Jul 262016
 

The Tormek T-8 water cooled sharpener will let you sharpen practically everything in your shop and home. The T-8 uses a unique wet grinding stone that lets you restore your woodworking tool’s edges quickly and precisely, without any risk of destroying the temper of the steel and then uses a leather wheel strop for honing them to a razor sharp edge.

Michael Morton gives an overview of the features of the T-8 sharpening system and shows how the sharpening machine is used to sharpen a chisel.

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Jul 182016
 

Are you forgetful? Google “forgetful” some time if you want to see a different photo of me than my profile picture.

Yes, I personify forgetfulness! And it didn’t start when I applied for Medicare, either.

As a child, we lived in the boonies.  Five miles from the nearest paved road.  When we made a trip into town, we had to be sure we got everything we needed, because it was an expensive trip, and not one made frequently.

It’s why my Uncle Sam’s trucks almost never got below half a tank of gasoline.  He would fill up every time we went to town.

But, it didn’t pay for my Aunt Polly to send us together.  She would give us a list, and tell us exactly which stores to go to for each item.  If she didn’t go with us, it was just about a guarantee that we would forget something.  As Forrest Gump would say, “Me and Uncle Sam were like peas and carrots.”

So, I wasn’t surprised when I was running errands last week, got to Walmart, and saw mineral spirits on my list for things to pick up from Lowe’s.  I’d just come from Lowe’s!  And, if that’s not bad enough, mineral spirits was the most important thing I went to Lowe’s to get!

Arrrrgggghhhh!

On that same weekend’s Saturday morning, creativity was flowing as I sat on our house’s screened cedar deck.  Things to write, things to build, things to do, the ideas just kept coming.

Including at least one that made me think, “That’s such a good idea, I know there’s no way I’ll ever forget it.  I don’t need to write that one down.”

Later in the day I was wracking my brain, “Wasn’t there some really good idea I had this morning?”

Maybe it works that way for you, too.  I combat the syndrome by writing everything down.  If there are ideas I have for future projects or ways I want to improve the shop, I put them on this whiteboard.

 As regular readers know, I can’t throw anything away. That would be wasteful and my Uncle Sam would roll over in his grave. So, when I needed part of a whiteboard for another place, I used the rest of it here as my project to-do list.
As regular readers know, I can’t throw anything away. That would be wasteful and my Uncle Sam would roll over in his grave. So, when I needed part of a whiteboard for another place, I used the rest of it here as my project to-do list.
Whiteboard for future ideas/to-dos.  Otherwise I’ll forget.  You think you’ll never forget such a great idea, but you can!
The whiteboard isn’t my only remembering tool.  I keep scratch paper in my breast pocket for writing down important tasks and ideas.

And, the Notes app on my iPhone is especially handy because you can use dictation (voice-to-text) to make your entries if you’re not a fast thumb typist.

No paper? No whiteboard? No pen or pencil? No problem! Put it on your Notes app!
No paper? No whiteboard? No pen or pencil? No problem! Put it on your Notes app!
Oh, and, yes, the idea finally came back to me and got added to my to-do list.

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 written below in the comments section. Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, www.MyPetsDoctor.com. We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.

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Jul 142016
 
Lie-Nielsen 2016 Open House

We had a fantastic time, yet again, at this year’s Lie-Nielsen Open House. The toolmakers are always so inspiring – we loved walking around in the tent and the workrooms inside to meet and chat with some of our artisan toolmakers such as Peter Galbert, Matt Bickford, Scott Meek, Chris Keuhn of Sterling Toolworks, and many more! On […]

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Jul 112016
 
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – July 2016 Tip #2 – Tarp Storage

No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift. Thus, each month I share a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.” My late mother’s childhood was spent in bayou country, South Louisiana.  As a result, I grew up with some very unusual pronunciations.  […]

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Jul 082016
 
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – July 2016 – Tip #1- Dusty Tissues

Welcome to “Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop.” I am a hobbyist, not a professional, someone who loves woodworking, just like you do. I have found some better ways to accomplish tasks in the workshop and look forward to sharing those with you each month, as well as hearing your problem-solving ideas. As I’ve mentioned previously, I […]

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Jul 072016
 

We are very excited to be making our way up the coast to Warren, ME for the annual Lie-Nielsen Summer Open House. This one is a special one, celebrating 35 years of exquisite tool making. We will be taking a look behind the scenes at the factory and talking to many great tool artisans who […]

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Jul 052016
 
Poll: Allergy Precautions in the Workshop

In my Tips column I’ve previously written about my struggles with allergies and some of the ways I cope with them. The last time I made a significant project out of cedar, a hope chest for our eldest granddaughter, I developed a cough that lingered for months.  Repeatedly, I went to my ear-nose-throat doctor, trying different […]

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