Old-Timey Woodworking #1: FIRST EPISODE OF THE NEW HAND TOOL SHOW! Marking Knife Madness!

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no previous part Part 1 of Old-Timey Woodworking series Part 2: Almost all you ever wanted to know about making and using marking gauges! »

Stumpy takes you back to a time of simple woodworking pleasures! This time he shows you how to make your own marking knife and how to use it for a lot more than marking! Then he demonstrates how to use a traditional mortising chisel. All this and everything else that has made Stumpy Nubs videos among the most watched in woodworking!

The Old Timey Workshop is a monthly podcast produced independently of Blue Collar Woodworking. It will feature woodworking projects built with the tools and techniques of the past, while finding new ways to enjoy the workshop.

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#1 posted 443 days ago

I’m glad you decided to use the scratch stock instead of the sawzall blade. I think using something from a power tool to make an old timey tool would break a couple of the laws of thermodynamics and maybe one of Newton’s laws…..and it would be bad form at the very least.

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#2 posted 443 days ago

well that was an ol’ timey good time!


it wasn’t black & white

and it was a talkie


-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#3 posted 443 days ago

Stumpy that was a great opening show for ole timey woodworkin. Start with the basics and work your way up. I did enjoy it! Keep up the good work and show us some more.

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

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#4 posted 443 days ago

Stumpy great video ,was that your grandfather in the pic in the tool chest ,looking forward to the next one ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#5 posted 443 days ago

Great initial episode.
One down & MANY MORE to go!!!

I’m glad you are starting “at the begining”. I need to learn some hand tool methods, to complement my lack of power tool methods!!!

I will be making a “marking knife” & “scratch awl” in the not to distant future. Do you have a “sketchUp” file for those??? Hmmm, would that be “Non-Galoot”?

-- 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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#6 posted 443 days ago

great video

-- Joel

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#7 posted 443 days ago

I’ve said it before, but let me say it again…”You get better and better!” I think you found your hand tool mojo!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 442 days ago

Love it…Old timey high five dude!

-- LAS,

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#9 posted 442 days ago

I’m digging it so far. It’s shot well with good, detailed camera work. There’s effort behind this and it shows.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#10 posted 442 days ago

an xacto knife makes a great marking knife. The blade is thin enough to use on both sides and it’s cheap.

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#11 posted 442 days ago

Roy- An xacto works well for just marking, but it doesn’t work as well for carving out saw kerfs and other heavier work that requires a thicker, tougher blade.

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#12 posted 442 days ago

Great little video there Stumpy. Interesting and educational. Keep them coming.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#13 posted 442 days ago

Couldn’t help notice “Stumpy Swag” coming soon….Looking forward to that stuff.
Great Vid Stumpy, keep it up we really enjoy your work.


-- Just a man and his opinion.

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#14 posted 441 days ago

Stumpy. Anther great episode. Nice spin on old tools. As I was watching, I’m thinking I would never spend the time to make one of these, especially, since I already have 2 modern ones that I rarely use. Then it occurred to me, my nephew visits once or twice a year and this would be a great, easy to make project that we could make in an hour. Again, keep up the great work. Always look forward to your new episodes.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#15 posted 441 days ago

Made me go and make my own. Thanks Stumpy

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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