Sep 122018
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If you are looking to give your shop a bit more flexibility, we’ve got the perfect tool for you. The Rikon 10 inch Bandsaw 10-305 is compact and well-made. It is an excellent starter band saw for those on a budget and useful to owners of larger bandsaws who want to reduce the hassles of blade changes for separate cutting operations.

In the video below, Mike Morton takes a closer look at the Rikon 10-305. Watch the video to learn the basics for setting up and using this tool in your own shop. Please note the Rikon 10″ bandsaws are now blue, rather than the green shown in the video.

Click here to find out more information about the Rikon 10″ Bandsaw available at Highland Woodworking.

Sep 052018
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Let’s face it: Almost no one is giving away free tools, free wood and free fasteners. You need money to feed your woodworking obsession.

If you’re like most of us, you like the finer things in life. In woodworking life, anyway. Sure, you can make pretty shavings with a $5 vintage plane, but isn’t that Lie-Nielsen No. 8 Jointer Plane a thing of beauty? You know you want it. Go ahead. Click on the link. It costs nothing to look.

Now, you’re hooked.

Whether it’s a Festool Router, Festool Dust Extractor, or just a really nice Chisel, we simply like the good stuff.

Mama always told me, “You have to spend money to make money.” If you’re working wood for a living, you’d better have plenty of efficiency built into your work to pay your shop rent, your help and your utilities. Along with that, you need to cover the cost of expendables, such as materials and hardware, as well as things that wear out like belts, sharpening stones and tools that need to be replaced.

When I was a tournament bass fisherman, it was my goal to earn enough in winnings to pay for my boat, a kazillion rods and reels, lures and all the gas it took to pull and run the boat.

I was dreaming.

I’ve never dreamed of being a professional woodworker, but I do try to pay for woodworking without sinking the household budget.

To accomplish that, I dedicate my writing income to woodworking and, if I write enough words for enough magazines, I can cover the cost of tools and wood both. It keeps me busy! On that note, Highland Woodworking is always looking for more Wood News contributors and they pay in Highland Woodworking store credit if you want to earn some new tools!

Sitting on the cedar deck, the Bayou in the foreground, my Number One Cat helping me write. I think this article will be a winner.

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, We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.

Sep 042018
Cheap Floating Shelves - Tips from Sticks in the Mud – September 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.” Before I made the Domino-supported shelf in this month’s other tip, I had a different foray into floating shelves. Brenda and […]

Sep 042018
A Domino Variation On The Floating Shelf – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – September 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 […]

Aug 312018
Interview with Woodworker Terry Chapman (by Terry Chapman)
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Nobody ever interviews me so sometimes I interview myself. Plus even if someone did interview me, they would never know the right questions. I love that show called “Best Thing I Ever Ate”. What’s the best thing you ever ate? My Mother-in-Law’s chocolate pie. She could make the fool out of a chocolate pie. What […]

Aug 292018
Greg Williams, Winner of Our Tormek T-8 Giveaway
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Earlier this month we announced the winner of our Tormek T-8 Giveaway, Greg Williams from Birmingham, AL. Since he has had his new Tormek T-8 in his shop for a few weeks now, we thought we’d check in and see how it is working for him. I have seen the Tormek demonstrations at the different woodworking […]

Aug 222018
Narex Rasps and Rifflers Make Stock Removal a Snap
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Justin Moon takes a closer look at the Narex Hand Stitched Cabinet Rasps and some of the Hand Stitched Riffler profiles. These indispensable stock removal tools will make your woodworking preparation more efficient and precise. Click here to watch Click here to learn more about the Narex Hand Cut Rasps & Rifflers