The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #40: Stone, paper, daimonds... Sharpening made simple!

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 08-05-2013 07:39 PM 3612 reads 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Part one of a two episode sharpening series takes a look at the manual sharpening methods including “scary sharp” using sand paper, oil and water stones, and diamond plates. Stumpy gives some money saving ideas for surface plates and diamond sharpening, reviews the Rockler plate glass sharpening system, and gives a behind the scenes look at what’s been going on in the workshop…. that and more on the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking!

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#1 posted 08-05-2013 07:54 PM

You should investigate lowering the tablesaw vs raising the bench! A hydraulic or pneumatic lift system to make it disappear beneath the floor, possibly with some automatically retractable sliding floor mats? Course your helpers would have to dig out the pit below, unless you have some secret labyrynth of caves already. Just an idea!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#2 posted 08-05-2013 08:52 PM

Great video Stumpy. I have used marble tiles for years when sharpening with ass’t sheets on them. My problem still is the lack of practice. I get something somewhat sharp and its good enough because I don’t what to spend the time and get back to working. Perhaps I should sharpen things between projects, then I can get the hang of it. Thanks again for the tips. Another thing, as you get older you won’t want to be putting things higher. It becomes a task to lift things off of a high shelf or bench. But I’m sure you know that.

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

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#3 posted 08-05-2013 10:28 PM


As always a great and informative video. Efficiency only can go soooo faaar! Hope you hit the big time or the lotto. I’m thinking more floor and wall space?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 08-05-2013 10:39 PM

Even though your CSRS (Compulsive Shop Reorganization Syndrome) kicked in again, another fine episode of BCWW was presented! Well done!!!

I’ve done the granite floor tile “Scary Sharp” method….
Moved onto the WorkSharp 3000….
My procrastination syndrome leaves me still needing to build the “Stumpy WS3000” Sharpening Station….
I’m now in the process of building a mobile sharpening station (for my 8” Bench grinder & WS3000) for turning tools, chisels and plane irons….
Yup, reorganizing the shop is a NEVER ending process!!!

-- 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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#5 posted 08-05-2013 10:59 PM

Nice flat things: Back to Menards and pick up a couple of 12” x 12” floor tiles with a honed surface. (not glossy) Super flat. And about $2 each!

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

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 08-06-2013 01:34 AM

Ya know…. The granite machinist plates come in different flatness ratings, and the economy ones can be had at places like ENCO pretty cheap. I picked up a 20×12x3 plate certified to +/- .001” for $28. Now shipping will kill the deal on these heavy beasts, But they frequently offer free shipping on orders >$50… So just keep a wish list going on steel rules, squares and the like and punce when the time is right and you’ve got $50 smackers burning a hole in your pocket…

I’m itching for a jumbo sized DMT stone…. But they are soooooooo. Stinking’ expensive.

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

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#7 posted 08-06-2013 12:23 PM

You need to expand your Stump-cave Stumps

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

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#8 posted 08-06-2013 01:22 PM


Great episode…

Please be very careful when you dado with the RAS up at chest level…..

or at least make sure Chip hits the record button just before the RAS head comes shooting back into your face. :^o


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

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#9 posted 08-06-2013 01:35 PM

Thanks for the comments, everybody. This episode is a little different, as you likely noticed. I always envisioned the show as a kind of “reality show” format with behind the scenes segments. The early episodes had a bit of that, but I could never get anyone to be on camera besides me. Now that I’ve talked Mike and Chip into it, I thought I’d play with the idea a little.

Of course, none of us are actors and even if it’s not scripted, you always act a little different when the cameras are rolling, so it may be too cheesy. What do you guys think?

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#10 posted 08-06-2013 02:24 PM

I liked it…

If Mike wasn’t in his high school’s musical, he should have been. He has funny expressions (just a little exagerated, but not over the top) and his timing is good. :^)

I think Chip is just a great all around add’n to the show, period. He’s comes off as a very loveable/likeable guy. You can tell he’s a little uncomfortable, and a little “stiff”, but that should ware off quickly, the more he does it.

I like the dynamics…. Stumpy, the mildly bully boss with the insane ideas… Mike has his feet firmly planted on solid ground and shakes his head, but pulls on the oars anyways… And Chip is Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky who, regardless how crazy the ideas may be, is a happy camper to be able to hang out in the shop and contribute in what ever way he can.

This should take the pressure off of Stumpy to have to carry the entire show with extensive monologues.

It also creates opportunities to have running joke lines that pop up unexpectedly here and there (i.e. Chip covets anything with casters on it…. Oooh, hydraulics…. that was really funny)

I think the three of you on camera, with the ‘maybe real-maybe not real’ characters Randy and Joy absorbing some of the other running joke lines, is a really strong combination. Maybe you could have the off camera types participate more by having them call you on the phone and yell at you (picture dubbing in a sound like Woodstock makes on the Peanuts cartoons), or throw something through the window at you.

Hope the show is a financial sucess for you, so you can keep producing it. I enjoy it a lot (and yes, my wife thinks I’m crazy to watch it).

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

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#11 posted 08-06-2013 03:01 PM

For those who don’t know, Mike is actually my father. We look a lot alike, so I think most people have figured that out. Of course I don’t call him “Mike” in real life, he’s “dad”. He does tend to exaggerate his expressions, but I think that’s part of the charm of his character. I had him tone it down a bit on the “talking head” shots in this episode, but I thought it made him look too subdued, almost sleepy at times. I’ll let him go more natural next time.

Chip is actually my step-brother. He’s actually in his early 20’s, though he looks very young. He was born with spina-bifida, which is a neurological problem that is very serious. He’s been in a wheelchair his whole life and has some developmental issues, but he’s a good sport and being on the show makes him feel good. I plan on using him all I can.

Oh, and I do exaggerate the ego thing for the show. I’m actually not the self-confident demanding boss-man type in real life. But it gives me lots of opportunities for jokes and such on the show!

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#12 posted 08-06-2013 03:53 PM

better be careful Stumpy-Meister….

Chip’s going to steal the show :^)

You guys are going to be the next Duck Dynesty :^o

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

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#13 posted 08-06-2013 05:47 PM

A family reality show.
Might have been done before.
Just prevent it from being a wrestling match in a grain silo…

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#14 posted 08-06-2013 06:02 PM

Everything’s “been done before” on television. But I know of no woodworking podcast that mixes entertainment with truly informative material and unique homemade jigs and shop built machines. What I mean is, the term “reality show” isn’t meant to describe what my entire podcast is about. It is meant to describe the “behind the scenes” segments of the larger podcast.

The show has always been and will always be focused on the workshop, the tools and the skills. The other stuff is just a way to break up the monotony. Take this episode for example. If I cut out all the “reality show” style parts you’d be left with about 20 minutes of me talking into the camera about sandpaper and sharpening stones. A huge amount of useful information, but a little dry to say the least.

That’s why I like to throw in different segments. People come for the information, but they also have a couple of laughs (or groans) which makes it feel less like a classroom lecture. At least that’s my take on it.

But breaking the show up doesn’t mean it has to be in THIS kind of “behind the scenes, reality show” format. I’ve always tried to break the show up with various segments. The question is, which is better. The early episodes where the segments were always woodworking topics, or this format where some are “behind the scenes in a small shop” related…

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#15 posted 08-06-2013 07:58 PM

I loved this version – the mix of ‘shop life’ with very informative technical stuff is really enjoyable. As you suggested, I would probably fall asleep (I’m 73 so I have some excuse) watching a video with only the sharpening section, unleavened by the shop re-organisation inserts. It worked very well because we saw the end result of your mania, proving that it was ‘real’, and not just a set-up situation to fill the video.

Perhaps I exaggerate about nodding off, because I do enjoy the humour in both sections, and do try to catch those little items that you pop in so innocently. I assume that you do not have a team of scriptwriters lurking in the background, so I really admire your ability to talk so coherently – and amusingly – without loads of ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’. I’m sure that you do have retakes, but I envy your relaxed delivery. Mike has a very pleasant voice, and I’m sure Chip will become more relaxed and enjoy taking part – I wondered where he had gone !

A nice long episode that made the numerous visits I make to LJ’s Videos page worthwhile – my anticipation leaps and I know I’m going to have a good time when I see a posting from you. They light up my week.

Many thanks

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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