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BAND SAW UPDATE
Lots of people have been asking about our 24" band saw video. The problem is I am not happy with the bearings I used. I got them cheap at a local store, and while the saw works fine, the bearings introduce some vibration into the wheels. I don't want that on film because people will think the saw is the problem, which isn't the case at all. So I am searching for a new bearing supplier that I can not only use myself, but recommend to you as well. Suggestions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Multi-function Downdraft Table
Stop sawdust boogers forever! This downdraft table is an all in one solution for a small shop. It combines a big 20" X 30" work surface with downdraft dust collection, and an embedded t-track holding system. Not only does it tame dust, you can secure your workpieces with clamps, stops, risers and hold downs for sanding, cutting, routing carving... the list goes on and on!
Dust Collector Shootout
Some time ago, Wood magazine wrote an article comparing nine dust collectors. All of them were fairly powerful systems, including four different cyclone systems and five single stage units with dual filters and large blowers. The article was interesting because they went all out when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of each collector. What really stands out is how a cyclone handles airflow differently, and what that means for your shop. We recently added a link to this article on our website's "Dust Collection Section". But you can download it as a PDF file at the link below. Enjoy!
More dust collection resources here...
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Show Notes (Links, transcript, etc)...
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Rockler Silicone Glue Kit
While gluing up some panels recently I instinctively reached for my silicone glue brush, and it wasn't until I was finished that it occurred to me how this often that little sucker gets used in my shop. I love it because it's inexpensive and it does what it's supposed to do without giving me any crap. So I decided to dig out an old review video I did for the whole glue kit. I think you'll find it entertaining!
Get the kit here...
Behind the Sawdust
Some highlights from the last few episodes:
Click one of the links above to go to the episode's page for show notes, links and transcripts
30 Second Card Scraper Till
It may take you a bit longer to build, but you will see how to do it in under a minute!
Get more tips here...
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Do you follow the rules?
As you know, here at the Stumpy Nubs Workshop we like to bend the rules. Something we even break them. But most often we simply create a nasty kink that forever keeps the darn things from lying flat again. Yes, I am a rebel. But rules aren’t really made to be broken, they’re made to measure things. So quality really matters. In this article I tell you what makes a good rule (that a "ruler" to the lay person,) and give you a few tips that will change the way you look at this essential tool.
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Something to think about while the glue dries...
(Quotes, thoughts and funny sayings collected from the all over the internet, and from the mind of Stumpy Nubs)
"I can't find my lucky sweatpants. Now I'm going to totally bomb this job interview."
"SCIENCE FACT: if you took all of the veins from your body and laid them end to end, you would die."
"Gotta hand it to short people sometimes. You know, cause they can't reach and all."
"I'll never understand why the guy that invented braille didn't just put the dots in shape of the actual letters."
"I hate it when people come to MY house, knock on MY door then ask me why I'm not wearing pants."
"I'm sick of being the guy everyone comes to when they want the money I owe them."
"It's so cold this morning I had to separate my dogs poop into two seperate bags and use them as hand warmers."
Hundreds more here...
Will woodworking become the next TV dinner?
I believe it was Bob Dylan who said, “The times, they are a-changing”. I tend to agree for two reasons: First, anyone who can become a musical icon without the ability to sing has to be a genius. But more importantly because, in my reasonably short time on this earth, I’ve noticed the “a-changing” first hand. Since I spend most of my time in the workshop, it’s natural that I’ve seen a great deal of changes in there. I used to think of the shop as a safe haven from the advance of civilization, but like the cold air through the cracks around the windows and doors, the outside world has managed to seep in. Joy came to work last week wearing “skinny jeans”, a trend among the young and, well… skinny. She is neither. Randy got his ears pierced. He doesn’t wearing rings in them, he just got the holes. Classic Randy.
Not all “progress” has been bad. We have a television in the shop, even cable. Now I can watch Roy Underhill cut himself while I cut myself. With wireless internet I can check one of the bazillion woodworking sites for advice at any point in a project. (My favorite is stumpynubs.com) My iPad is a digital library of woodworking books and magazines, all at my fingertips. My laptop can control two of the cameras we use to film in the shop, and my smart phone can control another. I have a little Bluetooth headset I can put on when I’d rather listen to music than hear what people are saying to me.
And the wonders of technology have made their way into our tools too. SawStop already made a table saw that won’t cut fingers and they’re said to be developing a miter saw, even a band saw for all your hot dog cutting needs. Rockler made a compact CNC machine for the small shop, and now they have a computer operated router fence. Even the truly “traditional” tools have been upgraded. Veritas and Lee Nielson have revolutionized hand planes while Hock and IBC have brought cryogenic technology to our tool steel. Lathe speeds are digitally controlled and the tools are carbide tipped. Sharpening is done with diamonds and specially designed honing films. And most of this has happened in the past decade!
It’s undeniable that technology has invaded our workshops. The only question is whether it’s a good thing. To me, there’s a lot of pleasure to be found in the old tools and techniques. A properly sharpened hand plane cutting a tissue thin shaving is one of the greatest joys in the woodworking world. But if advanced tool steel can keep that plane sharp longer, I’m all for it. If a table saw can cut with an amazing level of precision, while keeping my fingers off the shop floor, that’s a win-win situation. I’ve always been a technology junkie, I make a living on the internet, for goodness sake. But there are limits, even for me, and especially when it comes to woodworking.
CNC woodworking is a good example. I have absolute no problem with it, don’t get me wrong. But as these machines get more advanced, at what point does it become something other than a craft? If a computer cuts all the parts for you, are you really woodworking, or are you just assembling a puzzle? Sure, you still have to design the project, and prepare the stock which may involve table saws and planers and various other woodworking tools. But how long will it be before we’re just downloading the project from the internet, throwing some MDF on the table and letting the computer do it all?
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