The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #26: A useless machine with a thousand uses!

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 09-17-2012 01:59 AM 7237 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I saw the commercial version of our new “invention” I thought… why would anyone ever spend $200 on that? Then everyone started arguing about the term “jig saw” and the old man next door went out looking for the Kaiser and I bought a ton of old 8-track tapes… next thing you know it’s a great new episode Blue Collar Woodworking. And a new homemade shop machine is unveiled!

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 02:27 AM

I have never seen the upside down jig saw thing. Cool deal and nice project.
Another great show, well written and good humor.
Stumpy I am going to see William tomorrow. I will pass the message on to him.

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

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 03:13 AM

All “Sawzalls” are recipricating saws, but not all recipricating saws are Sawzalls. Think “Kleenex” & tissue, Cognac & brandy…....

-- 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 09-17-2012 11:06 AM

The Rockwell version seems very gimmick-ish to me. They market it as the do-everything miracle tool, but I’d rather stick with my table and miter saws.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#4 posted 09-17-2012 12:17 PM

Another Academy Award winner Stumps. Have you tried puttin any bushings around those slider pipes? Just a thought.

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

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#5 posted 09-17-2012 12:24 PM

There are bronze bushings around the rods. There are two problems with that. First, bushings are not linear bearings. So they bind. Second, the largest readily available bronze bushings are 3/4”. That means the largest rods you can use are too thin for this use. They allow the carriage to twist too much. Sliding compound miter saws have much larger rods. I could use larger rods, perhaps pipe. But finding bushings big enough would be difficult and the whole point is to make it with easy to find materials.

I already redesigned it removing the rods and making a rolling carriage. You’ll see it next week.

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#6 posted 09-17-2012 01:19 PM

Good job…
Your shows are great. Kinda like an intellectual “Red/Green” show.
Keep it up.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#7 posted 09-17-2012 01:49 PM

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#8 posted 09-17-2012 10:17 PM


Love the Video and had me and my wife laughing.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#9 posted 09-18-2012 12:33 AM

Nice, GMan. Does the blade tilt? I also find that having bearing guides at the end of the blade really helps.

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#10 posted 09-18-2012 02:55 AM

Nice Jig Saw Attachment you’ve got there Stumpy. Maybe you should consider some type of inserts, that could change with the angle, to fill the big hole where the blade comes through the table. Then you could cut smaller pieces and they wouldn’t fall through the table.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#11 posted 09-19-2012 02:09 AM

just enjoyed the latest installment of the show while sipping a 7 & Ginger….

Nice job on the “jig saw”

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#12 posted 09-19-2012 02:38 AM

Something is different. First time I can’t play an episode on my iPad… :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 09-20-2012 05:04 PM

Totally Agree with you, have to name tools with their correct names, Period!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#14 posted 09-21-2012 12:14 AM

Edit opps posted on the wrong thread. sorry

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

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