Welcome to another edition of Behind the Sawdust where we give you the latest in woodworking news, tips and tools. This episode is sponsored by Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, ClearVue Cyclones, and Trend Routing Technology. Please visit their websites at the links in the notes below the video. They pay the bills you can get free woodworking infotainment. Now let’s get started with the woodworking news…
The mid-January issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal will be released in the coming days and will include nine new videos and several new articles, making it the largest edition of the digital magazine yet. Highlights will include a new table saw sled, a lesson in box joints, a mini wooden safe project, a homemade hand plane, sharpening tips, two hand tool projects, and a very controversial video about CNC woodworking that you won’t want to miss. You can subscribe to Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal for free at stumpynubs.com or by using the link below the video.
Popular Woodworking Magazine has a new online editor with ten fingers and an unconfirmed number of toes. John Russelburg recently introduced himself by reminiscing about his time in a Shaker reproduction shop that had a strict policy concerning fingers and how they should never leave the hand. He also learned to love woodworking but hate Melamine during his time as a professional cabinet maker. If you’d like to wish him success, chat about woodworking, or tell him how much you love Stumpy Nubs you will find his email address in the show notes below the video.
The Woodworking Shows return this weekend! The first of thirteen cities on the schedule is Baltimore at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Cow Palace. That’s right, it’s at the Cow Palace. The three days are sure to include much more woodworking education than cows, especially considering the all-star lineup of speakers including Glen Huey, Chuck Bender and Miss Makita.
Bosch has turned the tables on miter saws. They’ve recently released a new 12” sliding compound saw with a front mounted lever for adjusting the saw’s tilt or bevel angle. Previously, miter saws required you to reach around behind the unit to adjust the bevel while only the miter angle could be adjusted from the front. Woodworkers with short, chubby arms are sure to love this new innovation which retails for $549.
Graham Haydon and Tom Iovino have joined the Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal team! The two well-known woodworking bloggers will be contributing videos and articles to future issues of the online woodworking journal selected from their own websites. Tom Iovino has been one of the craft’s best known bloggers at Tom’s Workbench for many years. Graham Haydon, who has been mentioned many times on our show, writes regularly for the Popular Woodworking Editor’s Blog and produces excellent videos that will be featured in the “Hand Tool Woodworking” section of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal.
Let’s check out the blogs…
Speaking of hand tool phenom, Graham Haydon, he’s been writing a series of articles about building sawhorses for woodworking by hand at the Popular Woodworking editor’s blog. The step by step tutorial includes excellent photos and tips to guide you on your way and is highly recommended.
While you’re over at the Popular Woodworking blog, you’ll also want to check out Yoav Liberman’s three-part series on the “bench bull.” Just what the heck is a bench bull and why would you want one in your china shop, you ask? An excellent question! A bench bull a workbench attachment that solves common clamping problems while raising your work to a more comfortable level, such as when dovetailing panels. It’s made from pieces of 2X4 lumber, but then he added pipe clamps… you just have to see it. You’ll find links in the show notes below.
Chris Schwarz wants to save you hours of hand planning. He says the key to fast stock prep is to get the planes going and never stop until you’re finished. That means jointing, planning AND smoothing all at the same time. If that sounds exhausting you should read his carefully thought out reasoning at the link in the show notes.
If you’re a scroll sawyer, the next sixty seconds are going to blow your mind because our senior scroll saw correspondent, Mustache Mike is on hand to tell us what’s new in the craft.
M- Vote Now, people! The Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts People’s Choice Awards are going on now and the finalists are awaiting your vote to decide who will rule the scroll saw universe for the coming year. Finalists for the toys and games category include several toys and a number of games. If you want your vote to count you have to get to the polls at the link in the show notes. If you don’t vote, you don’t get to spend the next year complaining about who got elected.
M- If you have a useless kid sitting around your house you may want to teach him how to scroll saw. Scrollsawer.com has a free step-by-step guide that you can use to walk the little crumb cruncher through the process from preparing the wood to making various cuts, even troubleshooting common problems. You’ll find that in the show notes as well.
If you’re a wood turner, the next sixty seconds are going to blow your mind because our wood turning correspondent, Mustache Mike is on hand to tell us what’s new in the craft.
M-There’s a magical place in France where wooden spinning tops and whistles are still made by hand, and it’s been featured in a well-produced video which promises nearly four minutes of fun for all ages. I don’t want to give away the ending, but it involves an antique belt driven lathe, some wood and a Frenchman with a paint brush. You should definitely check it out.
M-Woodworkers and wood turners alike will want to read Eric Meier’s guide to drying wood at home, found at the WoodDatabase.com. It’s full of practical tips to avoid common mistakes that can cost you a lot of valuable stock. He says you should use proper stacking techniques; avoid juvenile wood, branches or leaning trees; stay away from knots; and handle spiral and interlocked grain with care. For more details, visit the link in the show notes below.
They say cleanliness is next to godliness, but who is they, and why should we believe what they say. Is a clean bench really that important? How often do you stop to sweep up your work area and put away your tools during a long project? This is a good subject for a debate segment we like to call point/counterpoint.
M- I never stop working to clean up my bench. I come into the shop to make something, not to do chores.
S- I like to clean up between each phase of a project. I hate a cluttered bench as much as I hate his mustache.
M- Starting in already, huh? Well I think you’re full of it. It took us half an hour to clean off this bench so we could film the show.
S- Maybe you should clean out your ears. I said I chose specific times to clean, like after I dimension my stock I will straighten up before I move on to assembly, and again before finishing. It just makes sense.
M- What makes sense is getting the project finished, not messing around with a broom and dust pan. Besides, if you leave shavings on the floor that’s just extra padding for your chubby little feet.
S- But a clean work area is a safe work area, and even if you do have an accident, it’ll be easier to pick a finger up off the floor if it’s not lost in a pile of sawdust.
M- I cut off one finger and you never let me live it down.
S- It was my finger.
M- That’s neither here nor there. I’ll do the woodworking; you do the cleaning.
S- Maybe we should get some of those French maid outfits.
M-I don’t think they come in your size, fatty.
Well, that wraps things up for this edition of Behind the Sawdust. Be sure to check out the latest issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal, full of videos, articles, homemade tools, woodworking tips and more. You can subscribe for free at stumpynubs.com. And don’t forget to support our sponsors Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, ClearVue Cyclones, and Trend Routing Technology Because without them, we couldn’t do all that we do. By supporting them you are supporting us, and I can’t tell you how much we appreciate that. You should sit back and have a cold one, because you’ve earned it, my friend!
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