Kick your woodworking up a notch! (Hall tree project part 1)

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60-Tooth Plywood blade:
Bora WTX 50″ Edge Guide with saw plate:
Bora WTX router dado plate:
Bora Centipede Word Supports:

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35 Replies

  1. Basca dog Reply

    Amazon – Bora Edge guide won't ship for 1 – 3 months.. Really. Guess I'll pass

  2. Nir Goshen Reply

    Thank you for this video. How rigid is this Bora kit?

  3. Ankit Prakash Reply

    Is the newsletter still a thing? I signed up a while ago and haven't received anything I don't think. And the last one listed in the archives is from 2018?

  4. Paul Custer Reply

    For my Bora guide, I made a jig to help with the measurements. First cut a line using your final setup ( I don't have the router or cirulayr guide yet but it would work the same. Then take a scrap of 3/4 ply about 10 inches long and rip it to that width you just measured. Take that piece and another piece and sandwich them around the guide track. Take another piece of scrap (it doesn't have to be wide, mine is just 3 inch wide 1/2 BB ply) and bridge the two pieces together with glue and screws. Make two of these. Now when you have your layout long on you work piece, lay the guide about where it should be. Place these jigs over the guide and line them up with the cut line exactly (mine slide so I can make sure the line is correct at multiple places). Whatever is covered buy the jig is part of the keeper piece and the rest is cut off. Just like you said, make sure you have the blade (my jig) on the correct side of the line.

  5. Chris Robison Reply

    Most of the products I see promoted on this channel seem to be really well made from what I can tell. The Bora saw guide system is one of the few that I happen to own, and it's definitely an exception. I have tried it on several circular saws, and I've found that it's so poorly designed, it's actually unusable. The biggest problem isn't the guide rail, though it's not without its own problems (mainly with the clamps, the far end slipping before the clamp can apply enough pressure to secure the rail).

    Far worse is the saw plate, and the flimsy thin-section plastic they chose for it. I have found that the plate cannot be mounted securely to any saw I've tried, without tightening so severely that the plate flexes way out of flat and warps away from the saw. Loosen it enough to get rid of most of the warp, and you can scoot the saw around on the plate with barely any effort.

    There are plenty of strong, fiber-reinforced polymers they could have chosen; they could have used aluminum or even stanped steel. What they came up with instead is a poorly made product that simply isn't safe to use.

  6. Donnie G Reply

    Nice project. Great to see one of your instructional videos on a project again. Great tips and well done.

  7. David Busey Reply

    Love your videos. EXCELLENT editing and scripting!

  8. Joshua Blair Reply

    Stumpy – it's always easy to spot when pieces were fed too fast thru a straight knife planer when there's the washboard effect on the surface, but what happens when you feed stock too fast with a Byrd head? What happens. I don't have a Byrd, so I'm curious what the machine marks looks like.

  9. Dayton Stone Reply

    Your router tips are phenomenal. You're phenomenal! Phenomenal!

  10. Curtis Keller Reply

    Great to have simpler projects that don't require a full shop. I love your style and presentation.

  11. Richard Marton Reply

    James, another good video, I'm looking forward to seeing the project built because I do learn a lot from watching. Also, I do take your product recommendations seriously having purchased a premium table saw blade (Amana) just on your recommendation – I was not disappointed. I'd like to research more of the tools and products you recommend but please, if at all possible, if you have any control over the matter – don't use shortened URLs in the 'links below'.  For me, shortened URLs expand successfully about 50% of the time.

    The problem may very well be in my "walled garden"of a browser, I have little to no control over it, it's trying to protect me.</sarcasm> I know the extra steps to expend a URL but If I can't follow a link with 1 click, I won't bother trying to expand it.

  12. Dan Best Reply

    Stumpy, Thanks for all the great instructional videos. I've learned a lot from you.

    I went to Amazon to check out that track system and it's got some pretty poor reviews. Can I assume that you don't agree with them?

  13. Steve Furgas Reply

    Great info as always. I've been considering the Bora system and like what I saw. I'll use the link to purchase it. I didn't catch whether you are going to paint or stain? I've used clear pine in projects and have never tried stain as I hear it's a pain…LOL

  14. Bob T252 Reply

    This is clearly a promotional video, but that is okay. You are promoting tools that seem to be good quality at a modest price instead of high-price advanced tools. I have a track saw, but I may have to get the router guide.
    You also explained several tips (on tearout and dealing with cupped boards) that will be useful regardless of the tool being used. Great job!

  15. Robert Horn Reply

    Excellent, informative, and useful – as usual! Thank you.

  16. I'm walking aroun for a long time with the idea to do something simular! in my house i have to put shoes behind the door otherwise there is a lot of shoes in my corridor that you can fall over. This would be a great solution for my problem!

  17. Glen Crandall Reply

    Great project James. I don't need a cabinet like this but your video gives me tips on how and where to use the edge guide for other projects. Keep up the good work. Always good stuff coming out of Stumpy Nubs Journal.

  18. John Howard Reply

    With the bora clamp did you find the end near the movable stop swelled after you tightened it? On mine I get nice straight cuts with my circular saw right up to the last 8 inches or so where it appears to tilt the saw up. I ended up having to loosen the circular saw plate so much I might as well have just been riding the saw along the clamp without the guide plate.

  19. Scott Tovey Reply

    I've done some searching and it turns out that even when a company has 5/16' router bits, they only have one or two and then there's the problem with the "5/16" shank" always turns up 5/16" cutting heads.

    Where is a good source for 5/16" router bits, or would I just be better off getting a half inch router?

  20. Chewy Reply

    Oooh, two big channels, doing the same project, I sit with popcorn in hand

  21. danielszemborski Reply

    Most edge guides I've seen or used have a bit of flex to them, including the Kreg one. Does the Bora one do this? (Non-straight cuts are highly evident when joining table tops). As a side question–where can I find a perfect 8 foot straight edge to use as a circular saw guide? My jointer bed is only 45 inches. Thank you so much.

  22. Wayne Bakken Reply

    This is the perfect video for me. My wife just recently mentioned she wanted one of these.

  23. FACT BASED Reply

    The timing for this video couldn’t be better for me!!!! 😄👍🏻 THANK YOU!!!

  24. Craig Monteforte Reply

    Nice ! James. I always told my freinds and co workers for years Whenever the subject of Norm Abeams and the New Yankee Workshop ever came up that i wanted to. Start a tv show where everything is made In a garage or driveway. Using. Nothing more than a. Circular saw , router, and some basic hand tools like most of us really do because Norm always made it look like you needed all the fancy. Tools. Out there at that point in my life i was a professional Woodworker living in a Town house and my work areas were a concrete slab. In my back yard, a laundry. Room and sometimes the bed of my pick up truck in front of my house and i managed to build quite a few pieces of furniture and custom built ins that way even having constant visitors being curious about what. Was i doing Most of the time i had to break down materials before i could haul them to my work area just so i could get them to a place i could. Cut them to final dimensions it cracks me up. To see older pictures of something i built that way in the past your series has some similarities. Except you have some more space to assemble. And make your cuts of i did have saw horses that i carried to and from whatever jobsite i was working. On for the day to install Architectual woodworking each day so those horses became my “ workbench” at home As on occasion i could clamp down a plywood cutoff i had for just that purpose No fancy tablesaw or other stationary. Tools most of the time my straight edge was. Only a 48 inch. Level. I clamped down with clamps for each cut untill years later when i did build some longer. Straight edges for my routers and circular saws

  25. thomas Verdi Reply

    As usual full of useful information in a easily understandable format

  26. Papa Mo Reply

    Cheers Professor Nubs Planning on some built ins for the master bedroom just what I needed to see. Thanks, as usual you are right on point and right on time.