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Blue Collar Woodworking #12: The "Amazing Dovetail Machine" and why are tools so expensive?

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 781 days ago 6332 reads 3 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Homemade Biscuits and the ULTIMATE tool cabinet!!!! Part 12 of Blue Collar Woodworking series Part 13: Pins vs Tails and the 2 handled dovetail saw! »

It’s new, it’s improved, the quality is better, the sound isn’t that great… Yes, it’s another episode of the woodworking show that makes Norm little series look like Teleubbies…

In this episode we introduce a fully featured, micro adjustable dovetail jig that is so epic, it can only be called a “MACHINE”! And then I rant about how expensive some tools are.

Enjoy… (More episodes are at Stumpynubs.com!)

Want to build it? Here's the plans.

The next episode will take a look at the other side of the issue- my tried and true techniques for hand cut dovetails… and how to fix them when you screw them up!

Oh… here’s those $75 hunks of rubber.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com



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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 781 days ago

Looks like a COOL jig!

How long do you think one could make one… from your plans?

... approximate Cost of materials?

Thank you.

edit:
I had no problems viewing the video at all…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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grizzman

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#2 posted 781 days ago

hey stumpy, did you do something different this time with your video, i have a pretty fast connection and this is the first time your video wouldnt play without stopping all the time, just wondered, so im having to download it instead of just playing it…, but thanks for another good video…...im waiting for the download to finish…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Tyrone

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#3 posted 781 days ago

I’m definitely going to be making that dovetail jig.

Where can you buy the 75 dollars pieces of rubber you’re talking about?

-- Tyrone - Canada, BC

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StumpyNubs

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#4 posted 781 days ago

Joe- It took me two weeks to make it, but that’s because I was designing it as I went. I even had to throw an entire, finished one away because I wasn’t satisfied with the design (it didn’t have the micro adjust feature.) But, now that I went through all the work and frustration, the plans should make it very easy to build, I’d say in a weekend. And it will cost less than $50 in materials I think.

Grizz- I did improve the video quality on this one. It’s a different format which means a larger file. I have no trouble streaming it, but if you find that ti stops on you, pause the video and let it buffer for a minute. That should help.

If anyone else has trouble let me know…

Tyrone- There’s a link to the plans under the video above… Oh, the sanding blocks? They are made by Festool. You can get them at Woodcraft. I know Festool makes great stuff at obscene prices, but this one is just nuts.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 781 days ago

Hey stumphster,

You do good work, and ya got a pretty good sense of humer. Don’t defame the “Norm” , If his nieghbor who works nights is watching, ya could be getting yourself into legal issues. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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StumpyNubs

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#6 posted 781 days ago

I don’t think my obviously sarcastic joke was in any way defamation of character. And I think Norm would agree.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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Tyrone

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#7 posted 781 days ago

This is absolutely ridiculous…
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/festoolsandingblocksetwithsysmini.aspx
I wonder what their sales are on that.

-- Tyrone - Canada, BC

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grizzman

6459 posts in 1802 days


#8 posted 781 days ago

no problems viewing it the second time…who knows…...but thanks again…good show, great jig…...now this old dog is going to take a nap…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Craftsman on the lake

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#9 posted 781 days ago

Stumpy, I truly look forward to your vids when they come out. It’s like waiting for a beloved TV show to make a new episode. Just the right mix of humor, information, and of course class.. real class.

Thanks.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Dave

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#10 posted 781 days ago

A great jig again. I can’t wait to see it in action on the new cabinet. And tails first wins again. Keep them coming Stumpy, they get better each time.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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plantek

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#11 posted 781 days ago

Nice job.
Good looking jig.
I agree with the prices of some tools being ridiculous.
Keep posting.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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Gabe C.

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#12 posted 781 days ago

I thought it was a pretty good buy when I picked up that $700 fishing rod organizer! You’re telling me it does more than that?!? And I could have made my own??

Great show as always! Already looking forward to the next one. Keep them coming!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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Roger

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#13 posted 781 days ago

yes yes and yes… gr8 vid as always. you and the stumpy team are engineering magicians! :) I totally agree on the cost of a lot of stuff. It’s like that with anything that you like to do. There should be a line drawn somewhere. Hummmmmmm come on, can we come up with a 200 dollar writing utensil that will make a straight line?? I gotta git my thinkin beard / whoops, I mean hat on.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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sandhill

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#14 posted 781 days ago

Tyrone I agree it makes me not want to buy anything from them when I see them just put crap out there to sell at ridiculous prices.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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StumpyNubs

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#15 posted 781 days ago

I went into Woodcraft today and told them I wanted to see those $75 sanding blocks. They didn’t have them is stock, but the guy laughed about it. He said he sometimes take out one of the routers from the display case and caresses it and says to himself “so this is what $700 feels like…” (True story!)

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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