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 James Hamilton


Amy Hamilton


Mike Hamilton

Matthew Murray


Tom Iovino

Graham Haydon

Brian Grella

Nick Ferry

Drew Short

Linn (Darbin Orvar)

Izzy Swan



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Volume 2, Issue 3 - March 2016 Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal

Single Stage Dust Collector Modifications

We show you four ways to improve your single stage dust collector, including a homemade modification that replaces the messy dust bags with an improved filter and a five gallon pail.

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Build a butter churn side table!

This unique project is based on an antique butter churn which had been converted into a side table. We show you how to make your own out of inexpensive home center pine boards and salvaged hardware. This is a very simple project with a lot of character!

Box Joint Jig:


We've been experimenting with different ideas to improve our big table saw box joint jig, including a complete redesign. The new version will eliminate the aluminum dovetail bar tracking mechanism, which is no longer manufactured. It also incorporates the gear drive from our very first jig, while keeping the very popular pattern option found in our other version. Look for it very soon in an issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal!

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Freehand sharpening,

the easy way!


We take a look at the M-Power Precision Sharpening System, which is designed for fast and easy, no setup tool sharpening. Unlike most jigs, this one doesn't attach to the tool. You lay your tool on it, holding it freehand, and the diamond plate passes back and forth above the tool, creating a precise 25 or 30 degree bevel. Swap grits in seconds and keep right on going. It's the fastest precision jig out there!

Learn more on M-Power's website...


LED Desk Lamp

Linn from the Darbin Orvar YouTube channel makes a wonderful LED desk lamp out of maple. This is a great project from one of our favorite YouTube channels!

Visit the Darbin Orvar channel here...

Read the rest of this article here (trust me, it'll be worth it) ...


Ultimate Re-Saw Fence


Brian from Garage Woodworks solves your re-sawing problems with this innovative fence. It attaches to your band saw and is fully adjustable for blade drift. He shows you how to make it and gives you some great re-sawing tips along the way!

Visit the Garage Woodworks website here...


Choosing And Using Cut Nails

Before modern wire nails came along, the cut nail was a valuable woodworking tool. In this video we show you why a cut nail is a far superior fastener, how to choose the right one and why they should be part of your next old-timey woodworking project.

Aging Wood-

How to make new furniture look old.


Old pine has a beautiful, mellow color that is hard to duplicate without a LOT of time- unless you use these techniques. Learn how to distress a piece of furniture, and apply a special finish that will make it look far older than it is. (Hint- we don't use steel wool or tea for this one!)

Contributed: Joiner's Dogs


Graham Haydon teaches us all about joiner's dogs, the simple iron clamping devices used for centuries by old-timey woodworkers. How did they work? Why were they so effective? Do they have a place in the modern workshop?

Visit to his YouTube channel here...


Behind the Sawdust


New episodes of our popular woodworking news-cast will return next week. In the meantime, enjoy a few laughs in this compilation of the best moments of the first 24 episodes!

Toilet Wax Lube


Finally! A way to use old toilet wax in the workshop!

Get more tips here...


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


"Anything is pocket sized if your butt is big enough."


"You think you had a bad day? Clams are getting chowdered. CHOWDERED."


"Those "Speed Enforced by Aircraft" signs don't understand how eager I am to get pulled over by an F-16."


"I keep seeing studies finding fecal matter on things. Anyone considered that perhaps it's the scientists that aren't washing their hands?"


"Take a look at trending topics and you'll realize why they have to write 'do not eat' on dry silica packets."


"It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. So, hate fun or have a fat face, your choice."


"I try to buy American, but I just can't find a good domestic finger trap.





Hundreds more here...

Old School vs. iPhones: A Woodworking Manifesto...


(This article first appeared  6/19/2012)


Technology is unavoidable in today’s workshop. Be it a smart phone in your pocket that rings just when you’re stretching to apply that last clamp in the most awkward of positions, or an e-reader filled with the last two decades of woodworking magazines and sawdust, only the most stubborn among us has successfully banned all technology from their workspace. Even Roy Underhill, who will not allow something as modern as a steel measuring tape in his shop, tolerates the digital filming equipment that beams his show into our television screens.









A new source for jointer/planer knives


Recently we searched for a source of affordable replacement knives/blades for our jointer and planer. We decided to take a chance on an online source because they offered a large selection at reasonable prices. The resulting experience was pleasant and the product was of exceptional quality. If you have an older machine that you simply can not find cutters for, or even a new machine for that matter, you'll want to read this article!

Read the article here...

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