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Earn your "masters" degree in woodworking without leaving the shop!

Earn your "masters" degree in woodworking without leaving the shop!

10-24-2014 09:04 PM by StumpyNubs | 7 comments »

Has it really been five years? This week Charles Neil released the two hundred forty-fifth episode of his “Mastering Woodworking” show. For the one or two people in the woodworking world who don’t already know, “Mastering Woodworking” is a weekly video series produced in the workshop of Charles Neil, one of the biggest names in the craft. But is it any good? Well, as someone who has been a subscriber for a good portion of the show’s run, I think I’m qualified to give my opinion on the matter…...

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Like sitting down with grand-dad...

Like sitting down with grand-dad...

10-09-2014 05:42 PM by StumpyNubs | 2 comments »

A generation of woodworking masters is passing away. Nakashima and Maloof are gone, Charles Neil isn’t getting any younger (just kidding, Charles) and Frank Klausz recently retired. That’s not to say there’s a shortage of masters. A new generation has already produced the likes of Adams, Huey, Sellers and Nubs. But the old-timers were different. And that’s why I enjoyed the new interview with Frank Klausz conducted by David Thiel and titled: “The Man Behind the Bow Saw”. (Read the review b...

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Great introduction to Japanese hand tools!

Great introduction to Japanese hand tools!

08-30-2014 02:40 PM by StumpyNubs | 3 comments »

Who doesn’t like pine? It’s inexpensive, abundant, it looks great and the smell reminds me of the air freshener in my car. But the best thing about pine is how easy it is to work with hand tools, making it the ideal material for a project done in the old-timey style. And that’s just what you’ll see in the new video series from Fine Woodworking: “Country Pine Hutch with Andrew Hunter”. ( For more articles, videos and woodworking goodness check out our new website at Stumpynubs.com! ) And...

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One of my favorite old woodworking books

One of my favorite old woodworking books

07-11-2014 06:58 PM by StumpyNubs | 12 comments »

Some of the most popular videos we make at the Stumpy Nubs Workshop are the “Old-Timey Woodworking” series. People love to see how things were done in days past. I always get this feeling of nostalgia when I see an old tool or a piece of furniture baring the marks of a craftsman who knew nothing of this modern wonder we call electricity. I even find myself wishing I lived in their simpler time, when a woodworker could enjoy the sweet satisfaction that only comes from hours spent re-sawing...

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These aren't boxes... they're little wooden dream cubes!

These aren't boxes... they're little wooden dream cubes!

04-07-2014 06:11 PM by StumpyNubs | 5 comments »

A few months ago I got a copy of Dennis Zongker’s book and I’ve had a lot of time to digest it. I have to admit, I am just as in love with it now as I was when I first penned a review. So I decided to make a video… (Friend us on facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit the Stumpy Store to help support the show!) The video is based on my original written review, which is transcribed below: When I first saw Dennis Zongker’s new book I thought, MAN that sucker’s shi...

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VIDEO REVIEW- A big ol' book of wood finishing wisdom!

VIDEO REVIEW- A big ol' book of wood finishing wisdom!

01-22-2014 05:23 PM by StumpyNubs | 14 comments »

I got my hands on Charles Neil’s encyclopedia of finishing wisdom and decided to make a video review. I think you’ll like it… Watch it here, and enjoy! Then come back and leave a comment! (Friend us on facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit the Stumpy Store to help support the show!)

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A book so good, it must be spoken of in whispers...

A book so good, it must be spoken of in whispers...

12-03-2013 01:27 PM by StumpyNubs | 25 comments »

Am I the only one that can’t say “The Wood Whisperer” without giggling? I picture one of those close talkers, the guy who leans in to say something with an extra dose of breath and spit. Well, I am here to tell you, Marc Spagnuolo is not one of those guys. He’s the “good” kind of wood whisperer, the kind that has useful secrets to share, and always does so at a comfortable distance. Until recently, Marc only whispered those secrets at slumber parties and on...

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A decent sharpener, but be careful!

A decent sharpener, but be careful!

09-07-2013 08:03 PM by StumpyNubs | 12 comments »

My Work Sharp has a knife sharpening attachment, but the missus doesn’t always want to go out the the shop to sharpen her kitchen knives. So I thought I’d try out the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener. Besides, i’m a sucker for anything that comes in one of those fancy canvass tool bags! It’s a self contained, hand held machine that comes out of the drawer and plugs into the wall in seconds faster than you can say “get out the knife sharpener and plug it int...

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The $100 WS2000 or the $200 WS3000- What's the difference?

The $100 WS2000 or the $200 WS3000- What's the difference?

08-29-2013 01:35 AM by StumpyNubs | 17 comments »

I love me some sharp tools, and as an increasingly lazy woodworker, I looked high and low for the perfect way to get my dull tools back to work with minimal effort, time and of course, money. I think the Worksharp may just be the perfect fit! Not only is it fast and easy to use, but it offers a tremendous bang for your buck. The only problem is, which model to choose? The WS2000 is about $100, while the WS3000 is twice the price. Is it twice the machine? Can a budget conscious woodworker get ...

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Still the best buy in sharpening!

Still the best buy in sharpening!

08-07-2013 01:07 PM by StumpyNubs | 11 comments »

This jig was invented by a pure genius. I don’t know who he (or she) was, but whoever made it was sharper than a stropped chisel. There is no brand name on the thing, and lots of places sell it. I got mine from Rockler for $16 bucks and when you compare it to the other jigs out there, it’s a steal for all that it can do. Here’s a little video about it: Here's a great article about how to tune it up. (For more entertaining reviews and, of course new episodes of Blu...

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