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Homemade Dominoes


Looking for a way to kill a couple of hours while using up some of your hardwood scraps? This set of homemade dominoes is easy and inexpensive to make, and it's guaranteed to impress! We'll walk you through it, step by step.

Volume 1, Issue 12 - December 2015

Table Saw Miter Sled

Our "Mega Sled" will cut miters, but sometimes it's nice to have a compact sled that is already set up and ready to cut perfect 45 degree angles. This sled is loaded with features including extendable fences, micro-adjusters, and two stop systems for making multiple cuts.

On the Bench: "Mini Sled"


Our "Mega Sled" and Miter Sled" will cover all of your table saw crosscutting (and joinery) needs, but sometimes it's nice to have a smaller sled for quick cuts. Of course, that sled should be loaded with features too! So we shrunk the "Mega Sled" down. This one fits all of the same jigs and does all of the same things, in a compact package! Look for this project in an upcoming issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal!

Get plans to build this project here...

Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal

Behind the Sawdust


In this episode of our popular woodworking newscast...


  • Wendall Castle changes the way we look at furniture building.
  • A new $24-per-issue woodworking magazine is launched
  • Tips from an old Sears catalogue
  • Tool sales you won't want to miss
  • Point/Counterpoint: Measuring tapes
  • A whole lot more...

Get yourself a shop chicken!


This tongue-in-cheek tip from a classic early episode of Blue Collar Woodworking features a feathery friend and a rant about poop on the floor.

Get more tips here...


How to Date Furniture


(Part 2 of 2) In our second video we take a closer look at our old Shaker chest of  drawers to determine it's true age. Learn how clues can be found in old screws, hardware, tool marks, even the color of the wood. And find out if our antique is a true Shaker-made piece of history!




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)

"Just bought a Ken doll. I don't know what everyone's talking about, you can't read books on this thing."


"Look. If we're going with redundancies like "tunafish", I'll just have my beefmeat and be done with it."


"Man found dead in chicken coop. Fowl play suspected."


"The dishwasher is making weird noises. Probably because she's outside chopping firewood."


"I'm too embarrassed to tell you how many times I've mistaken insulation for cotton candy."


"When a family member unexpectedly dies what's the proper waiting period before removing their stick figure from the back of the minivan?"


"You give me one leather jacket, I invest it, then give you back TWO leather jackets!" - Fonzi Scheme


"I had a headache so I took a pill that gave me chest pains, dry mouth, restless leg syndrome & explosive diarrhea. But hey, headache's gone."




Hundreds more here...

These planes are moldy...


(This article first appeared  3/14/2012, and it helps explain where we get all of the hand planes you see on our videos.)


I’m involved in top secret negotiations. I could give you the full details, but then I’d have to… well, you know…


My source inside the steamy underbelly of the woodworking world turned me on to a secret cache that could have international significance. I reached out to the treasure’s keeper through an encrypted channel late last night and the response was immediate. We began tense negotiations that continue today, as I await visual confirmation of the intelligence. It’s a touch and go situation inside a dimly lit, smoke filled room and everything is at stake. If negotiations succeed, the Stumpy Nubs workshop will be changed forever.


All I can tell you is this: I found a guy on with a set of 18 rare molding planes. I want them.


Why do I want more molding planes? After all, I own several routers and a pile of bits. When I have some profiles to cut, it’s vastly more efficient to buy a bit and run the stock through. Do I really see myself giving up decades of woodworking progress and returning to the tedium of the old ways?


Yes, and no… You see, I love my routers. I spend hours just sitting in my chair imagining new ways to put those workshop workhorses to work. But, have you ever tried to find an authentic, vintage profile bit at your local Home Depot? Modern furniture may be all about half rounds and ogees (is that pronounced “O-Ge” or “O-Gee”?), but the styles of the past were much more complex. And many of those stunningly beautiful profiles have been given up for the sake of mass production and standardized designs. Sure, you can have any profile made on a custom router bit. But you’d better mortgage the shop if you plan on getting more than one or two!


And there’s something to be said about cutting those profiles by hand instead of machine. For one thing, there is nothing in this world, I kid you not, like the sweet sound of a molding plane on hardwood. If you can listen to that sound, and feel the wood curl out the top and onto your hand as you run the edge without getting goose pimples, you have no soul.


But, I’ve said too much… It’s back to the negotiating table to see if this cache of woodworking history can become mine… I’ll keep you updated. (UPDATE: Yes, I bought them.)




Download free pattern here...

Horizontal Router Upgrades


Our new horizontal routing machine was designed to make raised panels with a simple straight router bit, but with a little experimentation we discovered many more uses, from cutting tenons to altering the profiles of common edging bits. This video shows you two upgrades: A dust collection attachment, and a squaring jig to use with the sliding table feature.

Get plans for the Horizontal Router here...

Watch another video about this machine...

What to look for when

buying a workbench

Not every woodworker wants to build a bench. Some would rather buy one so they can get to the type of woodworking they really enjoy. In this video we take a close look at a high end commercial workbench from Sjobergs and discuss the features that are vital to a good bench.


A great lesson in workbenches even if you aren't planning to buy one!

Get "Mega" and "Miter" sled plans here...

Hi-Tech Dovetails


Our second of two videos featuring the amazing, CNC inspired Ready2Rout system shows how a motorized lift and fence eliminates all of the layout for even the most complex joints.

Learn more about the Ready2Rout here...

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