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Andre Roubo was among the oldest of the old-timey woodworkers, and the unique drawings found in his eighteenth century book have inspired woodworkers for over 200 years. Stumpy has designed a version of this bench which is by far the easiest, least expensive version to make. You can build one without difficult joinery, and without compromises in strength and features, all from cheap construction lumber! It's big, beefy and full of all the features a hand tool woodworker, or even a power tool woodworker, would appreciate.
This rack was created with that in mind. It is designed to evolve with your collection. Not only can you move the bits around, you can also move the holes! This makes it possible to group bits by type, to add more places for 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch shaft bits, and each bit holder is removable so you may keep the bit protected when you take it to your bench or router table. This may be the last bit rack you ever build!
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.
Traditional workbenches are great! The problem is that planning and project assembly tasks are best done at a low bench, but cutting joinery such as dovetails is more comfortable at a higher bench. Most shops don’t have multiple benches for multiple uses, so we bend down for our dovetailing.
This workstation seeks to solve that problem! When placed on a standard bench top it raises your work up so you can stand erect and work more comfortably. It includes work-holding clamps so it may be used on any work-surface, no vice required. And other clever features, such as a drawer to hold all your dovetailing tools and a replaceable chopping surface, make it very versatile.
This drum sander design is unlike anything you've ever seen before! It is a "dual stage" machine, meaning both the top and the bottom of the sanding drum may be used. This enables you to sand any flat work piece to thickness by feeding it through the machine via a hand-cranked feed belt, OR you can pass your work pieces over the top of the machine for fast sanding of flat surfaces and even edges! There isn't another drum sander with this capability ANYWHERE! It's also designed to use inexpensive, easy to find 6" sanding belts, and rather than peeling off the paper to change grits, you swap out the whole drum via a quick-release system!
This workstation does it all. It begins with the t-track embedded top (which you can buy or make) that provides endless possibilities for work holding, tool mounting and more. Lift the top and slide it behind the cabinet using the innovative, spring-loaded tracking system and you reveal a downdraft sanding station. When you aren't using the workstation it is designed to serve as a table saw out-feed table. Did I mention the pull-out platform that nearly doubles the work surface, and the ample storage?
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.
If you use a lot of plywood or if you just like to keep a few sheets on hand, this is the project for you! It's a storage cart that organizes both full and partial sheets. But it also includes a clever feature that holds large panels upright so you may break them down easily with a circular saw and an edge guide. No more carrying and flipping big, heavy sheets around the shop. Do it all right on the storage cart! The whole thing is mobile so you can roll it around and tuck it in a corner. And it's built from inexpensive construction lumber.
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.
Every workshop should have at least one saw bench. Not only is this an indispensable tool for sawing, it’s also a comfortable and portable workspace for chopping, boring and all sorts of other tasks. This version of the classic saw bench includes some extra features. For one thing, there’s a split that runs down the center to support both sides of the board while you rip down its length. There are holes for holdfasts to secure your work while you drill or chop sitting down. And it’s large enough to use as a step stool or an extra seat while shooting the breeze. But the best part is it can be built with some old construction lumber!
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".
It may look like a regular router table, but it has a feature that very few have! The front of the table surface slides in a precision track, and that makes all the difference. It's like having a built in coping sled for safely and accurately routing small parts or routing the end of narrow stock. You clamp your work piece right down to the table, then slide the carriage past the bit. It adds a level of safety and precision that no standard router table can match, and the uses are endless. Add to that the six drawers for bit and accessory storage and you have a router table that will do more things and last longer than any you've ever owned!
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!
This is the ultimate table saw improvement! Not only does it add a giant work area to your bench top or contractor style saw, it can be combined with some of our other homemade tools to create an entire workshop in a 4X8 foot area! There are also sixteen drawers, several storage shelves, and room for various other small machines. Add a bench top drill press and a mini lathe, you name it! (There's even a built in lumber rack, for goodness sake!)
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"!
This may be the only clamp rack you ever need. It will hold between 20-40 clamps, depending on the type, including F-clamps, parallel clamps, pipe clamps, bar clamps or pistol grip clamps. Set up the rack according to the types you own now. If you get more of a different type later, the rack adjusts to always efficiently use the valuable wall space. And it only requires a half sheet of plywood!
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!