Jun 022017
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – June 2017 – Tip #1 – Lag Technique for Drilling Wood
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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 […]

May 312017
Dedicating This Woodworking Shop to My Dad
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Jay Brown’s dad was one of the most inspirational people in his woodworking career. Starting with the ‘tater bin’ they built together when Jay was in his 20’s, the father-son team collaborated on more than one woodworking shop, including their ‘dream shop’, featured in the April issue of Wood News. Take a closer look at the […]

May 252017
The Highland Woodturner: What Type of Turning Tools Should You Purchase?
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In the May 2017 issue of The Highland Woodturner, Curtis Turner answers a question many new woodturners ask – what types of turning tools should I buy? My students often ask what type of tools they should buy. Specifically, should they buy inexpensive tools or go straight for the expensive ones? I think this question deserves […]

May 232017
Festool Vecturo - A Knife for Wood
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In the May 2017 issue of Festool Heaven, Jim Randolph shares a quick story on how his first use of the Festool Vecturo oscillating tool helped finish a challenging job quickly and easily. I’d had my new Festool Vecturo for only 24 hours before I had a job for it…After several hours of clerical work, […]

May 182017
Cutting Lamb’s Tongues
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I’m building a pencil post bed for our master bedroom. The four posts, cut from curly maple, were chamfered to a tapered octagonal shape, first on the table saw and then with a 45° chamfer bit using a jig that allowed me to use a handheld router. The router created a nice rounded transition at […]

May 162017
How Does Woodworking Affect Your Brain?
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What is the Actual Effect of Woodworking on Your Brain? by Bob Rummer For many of us woodworking is a chosen leisure activity that we take up because it makes us “feel good.” There may be challenges, frustrations, and hard work involved but overall woodworking makes us happy. Now, I am not a psychologist, but […]

May 112017
Book Review - With All the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture
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Do you, like me, find hand tool woodworking intriguing? Do you wonder how the old masters went about their work? Are you curious to know what lessons can be applied to today’s practices? If so, With All the Precision Possible is the book you’ve been waiting for. Andre-Jacob Roubo, 18th century Parisian joiner, wrote many works […]