Oct 212016
Woodworking Gifts Series: Turn a Bowl and Finish It With Milk Paint
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I actually got a jump on the holidays this year! I recently completed this 9″ bowl. I wanted this gift to be somewhat unique. I considered various embellishments but ultimately decided to use milk paint. I tested various samples before settling on Barn Red over Black. I applied 3 coats of red with a sponge […]

Oct 202016
Woodworking Gifts Series: Knives and Chopsticks
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Christmas gifts can cause a fair level of uncertainty, possibly even leaning towards angst, on the part of the giver. Are we sure whatever it is that we are looking at is something that will really  “fit” the intended recipient? Someone on a list out there (family/friends/significant others) might even fall into the category of […]

Oct 192016
Chris Pye Visits Highland!
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We were honored to have a visit from renowned carver Chris Pye a few weeks ago. Chris taught a 3-hour sharpening seminar in the morning to a roomful of enthusiastic carvers, and the demonstration was filled with entertaining anecdotes and carving references. We were very impressed with Chris’s ability to make good fun out of […]

Oct 182016
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Benchcrafted is well-known for their exceptional vise hardware. In this video, Matt Cremona offers a tour of the Glide Leg Vise and the Tail Vise, showing off this extremely well machined hardware: how to install it and how smoothly it operates. Check out all the work holding capabilities with his bench and why these vises […]

Oct 172016
Tools You Should Buy First: Bench Vise
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We recently featured an article by new contributor Justin Moon about the Eclipse Bench Vise, and Bench Vises in general. Justin take a look at different options of bench vise and elaborates on the vise he chose for his own workshop, the Eclipse Quick Release Bench Vise. If you are new to woodworking and trying […]

Oct 032016
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – October 2016 – Tip #2- Reusable Handle Sanding
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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.” Regular readers already know that I don’t pitch the handles of disposable foam brushes when they are used up. And, we’ve previously discussed using those […]

Oct 022016
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – October 2016 Tip #1 – Sanding and Finishing with the Grain
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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 […]