Dec 012015
 
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – December Tip #1- The Value of Festool
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“There you go again, Jim Randolph.  You keep trying to make us believe you’re a cheapskate, then you admit you paid hundreds for Bose Noise-Cancelling headphones.  Now you’re going to tell us you’ve bought that high-priced Festool stuff, too?  We may have to come take away your membership card to the Cheapskates’ Club.” I’ve said before, […]

Nov 272015
 
...On becoming a Furniture Maker
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Let me introduce myself:  “I am not a furniture maker…. yet.” What I am though is very determined (stubborn) and passionate about becoming one. I am a normal person with a full-time day job in IT, but who has had an interest in quality, handmade, solid wood furniture for the last 20 years. I have […]

Nov 222015
 
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As Christmas rolls around, woodworkers’ loved ones often worry about what to get their favorite woodworker. To help ease that struggle, here is a list of what I feel are the absolute essentials for any woodworker. You can confidently take this list into any woodworking store or website and leave with a gift any woodworker […]

Nov 202015
 
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There is a strong inclination at this time of year to wax altruistic, demonstrate my “niceness” as the Down To Earth Woodworker, and wish for holiday gifts like “peace on earth,” “more new woodworkers,” or “a twenty-first century renaissance.” The fact is, though, I do often succumb to covetous thought. Professing to want nothing that costs real money is […]