May 012016
 
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – May 2016 – Tip #1- Counting Sanding Passes
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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. The building in which our […]

Apr 272016
 
A Once-In- A-Lifetime Problem for Tool Owners
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As I have said before, my wife is constantly insisting that I have three of every woodworking tool ever invented. Of course that’s not true. There are many of them that I only have two of. (However, at last count I had 37 different chisels, 28 pairs of pliers and 19 sharpening stones.) Now please understand; I’m not […]

Apr 192016
 
The Festool Roadshow Visits Highland Woodworking
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The Festool Roadshow came through Atlanta, GA last Friday, April 15th and setup in our parking lot at Highland Woodworking for a day full of Festool demonstrations, giveaways, education and more! Several members of the Festool show staff were on hand to give demonstrations of all of the different Festool tools, as well as answer […]

Apr 082016
 
Making a Few Unique Walking Sticks
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For the past several years I have been forced to start using a walking stick for better balance and stability. When people ask, I tell them that I get unsteady when I drink too much. That usually stops any further questioning. The first one that I made was a salvaged branch from our backyard apricot tree that finally […]

Apr 042016
 
POLL: What's On Your "Workshop Playlist?"
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The germ of this post comes from Steven Johnson.  You’ve heard of him.  If not, get to know him by clicking here to learn more about the Down To Earth Woodworker. Steve wanted to know what music you and I have on our “workshop playlists,” what music puts us in the mood for woodworking and […]

Apr 032016
 
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – April 2016 Tip #2 - Sock Protection
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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.” This is actually a Steven Johnson trick, but I’m pretty sure he gave it to me because he knows I’m constitutionally […]

Apr 022016
 
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – April 2016 - Tip #1 - A Thumbscrew Loosening Mechanism
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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. I’m not sure whether this […]