The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #13: Pins vs Tails and the 2 handled dovetail saw!

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 03-03-2012 02:47 AM 8204 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: The "Amazing Dovetail Machine" and why are tools so expensive? Part 13 of The Stumpy Nubs Workshop series Part 14: Maybe the greatest way man has ever devised to cut box/finger joints... »

Part two of the dovetail series shows how Stumpy cuts ‘em with a 2 handles saw! Lots of great tips, and the twisted humor you’ve come to expect.

(Note- We’re still trying to figure this new software out. Sorry for the quality inconsistencies. And the new microphones are on the way!)

Just in case you missed part one of our 2 part dovetail series… here’s a re-run! (This is the homemade dovetail machine episode from last week.)

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 03:13 AM

One more or the books Stumpy. I do like to see how people cut there tails. No two guys are alike. If you are taking a vote I am Tail first kinda guy. I gata ask, did I see you using a mortice chisel on waste removal?
Great video!
Keep them coming.
Stumpy I want you to know my wife had laid down for bed and your opening came on. After the punch line about Pooh, she came out from under the cover and I had to assure her you were joking. Now that was funny.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 03:50 AM

Great show. Eagerly awaiting my next fix. Dovetail fix, that is!

I got lucky, I showed up early & there was no line to get in! I got front row center seating!

I think my favorite part was the “Push-Me-Pull-You” saw, a very clever solution! A solution to a problem I don’t have….A dovetail saw that is. I don’t have a dovetail saw, YET, but I will as soon as I have ALL the power tools I need. Unless of course, I can score one on CL.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 04:18 AM

Here here stumpy, keep making your own jigs. It’s called a Jig for a reason

-- I never finish anyth

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 04:55 AM

Nice Video…

I like to cut the Tails first…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 03-03-2012 06:20 AM

Great video stumpy. i haven’t started doing dove tails yet something i really want to do.i learned a lot from your video. several months ago i bought a 18 in. leaigh dove tail jig on ebay and it cost couldn’t wait for it after trying to learn it i knew it was way to much for me i sold it and knew there had to be a cheaper and better way.i haven’t gave up on learning them i’ll get it some day just feel intimidated by them .thank for the lesson on dove tails and also thanks for the time and money you spend to teach us beginners some times a little humor makes the load of learning a little liter thanks stumpy

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Don Johnson

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#6 posted 03-03-2012 10:43 AM

Great video again, Stumpy – My Saturday treat!

For some reason, today I noticed that there are no ‘ums’ or ‘ahs’ in your commentary – which is quite remarkable for ANY production, and especially so for videos produced on a weekly basis whilst you are doing many other things to earn a living at the same time. My congratulations on you splendid technique.

But . . . perhaps get a windshield/pop filter for your ‘close-up’ microphone ?

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#7 posted 03-03-2012 01:38 PM

very good video as always Stumps. I’ll do some hand cut dovetails one o these days, and some machined ones too. My chisels are sharp n ready, but, I think I will go on a hunt for that video you mentioned….. hummmmmmm where is it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 03-03-2012 08:17 PM

enjoy the vid once again

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#9 posted 03-03-2012 10:03 PM

I’m with you on the Oscars and Hollywood elite Stumpy, maybe that is the only way that they can justify their existence.
good video too.

-- Smitty!!!

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#10 posted 03-04-2012 11:12 AM

Darn you Stumps! You stole my idea on the saw! Well, sort of.

I have an old hand-saw handle I have modified (I have fat hands) and I was planning to go buy a Crown Gents saw this week (on sale at WoodCraft), and replace the straight handle with my traditional handle.

I did have plans to cut off the straight handle, and I probably still will. I just need a saw plate and spine, and being poor, low-cost is how it has to be.

Good video and good ideas there Stumpy! I like your videos more and more all the time.

Oh, and for my dovetails, I use an Incra Positioner most of the time, and do tails first in most all instances

I know, it’s not “hand-cut”, but you can’t cut a double-double dovetail with a saw!

-- Kenny

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Jorge G.

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#11 posted 03-05-2012 03:40 PM

You know….there is not much “blue collar” on your videos…you are doing great. Your simple delivery, clear and short explanations and demonstrations are great. I wish you had done this back when I was learning dovetails.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#12 posted 03-06-2012 02:09 PM

Why are you so mean to doves? Always cutting their tails off! And then arguing if it’s better to do it by hand or bandsaw or router! Dang! You are all sick!

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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