Aug 032016
Woodworking Safety: You Have to Be This Tall!!
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Well, that settles it! I’m getting one of those amusement park ride signs saying “you have to be this tall” before you can come in my shop. Let me tell you why. Like the rest of you, I am proud of my shop and jump at any opportunity to show if off. Twice in the last several […]

Aug 012016
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I work at least sixty hours each week. I sleep about fifty hours each week. I walk about seven hours each week. I commute about six hours each week. The other forty five hours are spent getting ready for work, getting ready for bed, eating and yardwork and taking the garbage out, cleaning litterboxes, taking […]

Jul 312016
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – August 2016 – Tip #2- Free Woodworking Wood
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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 I share a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.” If you have any pride, you might want to stop reading right here.  If your desire for a bargain can overcome your […]

Jul 302016
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – August 2016 – Tip #1- Repurposing Milk Crates
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Welcome to “Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop.” I am a hobbyist, not a professional, someone who loves woodworking, just like you do. I have found some better ways to accomplish tasks in the workshop and look forward to sharing those with you each month, as well as hearing your problem-solving ideas. The first time I ever […]

Jul 292016
Woodworking Apps and TV Shows
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There are woodworking apps that will calculate your board feet, calculate your square feet, maybe even calculate your smelly feet. My favorite woodworking app? That’s easy! The TiVo app on my iPhone allows me to watch building shows, woodworking shows, the news, whatever is recorded on any one of our three TiVos while I’m doing […]

Jul 282016
Show Us Your Shop: Randy Cordle's Minimalist Shop
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This month in Wood News we featured Randy Cordle’s ‘very minimalist’ woodworking shop. Randy says that he prefers working with tool that can be found in the average home shop, and he gets quite a lot done in his shop with a perfectly reasonable inventory of woodworking tools! Take a look at the pictures of his […]

Jul 262016
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The Tormek T-8 water cooled sharpener will let you sharpen practically everything in your shop and home. The T-8 uses a unique wet grinding stone that lets you restore your woodworking tool’s edges quickly and precisely, without any risk of destroying the temper of the steel and then uses a leather wheel strop for honing […]