Mar 142017
3 “Rules” To Joyous Woodworking and Life
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RULE 1 – Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff Don’t sweat the small stuff. I have heard this saying over and over throughout my life. It always made a kind of sense to me, but had never become real to me until I stitched it together with the next two “Rules” . Not sweating the small […]

Mar 102017
Which Festool Track Saw is Right for You?
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In Issue #6 of Festool Heaven, Our Sticks In The Mud (SITM) tipster Jim Randolph and our Down To Earth Woodworker (DTEW) Steve Johnson got into a discussion over which is the best Festool Track Saw, the TS-55 or the TS-75. We’re not sure who won the argument, but they both scored some pretty good […]

Mar 082017
Caliper Comparison: Fraction Dial vs. Digital
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  In the March 2017 issue of Wood News, Jeff Fleisher changes up his normal review process and does a comparison review of two of our most popular selling calipers, the 6 inch Fractional Dial Caliper and the 6 inch Fractional Digital Caliper. This will not be a typical review of each tool but rather […]

Mar 062017
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – March 2017 – Tip #2 – Twist Ties
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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.” When you purchase a new garden hose it comes with some really long twist ties. Forget those little things that come […]

Mar 032017
March Poll: Selling Tools (continued)
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Are you a tightwad, like me? I know there are many of us out there. We pinch pennies and we are so attached to them we lose our appetites when the government talks about doing away with them. (Can you imagine what a government program to discontinue pennies would cost taxpayers? I shudder to even […]

Mar 022017
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – March 2017 – Tip #1 – Changing Leaky Tool Batteries
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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 […]

Feb 282017
A Great Combination:  Festool Kapex Miter Saw & CT SYS HEPA Dust Extractor
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A highlight of my visit to Highland Woodworking a couple of years ago was the chance to spend a little time with the Kapex KS 120 EB Sliding Compound Miter Saw and make a quick video review of the tool. In short, I liked it. I wanted it. But, alas, I couldn’t afford it. More […]