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The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #18: Biscuit Drawers and a great $4 tool...

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« Part 17: A Stumpy Short: Chest hair removal and workshop storage Part 18 of The Stumpy Nubs Workshop series Part 19: "Raise your panel!" Who knew you could do THAT with a hand plane + another contest! »

What is the difference between Stumpy Nubs and the Townsend brothers? While you’re pondering that unbelievable brain teaser, ask yourself what is the best tool you own that cost less than $4 new, and try to picture Stumpy cutting his hair with a lawn mower.

Those are just some of the things you’ll find in the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking!

When you’re done, visit the Stumpy Store for detailed plans of our Bench-top-biscuit-machine.

And watch more great episodes at Stumpynubs.com!

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



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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 870 days ago

Another great video. And to think I almost went to sleep without my Sunday “Blue Collar” fix, Glad I stayed awake long enough!!!

Loved the Gallagher reference. I’ve actually seen Gallagher twice.

-- 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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#2 posted 870 days ago

Stumpy, another hit! Although your biscuit cutter doubling as groove maker made the fur on my upper thighs wiggle a bit.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Dave

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#3 posted 870 days ago

Love it. I like honey with my biscuits. Nice mods on the biscuit machine. Looks like you are getting a good grip on the software. Well done Stumpy. Keep em coming.

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

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MoshupTrail

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#4 posted 870 days ago

For those drawers… What about a locking a rabbet? Could you do THAT on your biscuit joiner? :)

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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StumpyNubs

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#5 posted 870 days ago

Jumbojack- Huh? Do you mean it looks unsafe? It is actually no different that running it across a router table with a slot cutting bit. Except the biscuit joining machine seems to pull less on the board. I actually found it a lot more comfortable than the router!

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

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Roger

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#6 posted 870 days ago

another gr8 video with tips and product plugs. well done Stumps, as always.

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

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StumpyNubs

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#7 posted 870 days ago

Thanks, Rog. I prefer “tool review” instead of “product plugs” because I only review tools I use, and I could care less if the company sells more of them because of my review. There is no special agreement between us, and I don’t get any free stuff.

Just thought I’d make that clear for anybody out there who may think I am doing some sort of commercial when I do a tool review!

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

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#8 posted 870 days ago

Another great episode! Are you going to be putting slides in for those drawers? or just let them be slightly undersized and use them without some type of slide mechanism?

Keep up the great work! I don’t think Jumbojack was saying it was unsafe, I think he got the warm and fuzzy between his legs seeing yet another use for the biscuit machine. Tried to get to HF yesterday to take advantage of the 25% sale, but could not get out of the house, wife had me locked in doing chores :( Biscuit cutter and spindle sander were on my list. Oh well.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#9 posted 870 days ago

Yet another masterpiece Stumpy. Actually I liked the tool review and the safety advocacy the best.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#10 posted 870 days ago

I love your sense of advocacy for biscuit use! Yeah, biscuits are helpful and no one is too good for them! I have read some threads where comments were made that biscuits add no additional strength to a joint and are simply for alignment, and as I am no expert, it does seem that if you increase the surface area in a glue joint…it must increase the overall strength of that joint. But maybe I am just a crazy person who only thinks that I’m slightly mechanically inclined. Who knows?!?

I also love your square-up jigs. I currently have a couple of blocks screwed to the edges of one of the corners on my “I-can’t-believe-you-could-use-a-door-for-that” knockdown work table. That is a great idea, and I will definitely be stealing that one from you and telling all my dumber friends that I came up with it.

Great video as always! Thanks for posting!

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

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#11 posted 870 days ago

Man, I do enjoy this show.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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StumpyNubs

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#12 posted 870 days ago

crashin- Fear not! It isn’t too late to get what you want at Harbor Freight! Go buy the May issue of Wood magazine at the book store. Inside are a bunch of HF coupons. The spindle sander is $89- cheaper than the store sale price. That will make up for the $7 you have to spend on the magazine. You will also find a lot of other great coupons (Dust collector for $149, etc) AND a 20% off coupon you can use to get the biscuit joiner.

You can then thank me by purchasing the plans at Stumpynubs.com!

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

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#13 posted 869 days ago

Thank goodness that unguarded spinning slot blade is so small. If damage is proportional to size, that tiny little blade compared to a big bad TS blade would only leave just a scratch. Feeling much better about it all. Rationalization is a good thing.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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StumpyNubs

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#14 posted 869 days ago

David- Please point me to a biscuit joiner without an spinning blade… It is only exposed during the plunge, and then retracts into the machine. You will notice that the there is a label on the screen that says the blade guard was removed for filming. There is actually a cover that goes over the blade when it is exposed. Even with it removed you would have to stick your hand between the fences and under the front of the joiner to contact that blade. It would have to be intentional! And with the blade cover installed, it would be impossible. This machine is just a safe as any handheld unit.

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

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#15 posted 869 days ago

Ok nubs, I have not seen the guard. It just seems like a big opening for the blade, and when you ran the slot cut on the 1×4, I cringed. Maybe a knee jerk reaction. I don’t think using the guard in a video will detract from the demo. No problem with the concept. I probably would not expect to see an industrial guard on a homemade jig, anyways. Since your device is one of a kind, with no type of safety review or standard, folks could get the wrong idea. You can take my opinion for just what you paid for it. We are all grownups, well some of us, maybe not me, I’m just saying.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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