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How to use a router to replicate a shape but smaller?

I have a router template with a shape that I want to replicate on a piece of wood (it's some sort of oval) but it is a bit larger than I want it. I've never used a rabbet router bit but it seems that ...
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Is there a standard way to plane a board at an angle?

In some cases I would like to put a "draft" on a board, which means to have its surfaces not be parallel, but be at some specific small angle. For example, the illustration below shows what a board ...
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Difficulty level in restoring wood bench?

For a while I've been looking for someone to restore the furniture in the picture. Without the caning, the cheapest I found was $350. They would take the furniture apart, sand and repaint, and then ...
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Crib/cot construction safety norms

I was planning to build a bedside cot for a newborn and I was looking for some safety standard to follow. All I could find were places where these are sold (like https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/search-...
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Can this be fixed before poly?

Just starting to get my feet wet on this old table, sanded and stained it. The picture shows the defect I'm talking about and it was there before I started refinishing the table. Is this something ...
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Can I use douglas fir to make cutting boards and how thick should I make them?

Can I use the other surgery cutting boards and how big should I make them?
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Rasps: how much does handedness matter?

I came on this: The teeth on Auriou rasps are slightly angled to favor right-handed users. If you are left-handed, please contact us as we can order you left-handed rasp (although we do keep some ...
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Is a wet/dry shop vacuum (5HP) noisier than a 3/4HP dust collector?

I have a 5HP vacuum that is connected to a Ridgid 3650 table saw. It seems that it is not perfect and sawdust is still present on the floor even after minor work. I was thinking about buying a 3/4 ...
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Meat Grinder Table Design

I am considering building a table for a meat grinder out of wood and then covering it in something to make it last longer. The basic idea is that the grinder would sit on a higher section and then ...
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What is the correct term for a tool which makes the slightly tapered male part on a stool or table leg?

I rough cut a lot of cedar and elm, and I have decided probably the first thing I can do to make furniture (for now) is to make benches. I looked up a "doweling jig" but that's not what I'm referring ...
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How to overcome plywood thickness variation when doing slot joinery

Plywood will always have some variation in thickness. So woodworkers will usually overcome that by making not only rabbets/dadoes, but also tongues. But when you're working with slotted plywood, such ...
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How best to glue posts with openings?

I'm in the process of building a wooden bed frame, based on a historical original. (It is the viking age Gokstad bed, for those who are interested) I have some very nice beech wood planks which I'm ...
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Which edge of the plane's mouth should I file if I want to open it up?

I have replaced the cutting iron on a Stanley #4 hand plane (edit: because the old one was kaputt, not by vanity). The replacement blade I got from LV is thicker, at 3.8mm vs the 2.0mm of the old one....
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Angled cuts without miter saw or miter box?

I'm only just starting out on basic woodworking projects as a side hobby, and I don't have many tools. But a bigger problem is that I live in an apartment and don't have the room for a fancy workshop ...
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End grain cutting board through jointer with sidegrain border, is it safe?

I read this question: Edge jointing end grain cutting board strips with a power jointer And someone made a suggestion, glue a side grain hardwood border, which in theory would make it safe to pass ...
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Chip out outside side of track saw cut?

I'm considering a Makita track saw. I wondered if anyone sees chip or tear out on the non-track side. I understand that festool has an insert (Festool 499011) which the blade cuts through, so ...
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How to correct water based stain dried streaky

I am staining a wood table which I believe might be oak. The table has been sanded to 150 grit and pre-conditioned with water based Minwax product. Last night we applied water based Minwax stain. ...
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Veneering with construction adhesives (PL Premium, etc)

I have one curved staircase riser I need to veneer or otherwise match with hardwood floor. All the other risers are going to be done with thin plywood and clear coated (treads will be assembled from ...
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Add backing to wood rocking chair?

What alternatives do I have to make this rocking chair usable once again? I was considering cane webbing, but I don't think it would work here. I was also thinking of using a cheap rug, but I have ...
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How to remove CA glue stains on wood?

I’m trying to remove some stains off those red maple veneers that were glued together with CA adhesive. I’ve sanded the veneers as much as I could but their thickness make it hard to go too deep into ...
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How to cut a variable length wood from 1 piece?

I am aiming to cut a single piece of timber into 2, such that I can dynamically change the length by joining the pieces with screws. This would allow me to use a shorter piece of wood, rather than ...
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Back nail or face nail. Which is stronger?

Say you have the opportunity to nail a piece of trim in from the back with an 16-18ga finish nail on a barn door (so all wood construction). You were smart about it and made sure it wouldn't bust ...
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Durable clear finish over lettering on natural background

I am making a skittles board with b2 birch plywood. For those that don't know, this is not a candy server - it is a tabletop game somewhat like a combination of bowling, shuffleboard and top spinning....
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Separation in Butcher Block

Had an email today about a board that had started to split. This was a new board. We're wondering why this failed so badly - the only other time I've seen a stringy separation like this was when heat ...
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How do I finish-off pine wood after issues?

I'm trying to finish a pine dresser. Here are the steps I have taken so far: Sanded 1 layer pre-stain wood conditioner (Varathane) 2 layers of wood stain (Varathane Classic) 1 layer of water-based ...
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Light blotches on trim stain

I thought I did everything right: used wood conditioner (same brand as stains, but older), tested stains on scrap pieces to find the right stain, practiced again to ensure the planned colors would ...
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Rubber bumper or no on a wooden chest lid?

I have built a wooden chest and lid. It will likely have people sitting on it. It's about 36 inches wide, 20 inches deep, and 20 inches high. A sketch of the frame can be seen here: https://www....
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How to get straight cuts with a scroll saw?

I have a cheap electric scroll saw, one of those Scheppach for ~ 100 EUR. While they are not the best build quality, some people on youtube apparently are happy enough with it and manage to get the ...
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What are these white fibers emanating from the inside of my lignum vitae lidded box?

Several months ago I turned this lignum vitae lidded box. The first thing I noticed after completing it was how quickly the wood changed color in the sunlight, going from a just-turned honey brown to ...
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Routing out recess for base plate - router table

I want to make a mini router table. The base material is a type of birch plywood with 15 layers or so, 21mm thick. Well if the dictionary serves me right, it's actually called "textured coated board" ...
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How to get an even sheen with wiping varnish?

I am making my own wiping varnish by following Bob Flexner's recommendation of mixing polyurethane varnish (in my case, Minwax semigloss) with odorless mineral spirits. Everything seems to be going ...
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How to whittle drumsticks with a swiss army knife?

I would like to know how to make my own drumsticks with a Swiss Army knife. I would like to know which wood to use, how long they should be, how to whittle the tips correctly. My goal is to make a ...
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Darken Danish Oil

I have a red oak board and I want to darken it pretty substantially to be more walnut color. I put on some Black Walnut Danish oil and it’s still too light and slightly red (I don’t expect the red to ...
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Turning indoor stain furniture into outdoor stain using sealer / oil or sanding and restaining

Sorry if the title isn't very good - feel free to edit, Looking for advice on stain / sealant / oil, Basically our supplier of our children's outdoor wooden play furniture for pre-school has messed ...
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What's this substance that was found fully-enclosed in a eucalyptus blank?

This glassy, opaque item was deep inside a eucalyptus blank. There was no indication from the outside of the wood that there was anything inside, so it must have been grown over while the tree was ...
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Which try-squares have acceptable accuracy? [closed]

The question is about specific producs or lines by brands. This is meant for hobbyist use - but if there just isn't anything in a roughly "hobbyist price range", then so be it. I attempt to make this ...
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Thicknessing and planing wide hardwood boards

I have some 600x1200mm (24"x47") hardwood (iroko) boards at just over 27mm (>1") thick that used to be old work tops from a school. I would like to clean them and use them for a kitchen worktop as it'...
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How to tighten up a miter joint in a casing

I am planning on building a block that is about 16" square to mount an exterior light. The block is rimmed with a 4" casing (sometimes called a "molding"). The casing is 3-7/8" wide and 1" high at the ...
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10 inch blade instead of 12 in

I could use some insight, please. I have a Craftsman 220 table saw. Trying to find a 12in blade with a 5/8s hole is an arduous task. Can I use my 10 in blades with this saw?
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Does wood generally lose color / go gray in sunlight?

I had been under the impression that wood was always going to fade in sunlight. I've seen plenty of examples of this from regular SPF framing lumber to unfinished siding going gray. Even freshly split ...
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Japanese plane blade seems to taper the wrong way

I purchased a secondhand japanese plane blade and chipbreaker off ebay, and I was attempting to make a dai for it following Toshio Odate's instructions in his book. I realised on trying to set the ...
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Stabilizing and drying a burl

I have a small elm (?) burl that I'm hoping has something nice in it. I'm not sure how to prep it for drying. In my experience milling elm, the sapwood shrinks significantly more than the heartwood ...
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How to build an effective steam box?

I have built a steambox as shown above, out of plywood. I'm trying to bend some Pinus elliotii (slash pine) as a test with it, but it has not been effective. I have left it on for thirty minutes with ...
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Staining an old desk - patchy finish

hoping someone can help! I'm new to woodworking and I thought I'd start out by restoring an old Ducal desk. It was previously varnished and seems to be made out of pine possibly. I sanded it all down ...
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Birch interior door sealer?

I recently bought beautiful hollow core paint grade birch skin interior doors. I do not want to paint or add a gloss/sheen to them. I want to maintain the colour, texture and authenticity of the wood ...
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How can variable speed be used on a random-orbit sander?

I see some models of random-orbit sanders have a variable speed control. Under what circumstances would I need variable speed while sanding? It's not clear to me what benefit it offers.
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Planing end grain - cheap vs more expensive wood

I am trying to plane the end grain of some relatively cheap and soft (pine) timber (2x6s) with a no.4 Stanley Bailey hand plane. I've sharpened my plane to a degree which I think should be more than ...
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How to handle sharp edges on bevels

I am having some millwork done and the carpenters are reluctant to put knife edges on the bevels because they feel it would be fragile and the edges could get easily chipped in handling. They ...
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How to keep frat bench from racking (photos)

The slanted 72 inch boards are not screwed into anything, but I would like to add them to keep the bench strong side to side. I don't want to screw into the back bottom joint as it already has 4 ...
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How to cool hole saw

I am currently trying to work on a project that involves piercing a lot of large-diameter (~38mm) holes in rather thick (~5cm) bamboo board sheets. For that, I am using a hole saw. However, I ran ...

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