Welcome to a special episode of Behind the Sawdust. Normally we have a bit of fun reporting the woodworking news, making some wise cracks and offering some tips. But today we have some big announcements about what has been going on behind the scenes, including a new book, a new magazine and a new tool giveaway. So stick around to the end, it will be worth it, believe me!
The last year has been the busiest of my life. The first eight months were spent preparing for the last two months, then everything came to a head starting with the Woodworking in America event in Kansas City this past September. As most of you know, I had the huge privilege of being one of the invited speakers, on a list that includes some of the biggest names in our craft. That meant teaching a two hour class, which was standing room only. That was very humbling because the tickets for the full teaching portion of the conference were nearly $500 each, so I expected people to be really choosy about which classes they attended. And since I was speaking at the same time as folks like Chris Schwarz and Roy Underhill and Marc Adams and Tom Fidgen- well, I expected my class to be pretty sparse. But we were overly full, seriously I think we may have had more people in our class than Chris and Roy had next door, which was very exciting for me. We also spent a couple of days in our big booth on the showroom floor talking to people about our homemade jigs and woodworking machines, many of which were there for people to inspect. And Roy Underhill and I spent some time in front the audience talking about the Woodwright’s Shop and answering questions about hand tool woodworking. So the conference can best be described as a year of intense preparation that culminated in two days of nerve wracking public speaking and nausea. And a little Kansas City BBQ.
Around that same time my book was released. It took a whole year to write, which was while we were also perparign for Woodworking in America, so that’s a big part of why you haven’t seen as much content online this year. The book was published by F W Media, which is the company that publishes Popular Woodworking magazine and some of the best woodworking books in the industry. Mine hit book stores about a month ago and has been a huge hit. You can buy it all over the place, but I am signing copies through our website. I know I signed more than a hundred copies in the first week or two, so they are going really fast. I’m only signing 200 copies total, so if you want one you had better go to StumpyNubs.com today and get it. You have to get it from our website if you want a signed copy. And once they are gone, that’s it.
In the meantime I’ve been working on a big table saw class for Popular Woodworking University, which will be really awesome. They will be taking enrolments for that next year. But maybe the biggest news is the launch of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal! And that is what I really want to talk to you about today.
Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal is sort of like an online woodworking magazine, except rather than being published every other month like most woodworking magazines, it’s going to be every other week. Of course, to publish that many issues each year will require it to be a bit shorter than a typical woodworking magazine, which is why I am calling it a Journal. Plus, I don’t want people to think we are trying to compete with some of the woodworking magazines out there. I am a huge fan of Popular Woodworking and Woodworker’s Journal and others, and I think you should be too. This is going to be something totally different. I suppose you could also call it a newsletter, but I think that word isn’t really big enough because this is going to be so much more than a typical newsletter. I don’t know if it matters what we call it, but I’m going with Journal.
Each issue will be divided into various sections such as Power Tool Woodworking, Hand Tool Woodworking, Homemade Woodworking Machines, Woodworking News and Tips, and a section just for fun. Each of these sections will include both video and articles that you can access right from the page. For example, you can click to play the videos or even enlarge them to full screen, all without leaving the journal. There will be project videos, lots of homemade machines and jigs, woodworking tips and tricks, even a return of our Behind the Sawdust news videos and our Old Timey Woodworking hand tool content. Besides videos we’ll also have a lot of really informative articles. We’re working on one for the next issue that will be all about how to investigate and determine the date of a piece of furniture. We have another coming up about how old-timey woodworkers used a carpenter’s square to do all sorts of cool things. We’ll have tool reviews. Hand tool and power tool woodworking techniques. Some of it will be serious, but we’ll also have the Just for fun section which will be more, well, fun. Each issue will be different with new projects, videos and articles, and I expect each section to grow over time to include even more content. We’ll even be including content submitted from other online woodworkers.
So, how do you get this online woodworking journal? You go to stumpynubs.com and subscribe. It’s free, we just need your email address so we can send you a link when each issue is released. We won’t send you any junk mail, we don’t even share your email with our sponsors. It’s strictly for our use. So please, just take a minute right now, pause this video. Open another tab on your web browser and type in stumpynubs.com. Click the link at the top of the page and it will tell you how to subscribe. If you have already subscribed to our newsletter you are all set. You don’t have to do it again.
Of course, you also get another huge benefit if you subscribe. You will automatically be entered into our tool giveaways! We already gave away thousands of dollars in tools this year, and not junk. Good stuff like a $600 Tormek sharpener, a $400 Bora tool stand, Clearvue and Trend and Rockler have given us all sorts of cool stuff to give away. And all you have to do is be one of our email subscribers. You don’t have to enter for each giveaway individually, you are automatically subscribed to every drawing as long as you are on our list. Which brings me to our current giveaway!
To help us launch Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal, the folks at Affinity Tools and Portamate are letting us give away one of their ultra high end, P254 router motors. It’s 3.25 HP, so you’ll be able to use any router bits, even the big panel raisers. I am going to put a link to the product page in the show notes below so you can see the features. But I can tell you that this is one awesome router. It’s the same on in use in my workshop. They retail for $260, but we are giving one away to someone on our email subscribers’ list in two weeks. So if you aren’t already a subscriber, go subscribe now! We’ll also have a full review of this router in the next issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal.
So, that’s the big news today. Next week we’ll get back to the regular woodworking news here on Behind the Sawdust and on our website. Let me know what you think about the big changes in the comments below, and be sure to check out the sample issue over at Stumpynubs.com. And please support our sponsors who are making this possible, especially Rockler, Trend, Tormek, Sjosbergs, Wynn, Clearvue and Sawstop. These folks are paying the bills so you can get this new journal for free. So if you could thank them by just visiting one of their sites and looking around for even just a minute, that would be awesome. These are small companies with really nice people behind them. They have been very supportive of us, and I hope you will support them in return. Then we can all sit back and have a cold one, because you’ve earned my friend!
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