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An EXCELLENT dust collection solution for a small shop

An EXCELLENT dust collection solution for a small shop

05-01-2013 11:17 PM by StumpyNubs | 30 comments »

We did a whole series of episodes on Blue Collar Woodworking about the importance of fine dust collection. Our solution was a homemade cyclone and six inch duct work. But I am also a realist. I know not everybody has the room or the budget for a system like that. A lot of shops are mobile and the dust collection has to be easy to swap between machines. So I did some testing and I think the Rockler Dust Right system is the best option for a number of reasons. The following three video revie...

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Stumpy Nubs Entertaining Review: Rockler Bench Cookies & Accessories P1

Stumpy Nubs Entertaining Review: Rockler Bench Cookies & Accessories P1

04-10-2013 01:16 PM by StumpyNubs | 8 comments »

We are producing a new video series which takes the concept of tool reviews and adds a bit of “info-tainment”. No, this isn’t a song and dance kind of thing, it’s a serious tool review, done in a not so serious way. I love to watch tool reviews, but I rarely watch a review just for the sake of watching. I hope this new format changes all of that! You may already own the tools, you may not care about them. But the videos themselves are worth watching! Anywho- The fol...

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Stumpy Nubs Entertaining Review: Rockler Bench Cookies & Accessories P2

Stumpy Nubs Entertaining Review: Rockler Bench Cookies & Accessories P2

04-10-2013 12:56 PM by StumpyNubs | 3 comments »

NOTE: This is part TWO of this review. I couldn’t seem to post four videos on one review page. Please see part ONE here before viewing part two. The third video features the sawhorse clip attachments… And finally the finishing cone accessories… Now, in case you didn’t get it from the videos, here’s my written review of the Bench Cookies and Accessories: I love these little hockey pucks, and not just because they have the word “cookie” ...

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Discount code makes it well worth the price!

Discount code makes it well worth the price!

02-06-2013 11:53 PM by StumpyNubs | 14 comments »

I’ll keep this simple. Popular Woodworking is running a special deal on their online e-book subscriptions. For ten bucks a month (half off) you get full access to back issues of both Popular Woodworking and Woodworking magazines, plus tons of great books that usually cost a bundle. I subscribed because I learn a lot from reading stuff like this, and the price was too good to pass up. It’s a limited time thing, so if you’re interested, you’d better get on it! Here...

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Trend 60T Saw Blade / Trend Blade & Bit Cleaner- I LIKE IT!

Trend 60T Saw Blade / Trend Blade & Bit Cleaner- I LIKE IT!

12-03-2011 01:19 AM by StumpyNubs | 7 comments »

I’m an impulse buyer. Throw something on an end cap with a bright sign on it and it’s in my shopping cart faster that you can say “my wife is going to be cheesed off…” So I only had to walk past this deal at Woodcraft before I was ready to pull out my wallet. It’s a 60 tooth, ATB fine finish blade by Trend. The regular price is $60, which is the usual range for a good quality blade. (If you want premium, you have to go over a hundred). But the sale was f...

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Now's the time to get a dust collector!

Now's the time to get a dust collector!

04-14-2011 11:40 PM by StumpyNubs | 57 comments »

This collector has been reviewed several times here so I won’t go into to much of the details. The reason i am reviewing it now is because I got the latest issue of “Wood” magazine and there’s a coupon in it for this collector. You can get it with that coupon for just $150 (that’s $100 off the regular price). And it is every bit as good as the VASTLY more expensive Jet and Grizzly models with similar specs. Here’s why I love this collector… 1. P...

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Vintage squares for those who want the best they can afford.

Vintage squares for those who want the best they can afford.

03-19-2011 01:14 AM by StumpyNubs | 31 comments »

What’s the best combination square around? While some will give their high priced favorites, most will say Starrett. And why not? It’s a proven tool. A new one will set you back about a hundred bucks, but fifty years from now it will still be straight, accurate and easy to read and use. You’re never going to hear me say a Starrett isn’t top of the line. But for those of us who want save our hundred dollar bills for more important things, there are other options that I argue are just as goo...

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Great for occasional work- But plastic fence is a problem.

Great for occasional work- But plastic fence is a problem.

02-03-2011 02:19 AM by StumpyNubs | 20 comments »

I almost never use biscuit joinery, but when the Chicago Electric Plate Joiner went on sale at Harbor Freight for $30 I bought one. Since nobody’s reviewed it yet, I thought I should give my observations. First of all, Harbor Freight is a wonderful store full of a LOT of great tools, some of very high quality and all for very low prices. But as a general rule I never buy their hand power tools. There’s just too much orange plastic! But I took a chance on this one and the result...

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A Whole Lot Cheaper for Almost the Same Quality

A Whole Lot Cheaper for Almost the Same Quality

02-01-2011 04:01 AM by StumpyNubs | 6 comments »

I am not an expert carver. I did most of my carving with a rotary tool and longed to own one of those big power carvers like I saw at Woodcraft for $400. So when I saw one at Harbor Freight for 50 bucks you can imagine my excitement. Here’s the details… This is essentially a 1/4hp rotary tool. It is a motor that hangs from a wall bracket with a long flexable shaft with a little adjustable keyed chuck (like an drill) on the end that’ll accept any size carving bit. It’...

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HOLY CRAP- Why pay $100+

HOLY CRAP- Why pay $100+

02-01-2011 03:07 AM by StumpyNubs | 34 comments »

Gotta say I never had much luck with the Harbor Freight (central pnuematic) brad nailer. But after trying out the micro pin nailer, I may just give the brad nailer another shot. This is a great buy- one of MANY diamonds in the rough at Harbor Freight. Here’s the details.. First of all, I was surprised that it was not made of plastic. The body is all is cast metal like the more expensive ones, and it feels good and heavy in the hand. Not that this is a vital feature, but it distrac...

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