Jan 022019
Quick Tray In A Box Project – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – January 2019 – 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 […]

Dec 202018
Book Review: Ingenious Mechanicks by Christopher Schwarz
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Christopher Schwarz’s fascination with workbenches and workbench design history continues in his new offer from Lost Art Press, Ingenious Mechanicks. Norm Reid reviewed the book, here are a few of his initial thoughts: A recent release from Lost Art Press, this book is an homage to Christopher Schwarz’s love for workbenches and his dedication to understanding […]

Dec 182018
Book Review: Slojd in Wood
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Lost Art Press has really upped their game this year in the variety of books they are releasing. We were especially excited to see this book on crafting utensils, given the current spoon carving craze. Norm Reid read the book and reviewed it for us: In this brilliant little book, Slojd in Wood, Jögge Sundqvist provides […]

Dec 132018
The World Could Use More Woodworkers
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I think we can all agree this world would be a little better off with more woodworkers, right? All of the skills we learn from woodworking – self-reliance, persistence, planning, hand-eye coordination, the ability to problem-solve, are useful in many areas of our lives. If you aren’t sure what gift to get the non-woodworker on […]

Dec 112018
Sharpen Up or Shut Up - Chris Schwarz weighs in on the Handtool Backlash
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Christopher Schwarz has noticed a trend in some sections of the woodworking world: otherwise capable woodworkers struggle when it comes to using their hand tools, even when their tools are of the highest quality. Chris thinks he knows why that might be the case. Click here to find out      

Dec 052018
December Poll: Does Paint Belong on Fine Furniture?
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Fresh on the heels of the question in November’s Poll, “Does plywood belong in fine furniture?” I was faced with the question of whether paint is appropriate thereon. I was listening to Wood Talk, Episode 451 “We’ve Changed After Ten Years.” Here’s how Shannon Rogers handles painting in his shop: Rag on paint, sand with 220 […]

Dec 042018
Reusing Anti-Corrosion Paper Packaging – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – December 2018 – 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.” You know me. I throw next to nothing away. If I have to get rid of something, I first ask, “Can […]