Jun 112019
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Whether your hand plane’s blade is used up, pitted with rust or just plain no good, a Hock Plane Iron from Highland Woodworking can be the quickest way to get your hand plane cutting its best. In the short video below, Jim Dillon takes a closer look at the Hock Plane Irons and explains what […]

Jun 042019
June Poll: New Project Inertia
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Do you have inertia when it’s time to start a new project? Fear? Anxiety? Procrastination? The iPhone jingled, and the ringtone said it was one of our daughters-in-law, Nan. I answered eagerly. We have been blessed in the daughter-in-law department. “Hi, Pater,” she said. We exchanged pleasantries, then she got to the reason for her […]

Jun 032019
Homemade Painter’s Pyramids– Tips from Sticks in the Mud – June 2019 – 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 from Sticks in the Mud woodworker, Jim Randolph. It’s OK if you call him “cheap.” I was having a conversation with Steve Johnson one day, when he said, […]

Jun 022019
Panel Preparation – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – June 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 […]

May 302019
The Down to Earth Woodworker: The New Trend in Safety
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When Steve Johnson, the Down to Earth Woodworker, had to grind and sand some large ash slabs for a project he was working on, he started out using a regular dust mask. But after just one hour of sanding, he decided that he’d had enough and figured he would try out the Trend Airshield Pro. […]

May 282019
Tool Review: Trend Airshield Pro
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For the May 2019 issue of Wood News Online, Jeff Fleisher took the Trend Airshield Pro for a spin in his own shop. An avid woodturner, Jeff frequently creates a lot of dust and he knows that breathing it in can be very bad for his lungs. Even so, he was initially skeptical about the […]

May 232019
Tool Review: Earlex Spray Station HV5500
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  If you are new to spray finishing or do not have an air compressor, then this HVLP spray system is just the ticket for you. The Earlex HV5500 provides a low cost entry system to the world of spray finishing with excellent results. Learn more about the Earlex Spray Station HV5500