Apr 102017
Why Chip Carving?
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Chip carving has been around for hundreds of years, has been practiced by men and women of all ages and from all walks of life, and continues to grow in popularity around the world. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. Chip carving has a low startup cost, does not require […]

Apr 052017
April Woodworking Poll: What tools do you have that you wish you hadn't bought?
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What tools do you have that you wish you hadn’t bought? The Wood Whisperer, Marc Spagnuolo,  says one is his Dremel tool. I, on the other hand, use my Dremel tool and attachments all the time: cutoffs, buffing small items, engraving/signing my work, routing small areas with the burr, cleaning out knots to ready them […]

Apr 042017
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – April 2017 – Tip #2– Workshop Cleaning
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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.” I got this little vacuum attachment, you guessed it, for free. I’d never used one before, but, when our regular carpet […]

Apr 032017
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – April 2017 – Tip #1 – Marking Pros and Cons
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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 […]

Mar 312017
Follow Friday: Highland Woodworking Class Instructor, Jim Dillon
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Jim Dillon has been involved with Highland Woodworking for quite some time now as both a customer and a class instructor in the Highland Woodworking classroom, where he teaches monthly classes ranging from hand tool skills to building bookcases, and much more! He became a full-time woodworker in 1998 after he taught writing, which stemmed from […]

Mar 302017
Life After Sandpaper: A Guide to Sharpening and Using a Wood Scraper
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If there were a ten-dollar finishing tool that worked ten times faster than a sander, made almost no noise, worked on finishes between coats as well as on bare wood, and did the work of abrasives from 60 to 220 grit, you’d know about it, right? Guess what? There really is such a device: its […]

Mar 282017
A Beginner's Guide to Spray Finishing
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It can take just one or two successful tries at spray finishing to get why spraying is a great choice everywhere from the home shop to the industrial factory floor. Spray finishing is quite simply a fast, efficient and reliable way to lay down smooth, uniform coatings that adhere well, dry predictably, and require minimal further processing. It also turns out […]