Oct 112017
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Are you thinking of upgrading the sharpening process in your shop, but don’t want to break the bank? Consider the Tormek T-4 Sharpening System, available at Highland Woodworking. And for a limited time, you can get the Bushcraft Limited Edition T-4, that includes a $40 Knife Jig, $20 Axe Jig and a $49 Mora Kansbol […]

Oct 052017
Woodworking Projects: Builder Boards made from Recycled Plywood
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In the October 2017 issue of Wood News, Jack McKee shares a wonderful design he created for a set of ‘Builder Boards’, a great tool to inspire a kid’s imagination. Years ago, when I was working at a Montessori school, I designed a set of notched boards that kids can use to build their own playhouse, or even better, […]

Oct 032017
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The dairy farm I grew up on was pretty self-sufficient. We grew most of what we ate, from meat to grain to vegetables and, of course, milk and butter. We grew much of what the cows ate, too. My Uncle Sam, and his two brothers Bee and Charles, milked separately but farmed together. Their homes […]

Oct 022017
Cleaning Paint Brushes – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – October 2017 – 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.” Years ago a painter gave me some really good advice. We were discussing cleaning paint brushes and I asked him about […]

Oct 012017
Paint Can Lids – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – October 2017 – 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 […]

Sep 282017
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Are you thinking of upgrading the workbench in your shop? Consider the Hofmann & Hammer line of workbenches, available at Highland. In the video below, Mike Morton takes a closer look at all of the models of the Hofmann and Hammer premium German workbenches. Take a look and figure out which one would fit best […]

Sep 252017
Festool Abrasive Mnemonics
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To help us remember the dizzying array of Festool Abrasives, Steven Johnson has given us a mnemonics lesson using word association. Click here to watch the video he made. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “mnemonic” as (noun) “assisting or intended to assist memory.” As an example, they give, “To distinguish “principal” from “principle” use the mnemonic […]