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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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SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers

SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers

08-11-2014 08:49 PM by Grumpymike | 13 comments »

SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers DVD (The Basics) Dave Richards, the narrator of this DVD, is an authorized SketchUp trainer and he draws plans for Fine Woodworking Magazine. A very talented man indeed; however, in his vast knowledge and computer skills he has forgotten that a huge percentage of his audience is in the well over 50 category that grew up with slide rules and mechanical adding machines long before the computer age. In Dave’s fast paced narration, he does not annunciate hi...

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Mortise and Tenon Joinery

Mortise and Tenon Joinery

07-10-2014 11:37 PM by Roger | 14 comments »

First I want to say thank you to Hendrik Varju for giving this very fine, 5, yes, I said 5, DVD’s as a gift to the fine pages of Lumberjocks. Also, thank you Cricket for setting up things for all and any of us to be the proud owner of this type of prize. I want to say, almost 11 hours, yes, 11 hours of the many different, and intricately detailed how-to’s, and explanations of how and why’s of the fine art of Mortise and Tenon Joinery. WHEW, that was a mouthful. I hope I sa...

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I really wanted to like this video

I really wanted to like this video

06-09-2014 01:17 PM by Marcus | 13 comments »

I won this video in a LJ’s contest last fall, which happens to be right when I was moving from MN to CO, so watching the video was not a high priority. I finally sat down to watch it this weekend, and it bordered on painful. Full disclosure, I only watched the first 2 hours of the 4 hours of the DVD and have a pretty good understanding of working w/ jointers and planers. So the first 15 minutes is him telling us what he does at his shop followed by a scenic tour of I assume the cou...

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Fundamentals of Inlay: Stringing, Line & Berry DVD  By Steve Latta

Fundamentals of Inlay: Stringing, Line & Berry DVD By Steve Latta

05-18-2014 04:14 AM by sandhill | 8 comments »

I was really not going to buy the Tool kit but when it included the DVD by Steve Latta who actually was the one responsible for the development design with lie-Nielsen I decided to pull the trigger and invest in the kit. For me the DVD was worth the entire cost of the kit and the tools were the added bonus Steve spoke slow enough to leave time to grasp the topic and made each step clear. When explaining a new term he was easy to understand. Each section flowed seamlessly to the next and was l...

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Quickest path to quality results

Quickest path to quality results

04-08-2014 03:43 PM by lumberjoe | 3 comments »

I have recently taken an interest in making wooden planes. I did the usual browsing around and found some free content with the basic ideas. I made a few planes based on some youtube videos and other articles. It went pretty smoothly. The problem is the planes sucked. While well constructed adjustment was always an issue and they required a lot of tinkering to get right. Then I happened upon Scott Meek and learned he produced a video on how he makes his smoothing plane. I purchased the dig...

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Forging A Custom Hinge with Peter Ross DVD from Popular Woodworking Blacksmith F+W Media

Forging A Custom Hinge with Peter Ross DVD from Popular Woodworking Blacksmith F+W Media

03-18-2014 09:55 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 1 comment »

Mr. Ross’ style is perfect for me, calm, peaceful, he even makes hammering metal feel and sound good on video. He aptly demonstrates how to make a forged iron (might have been steel) hinge out of sheet metal, using basic hand tools, a heat forge and anvil, all of which I have already. My goals for buying this video were to learn the process and apply the concept to making hammered copper hinges for a project in the Charles Rohlfs style, which always had exceptionally made hammered- ...

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Solid DVD - review of table saw safety - Still watching the series

Solid DVD - review of table saw safety - Still watching the series

03-04-2014 12:08 AM by lightcs1776 | 11 comments »

I received this DVD set courtesy of Passion for Wood and Lumberjocks. I have completed the first DVD and most of the second one. There are several in the set, for a total of nearly 10 hours of instructions on table saw safety and use. Hendrik provides clear instruction on setting up the table saw, showing how to adjust the blade, the riving knife, safely cross cutting, etc. It is great for a beginner like myself. Hendrik speaks clearly and plainly, so he is easy to understand. You can w...

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You can't go wrong with this one

You can't go wrong with this one

11-24-2013 10:25 PM by JuanGatico | 1 comment »

Hi LJs! I took advantage of the nice price and purchased the digital download: I couldn’t be more satisfied watching it, being able to see somebody who masters his craft in such impressive way is delicious to say the least. In the compass Peter builds in the video, one of the legs is “inside” the other one, that is, to form the pivot joint, well, the way he gets this left me with no words, he doesn’t use sofisticated tools, CNC or fancy devices, ONLY his blacksmi...

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