Aug 222019
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We hear from a lot of customers who find the Festool sandpaper options downright confusing. So we asked our friend Steve Johnson, the Down to Earth Woodworker, to help us understand which Festool Sandpaper to buy. In the video below, Steve explains the best sandpaper options for general sanding, raw wood, finishing, shaping and more. […]

Aug 202019
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Festool’s line of Rotex Sanders are perfect if you are looking to get into the world of Festool Sanding and you want the most versatility you can buy in a sander. Matthew Morris discusses the different options and uses of Festool Rotex Sanders in this short video:

Aug 152019
Efficient Woodworking with a Little Imagination
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In the August 2019 issue of Wood News, Jeff Fleisher tells the story of how a little imagination made a large project (making 200 copies of the same wooden handle!) more efficient and less tedious. A well thought out design and skilled craftsmanship are the hallmarks to a quality piece of woodworking. As a custom […]

Aug 082019
Book Review: Chairmaker's Workshop
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For the August issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Drew Langsner’s new highly detailed discussion of green chairmaking, The Chairmaker’s Workshop: A longtime green woodworker and instructor at his North Carolina Country Workshop, Langsner was a teacher by choice, electing not to build chairs for profit on a continuing basis. His long experience […]

Aug 062019
Reusing Zippered Blanket Storage Bags – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – August 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.” There are a million uses for the zippered plastic bags that electric blankets […]

Aug 052019
Creating a Safe Workshop Environment – Tips from Sticks in the Mud – August 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 […]

Aug 012019
August Woodworking Poll: Farming Out the "Work" in Woodworking
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These days, you can avoid just about any woodworking job you don’t like, yet still have a beautiful end product. Don’t like making drawers? You have options. You can order some stock sizes and design your furniture or cabinet around those sizes. You can have a local cabinet shop make them for you to your […]