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JUST FOR FUN
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)
CAMPING TIP: If you get lost in the woods, a compass can help you get lost more north.
Cargo shorts are awesome because you have extra pockets to carry all the ladies numbers that you get.
Somebody should tell Forrest Gump that on the back of the box of chocolates it tells you exactly what you're going to get.
I'm in line behind a lady with 100 coupons so come visit me in jail, OK?
I read an article about how much college will cost in 20 years so I’m scraping some paint chips off the house for my daughter to snack on.
Of course he's a "jolly" rancher. He's herding candy. I'd be freaking delightful if that were my job.
what idiot named them jet skis instead of boatercycles
I'd rather see someone on the street coming towards me with a knife than a clipboard.
Hundreds more here...
Table Saw Sled Dovetails
To cut dovetails by hand, you have to hold the saw at various compound angles. With practice, the skill is certainly achievable. But what if you only cut an occasional dovetail joint? This set of easy to make jigs is designed to fit on our "Mega Sled." It will cut perfect tails and pins, right on the table saw. And unlike complicated and expensive router jigs, this method actually looks hand-cut!
Get plans for this project here...
Portable Downdraft Table
The original idea behind this project was to create an insert for our big table saw workstation. But the result was a handy, portable downdraft table for any workshop. You can place it on your bench top when you have sanding to do; then store it away. And the best part is, those sanding boogers will be gone forever!
ON THE WEB:
Automated Router Table
This is one cool router table! It's motorized, giving it the ability to do all sorts of interesting things. You may not have the ability to build one yourself, but it is definitely something you have to see!
This Month's Cool Tools
Furniture in the Southern Style
Robert Lang and Glen Huey have written one of the most important books about period woodworking to come out in a long time!
Fast Lathe Tool Sharpening
3 Failed Inventions
This is perhaps the fastest, most efficient way to sharpen a lathe tool! It will also limit your time at the grinder, greatly extending the life of the tools!
Woodworking tool inventor, Andrew Klein discusses three very clever ideas that didn't lead to commercial success- but they are definitely very interesting!
Making A Block & Tackle
This very clever video shows you how to make a time-tested lifting system from wood and metal. There's no talking, no nonsense. Just the project. The creator says he was tired of twisting his back hauling his air compressor and other heavy items around. So he put his wood and metal working skills to work!
Visit The Small Workshop YouTube channel here...
Make A Board Thicker
This is a great technique for making the end of a board appear thicker, while still maintaining growth-ring alignment between the end grain and the face of the board. Very useful for glued up panels on the tops of tables and casework!
Make A Board Longer
Board-stretchers aren't just the subject of pranks played on the new guy in the shop; they actually exist! This simple jig and clever technique can actually make a board longer. Yes, there's a catch...
ON THE WEB:
Wrap Around Picture Frame
Small project aficionado, Steve Ramsey challenges himself to make a picture frame that will wrap around a corner. He makes some mistakes, but the journey is well worth joining (and the result is fantastic!)
Make A Bench Hook / Shooting Board
Whether you're an hand tool user, or a power tool user, you need this jig! Use it to cut small workpieces when tear-out simply can't be risked. Then use the "shooting" feature to perfectly square up the end, precisely tune a miter, or trim the workpiece to the exact length you need for a friction fit. That's a while lot of precision packed into an easy to build jig!
Get a downloadable guide to making and using this shooting board/bench hook here...
ON THE WEB:
A Strange Tool
Modern homesteader, Wranglerstar has a look at a once common old-timey tool. It's clearly a brace (hand powered drill), but he's never seen one like this before. (Hint: We've had one in the background at the Stumpy Nubs Workshop for years...)
MOMENT WITH A MASTER:
A Visit to The Unplugged Woodshop
Get more tips here...
Shave like a woodworker!
How to degrease a tool
It's fun to watch, but do not attempt to do this!
This is, in my opinion, the BEST way to remove that sticky Cosmoline-type grease that come on new tools
THIS MONTH IN WOODWORKING:
GUESS WHAT THE NEW TOY IS...
Watch past episodes of Behind the Sawdust here...
For one weekend in June, a bunch of YouTube makers converged upon Skiatook, OK to build, create and hang out with fans. The event was organized by Video Woodworkers, and it was a radical departure from the trade-show events of the past! If you weren't there, perhaps you'll enjoy a look at what you missed:
Skiatook Work Bench Build
Jay gives you a look at what went on in his booth, including a complete workbench build using hand tools and construction lumber!
WOOD BY WRIGHT
James Wright gives a guided tour of some of the happenings at the event, including an off-sight visit with a guy who is building a GIANT steel ship in his front yard!
STONE AND SONS WORKSHOP
This is a more casual look at the event, showing the public response, including the several giveaways, and more.
Jimmy Diresta Interview
Well known maker, Jimmy Diresta talks about his background and what drives him to make.
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