May 042017
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – May 2017 – Tip #1– Bandsaw Blade Tensioning
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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 […]

May 032017
POLL: What is your favorite or most important non-woodworking tool in your workshop?
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For me, my favorite non-woodworking tool in my workshop is my stereo. I’d be lost without the music, but, my television is hooked up to the stereo, so I can get caught up on the latest news, too, which is especially important when there is a late-breaking event. One night my wife came down while I […]

Apr 272017
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Having trouble storing all of your clamps? In this 2-part video, Steve Johnson, aka the Down to Earth Woodworker, shares his plan for an adjustable, re-configurable, stacked Clamp Rack that is 5S compliant for his workshop. Turns out this new design allows for 2x the amount of clamps in the same space! Take a look […]

Apr 252017
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If you have a Rikon 10-324 or 10-325 14″ Bandsaw, and are sick of all of those hex wrenches, you need the Tool-less Blade Guide Upgrade Kit. Install this kit on your bandsaw in minutes and enjoy the simplicity of tool-less spring-loaded guides. Find out more about the Tool-less Blade Guide Upgrade Kit in this 12 minute video.

Apr 202017
Woodturning Project: Turning Offset Candelabras
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In the April issue of The Highland Woodturner, we are featuring Ray Bissonette, a favorite contributor from past issues. After having his turnings featured in the June 2013 issue of The Highland Woodturner, Ray Bissonette used his earned store credit toward a new Spindle Gouge, which helped him add a new design element to his […]

Apr 182017
Show Us Your Shop: 6 Shops from the Recent Archives
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Over the last year, we have featured some dream shops in Wood News. We recently collected a few from the archives, including Randy Cordle’s ‘minimalist shop’, Derik VanVleet’s ‘King in his Castle’ shop and more. Take a look at these workshops for ideas and inspiration, or just for fun. And to read about even more shops, […]

Apr 132017
Shop-Made Sand Paper Tearing Jig
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Most folks will use 9″ x 11″ sandpaper sheets at some point in their sanding endeavors. And most of us typically will cut the sheets down in size to suit some particular sanding pad size, or to make a more appropriately sized piece of sandpaper for hand sanding. Ways to tear sandpaper paper down in […]