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This little tool rest was one of our first projects, way back in the old Blue Collar Woodworking show days. Since then it has become one of our most popular, with so many requests for plans that we decided to give in and make some! It is fully adjustable and designed to be used with the Veritas grinding jig- (though it can also be used on its own). There's a slot in the top platform that allows you to move the jig side-to-side as you grind, and the whole platform also advances forward and back, a handy feature that no other tool rest I have seen has!
This is a new take on an old-timey tool that every modern woodworker should have. A bench hook is essential for making crosscuts by hand, and with the addition of shooting board features (both for 90-degree and miters cuts), it becomes an ultra-precise cutting jig for fine tuning project parts to a perfect fit. The Stumpy Nubs version includes features we've never seen before, including multiple fence options, hardwood reinforced tracks, and replaceable vital parts to ensure it will last a lifetime.
This machine was born out of frustration! Stumpy had a cheap hand-held biscuit joiner that he picked up on a whim at Harbor Freight. The problem with cheap units like that is the difficulty that comes with making an accurately placed slot without the tool rocking out of position during the cut! So, like any good woodworker, Stumpy set out to find a solution. And the result is a bench top unit that can make a cheap tool into something easier to use than even the expensive hand-held versions. The Bench-top Biscuit Joiner is fast and accurate, inexpensive to build, and has dozens of uses. It's great for edge gluing boards, strengthening any butt joint, cutting slots for raised panels and picture frames... you name it!
Stumpy's amazing x-y sliding drill press table is a little big for some drill presses, so he got to work on a more compact solution- smaller, easier to build, but still loaded with features, like replaceable inserts, slide out trays for drill bit storage, a unique fence based dust collection system, and a t-style fence locking mechanism.
Have a lot of shelf pin holes to drill? Want a large, bench top machine that allows you to drill two rows at once, without messing with clamps to keep it in place? This is a jig unlike any other!
The work piece slides inside the jig, rather than clamping the jig onto the work piece. A turn of a crank is all you have to do to secure it in place. The template on top allows you to drill a hole every second in stock of any thickness and up to a foot wide. Jobs like cabinets and small bookcases won't require re-positioning at all, you can do both rows of holes at once. Longer work pieces are easier than ever to do because you don't have to remove the jig to re-position, you simply loosen the crank and slide the board!
This is a hand plane till for the ages! It's designed to hold the planes you have now, and those you will acquire in the future as your skills and collection grow. It can hold 8-12 bench planes including a full set of Stanley sizes #3-8, plus a couple of extras (scrub plane, extra smoother, etc) AND several block or specialty planes! Or it can be customized to hold your favorite selection. It also includes a large drawer for other tools or sharpening accessories.
It's true- you can NEVER have enough clamps. But it's also a little known fact- you can never have a big enough clamp rack! The problem is, a lot of small shops don't have the wall space for a large selection of clamps. So Stumpy set out to make a compact solution that would hold a lot of clamps in a little space.
This clamp rack has three layers which open like cabinet doors. It will hold 48 clamps, enough for even the biggest glue-ups! But the best part is that those clamps can now be stored in just a 3X2' space on your shop wall! It will fit regular twist bar clamps as well as the one handed ratcheting bar clamps. The same principal can also be adapted to hold pipe clamps.
These ten picture frames (inspired by an old magazine) have been modified so you can make them with common router bits, using standard 3/4" thick stock. Add some contrasting wood or a little color, and you will be amazed what you can do with a few bits! Take the skills you learn from these frames (and the video below) and make your own designs, as well!
A fair amount of work went into modifying, digitally modeling and diagramming these profiles, so I am charging a few dollars for that effort. I also recommend you watch the free videos below for additional tips.
Stumpy was inspired by a particularly enjoyable ride in a Ferris wheel with his mother-in-law to build a tool stand that takes the "flip top" idea to places it never dreamed of! Instead of holding two tools or machines, this one holds FOUR, and none of them flip upside down! He made his to hold a bench grinder, a couple of sharpening machines and a hand sharpening station, but it can be easily modified to hold any kind of small to medium machine you like.
This easy to build jig makes it possible to create traditional raised panels on the router table without any special bits. All you need is a simple straight router bit, and the results are quick, easy and repeatable.
A mini cyclone designed to keep your filter clean and your vacuum working hard! There are commercial versions on the market, but ours is easy and inexpensive to make, and will mount directly on your vacuum so you don't have to pull a separate bucket around. Vacuum surgery is optional, and we walk you through the whole thing! This project was featured on episodes 51 & 52 of "The Stumpy Nubs Workshop".
These homemade spring clamps are easy to make, and cost almost nothing (assuming you have some scrap wood and rubber bands laying around.) They're great for light duty clamping, and make an excellent project for kids- just be sure to supervise while they use the band saw or scroll saw. The link below will provide you with patterns for a large and small version.
Stop sawdust boogers forever! This downdraft table is an all in one solution for a small shop with a big 20" X 30" work surface complete with an embedded t-track holding system. Not only will it tame the sawdust, it has countless other uses for securing your workpieces with clamps, stops, risers and hold downs for sanding, cutting, routing carving... the list goes on and on!
Stumpy wanted a new place to do what he does, and this is the result: A mobile workstation with more features than you've ever seen in one place. It has five roomy drawers, a clamp rack, built in nail and screw bins, an innovative power tool storage area, organizer bins for parts and accessories, a special top with built in T-Tracks, even a pull out sharpening station! It's easy to see why he calls it "ultimate"!
Turn your Worksharp sharpening system into a super-sharpener for all of your woodworking needs. These modifications include replacing the glass discs with inexpensive alternatives, using buffing compounds instead of the pricey sandpaper, and a stand that not only includes storage for all of your discs and accessories, but includes a large platform to make it possible to sharpen wide plane and chisel blades with a simple honing jig! These changes are easy to do and will make your Worksharp do a lot more, plus save you a bundle!
This is a drill press table unlike anything you have ever seen before. Despite its compact profile, it is PACKED with features, including two drill bit storage drawers, a quick-release T-style fence, built in dust collection, replaceable inserts and a clever mechanism that allows the table surface to slide forward and back, as well as left to right! When combined with the built in stops, or simple layout lines on a piece of tape, this mechanism can make your drill press do a LOT more! Use it to make rows of holes for shelf pins, etc., all with easy repeatability. You can even put a router bit in the drill press and use the table for milling shallow mortises and inlays. You're bound to find even more uses for this unique table!