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What alternatives are there for pocket screws?

So I borrowed a Kreg jig from a friend and was using some scrap 2x4's to work on the Community Project: Lets build a workbench!. Unfortunately I came to an impasse. I went to 3 local hardware stores ...
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What size pilot hole should I drill for for a specific size of screw?

I am trying to install a safe using 8mm coach screws (legislation dictates this is the minimum required size) into Jarrah. What size pilot holes should I drill? Is there a standard reference chart? I ...
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Can you overwork an impact driver?

I recently got a 20v driver and impact driver set. Never had an impact driver before but I cannot imagine life without it. It makes it really hard to split wood by over driving and I love that. But I ...
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Considerations when making my own threaded dowel for a vise

After looking at the answers for this question I was inspired to make a Moxon vise for easy table top use. This will buy me time until I make my actual woodworking bench. The one I have in mind is ...
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How can I drill a D-shaped hole to make a custom wood knob for an old stove?

I have a very old (1940's) Kenmore stove/oven that has almost no info online about it -- and have been looking and failing to find replacement knobs for years now. It has an extra large D-shaped gas ...
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How do I align threaded inserts

I'm making a box with 1/2" thick sides. One face of the box has to (occasionally) be removable, so I'm intending to use threaded inserts. The face of the box (and the edges it aligns to) hasn't been ...
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Not sure how to successfully drill these pieces

I'm trying to drill two pieces of wood similar to the angled pieces marked in blue. However, I'm not sure how to clamp these and can't drill them straight without the wood slipping. What's the best ...
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Am I selecting the correct drill bit for this job?

I'm new to woodworking so hopefully this question falls within this exchanges guidelines, please advise if not. I'm trying to drill the screw below into plywood as shown in the photo: There will be ...
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Are these bed rail fasteners enough to hold this bed together?

This is a for queen size mattress. I have a shelf system in the head end of the bed. All fasteners are the same and offset vertically so as to avoid screw collision. Top rail pieces are 1x8, bottom ...
FirstTimeBedder's user avatar
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How well does metal ACME threaded work with wood holes tapped with ACME threads?

I'm thinking of making home made C-clamps. While I want to go with metal screws, it seems like buying an acme wood tap is cheaper than Acme nuts, along with the problem of cutting hexagonal holes. ...
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Building a Christmas yard house display

I'm going to build a house for a Christmas yard display that I need to assemble and disassemble each year. Is there a way to connect the display without screws, or nails. I don't want it to wearout ...
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