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 […]

Sep 212017
Festool Heaven: Which Festool Should You Buy First?
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For this month’s issue of Festool Heaven, we asked Steve Johnson which Festool he would recommend for a friend if they had never owned a Festool product before. He said the question sounded strange at first, but after thinking about it awhile, he came up with a surprising answer. Click here to read Steve’s recommendation

Sep 192017
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Improve the Comfort in Your Shop with the Benchcrafted Hi Vise Hardware! In this video, Guy Dunlap explains how the new Benchcrafted Hi Vise hardware can dramatically improve your approach to carving tasks, cutting and paring dovetails or any detail work, allowing greater control. Guy also reviews the easy installation of this valuable addition to […]