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Crazy Stuff Stumpy Thinks About #23: The voices in my head have been getting louder... but they have some good ideas...

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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.

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



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Dave

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#1 posted 736 days ago

I have never played with a doll. They were action figures, thank you very much. Now on with the show Mr. Nubs.

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

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 736 days ago

Hey Stumpy,

Could you arrange to turn down the temperature to around 75 to 80 degrees there in Michigan before the first of the month. I will be passing through your neck of the woods on the way to see my mother in central Michigan and I really don’t like HOT :). Great post by the way I am looking forward to seeing some of your projects.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Dave

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#3 posted 736 days ago

James stop at his house and check on McNugget. We are a little worried about him.

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

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Pdub

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#4 posted 736 days ago

Hey Stumpy,

I have a Top Secret security clearance, so you can tell me about the ” few other things in the works ”. As superdav stated ”they were action figures”. Makes me feel a little more macho”!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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DS

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#5 posted 736 days ago

They made Malibu Barbie action figures?”

Go figure…

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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boxcarmarty

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#6 posted 736 days ago

Stumpy seen his shadow. That means we have two more weeks of reruns…..

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

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Alexandre

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#7 posted 736 days ago

Marty, Thanks for putting up those wind turbines.
They really helped getting the rain here.

-- My terrible signature...

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HerbC

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#8 posted 736 days ago

Depends on the meaning of “action”...

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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crashn

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#9 posted 736 days ago

Depends? That’s what old people taste like.

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

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DS

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#10 posted 736 days ago

This discussion just took a left turn… ewww

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 736 days ago

As just one of your MANY ADORING FANS ( hard to say :-) ) Glad your back on your game !

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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BTimmons

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#12 posted 736 days ago

Oh, it’s hot in Michigan? I work in my non-air-conditioned garage. IN TEXAS.

(Please come back, we miss the videos.)

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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StumpyNubs

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#13 posted 736 days ago

Texans are used to heat. Michiganians are used to a little heat for about a week a year and the rest pretty mild. Then a six month winter. We can’t handle two months above 90, it will make our toques melt to our heads.

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

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Alexandre

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#14 posted 736 days ago

Stumpy, I hope you never had a “cold one” while using your tablesaw…

-- My terrible signature...

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BTimmons

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#15 posted 736 days ago

Hell, I’ve lived here all my life and I’m still not used to Texas weather. We’re just good at pretending we’re tough enough to take it.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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