Oct 072015
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – October Tip #2- Trash Can Label Reminders
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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. Steven Johnson once asked me, “With a trash can that big, how often do you empty it? Once a year?”  I […]

Oct 052015
The Upcoming Roy Underhill Class at Highland
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Roy Underhill is coming to Highland. Really. Many years ago before DVR and tape players for TV, my wife used to get so mad because we had to schedule our Saturday afternoons around The Woodwright’s Shop. It used to come on in Atlanta about 2:30 on Saturday and even if we had gone to lunch […]

Oct 022015
My Favorite Thing about WIA15: The Part They Don't Advertise
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Every time I go to WIA, I am struck by the same things that make the show great – classes taught by master woodworkers in which you can ask questions directly to these folks you have idolized for years, a marketplace filled with beautifully made tools and the expert artisans who can show you the ins […]

Oct 012015
Drilling Attachment Holes in Fairly Thin Materials
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As many will clearly recognize, using powered drills with twist bits can at times grab the wood and very rapidly pull itself deeper than expected. With the recent Walnut table that I made for my son being almost complete minus attaching the base, I didn’t want to take any chances that all of my hard work could […]

Sep 292015
Woodworking in America 2015 or #WIA15
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2015 marked my 4th year attending Woodworking in America (also known as WIA or in the case of this year #WIA15). Despite the fact that Highland Woodworking hasn’t had a booth during any of these years, it is still fun for a few of us from the store to be able to attend the event […]

Sep 252015
Updating My Hardwood Saw Horses
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During my recent build of a 4’ Walnut Table for my son, I needed some extra space to work, as well as a place to leave the table horizontally after applying finish. I made a pair of saw horses (even though the name may be mostly correct, this style of horse is just so much nicer […]