Hey guys, welcome back to Behind the Sawdust, our weekly-ish blog that shows you what goes on when the cameras are off at the Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal shops. At the end of today’s episode, I’ll be telling you how you can win a signed edition of Roy Underhill’s woodworking novel, so stick around for a few minutes, or fast forward to the end, it’s up to you. In the meantime, we’ll get everybody up to date on the happenings around here, and preview the upcoming issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal.
As you know, I’ve been traveling a lot the last couple of months with public events all over the place, but that’s all finished now and I’m glad to be back home. Not that I didn’t enjoy meeting all of you that came out to the various events. I actually met hundreds of viewers form all over the country, which was fantastic. The Rockler store openings in the Detroit and Chicago areas were especially enjoyable because they were smaller events, so I just got to sit there and chat with whole groups of people. I signed a ton of books, took a lot of pictures that I’ve been seeing popping up all over your social media accounts, which is always a nice reminder of how much I need to diet. But the big events were fun too. IWF was just awsome, and the city of Atlanta was a blast. And Woodworking in America is always my favorite show because I get to teach, which is something I get really nervous and obsessive about beforehand, but I end up really enjoying. Especially when there’s a big turnout, and all of my classes this year were bigger than last year’s. Two of them had more than a hundred students, so that was very exciting. But that’s all behind us now. And we’re back to work on creating new content for Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal.
I don’t know if you got a chance to check out the new issue that came out about a week ago. If you didn’t, you can check it all out for free over at Stumpynubs.com. This was our second expanded issue, which means it included additional content like a project gallery full of cool ideas, and there’s a new Q&A box on the left column. This time the question was about avoiding scorching your chisels and plane irons when you’re using a benchtop grinder. Some people really have a hard time with that, so I gave five tips to help keep your edge cool- and none of them involved dipping the iron in water, which sort of goes without saying. You should check and see what that’s all about, and the only way is to actually go to the issue on our website, because not everything in Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal is on our YouTube channel.
The cover story, so to speak, is a new jig I designed for the router table. It’s a compact sled that has a different function assigned to each of three different sides. It’s a small parts holder, a coping sled, a circle cutting jig, it will cut tenons and half laps, and it was really easy and inexpensive to make, so check it out, and if you need help making your own you can get a set of plans using the link below the video.
We also had several great tutorials in the new issue. There’s one about carbide turning tools which answers a lot of the questions many people have about them, particularly whether they are a good alternative to high speed steel. And that video will also show you how to turn a mallet, which is a great first project if you’re just getting into turning. I think we’ll be doing a lot more wood turning content in future issues, because it’s not only a lot of fun to do, but it’s fun to watch those shavings come off on video. I always enjoy turning videos.
Another tutorial you really should check out if you haven’t already is the one we did on relief carving fundamentals. I’m carving a cluster of dogwood blossoms in the video, but it’s not really about that project. It’s about teaching six important lessons that you need to know if you’re going to start adding some carving to your furniture and other projects. Even if you’ve never tried carving before, you really should check it out. Because once you get these fundamentals down, just about anyone can do some impressive carving, and it really changes your overall woodworking capabilities.
I don’t know if you remember the last issue, but we had a video in there about making a homemade router plane. Well in this new issue we follow that up with a tutorial about how even power tool woodworkers can benefit from this simple tool. We talk about using it to tune up your joinery, flatten the bottoms of dados and grooves, mortise hinges- If you aren’t using a router plane, you’re really missing out on a great tool.
Of course the new issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal isn’t all about tutorials, there’s also several great projects, including my personal favorite- the workshop tape dispenser. Mustache mike made it to hold three different widths of blue tape, and it can either go on a wall on sit on a benchtop. There’s also a cool mechanical gumball machine built in the Rube Goldberg style, and an oriole feeder which is a great project for craft shows or as gifts.
That’s just the highlights. There are seventeen videos and a bunch of other stuff in the issue, not all of which is on our YouTube channel, so be sure and check it out.
So, what’s in store for the upcoming November issue? Well, we expanded the last couple of issues, and in November we are going to be expanding again. I want to see just how much we can pack in and still get it out in a month. So we have TWENTY-SEVEN videos and articles planned. That’s right, twenty-seven! At least that’s the plan. We’ll see how it all works out because I don’t want the November issue to come out late like the last couple were. I want to get it out just a couple of days after the first, if at all possible. So, how are we going to manage 27 new videos and articles?
Well, we are going to be changing the way we do some things. For one thing, we are really going to be focusing on content that helps you improve your shop and your skills. We talked about that a little bit a few vlogs ago. Shop projects and tutorials are sort of our thing here, and we’ve gotten away from that a bit by making too many little crafty projects like so many of the other woodworking channels do. We’re still going to have project videos, but they will have a purpose other than to show you some project that you’ll never build. We are going to be focusing on teaching more skills, more tips, more jigs, more of the things that most of you subscribed for in the first place. We’re going to be doing more power tool tutorials especially. And much of our hand tool content will be centered around how certain old-timey techniques can be implemented in today’s modern, electrically powered workshops. We are going to be making a lot more short, quick-tip videos featuring Mustache Mike. I’d like to see two of those a week, but time will tell if that’s going to be possible. We’ll also be featuring more videos from contributors. You’ll see how this all comes out together in the November issue. But the idea is to spread the content out throughout the month, releasing some new videos every week, and then we tie it all together with some special content at the end of the month in Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal.
If you’d like a couple of hints about exactly what will be in the next issue- I can tell you that we have a new incremental tenon jig for the table saw, a tutorial on cutting rabbet joints more accurately, we’ll be reviewing a new mini-lathe, teaching you how to sharpen your router bits yourself, and a bunch of other stuff. So, if you haven’t subscribed already, go to our website and do it now. It’s free.
By the way, in next week’s Behind the Sawdust we will be doing a Q&A about all sorts of subjects. Really, anything you want to ask, I’ll at least consider answering. So if you would like to know something about me, or what we do at Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal, or if you have a woodworking related question, whatever it is, post it in the comments below. Also next week, I am going to randomly choose someone from our email subscribers at Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal, and send them a copy of Roy Underhill’s hilarious woodworking novel- “Calvin Cobb, Radio Woodworker”, personally signed by Roy himself. It’s a great book, and Roy was nice enough to give me this signed copy, and I’m going to give it away to one of you. So, if you aren’t already an email subscriber, go to our website and sign up. Once you do, you are automatically entered into all our giveaways for as long as you’re a subscriber. It’s free, and we never send any junk mail.
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