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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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Lots of people have been asking about our 24" band saw video. The problem is I am not happy with the bearings I used. I got them cheap at a local store, and while the saw works fine, the bearings introduce some vibration into the wheels. I don't want that on film because people will think the saw is the problem, which isn't the case at all. So I am searching for a new bearing supplier that I can not only use myself, but recommend to you as well. Suggestions? Email:

Volume 1, Issue 8 - August 2015

The Homemade Manometer

So, you’ve upgraded your dust collection filters and now you have all kinds of airflow. But eventually those filters will start to plug up,become restricted, and suddenly your dust collection isn’t collecting as much dust. The answer is a manometer, a simple water gauge that measures pressure. These work on just about any type of dust collector, and the best part is, you can make one yourself.

Should you upgrade to a canister filter?

When I bought my first real dust collector (from Harbor Freight) I immediately got flooded with suggestions on how to improve its efficiency. The thing I heard the most was that I should get a canister filter. These things aren't very cheap, so I wanted to know just how they would help my system. After a lot of research I bought one. This video tells you why you should too, and what makes the Wynn filters the best buy in the industry.

More dust collection resources here...

Wynn's filters can be found here...

Show Notes (Links, transcript, etc)...

Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal

Rockler Silicone Glue Kit


While gluing up some panels recently I instinctively reached for my silicone glue brush, and it wasn't until I was finished that it occurred to me how this often that little sucker gets used in my shop. I love it because it's inexpensive and it does what it's supposed to do without giving me any crap. So I decided to dig out an old review video I did for the whole glue kit. I think you'll find it entertaining!

Get the kit here...


Behind the Sawdust

Some highlights from the last few episodes:


  • Woodcraft EIC hangs up the broom
  • A bucket maker and temple builder
  • 8 new homemade woodworking tools
  • Linn makes a mallet
  • Learn all about marking knives
  • Jobsite radio shootout
  • A miter saw flip-stop
  • And a whole lot more!

Click one of the links above to go to the episode's page for show notes, links and transcripts


How to wrestle a

band saw blade

Mustache mike shows you how to coil a blade for storage, without cutting yourself!

Get more tips here...

Get the plans here...


Do you follow the rules?

As you know, here at the Stumpy Nubs Workshop we like to bend the rules. Something we even break them. But most often we simply create a nasty kink that forever keeps the darn things from lying flat again. Yes, I am a rebel. But rules aren’t really made to be broken, they’re made to measure things. So quality really matters. In this article I tell you what makes a good rule (that a "ruler" to the lay person,) and give you a few tips that will change the way you look at this essential tool.

Read the article 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)

"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??"


"Guys: when you're shaving, do the Hitler part first. You don't want to get interrupted and then be running around with just the Hitler part."


"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."


"23% of traffic accidents involve cell phone use, but 77% do NOT involve cell phone use. Statistics don't lie. It's safer to use your phone."



Hundreds more here...

Oh, you mean THAT kind of "stool sample"...


Have you ever said something you regret? I’m not talking about the time you cussed out that baby that kept looking at you in line at the supermarket or when you asked the fat lady if she was expecting. I’m talking about something that seemed to make absolute sense at the moment you said it, but upon further examination, you wish you could cram it back into your pie hole before anyone else noticed how stupid it was.


As a maker of fine films, I have learned the importance of carefully considering what you will say before the cameras role. In this day and age only two things last forever: Little Debbie snack cakes and things you put on the internet. If you make yourself look stupid on video, as I try to do every couple of weeks, your stupidity will spread like wildfire as it is linked to and embedded upon websites across the world wide web.


Here’s a classic illustration. I came across this video on You Tube some time ago. Here I was, minding my own business, enjoying a cold one, when George at WWGOA made it all come out my nose. Watch the two minute video below and see if you notice…


See how one word can change everything? A video about stool design suddenly becomes a parody by inserting the word “sample”. By the time he said he liked to invite people to sit on his big stool samples to see how they felt under their butts, I figured out his true (and very funny) intention. My wife, who is not one for potty humor, wasn’t fooled either. Intentional or not, I am here to tell you that even the smartest people can look dumb if their words aren’t chosen properly.


Take it from me, a guy who looks dumb for a living!



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