Welcome to Stumpy Nubs Woodworking University!
For years we’ve been providing free woodworking tips, tricks, projects and tutorials in our videos and through the pages of our e-magazine, Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal. While there is much to learn from our free content, many wish to delve deeper into specific subjects that are of particular interest to them. Or they may wish to learn the craft in a more organized manner rather than the through the random and abbreviated format so common on YouTube and other websites.
Who should enroll in Stumpy Nubs Woodworking University?
Our enrollees include new woodworkers who wish to learn the fundamentals so they may work more safely and efficiently. Others are more experienced woodworkers looking to master specific tools or techniques. Still others are simply looking for a challenging project, and the guidance they need to complete it.
Learn what you want, when you want, where you want!
Would you like to use your table saw or router more effectively? Would you like to learn to build and use essential shop jigs? What about improving your joinery skills so your future projects will last a lifetime? SNWU teaches you the skills and techniques you need to become a better, more confident woodworker.
Affordable and comprehensive curriculum!
While others charge hundreds of dollars for their online courses, we are committed to making Stumpy Nubs University accessible to all! Many of our courses are priced between $20-$50. That’s quite a bargain when you consider all our courses have to offer:
Both video and written instruction-
Each course includes dozens of short, detailed videos for those who learn best by watching; as well as comprehensive, photo-rich articles for those who prefer to read or who wish to revisit key points without scanning through a long video.
An ideal format for learning-
Courses are broken down into multiple lessons, and lessons are broken down into smaller parts, each with its own set of videos and articles, and concluding with a brief review box to help you identify and retain the key points.
Many of the courses at Stumpy Nubs University include projects that have been carefully designed to help you learn new skills or master certain tools. When you learn by doing rather than just watching or reading, your education stays with you for a lifetime.
Everything you need…
You’ll be well equipped before you walk into the shop with step-by step videos and project plans including drawings, shopping lists, cut lists, photos and written instructions. You can even print the project plans out so you don’t need a computer or an internet connection in the workshop!
…from start to finish!
We are with you from the first cut to the final finish, and everything in between. You won’t just build a project, you will learn a host of tips, tricks and techniques that will make you a better woodworker!
When you enroll in a course at Stumpy Nubs Woodworking University you get access the entire course, including all included projects and lessons, immediately. You can start right away, or wait until you have more time. And you can continue to access it forever, so you may take a break when you get busy and pick up later where you left off. You can even re-take your course again in the future!
Try before you buy-
Rather than just reading about the courses, why not have a look for yourself? For a limited time we are offering our Table Saw 101 course free of charge! This five-part course covers the basics of table saw safety and use. It does not include any projects or plans, but it is a good example of how our courses are laid out, broken down and presented in an organized way that’s conducive to learning. Select the Table Saw 101 course from the list below and get started!
Below you will find the courses that are currently available. Bookmark this page and check back every few weeks to see what’s new. In the meantime, subscribe to our free e-magazine (Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal) for updates and for more tips, tricks and tutorials.
THE TABLE SAW COURSE EVERYONE SHOULD TAKE.This course provides a comprehensive education that goes well beyond what other “Table Saw Basics” courses have to offer. Every woodworker, regardless of skill level, should take this course. It will teach new woodworkers the basics they need to use their saws safely and effectively. And it will provide valuable reminders that will help more experienced woodworkers that will keep their skills sharp and their fingers safe.
More courses coming soon!
We just launched SNWU, so there may not be many courses available yet. But we are already working on some new courses, including:
Progressive Woodworking Courses
Getting Started in Woodworking- This introductory course includes five projects that are specifically designed to provide a new woodworker with a solid foundation of valuable skills. Only very basic tools are required (a portable circular saw, a drill, etc.), making this course ideal for those who do not yet have a dedicated workshop. After completing these projects you will not only have several pieces of furniture you will be proud of, you will be ready to take on future projects of your own. Learn basic project design, how to fit parts and joinery, how to make doors and drawers, how to work with edge banding and how to apply paints, stains and clear finishes. Projects include an outdoor garden bench, a rolling shop stool, a pair of stacking bookshelves, a multi-level outdoor planter, and a chimney cupboard.
Becoming a Better Woodworker- This course is for those who own a table saw and who have made a few basic projects but wish to get a little more serious about their craft. Learn how to pay attention to detail, how to make and use jigs and how to cut more advanced joinery. Discover the basics of small-scale veneering and how to achieve a fine finish. This course will turn beginners into confident woodworkers with the skills to tackle just about anything. Projects include five types of boxes and frames, an end table/nightstand, a trestle table and chairs, and a chest of drawers.
Next-level Woodworking- This advanced course is for experienced woodworkers who wish to graduate to truly impressive work. You’ll learn advanced joinery, decorative veneering and marquetry, basic turning, carving and design. Projects include a dovetailed blanket chest, a box with a relief carving, a cabinet with decorative veneers, and a turned lamp.
Courses for Mastering your Tools
Advanced Table Saw Joinery- Pick up where our table saw basics course left off and learn to cut tapers, dados, grooves, lap and bridle joints, finger joints, coves and more. After this course, there’s little you won’t be able to do with your table saw!
Router Basics- Learn how to choose and use a router safely and effectively including handheld and table-mounted operations. Achieve cleaner cuts, eliminate tear-out, combine bit profiles to create creative moldings and cut basic joinery.
Advanced Router Techniques- Get the most from your router and router table in this next-level course. Cut mortise and tenon joints, dovetails and finger joints. Build and use essential jigs. Learn to utilize templates and master frame and panel construction for furniture and cabinets.
Sharpening for Woodworkers- Learn what sharp really means using various methods from sandpaper to stones to power systems. Learn to sharpen with jigs or without, and how to get the perfect edge on chisels, plane irons, knives and other woodworking tools.
Scroll Sawing with Mustache Mike- The Stache is back!
Build your Own Kitchen Cabinets- Gain the skills and confidence you need to tackle that project you’ve been promising yourself for a long time! We’ll design and build wall cabinets, base cabinets- both frameless and with traditional face frames. Learn cope and stick and mitered construction with raised panels or glass. Make and install drawers. Then apply a durable painted, stained or clear finish.
All about Cutting Boards- Everything you need to know about making cutting boards for yourself, your friends or for profit. You’ll build them in slab-style, strip-style, end-grain and beautifully segmented with complex designs. Plus make cheese boards and pizza peels, and learn how to finish and maintain your wooden products.
Make an Exterior Door- This is a bucket list project for many woodworkers! Build a solid wood door that will adorn your home for generations. Learn techniques to prevent warping and how to endure the forces of nature.
Make A Hybrid Rocking Chair- This rocking chair is part Windsor, part Maloof-style with a unique carved crest. Not only is it a great chair, it’s also a great introduction to chairmaking!