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Crazy Stuff Stumpy Thinks About #7: I never get the last word...

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 03-08-2012 12:47 PM 3934 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Everyone wants to have the last word. It’s gotten so you can’t even tell your neighbor that his wife is fat without having an endless back and forth about it. Yes she is… no she isn’t… She’s as big as your house!… Why I oughta… It’s a principal as old as time.

This principal has also been applied to woodworking. There are several books with titles like “The Last Word on Sharpening”, “The Last Word on Workbenches”, “The Last Word on Band Saw Amputations”… I may have made that last one up, but only to prove a point: Everyone considers his take on a subject to be definitive, end of story.

Now apply this principal to a hopeless obsessive compulsive like me, and you’re in for some sleepless nights. Recently I began to think that I didn’t get the last word, though I had every intention to. Yes, you guessed it… I’m talking about the recent dovetail episodes on Blue Collar Woodworking. I set out to produce the be all and end all expose’ of the world of tails and pins, an unvarnished look at the life and death game we woodworkers play. But it turned out to be far too much for one episode. Then it turned out to be too much for two episodes. I think an entire season of the show would burst at the seams if I tried to fit every dovetail tip and technique into one place.

Consider this relatively simple joint. While it’s simple in design, it’s anything but simple to cut. There are dozens of ways to do it by hand, countless ways to do it by machine, and more jigs than I can count have been devised to make it easier. To have “the last word on dovetails” one would have to include all of that information so the audience would be able to choose what method makes the most sense to him. That would be impossible. I mean, dovetails are fun. But who wants to watch a 30 hour show about them? Nobody.

So I think it’s time to stop trying to get the last word. No more books claiming to be the definative, only one you’ll ever need, don’t even dare to look elsewhere on the subject. Sound good? Great! I now consider this matter to be settled!

(By the way, my neighbor’s wife isn’t fat. She’s at least 60 years old and spends most warm days sunbathing in a bikini right outside my window. Try and get THAT mental image erased!)

In case you missed the dovetail shows, the first one was about cutting them with a homemade “machine” and the second was full of tips to cut them by hand. I posted them below…

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boxcarmarty

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 01:02 PM

I thought about saying something here. But that would take the last word from you. So I’ll just keep quiet…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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StumpyNubs

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 01:10 PM

Too late, you already did! Now someone else will have to comment and take the last work away from you!

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

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 01:12 PM

WOOD

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Dave

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#4 posted 03-08-2012 01:28 PM

Stumpy well said. I have my own way of cutting mine. What I had to do was find the method that works for me. No 2 BBQ recipes are the same. I think you did a fine job. WORD

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

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#5 posted 03-08-2012 01:57 PM

I think you did a good job on the machine as far as shop built machines go. I have seen numerous shop built variations on how to cut dovetails with a jig. This is the best shop built version I’ve seen though.
Most shop built dovetail machines/jigs lack accuraccy enough to make them easier to cut by hand than to use the jig.
Now, the kicker, most factory made jigs aren’t much better. I have owned three different factory made dovetail jigs and none of them were worth the price.

As for getting the LAST word in, I don’t see know way of doing that unless you own a gun, and the law doesn’t look too kindly on that. Also, if you go that route anyway, be sure to make a headshot. You wouldn’t want the person you’re talking to foil your plans with thise pesky dying words.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 03-08-2012 02:34 PM

I like your shows and your versions of cutting dovetails, but my house has just informed me that until I fix
some of its major complaints, I am going to be very limited in my shop play time. Yes I know wood talks
to some people, but my house speaks to me by means of squeaky deck planks and doors that do not
quite work right anymore. Hopefully I will be ordering plans for that dovetail jig by the end of this years
endless summer. Thank you for sharing and I am thankful if I get in any word, much less the last one.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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William

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#7 posted 03-08-2012 02:36 PM

My house speaks to me via my wife, Bluepine.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 03-08-2012 04:04 PM

LOL always fun to watch!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 03-08-2012 04:13 PM

Thanks everybody! Of course I wasn’t trying to get sympathy about my dovetail shows. I enjoyed them. I am just the kind of guy who always wants to make a complete compilation of everything. But that just isn’t possible.

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

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#10 posted 03-08-2012 07:47 PM

I’m getting the last word! (words actually, it depends on which dictionary you use) zymurgy, Zyrian, zyxomma, zyxt, zyzonym, zyzzyva

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

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#11 posted 03-09-2012 03:43 AM

Your ideas,inventions are creative like you. I’m in the gotta fix my house situation as well. splitting that between chores and work. Liked the chisel sharpening video. My clients have canceled so I am going to sharpen chisels with my worksharp. Good ideas there Stump jumper!

You can have the last word. The kids I work with say Blah Blah Blah Tom ..LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 03-09-2012 03:44 AM

If I can get it away from the shop cats!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 03-09-2012 03:49 AM

Doc I got a cat that is going to cause me to hurt myself. He sneaks up on me when I am running the router table.

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

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William

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#14 posted 03-09-2012 04:13 AM

That’s not good Super.
You don’t go into ninja mode and try throwing the cat onto the router do you?

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 03-09-2012 04:15 AM

I thought I had used every variation of Stumpy’s name there was. Then Doc has to come along and call him Stump Jumper.
I didn’t know you were from around these parts Stumps?

When I was young, the boys from across the river used to call us Mississippi Stumpjumpers.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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