Sep 062016
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The Highland Woodworking family has discovered a trend:  “Prime Woodworking Season.”  It seems that people get more interested in working in their woodshops in September and October.  There’s no arguing that it’s hot in July and August in the Southeast, especially if your workspace isn’t air conditioned.  Everything combines to make Fall the perfect time […]

Sep 022016
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – September 2016 – Tip #2- Reusing "Credit Card Offers"
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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 I share a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.” Maybe this doesn’t happen to everyone, but I get credit cards in the mail almost daily.  Unfortunately, they’re nether pre-activated nor pre-loaded!  […]

Sep 012016
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – September 2016 Tip #1 - Protecting the Finish While Multi-Tasking
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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. “Obladi, Oblada, life goes on, […]

Aug 182016
Tools You Should Buy First: Veritas Dual Marking Gauge
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In this month’s issue of Wood News, we featured an article by new contributor Justin Moon about the Veritas Dual Marking Gauge. If you are new to woodworking and struggling to decide which tools to purchase first, take a look at Justin’s article. He offers some compelling thoughts about his philosophy for buying tools in […]

Aug 162016
Show Us Your Shop: Ty Crum's Garage Shop
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In this month’s Wood News we featured 14-year old Ty Crum’s garage workshop. Ty’s biggest inspiration was his 7th-8th grade shop teacher, and he says he also learned a great deal from his grandfather, who was also a woodworker. Ty has even taken the step of starting his own woodworking YouTube channel, which you can view here. […]

Aug 112016
Make a Table Saw Storage Box
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Since the beginning of recorded time, or so it seems to me, my table saw fence has been the repository of assorted things.  Pencils, chalk, Allen wrenches and other paraphernalia have collected there along with wood chips and dust that could not be swept away for fear of losing some small thing that might have […]

Aug 032016
Woodworking Safety: You Have to Be This Tall!!
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Well, that settles it! I’m getting one of those amusement park ride signs saying “you have to be this tall” before you can come in my shop. Let me tell you why. Like the rest of you, I am proud of my shop and jump at any opportunity to show if off. Twice in the last several […]