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Part 1: FINALLY- The first episode is done! You're gonna LOVE IT!

986 days ago by StumpyNubs | 63 comments »

Maybe “LOVE” is a strong word. But I’m really excited about the final version of the show, and I think most people will feel the same way. Forget about everything we experimented with before. This is all new. It’s been over a year in development, and And I’d like to think it is a pretty unique format! Here’s how it works… The show is designed to have the feel of a single camera “reality” type show. It is meant to be a glimpse into our workshop as if you were just stopping in...

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Part 2: You NEED this mini-cabinet maker's bench! (Part 2)

979 days ago by StumpyNubs | 23 comments »

The camera comes back into the Stumpy Nubs Workshop to further document life in a small semi-professional shop… Includes tips on hand cut dovetails, utility chisels, resawing wide boards on the table saw, glue-ups, and a lot more! This is part 2 of Episode 1. It begins with making the CN Box, then continues the “amazing mini-cabinet marker’s bench”. My favorite part is the footage on cutting tiny dovetails by hand, big ones by machine, and huge ones with a hon...

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Part 3: Stumpy Short: What's He making?

974 days ago by StumpyNubs | 10 comments »

Try to figure out what’s being made before the end of this short time-lapse video of a unique project! This concludes the Charles Neil Contest… finally! Look for a new edition of Blue Collar Woodworking this weekend!

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Part 4: Shop tour! YAH BABY! (Giant Sanding Machine & More...)

971 days ago by StumpyNubs | 26 comments »

Episode 1 part 3 is about shop efficiency, so we take a look at our workshop and make some layout changes. PLUS, we make some changes to the GIANT SANDING MACHINE and the mini-cabinet maker’s bench nears completion. Throw in a bench vise review and some other stuff, and you have a pretty fast moving ten munites! This is the last part of episode one, and we are still working out some kinks with the software and audio systems. Give it a few episodes before demanding perfection…:)

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Part 5: Time to heat the shop already? + some light humor

965 days ago by StumpyNubs | 27 comments »

This week the cameras catch us installing gas heating in the workshop and we share some of the tips that help us make multiples of the same project fast. Plus, we review the new Trend blade cleaner and their 60 tooth blade and wrap up with the return of the humor segment: “Stumpy’s Evening Advice”- where you learn how to get out of making projects for people By the way ditched the complicated four part per episode numbering system (1-1-2, etc.). You’re welcome…...

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Part 6: OUR BEST EPISODE YET- If I do say so myself...

951 days ago by StumpyNubs | 22 comments »

If you haven’t seen the show yet, this may be the episode to start with. It’s fast moving, introduces a great project, and features the twisted sense of humor that makes Stumpy Nubs videos unique. This week the workshop finds itself designing a clamp rack that will hold 48 clamps in just 3X2’ of wall space. Then Stumpy reviews “stretchy tape” (whatever that is…) And finally (my favorite part) Stumpy tries to figure out how to get out of trouble wit...

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Part 7: Who said Stumpy isn't very sharp?

937 days ago by StumpyNubs | 25 comments »

What do you get when you combine unlimited resources with the greatest woodworking mind ever? This week Stumpy demonstrates the opposite of that… Stumpy turns his Work Sharp 3000 into a super-duper sharpening machine that works without sandpaper and accepts Tormek jigs. Then turns his sarcasm and twisted humor loose on the viewer emails. (Who knew handplanes and popcorn had so much in common…) This is part one of a 2 part sharpening series. Next week we make some fully adjus...

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Part 8: THERE'S A CHICKEN IN THE WORKSHOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

929 days ago by StumpyNubs | 4 comments »

Lots of hand tool work leads Stumpy to develop his own fully featured, completely adjustable, precisely accurate, sliding grinder tool rest. And how did a CHICKEN get into the workshop?

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Part 9: Now that's just plane smart! (Hand plane surgery and tubafores)

922 days ago by StumpyNubs | 13 comments »

What to do with a couple old, useless hand planes? This week Stumpy takes a hack saw to a pair of Stanley’s and a rabbet plane is born! And what’s a tubafore? Stumpy tames one, and it makes him feel like a real man! Finally, we rant about the new fangled technology in the workshop. Enjoy!

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Part 10: A night as big as the Oscars! "TUBAFORE" CONTEST RESULTS!!!

908 days ago by StumpyNubs | 30 comments »

It’s a night so special that Stumpy put on a tie! The latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking reveals who won the 2X4 contest, who lost, and who the heck is that guy in the wizard outfit… It’s twelve of the best minutes you’re likely to spend today… enjoy…

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Part 11: Homemade Biscuits and the ULTIMATE tool cabinet!!!!

895 days ago by StumpyNubs | 39 comments »

In this episode we unveil our shop-made bench top biscuit joining machine designed for fast, accurate glue-ups… and we begin the “Ultimate Tool Cabinet Build”. Plus, Stumpy gives you a list of things to do with your Sundays now that football season is over… Here’s some screen shots of the sketchup drawing for the machine. The most difficult part about the build was the mount for the joiner. It took a lot of work to get the design just right. If it’s no...

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Part 12: The "Amazing Dovetail Machine" and why are tools so expensive?

880 days ago by StumpyNubs | 33 comments »

It’s new, it’s improved, the quality is better, the sound isn’t that great… Yes, it’s another episode of the woodworking show that makes Norm little series look like Teleubbies… In this episode we introduce a fully featured, micro adjustable dovetail jig that is so epic, it can only be called a “MACHINE”! And then I rant about how expensive some tools are. Enjoy… (More episodes are at Stumpynubs.com!) Want to build it? Here's th...

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Part 13: Pins vs Tails and the 2 handled dovetail saw!

874 days ago by StumpyNubs | 12 comments »

Part two of the dovetail series shows how Stumpy cuts ‘em with a 2 handles saw! Lots of great tips, and the twisted humor you’ve come to expect. (Note- We’re still trying to figure this new software out. Sorry for the quality inconsistencies. And the new microphones are on the way!) Just in case you missed part one of our 2 part dovetail series… here’s a re-run! (This is the homemade dovetail machine episode from last week.)

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Part 14: Maybe the greatest way man has ever devised to cut box/finger joints...

865 days ago by StumpyNubs | 35 comments »

In the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking we make a micro-adjustable, multi-feature box joint machine that just might kill the dovetail forever. And then Stumpy tells the farmers where to stick it. This box joint machine has a lead screw advance and a template option, smooth, non binding sliding carriage, and a quick release so you don’t have to crank it all the way back. Plus, it will handle the biggest of jobs, and the best part is, you can build it for CHEAP. One feature...

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Part 15: A Stumpy Short: An Incra LS for $100? Oh yah, baby!

852 days ago by StumpyNubs | 28 comments »

I always wanted an Incra LS table saw fence. But I didn’t want to sell a kidney to get it. So I bought a much less expensive positioner and adapted it to my existing fence. Now I have the best of both worlds, and it can be used on all of my shop machines… enjoy… More episodes at Stumpynubs.comFriend us on Facebook!Visit the Stumpy Store for project plans!

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Part 16: Da Plane! Da Plane!

844 days ago by StumpyNubs | 18 comments »

If you like to see fat midgets pointing up at the sky, you’ve come to the right place, my friend! (Actually, there are no midgets here, and I am not entirely sure we are allowed to say that word anymore…) But the reference still applies because this episode is all about “Da Plane! Da Plane!” We start out with a quick tool review, then we make a scrub plane for just #10. Along the way we learn the fastest way to put a camber on a plane iron, we reveal the plane till ...

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Part 17: A Stumpy Short: Chest hair removal and workshop storage

840 days ago by StumpyNubs | 7 comments »

In this “Stumpy Short” I answer a viewer’s question about how to use his old CD/DVD spindles in the workshop. Here’s a hint: your hairy chest problems will be a thing of the past!

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Part 18: Biscuit Drawers and a great $4 tool...

837 days ago by StumpyNubs | 21 comments »

What is the difference between Stumpy Nubs and the Townsend brothers? While you’re pondering that unbelievable brain teaser, ask yourself what is the best tool you own that cost less than $4 new, and try to picture Stumpy cutting his hair with a lawn mower. Those are just some of the things you’ll find in the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! When you’re done, visit the Stumpy Store for detailed plans of our Bench-top-biscuit-machine. And watch more great e...

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Part 19: "Raise your panel!" Who knew you could do THAT with a hand plane + another contest!

830 days ago by StumpyNubs | 24 comments »

I don’t know why anyone would want to skin a cat, but I hear there is more than one way to do it. The same is true with raised panels, you know, the ones we use on all our fancy cabinet doors… So this week Stumpy tries to make one with nothing but a Stanley #4 hand plane… ...then he decides to make a machine to do it for him! Before all is said an done we have a new jig that does far more than it was originally intended to, and Stumpy is telling us the next best thing ...

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Part 20: Stumpy's "Accidental Invention" just might CHANGE THE WORLD!

815 days ago by StumpyNubs | 24 comments »

I just wanted to build a jig to cut raised panels, I never imagined I would be turning the woodworking world on it’s ear! The jig we built last episode has gotten out of control! Now it does everything from cutting miters to trimming my toenails, and I am considering adding an adapter to open my cold ones! You’ll get to see the new invention run amuck, plus I demonstrate how to survive without a jointer and still flatten wood like a man. Then I tell you why my neighbor thinks I...

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Part 21: I got a new jig in a card game!

802 days ago by StumpyNubs | 33 comments »

Sharpening card scrapers was never so easy, or so much fun… This week is all about card scrapers: how to sharpen them, how to use them, we make a rack to store them and a jig to burnish them. Along the way we do some fooling around and talk about Roy Underhill’s mustache! There are two projects in this episode, a tool review and a detailed demonstration of cabinet scraping goodness. Check out more episodes at Stumpynubs.com. Enjoy!

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Part 22: A Drill Press Table that will make your shop weep with joy!

775 days ago by StumpyNubs | 32 comments »

Once in a lifetime we achieve a level of perfection so high we wonder if our very lives will ever be the same! That is what I imagine all of you will think the moment you see the new drill press table. Or, at the very least, you’ll have a good time laughing at me. This episode of Blue Collar Woodworking is all about the new drill press table, complete with downdraft dust collection, drawers for storage, and a micro-adjustable, X-Y sliding table. After that we show ou how to ma...

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Part 23: Woodworking Jig AWARDS! BOW TIES! SPECIAL GUEST! Ohhhhhh ya baby!

766 days ago by StumpyNubs | 24 comments »

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Stumpy takes off his blue denim shirt and slips into a tuxedo for the biggest night of the Summer! The second, semi-annual “Stumpies” is the world’s first low budget, mostly random and poory produced awards show just for woodworkers, and this time we’re giving out prizes for the best woodworking jigs. Who will win? Who will walk away with a free subscripton to Shop Notes? Which of Stumpy’s dumb jokes will...

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Part 24: The most UNIQUE drill press table you've ever seen. Drill, Baby! DRILLLLL!

725 days ago by StumpyNubs | 24 comments »

Some homemade jigs just have to be called what they are… stinking amazing. This week we come back from our summer break with a vengance. And the drill press is in our sights once again! We’ve completed the “Drill Im-press Table” by adding some unique bit storage, and some attachments that allow you to turn spindles, knobs, even pens without a lathe. Add that to the innovative X-Y sliding table and milling features, downdraft dust collection, and the microadjustable ...

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Part 25: A Woodworking Copy Machine & Radial Arm Saws

691 days ago by StumpyNubs | 17 comments »

This week we reveal the latest “invention”- A copy machine that duplicates woodworking projects! Then we talk about using a radial arm saw without losing any fingers, bees wax and hand planes, before ending with a tribute to a lost loved one. This episode is one for the Woodworking Hall of Fame… enjoy! Afterward, watch more episodes at Stumpynubs.com! And one last thing… everybody is emailing about the bag over my head. Well, it’s an inside joke from ove...

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Part 26: A useless machine with a thousand uses!

676 days ago by StumpyNubs | 14 comments »

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! After you watch this one, visit Stumpynubs.com for more woodworking goodn...

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Part 27: The world's greatest pin jig! & Who says particle board is useless?

668 days ago by StumpyNubs | 19 comments »

The Bunyan brothers challenge me to a particle board contest and that can only mean one thing… A NEW JIG! You’ve never seen a shelf pin jig like this! And I gives my hard learned, top five tips for ending your hand plane frustrations. Plus a bunch of other stuff, so… enjoy! (Hint: Here’s the new jig…) After you watch this one, visit Stumpynubs.com for more woodworking goodness! (Friend us on facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit the Stumpy Store ...

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Part 28: Our homemade router lift sure beats bending over, and Randy touches poo!

631 days ago by StumpyNubs | 25 comments »

The “great particle board build off” that’s captivated the woodworking world is progressing nicely, but Stumpy takes some time off to make a router lift that just might save the universe! Then he chisels away at the confusion surrounding what types of tools people should own, does a tool review, and gets Randy to touch dog poo. That and a lot more on the new, exciting, action packed and informative episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! After you watch this one, visit St...

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Part 29: Tables and feathers? This title makes no sense!

617 days ago by StumpyNubs | 16 comments »

Part two of the three episode router table series: Stumpy makes a router table that will rival the Festool CMS (at least he thinks so)... We make some featherboards and show a unique safety jig from an old woodworking magazine. Then Stumpy tells you how he keeps Randy sharp, what Joy does when you call her fat and starts a revolution. It’s a lot to fit into one short eposide, so you’d better get started… After you watch this one, visit Stumpynubs.com for more woodworkin...

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Part 30: I nearly lost my lips kissing my TWO beautiful new router tables!

603 days ago by StumpyNubs | 9 comments »

This is a router table/lift/fence combo that will terrify the the guys at Festool and Incra. As Stumpy completes the three episode router table series he unveils the completed setup- two router tables complete with micro-adjustable lifts, built in bit storage, dual dust collection, a fantastic sliding table and a fence that uses Incra’s innovative positioner technology without violating any patents! In the meantime you’ll see how to get a high quality router plate for about $10...

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Part 31: Charles Neil + Bill Pentz + Stumpy Nubs = One great episode!

581 days ago by StumpyNubs | 29 comments »

This week Charles Neil visits the Stumpy Nubs Workshop to help make me smarter; with the help of Bill Pentz we begin our three episode dust collection series with a big ol’ wooden cyclone; and I talk hand plane physics with the Japanese. Plus a review of the Wixey digital angle gauge, tips on doing segmented glue-ups, and why my abs don’t look like Tommy Mac’s… that and a whole lot of fun on this episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! After you watch this one, visit St...

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Part 32: A Dust Collection Experiment That Might Destroy the WORLD!

559 days ago by StumpyNubs | 10 comments »

MAN- there’s a lot of great stuff in this episode! First, we talk about true dust collection power with Bill Pentz (part two of our dust collection series), Charles Neil stops by again, I show off my four favorite block planes and start an experiment that might destroy the world. Besides that we talk about the Harbor Freight dust collector, ask average woodworker five dumb questions, talk about King Tut’s stool, and that’s not even everything! ALSO- We’re making ...

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Part 33: Build your own 6" duct work with Stumpy Nubs, Mustache Mike and the Crazy Canadian

537 days ago by StumpyNubs | 12 comments »

The good times never end at the Stumpy Nubs Workshop- this time build our own 6” square wooden duct work, we make a ceiling mounted air filtration unit from a furnace blower, we talk all sorts of technical details about dust collection, and we welcome four guests including Charles Neil- who gives us a tip on making face frames really pop; Paul Moore- who entertains us with a crazy Canadian 100HP lathe; Mustache Mike makes his first appearance on the show as Stumpy’s new sidekick; ...

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Part 34: The amazing, wooden, homemade Franken-Cyclone LIVES!

509 days ago by StumpyNubs | 24 comments »

They said it couldn’t be done. They said it was impossible, incomprehensible, in other words, insane… But IT’S ALIVE!!!! The “Franken-Cyclone” is finished and none too soon because it is about to go head to head with the king of commercial units: The Clear Vue CV1800! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder why it took four episodes to complete, but most of all you’ll have the best 19 minutes of your life this week! ...that and a whole ...

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Part 35: Drum Sander Dreamin'... And Mustache Mike's BIG announcement!

487 days ago by StumpyNubs | 28 comments »

If I were a drum sander, what would I want to look like? That’s the question Stumpy Nubs and Mustache Mike tackle in the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking. Plus, Charles Neil talks dyes and stains; Stumpy continues his review of Stanley’s bench planes with the #4; and Mustache Mike steals the camera during his lunch break and makes a big announcement! This is the first of a two part drum sander series. In this episode we work out the unique design features. In the next ...

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Part 36: Homemade Drum Sander Part 2- Mustache Mike's Corner Part 1- and A NEW WEBSITE!

467 days ago by StumpyNubs | 10 comments »

It’s time to start building the new drum sander and that can only mean one thing. But you’ll have watch the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking to see what that thing is. Plus, Charles Neil tells us how to make stable veneered panels; Stumpy continues his review of Stanley’s bench planes with the #5; and Mustache Mike gives us a taste of his new show! This is the first of a two part drum sander series. In this episode we work out the unique design features. In the n...

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Part 37: A drum even Kieth Moon would love! (He was a woodworker, right?)

453 days ago by StumpyNubs | 9 comments »

The dual table, quick release bench top drum sander is done at last! Plus a whole lot more in this week’s episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! After you watch this one, visit Stumpynubs.com for more woodworking goodness! (Friend us on facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit the Stumpy Store to help support the show!) (If you don’t see the video frame below, refresh your browser.)

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Part 38: Upgrade your budget dust collection!

431 days ago by StumpyNubs | 17 comments »

Not everyone has a cyclone! What about those of us with shop vacs and Harbor Freight collectors? This episode is for you- we make two different Thien baffle separators, and we talk filter upgrades. Plus, part 4 of our bench plane series looks at the Stanley #7 jointer plane, Charles Neil stops by and Mustache Mike smashed a mosquito… that and more on the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! After you watch this one, visit Stumpynubs.com for more woodworking goodness! (Fri...

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Part 39: Spray finishing: Cheap, less cheap, and a little pricey

395 days ago by StumpyNubs | 13 comments »

A special tool review episode takes a look at sprayers that are good for a small shop. First we look at the Harbor Freight HVLP spray gun, then the Earlex 5500 Spray Station, and finally the Graco cordless sprayer. PLUS: What size of compressor do you need for HVLP? And a look at Charles Neil’s new online finishing course… that and more on the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! After you watch this one, visit Stumpynubs.com for more woodworking goodness! (Friend us o...

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Part 40: Stone, paper, daimonds... Sharpening made simple!

353 days ago by StumpyNubs | 22 comments »

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! After you watch this one...

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Part 41: The Ultimate Shop Cart is finally finished!!!!!

303 days ago by StumpyNubs | 13 comments »

I asked the community for ideas, came up with some of my own, threw in some pure genius and baked at 350 until my dreams came true! This shop cart is something to behold, and I hope it inspires some of you to take your next shop project to the next level too! That and more on the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! We can't embed videos on Lumberjocks right now, so you'll have to go watch it here. Enjoy! (Friend us on facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit the Stumpy Store to ...

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Part 42: A tool stand that rotates like a ferris wheel? Oh no he did-n't!!!

246 days ago by StumpyNubs | 10 comments »

After a particularly enjoyable ride with the mother-in-law on a ferris wheel, Stumpy takes that good old American “carney” knowledge and creates a flip-top tool stand that rotates instead of flips, and holds four tools or machines rather than two! Plus a great tip for stone sharpening without making a mess, a free jig plan that turns your woodworking vise into a “super-duper” woodworking vise, and more on the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! We can't embed...

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Part 43: Drill Press Table with Table Saw Style Fence and a lot more!

225 days ago by StumpyNubs | 20 comments »

The amazing X-Y Sliding drill press table might be great, but for some people it’s just too BIG! So we set out to make a light weight, yet feature packed new one. It has storage for drill bits, built in dust collection and a unique, quick release, T-style fence. MEANWHILE- Mustache mike stops by with a FREE jig plan and a great shop tip- that and more on the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking! We can't embed videos on Lumberjocks right now, so you'll have to go watch it here. ...

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Part 44: The amazing box joint machine version 2.0- Better than ever?

103 days ago by StumpyNubs | 19 comments »

Maybe a bit too much hype? Well, I’m pretty excited about this new “invention”. I think it’s an improvement over the box joint machine I built a couple of years ago. Not that the first one wasn’t perfectly fine, I just thought I could make it even better. So here’s the new jig- presented in a mock interview format that I think you’ll enjoy! (Friend us on facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit the Stumpy Store to help support the show!)

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Part 45: Build your own Festool Domino style Hand-Held Mortising Machine!

61 days ago by StumpyNubs | 13 comments »

In this episode Stumpy saves himself a thousand bucks and avoids joint the world of hoity-toity-fru-fru Festool owners by building his own loose tenon joinery machine, based on the Festool Domion. (Don’t go nuts, Festool owners, he explains what hea means by “fru-fru”...) It’s a great show, you might even laugh a little. so check it out! (Friend us on facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit the Stumpy Store to help support the show!)

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Part 46: A really unique homemade router lift that doubles as a mini router table!

16 days ago by StumpyNubs | 11 comments »

In this episode we revisit the homemade router lift, completely redesigning it! This one is better than ever, and it doubles as a mini router table with full lift and lower dust collection capabilities! All this and a little twisted humor in this episode of The Stumpy Nubs Workshop! It’s a great show, you might even laugh a little. So check it HERE!(Get plans here) (Friend us on facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit the Stumpy Store to help support the show!)

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