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Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal is a digital newsletter  published  by MWTco. Subscriptions are free.


 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 9- November 2016 Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal

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Table Saw Rabbets


The skills you need to cut accurate rabbets can also be applied to all sorts of other table saw joinery. So it is well worth taking a little time to master these techniques. PLUS- you'll learn how to make some simple jigs that will make your work a lot easier, and more accurate!

Hand-Carved Wine Gift Box

This video is purely for your entertainment, and I think you will really enjoy watching this wonderful box being made. From the hand-cut dovetails to the hand-carved top, it's a great project for practicing traditional skills. And as a bonus- it is made from reclaimed, antique pine car siding!

NEW: Incremental Table Saw Tenon Jig


This innovative design combines the accuracy and micro-adjustability of a homemade  incremental positioner with a drawer slide based sliding carriage to create a jig which will easily cut tenons again and again with perfect repeatability. And it's pretty simple to make too!


Shaker Candle Box


Chad Stanton is best known these days for his "I Can Do That" video and DVD series at Popular Woodworking Magazine. But before he because famous he produces a humorous woodworking show on YouTube called "Wood Choppin' Time". In this episode he builds a Shaker candle box with hand tools.  (8,233)

Visit Chad's YouTube channel here...


The Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal Vlog

Episode#43- SPECIAL EDITION: Tool show-and-tell. Take a look at four great tools you may have never seen before!

Episode#42- Our first question and answer episode covers all sorts of behind the scenes stuff and some great woodworking tips!

Episode#41- We wrap-up the October issue and preview the November issue- PLUS we give away a signed copy of Roy Underhill's novel!

Episode#40- Where have we been? Things have slowed down quite a bit as we catch up on several public appearances. This time, it's the International Woodworking Fair.





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 always carry a clump of my hair in my pocket so when people say, "I like your haircut", I can respond with, "Thanks. Here, have some."


"Stress? Don't talk to me about stress. Some of my favorite TV characters are currently in truly sticky situations"


"The best part about pooping with the door open in the morning is being able to see everyone's face at Starbucks."


"How many Snapple Facts do I have to get before it counts as a GED"


"The best part of having a banana instead of a cell phone is no one on this plane can actually make me turn it off or stop talking into it."


“Madame, I will have your finest package of gum, and money is no object.” – How I impressed the cashier at the gas station just now because I'm hilarious."


"Lady offered me a piece of chickpea loaf. Hit it out of her hand because that's what cake would have wanted."


"Wait, THESE are pistachios? I’ve been calling them wood clams"


Hundreds more here...


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

Click for details: New and Improved Shop Dust Pan
Click for details: A Bow Front "New Home" Table from 30 Years Ago
Click for details: marshmallow crossbow
Click for details: Relief Carving Bench
Click for details: Cookie Jar
Click for details: Cutting Board Glue-Up Clamp

Q & A


Q- I read an article that casually referred to furniture with a "limed-oak" finish. What does that mean?


A- The term has had different meanings over the years. For centuries, liming was a common practice in which a caustic lime mixture was rubbed into the open pores of hardwood to protect it from insects and worms. This left behind a worn, white-washed appearance that became fashionable over time. The look was later mimicked well into the 20th century by applying white paint to open pored woods, such as oak, and then wiping it off before it was dry, leaving traces of paint in the pores.


Today, "limed" furniture has largely fallen out of fashion, and some wish to strip the paint away. This is difficult to do, as the paint is deep within the wood grain. The most common method is to use a strong paint-stripper and a wire brush, scrubbing with the grain to minimize damage to the wood surface. That said, some  "liming" was done only after applying a wood sealer. In those cases, the paint is much easier to remove.


"Liming," like any other style, is just as likely to come back into vogue with time as it was to fall out of favor. So the best solution may be to just leave it alone. :)


Q- I have an old, antique try square that I inherited from my grandfather. I'd love to use it in my work, but it's out of "square." I have heard that it is possible to adjust steel squares, but mine has a rosewood handle, which is connected to the steel blade with rivets. Can this type be adjusted, and if so, how?


A- You are very fortunate to have such a special family heirloom, and I am glad to hear you wish to keep it in service! You'll be happy to know that you can indeed adjust such a square.


First, you must understand that a square of that type is only designed to be "square" on the inside- between the brass or steel plated edge of the wood handle and the blade. To adjust that angle, tap the rivets using a blunt nail set and hammer, with a metal surface supporting the underside. Tapping on the rivet closest to the outer corner will open the square up more, while tapping the rivet closest to the inner corner will close it. This is a trial-and-error process, so take your time and make small adjustments.


While only the inner edge of the handle is designed to be true to the blade, it is possible to sand the other side of the wooden handle to make it "square" to the blade as well. This was often done at the factory, but wood movement may have caused it to go out of true over time, and likely will again.



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Mustache Mike Scroll Saw Lesson:

Cutting Straight Lines


Cutting straight lines with a scroll saw is a skill that isn't always as simple as it sounds! Mustache Mike shows you how to do it effectively and accurately, while building a suet feeder for the birds. It's a great exercise that is sure to improve your scroll sawing skills!

Watch past MMC episodes here...


Hairpin Slab Table


Linn from the Darbin Orvar channel builds a beautiful table using some iron legs she purchased online. This video is another example of the high quality that we've come to expect from Linn, both in presentation and in project execution!


Get a set of hairpin legs here...



Watch more of Linn's videos here...


 Table Saw Sled

Dovetail Jig


Our MEGA SLED was designed to work with all sorts of joinery attachments, and we're working on more as we speak! This one is actually a pair of jigs designed to cut through-dovetails that look as if they were made by hand. Look for it in an upcoming issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal!

Check out our other project plans here...


The Double-Floating

Mortise & Tenon


Brian from Garage Woodworks shows you how to use a simple homemade jig to make a very strong joint that is useful in aall sorts of woodworking applications! (8,233)

Visit the Garage Woodworks site here...


Homemade Marking Gauges


This is a condensed version of a 2013 episode of the "Old-Timey Woodworking" show. We've removed all of the extra yip-yap and condensed it down to the project itself- how to make a set of marking gauges for woodworking. This is a great project, and an essential tool, even for power tool woodworkers!

Get more tips here...

"Like on Like" Finishing Technique

Master woodworker, Charles Neil talks about how to deal with issues involving using a water-based or alcohol top coat over a dye or stain base coat that isn't water-based or alcohol (1292)

Visit Charles Neil's YouTube Channel...

Need an extra hand? Use a clamp!

A great way to hold your workpieces in place while you use your hands for other things.

Replacement Glue Bottle Caps

Learn how to use wire nuts as cheap (and abundant) replacements for your missing glue bottle caps.

Bar Clamp Grips

Put some padding on your bar clamp handles and give yourself a better grip.

Band Saw Blade Changes

How to use clamps to keep your band saw blade on one wheel while you wrap it over the other.

Chap-Stick Lube

Lubricate your screws with a cheap, handy, pocket sized source of paraffin wax.

Measuring Tape Notes

Create a peel-off notepad on the side of your measuring tape and never forget your measurements again.

Don't Drop Your Nut!

Learn a simple technique for taking off your table saw arbor nut without dropping it.

Make Your Own Painter's Pyramids

Need some more painter's pyramids? These simple homemade versions will enable you to put finish on both sides of a project at once.


YouTube All-Stars


Recently, popular YouTube Makers April Wilkerson, Nick Ferry and Jay Bates gathered in Nick's shop to make clocks. Here we see Nick's design, featuring a nice, figured maple. This video is very well made with some creative camera work. And it's a great project too!


8 Premium Table Saw Blades-

Which actually cuts best?

We do a cut-by-cut comparison to decide which blade models are the best buy, and which blade types you should own.

Links for all of the blades are here...

Sharpen Your Own Router Bits!

Learn how to quickly and easily sharpen your own router bits with a simple diamond hone.


(We'll be showing how to sharpen a new tool each month using this diamond kit from Trend.)

Behind the Sawdust:

October's Cool Tools


In this month's special episode of Behind the Sawdust we take a look at four woodworking tools:


(Please use the affiliate links above as a way of supporting us. Thanks!)

Watch more of Nick's videos here...

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