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Drew Short

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Volume 2, Issue 7- July/August 2016 Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal

SUBSCRIBE FREE TODAY! New issues are published monthly and include content that isn't available on our YouTube channel. Email subscribers are also entered in our regular tool giveaways.


Small Parts Cabinet


Linn, from the Darbin Orvar channel, is one of our absolute favorite YouTubers. She combines excellent storytelling abilities,  stunning camera work, an eye for style and creativity into every video. This time she is building a parts cabinet for her workshop "tinker area." And there's also a bonus idea for storing spools of wire and tape! (57324)


Scrolling Exotic Woods


The 'Stache shows you how to work with very hard exotic woods while making a great project! It's a small, heart shaped box made from purple heart wood, complete with an epoxy inlay that looks like turquoises stone. This one is full of tips you can use in your other scroll saw projects!

Watch past MMC episodes here...

Make a Router Plane

Even if you're a power tool woodworker, you need a router plane. They are extremely useful for all sorts of tasks, and will make your work easier and more precise. In this video we show you how to make your own from common materials; without sacrificing any of the features that would come with an expensive factory-made version.

Build a Gum-ball Machine


Mustache Mike tries his hand at machine building with this whimsical gum-ball dispenser. A scroll saw is a must for this project, and it's also an excellent skill builder! But don't worry, anyone can make this colorful contraption from a little bit of scrap wood and a couple of rubber bands!


Marking Knife & Awl


A few years ago we showed you how to make and use a marking knife and an awl. That classic episode of "The Old-Timey Workshop"  was a little on the long side, so we've condensed it down to just the relevant info for your convenience. You'll earn that these two workshop essentials are far more than just marking tools- and you'll see how to make your own!

Incremental Box Joint Jig


This is our third box joint jig design, and perhaps our best! It's designed to be used on a table saw, with or without a dado set. By combining features such as dual cursors, a sliding carriage, a lead screw positioner, a micro-adjuster, and an innovative paper pattern; this jig will do it all, and do it well!


Choosing & Using Rabbet Planes


Hand tool expert, Bill Anderson, takes a time out while teaching at Roy Underhill's Woodwright School to talk about antique rabbet planes. This is a fascinating and educational video with the high production quality that we've come to expect from Joshua Farnsworth of the Wood & Shop YouTube channel! (8568)

Visit the Wood & Shop website here...

Watch a comparison of five different box joint jigs here...

Build a Plant Stand


Mrs. Mustache wants a plant stand, so Mustache Mike is designing one on the fly. This is a quick and easy project that you can modify to make a style of your own. And the best part is, Stumpy keeps his yapper shut in this video!


The Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal Vlog

Episode#36- SPECIAL EDITION: Tool show-and-tell. Take a look at five great tools you may have never seen before!

Episode#35- Build a professional quality teleprompter for a fraction of the cost!

Episode#34- We compare five different box joint jigs made by Stumpy Nubs, Matthias Wandell and John Heisz to explore the development of these amazing jigs over the years!

Episode#33- Part 2 of our "evolution of a jig" series takes a look at how we mix technology with tools to make cool stuff! Plus- a review of the Sjobergs Smart Vise, and a look at some upcoming projects.



A Visit With Mary May

Master woodworker, Charles Neil takes a field-trip to South Carolina to visit with famed woodcarver, Mary May. On the way he also stops at three historic southern plantation to examine the woodwork! (1292)

Finding the Center of A Dowel

Mustache mike shows you how to accurate draw a line down the length of a dowel without any special tool or jig needed.

Sandpaper Cutter

Make a simple jig for trimming sheets of sandpaper down to size.

Get more tips here...



Modern Coat Rack


Brian Grella, from the Garage Woodworks channel, is making a clever coat rack from cherry and walnut! When not in use, it looks like wall art. But don't let the good looks foll you; it's sturdy and hard working too! (33,674)

Visit the Garage Woodworks site here...


Click an image to see more details, and hear from the creator!

Click for details: Walnut and Maple Playing Card Box
Click for details: Several of My End Grain Cutting Boards
Click for details: Let's go camping!!
Click for details: Teardrop Trailer
Click for details: Wedding Adirondacks


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)

"The problem with a well-balanced diet is the amount of chicken wings I have to eat that equals the weight of a dozen beers."


"Just watched Animal Planet. Get this: Hippos, while often hungry, do not actually eat marbles…"


"Tried explaining Twitter to my dad, but his "why would you want to do that?" argument was pretty bulletproof."


"You can learn a lot about a person just by watching them through binoculars 24 hours a day."


"If Gillette made toilet paper, we'd be up to 4 or 5 plys by now."


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


"It sucks that bowtie pasta is the only edible formal wear my grocery store carries."


"If I could be a superhero, I'd be Aluminum Man. My superpower would be foiling crime."


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

Hundreds more here...

Click for details: Flame Elder Serving Tray

PROJECT/TOOL REVIEW: Carve a Portrait into Wood


This is a fun project that will make you look like an artist, even if you can't draw at all! We show you how to turn a photograph into a beautiful, custom wood carving. You don't even need carving skills! In the meantime we also take a look at a very interesting tool. Imagine the possibilities- you can make portraits of family, pets, even turn clip art from the internet into decorative wall hangings!

Q & A

Q- I sometimes see the term "Cast Steel" stamped on old woodworking tools. What does that mean?


A- Up until the late 1700's, most tool steel was made by packing charcoal around a bar and bringing it to a very high temperature, infusing the iron with carbon atoms. But this process often failed to produce material with a consistent carbon content throughout its entire thickness, and through repeated sharpening, the tool's outer, high carbon layers wear away, leaving the tool's ability to hold an edge diminished. An early solution to the problem was to forge-weld a thinner piece of high carbon steel to a thicker piece of low carbon steel. This was more labor intensive, but the quality and consistency of the edge was improved.


In the late 1700's a new process called steel casting was developed in Sheffield, England. Cast steel is made in a crucible and poured into a mold to produce an ingot, which is then rolled into bar-stock for tool production. The quality of the tools produced with this method were so superior to the old methods, that the term "cast steel" became a mark of excellence. Tool makers, particularly in Sheffield, stamped the label on their products so everyone could be sure that they were getting a better tool.


Ironically, some modern tool enthusiasts still prize the older, layered plane irons and chisels. When made properly, the cutting edges of these tools are often of very high quality as well. Sometimes newer isn't always that much better.


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