contributors are working on:

The Great Sawbo- Part 1 – Scott Stahl discusses the idea and details behind his miniature Roubo sawbench project and begins the building process.
Flexibility on the Design Build Curve – Tom LeRoy shares his new bed project inspired by a Japanese and Arts and Crafts style design that he came up with.
Bass Guitar Build – Lee Laird continues with his build by working on the neck and fretboard of his new guitar.

  • Product Reviews:

Tool Review – Klemmsia Cam-Action Clamp
Book Review – Weekend Woodturning Projects
Video Product Tour – The Galbert Drawsharp with Peter Galbert

  • Upcoming Special Guest Teacher Classes:

Scott Meek- Make a Wooden Smooth Plane
Frank Klausz- Hand Tool Joinery

And don’t forget, we are always looking for reader submitted articles, ‘Show Us’ submissions, videos, and more. CLICK HERE for more information!

All of this and much more in our October issue of Wood News Online

Sep 182014

The WIA Marketplace is full of both power and hand tools and to use some of these tools to their full potential, you need a good workbench. This is where Plate 11 Workbenches comes in. Founder Mark Hicks was on hand this past weekend to discuss the story behind his company and how on a dare from Christopher Schwarz, Mark was inspired to start making his own workbenches:

Mark built a pair of Split-Top Roubo benches specifically for WIA, but by the time we met up with him, he had already sold the model at his booth. Luckily, the second in the pair was on display at the Sterling Tool Works booth and thanks to Sterling company founder, Chris Kuehn, we have some beautiful pictures of this bench to share with our readers:



You can find out more about Plate 11 Workbenches by visiting their website:

Sep 172014

wt42Hey woodturners, we’ve got a new issue of The Highland Woodturner for you to read!

First up we’ve got a classic article from Curtis Turner on turning your own chisel handles. You can even make a whole set of them and always know which chisels are yours!

Temple Blackwood explains “The Order of Cuts,” which is a method of planning out the steps of your project. He applies this method to the creation of a Fluted Antique Screw-Driver Handle.

Every month we have been featuring an episode of Popular Woodworking’s new show Woodturning with Tim Yoder, and this month he has an episode on turning a Cylindrical Box with a Drawer.

Our Show Us Your Woodturning artist this month is Jay Barry, who has only been turning for 4 months and already has some beautiful bowls on display!

Phil has a turning tip on changing up your everyday woodturning by attending a class or folk school and learn some new skills!

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

Sep 032014

wn109blogimageSummer is coming to a close, but that usually means the woodworking season picks back up again and people are out in their shops in the (usually) lovely weather that Autumn brings. We’re happy to have just released our September issue of Wood News Online, #109, full of even more project ideas than past issues have had, as well as some great tips, tricks, and woodworking deals.

This month’s issue includes:

  • Project Ideas: Wine Glass Cabinet – Forrest Bonner discusses his plans and construction process of a wine glass cabinet for his wife. In this project article, he goes over the SketchUp plan he created and then has a step-by-step picture instruction of the actual creation of the project.
  • Continuing with last month’s Electric Bass Guitar Build, Lee Laird continues his build and has to decide what kind of neck he will build on the guitar, with either a “neck-through body” or a separate neck that connects to the Bass’s body. Find out which one he chooses and how he builds it in this issue!
  • We’ve got an interview with our Lie-Nielsen/Tormek Sweepstakes winner, Kevin Meske, who took some time to answer a few questions about his new tools and what kind of projects he is making with them.

Our Show Us series includes:

  • Show Us Your Shop with Glenn Miller’s beautiful Catskills shop in the upstate New York. Glenn gives us a history of his woodworking pastime and shares some of his projects that he has completed.
  • Show Us Your Woodworking with Duane Holmes’ Southern Ladies Desk, as well as a beautiful chest he is building for his granddaughter full of inlay and veneer.
  • Show Us Your Carving with Sarah Rowe, our first ever Show Us Your Carving contributor whose column originally appeared in our July 2011 issue of Wood News.

Our monthly tip contributors include:

We’ve also got some great product reviews on The Complete Manual of Woodworking and the Lenox Tri-Master Carbide Tipped Bandsaw Blade.

And while you’re reading, check out our newest products including the Elipse P100 Dust Mask, the Woodpeckers OneTime Tool – Angle Gauge, the Benchcrafted Classic Leg Vise, and the Rikon Grinder.

All of this and more woodworking products, tips, and project ideas in our September issue of Wood News Online.