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 […]

Dec 032018
Organizing Dust Extractor Hoses – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – December 2018 – 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 […]

Nov 292018
Keeping Track of Our History with the Heirloom Growth Ruler
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When my kids were 4 and 6, we decided to move to a new house. The house was in a great Massachusetts town with good schools and a friendly community, and the house came with nice, new, clean walls. Our old house, in contrast, had a doorway leading from the kitchen to the pantry that […]

Nov 272018
First-Person User Experience with a Festool Sander and Dust Extractor
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I am a woodworking hobbyist, having worked with wood the past ten years. I enjoy making large and small furniture items as well as cutting boards for home, family and friends. I recently purchased a Festool ETS 125 REQ 5 inch Random Orbit Sander. I have another 5 inch random orbit sander and a 6 […]