Monday, April 30, 2012

Episode 17: The Accidental Invention

I just wanted to build a jig to cut raised panels, I never imagined I would be turning the woodworking world on it’s ear. The jig we built last episode has gotten out of control. Now it does everything from cutting miters to trimming my toenails, and I am considering adding an adapter to open my cold ones.
You’ll get to see the new invention run amuck, plus I demonstrate how to survive without a jointer and still flatten wood like a man. Then I tell you why my neighbor thinks I’m a lunatic. Enjoy…
(Plans for the new machine are at the Stumpy Store)

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Stumpy Nubs is sponsoring a Jig Design contest! It's simple... make a jig. Doesn't matter how complicated or how simple. It doesn't have to be your own invention (don't violate any patents) it just has to be useful, unique, or even humorous. Just have fun with it.

Take some photos and write a brief description, then email it to jigcontest@runbox (.com)

All entries must be received by midnight EST on June 1, 2012.

We will judge them based on uniqueness, usefulness, and various other factors. Winners will be announced on June 10, 2012 on a special episode of Blue Collar Woodworking. Three prize winners will be selected at our discretion. They will receive a special prize package from Stumpy Nubs. A number of entries will be given honorable mention on the show.

We are not responsible for any submissions that may be made without proper authorization of the jig designer, patent holder or any other concerned party. By entering the contest you are assuring us that you have the legal right to produce the jig, and you authorize Stumpy Nubs or his representatives to produce, exhibit or share design features of the jig for any and all purposes.

Stumpy Nubs does NOT demand exclusive rights to any jig submitted.

Episode 16: Raise your panels!

I don't know why anyone would want to skin a cat, but I hear there is more than one way to do it. The same is true with raised panels, you know, the ones we use on all our fancy cabinet doors... So this week Stumpy tries to make one with nothing but a Stanley #4 hand plane...

...then he decides to make a machine to do it for him.

Before all is said an done we have a new jig that does far more than it was originally intended to, and Stumpy is telling us the next best thing to having a different router for every bit.

Then we make a *BIG ANNOUNCEMENT*, and Stumpy tells you why he hates April 15th.

It's sure to be more fun than a barrel of Kool-whip, so enjoy.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Episode 15: Biscuit Drawers

What is the difference between Stumpy Nubs and the Townsend brothers? While you're pondering that unbelievable brain teaser, ask yourself what is the best tool you own that cost less than $4 new, and try to picture Stumpy cutting his hair with a lawn mower. Those are just some of the things you'll find in the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Stumpy Short #3: A use for your old CD stuff

In this "Stumpy Short" I answer a viewer's question about how to use his old CD/DVD spindles in the workshop. Here's a hint: your hairy chest problems will be a thing of the past!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Episode 14: Da Plane! Da Plane!

This week is all about hand planes... We start out with a quick tool review, then we make a scrub plane for just #10. Along the way we learn the fastest way to put a camber on a plane iron, we reveal the plane till on the Ultimate Tool Cabinet, we design a deluxe, wall mounted hand plane cabinet, we discuss which bench planes every woodworker should have and why, and then we wrap up with Stumpy confessing his obsession. This one has a LOT crammed into a short episode, but I think it's one of the best, so enjoy!