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Volume 2, Issue 2 - February 2016 Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal

Behind the Sawdust


In this episode of our popular woodworking newscast...


  • Bob Flexner and a urine blocker for woodworking projects
  • How Don Williams makes bee's wax
  • Shawn Graham debates tool storage
  • Paul Sellers leaves the country
  • Tom Fidgen inspires
  • And a lot more!

Mustache Mike Tip:

Homemade sandpaper rasps


The Stash shows you how to make useful and inexpensive rasps from sandpaper and wooden paint stirs.

Get more tips here...


Flip-Top Downdraft Workstation

We build a new workstation that fills several needs in one place- The top is embedded with t-track for all sort of work holding and clamping options. But the real secret is beneath that top, which flips up and slides behind the cabinet using a unique tracking mechanism, revealing a downdraft sanding table. When you aren't using those features, the whole things is designed to work as a table saw out-feed table. And there's more...


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 used to drink beer in my underwear but now I use a glass."


"I got the early bird special at Denny's. Don't do it, these worms taste like crap."


"You can tell a lot about a person by how quickly they grab their phone back to make sure you don't scroll through the rest of their photos."


"In my experience, cross-eyed employees are the best deterrent against shoplifting. You just can't be positive that they're not watching."


"If you know the thread count on your bed sheets we're in different tax brackets."


"Cow tipping is a myth. Cattle rarely tip even when the service is good."


"Don't judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes. Unless he wears Crocs. Then, feel free to judge all you want..."


"How convenient, I can cook this lasagna in the microwave in 30 seconds, or in my oven in 4 days."





Hundreds more here...

Table Saw Circle Jig


This new design takes circle cutting jigs to another level. It's designed to fit on a table saw, though it can be adapter for a router table. Not only is it fully adjustable using the innovative sliding mechanisms, but it also includes a unique safety feature that allows you to cut very small circles while keeping your fingers safely away from the blade! The video includes measurements and design details, but if you also want a set of plans, you can get them on our website.

(Get plans here (COMING SOON)...

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Get More from your Jointer and Planer

Do you need a power jointer and planer in your workshop? Which one should you buy first? Once you own them, how can you ensure that they remain at peak performance? This video touches on all of those questions, and more. We build a stand that positions the planer above the jointer to save space and improve work flow, and we tune both machines up. This is a great video whether are just considering them or you're already an owner.

Box Joint Jig:


It's been a couple of years since we built our incramental box joint jig, and in that time we've come up with a few improvements including the elimination of the aluminum dovetail bar tracking mechanism, which is important because the bars aren't available anymore. Look for the new version  in an upcoming issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal!

HDX Parts Containers


I like a well organized shop, but I don't want to spend a fortune. So I went looking for small parts and fastener storage solutions and took a chance on the Home Depot HDX brand. They aren't as rugged as some, but they also aren't nearly as expensive. Will they do the job?


How to Price Your Work


As a freelance photographer, woodworker and artist, David Picciuto has often dealt with the age old problem of how much to charge for his work. He's developed a simple system that will help you avoid getting taken advantage of. This is a great tip for anyone selling their work, be it furniture, craft show products or whatever you do.

How Much Should You Pay for Used Hand Planes?

Our last issue included a video about three types of hand planes every woodworker (even power tool guys) should own. This one takes it a step farther by discussing what you should look for and how much you should expect to pay for used planes. Avoid getting ripped off!


Build A Shaker Bench


Graham Haydon builds a wonderful Shaker style bench with nothing but common hand tools and home center pine boards. This is a great video for those with limited tools and shop space, and the design can easily be adapted for power tool users too!

Old Timey Woodworkers:

Charles Honoré Lannuier


Charles Honoré Lannuier was a French - born cabinet maker that came to New York City in 1803 and popularized Neoclassical and Empire furniture in America. Trained in Paris, he came to America when Thomas Jefferson, former ambassador to France, was president and after Napoléon sold America the Louisiana Purchase. Watch this interesting profile of an old-time master!


Build A Krenov Style Plane


Brian Grella of Garage Woodworks walks you through the process of building a Krenov style smoothing plane. This is a wonderful video that combines power tool woodworking with a classic hand tool design. Interestingly, he makes an error that turns out to be a good idea in the end!

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