Remember when we were happy little school-boys spending the long summers playing with our tea sets and brushing our dolls’ hair? Those days were the best! I remember one year, I think it was right after fifth grade. That summer was a hot one, much like this year has been. To keep cool we ran through the cornfield every morning in our underwear with buckets over our heads, the moist dewy stalks smacking against our homemade “helmets” until we were dizzy. Grandma was always the fastest runner. Man, I miss those days…
Now that we’re all grown-up woodworkers we don’t usually get to take time off for the summer. That is unless you produce an award winning internet woodworking show with dozens of viewers! When the mercury hit 90, I hit the road- so to speak. As everyone knows, Blue Collar Woodworking has been on a post “Stumpy Awards” break for a few weeks, and it’s been FANTASTIC! But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been getting things done around here. Sure, we do take a break to dance in the yard sprinklers every afternoon, but a lot of woodworking stuff has been going on in the workshop.
As every severely obsessive-compulsive nut job like me knows, rearranging the shop is a way of life. There’s always a better way to position things. At least that’s what my mind tells me every few days. Of course my mind tells me to do lots of things that I manage to ignore for fear of being kicked out of my local Walmart. But when it comes to workshop efficiency, no board is left unturned.
You may recall from a couple episodes ago that we built a new sanding station. Since then we’ve been working on improving shop organization. The Stumpy Nubs Workshop is an actual working business that produces several products for sale using small scale parts production. Those parts have to be carefully organized so they can be accessed as needed for assembly into the display cases and collectable frames we make. To that end we are installing some new storage bins and drawers beneath the benches.
We’ve added a couple new machines including another band saw, a HVLP sprayer, and some smaller tools. And I’ve taken on a couple new guys, one of whom you met in the recent contest awards show.
We’re working on some new “inventions” and perfecting some ideas we’ve had in the works for a while now. The drill press table is done, and the shop drawings will be posted shortly in the Stumpy Store. In the meantime we’re completing designs for some add-ons including a drill press lathe attachment for the table. We’re developing a carving duplicator that allows for much finer detail than the router based models out there. We’ve already started designs for a homemade table saw, a bench top band saw, a lumber mill for turning small cordwood into useable boards and a few other big projects. We’re building a compact spray booth, making our own dust collection cyclone and experimenting with homemade ductwork. And there are a few other things in the works that I could tell you about, but then I’d have to kill you because they are top secret.
So, that’s how we’ve been spending the summer break. Now that it’s over and we’re back to filming (although it was 99 degrees in the shop on Tuesday) we’re pretty excited to get back to work. I’m not sure if the new episode will be ready for this weekend or the next, but once we get back up and running we hope to have a new one most weeks with a lot fewer breaks.
We’ve also reached a few new milestones recently including 100,000+ views on YouTube (pretty good considering we have less than two dozen episodes on there). Our little social thread here on Lumberjocks has had over 72,000 views and nearly 16,000 comments and about a thousand people watch one of our episodes every day! It may not be as big as some other more established podcasts like Mere Mortals or the Wood Whisperer, but I’m having a blast and the growth shows you are enjoying it too. So let’s get back to work before the summer is over and the snow returns to the Stumpy Nubs Workshop for another long, dark, cold woodworking winter.
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