Jul 192018
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Well, I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. We all get older if we are lucky, so a couple of months ago, I went to the local Lawn Supply and bought a battery powered chain saw.

I had begun to find myself putting things off because I didn’t want to have to try to start the gas powered saw and I was starting to get really irritated with the whole thing.

When I went to buy the battery operated saw, they asked me for my “Man” card. I had to turn in the card before they would let me buy the saw. Nonetheless I persevered and went ahead with the purchase and I am here to tell you my new saw works like a champ. I make a lot of bowls from found wood and a chain saw comes in very handy for that sort of work. I use the saw to score the end grain of a round log and then take my iron wedges and the “sludge” hammer and bust the round into two halves. It is quick and easy and gives a good flat split. After that I mark out a bowl shape on one of the halves with a circle template and a carpenter’s pencil. I use the saw to trim the corners and then nudge it towards roundness by smoothing off the edges until it will fit on the lathe, and I am off to the races.

People ask how long a battery powered saw will last and if it will do the job. The answer is if you cut pulpwood for a living, you don’t need or want one of these. If you make bowls and trim a few limbs around the house, then it works just fine. You can even use it inside the shop since there is no exhaust to suffocate you. As to how long it will run, with a full charge it will run longer than I usually feel like driving it. Isn’t that what it is about?

The real joy is being able to pick it up and simply pull the trigger and go to work. The noise is less, it cuts everything I need to cut and it runs as long as I do. Then it will recharge completely in about 30 minutes. With the blade kept sharp, it cuts beautifully as long as you are not trying to cut a six foot redwood. Like any other chainsaw, you must provide oil for the blade.

Wonder if I can shape enough bowls to get my “Man” card back?

Jul 172018
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In the latest issue of Wood News Online, Marshall Knox shares his method for restoring a rocking chair for a client whose Grandfather had built the chair. Marshall discusses his process for fixing the joints in the chair and applying a new finish.

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Jul 112018
July Woodworking Poll: Do You Recycle In Your Shop?
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Shop time is precious. However, so is Mother Earth. We have only one, and we have only one lifetime to treat her right, both for our own good and those who will occupy her in the future. Think “children” and “grandchildren.” Therefore, it’s worth the time to make a few extra steps across the shop […]

Jul 102018
Recycled Door Kickplate – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – July 2018 – Tip #2
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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.” “Cheap” doesn’t have to mean inferior materials. I found some discarded sign material, aluminum with a rubber sandwich filling, and I […]

Jul 092018
Quick Fixes with a Domino – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – July 2018 – Tip #1
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Welcome to “Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop.” I am a hobbyist who loves woodworking and writing for those who also love the craft. I have found some ways to accomplish tasks in the workshop that might be helpful to you, and I enjoy hearing your own problem-solving ideas. Please share them in the COMMENTS section of each […]

Jul 052018
Dust Collection - The Clean Air Myth
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In an article he wrote in 2016, Steve Johnson addresses dust collection in the shop, arguing that even with a high quality dust collector and a good air filtration system, you still can not expect to have clean air in your shop. (Though he still thinks both of these systems are important to have for […]

Jul 032018
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We are getting ready to release our next episode of The Highland Woodworker and it got us thinking about some of our favorite past episodes, including this one from 2015 which featured Don Williams and Christopher Schwarz guiding us on a tour of the H.O. Studley Tool Cabinet. With great stories about the history of […]