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Best Milwaukee Tools

It's no secret that woodworking is a huge part of our shop + small business production studio. We are constantly using the products and adding more to our collection so we thought it was a perfect excuse to share some of our favorite Milwaukee tools with y'all.

All of these items have been tested by us for months and we truly will only share the ones we like the most. 

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1. M12 Fuel Surge Brushless Impact: This is easily the most used Milwaukee tool in our shop. It's quiet but powerful and super easy to handle. Because it's so much smaller than some of the other brand's options, it fits in even the tightest of work spaces. 

2. M12 Rotary Tool: I am thinking that this is my favorite tool right now. It is a bit more bulky than a Dremel but the battery life is double that of the same size dremel and it is a BEAST.

3. M12 Fuel Brushless Ratchet: it works great, it is just like an “air ratchet” except it is a little heavier and a little more bulky I feel like it is a solid replacement to a pneumatic. 

1. M12 Cordless LED Stand Work Light: This is a bit of splurge for $150 (tool only) but it's honestly so worth it. It extends to nearly 6' tall and will light up an entire room with ease (1400 lumens). It's light, portable, and heavy duty all in one. Could not recommend enough. 

2. Rechargeable LED Flood Light: This is a great little light to have in your collection. It's relatively inexpensive and produces 550 lumens of light. It's collapsable and small making it perfect to carry in your pocket for spur of the moment tasks. Then, you can easily plug in to charge!

3. Aluminum Pen Light With Clip: This light is too inexpensive and convenient to pass up. The sturdy clip is great for clipping on your work pants and carrying with you for those moments you might need a quick little light. 
FUN FACT: This light is also dust + water proof!

4. LED Rover Pocket Flood Light: It offers a bright and natural light that illuminates a work area very well, but is compact and stays out-of-the-way of the task! PLUS...we love all the things with magnets!

5. LED Rechargeable Aluminum Flashlight: This is a must have. You can select between three different modes (high, regular, low) and can be easily and quickly charged via USB port. It's small but powerful. What more could you ask for?

1. 52inch Workbench: This was the first toolbox/workbench we added to our shop and it's been such a staple. It's an 11 drawer system which has been such a blessing to our organization PLUS, the 1 1/2 wood top is sturdy enough to work on even the toughest of projects. BONUS: 1) It's on wheels and can be moved around the shop depending on the project.  2) The added tough of the USB charging ports on the side has been something we didn't know we even needed but use all the time. 

The Best Charcuterie Board On A Budget

If you've been following for awhile, you know that at Whiskey Boat Goods, we make cutting boards to sell on our website. It's a fairly new item we've started making but it's started to be something that everyone is liking. We recently took the time to style one of our handmade cutting + serving boards for a dinner time charcuterie board and loved how it turned out so we are sharing all the tips and tricks to recreate the look on your own. 

 You can shop for stuff for your charcuterie board anywhere but for this one, we shopped at our local H.E.B. plus grabbed some fresh herbs from our garden to finish the look. 

Here's What You Need:
- Bagels (we used plain but we also suggest mixing and matching different flavors)
- Multiple Types of Cheeses (we used a smoked gouda, a cumin asiago, and a rosemary white cheddar)
- Cream Cheese (we are using a chive flavored cream cheese but anything will work!)
- Jelly or Jam (we are shown using an apricot spread. Just add anything sweet.)
- Fresh Herbs (rosemary and basil are shown. Parsley is a good one too!)
- Petite Tomatoes (place in a bowl with oregano, salt, pepper, and fresh garlic)

Now For Arranging:
There's no real step-by-step process here, just a couple of tips and tricks. My advice is to just keep moving things around until you get a varied look while still making sure everything is easily accessible. 

Tip: Place fresh herbs at the end to fill in the blank spaces left!
Tip: Always add items that are served in bowls. This creates height plus also keeps things contained!
Tip: Slice the bagels into bite size pieces for easy grabbing. You can toast them for an added crunch. 

Tip: The more spices & flavors, THE BETTER! Add in lots of seasonings to your tomato blend for an added punch. 
Tip: Use bagels instead of crackers. Use veggies instead of fruits. Make it your own!
Tip: Splurge on nice spreading knives for a fun pop of color or design. 


Christmas on Beechnut 2019

I know, I know. It's barely past Halloween and Thanksgiving is a few weeks away but yet I find myself already decorating for Christmas! Honestly, I just can't help it! I love the coziness of the lights and the greenery and the layers of blankets and pillows. If I could decorate 365 days of the year....I would. 

*NOTE: don't fret! All links will be shared at the end of the post!*

When it comes to Christmas decor, I like to keep it classic, simple, and (here's the word again), cozy! This means lots of layers, textures, warm lighting, and semi-monochromatic touches. This year we dressed up our flocked tree (LINKED HERE) with lots of natural elements in a white/brown/gold color palette. It's simple but layered with texture making it the perfect focal point this holiday season. 

Here's a little closer look at the tree and all the little items tucked and twisted into the flocked layers. Again, nothing crazy! Just a lot of little touches that all make up the tree of our dreams this holiday season. 

Layer 1: LIGHTS
I LOVE the lights we have on the tree this year! Past years we've used smaller, bright white, bulbs. This year, we went with a bolder + warmer look. We purchased the lights last year AFTER Christmas for next to nothing and truthfully, I forgot about them until a few days ago when I pulled the boxes of decor from the closet. It was a nice little surprise and turned out to be the perfect base layer. 

This pack from Amazon is EXTREMELY similar, have great reviews, and are half the retail cost.

Layer 2: BURLAP
This one doesn't need a ton of explanation. This was a random piece of crafting burlap we had around the house that was about 2' in length. I simple twisted it up and wrapped it around the tree a total of three times. 

TIP: Twisting the burlap adds depth and texture which helps fill up all those small bare spaces. 

Originally I didn't plan to add these branches to the tree, but after a trip to Hobby Lobby and no luck finding any pompous grass, I made the switch. Luckily the 50% off Christmas decor sale was still happening (is it ever full price???) and I scooped up two bunches of the "ice" covered branches for less than $10. I brought the two bundles home and used wire cutters to separate each twig out of the bundle. I then just started placing the branches in random places around the tree making sure to leave space for additional ornaments. 

These were also a Hobby Lobby find that was 50% off. They are a creamy white color and have a tiny little bit of sparkle to them. I purchased four total and the total cost was less than $8. These I simply stuck in the tree around where the branches were. If i'm being honest, I could have used a few more, but I made it work....just don't look for any on the backside of the tree. Ha!

We typically don't add a ton of ornaments to the tree and this year was no different. We have a little family tradition to get three new ornaments (one for each of us) every Christmas season. So, we only have a small collection of ornaments for the tree but that makes each one even more special. We also added in a few gold silk stars to create more depth and fill the final spaces on the tree. 

....and here's a few more shots below.