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How to cut in middle of lumber with miter saw [closed]

How can I use a mitre saw to cut in the middle of astock (as seen in the picture)? If this would be hard to do with a mitre saw, what tool would be best? My assumption is that mitre saws go all the ...
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How to cut a square hole about 1" deep into the wood

I want to cut 2 squares into wood about 1" deep using this template: I am using a tiny Dremel cutter bit and it's not very effective. I thought maybe a jigsaw, but I don't want to cut all the ...
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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

I'm working on a project which includes a copper bushing (made of 3/8" OD copper tubing--the walls of which are somewhere around 1/16"), and am considering how to batch out these parts. The ...
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Advice for cutting a thick, wide, poplar board

I have a 4" thick, 10.5" wide by 120" long poplar board (read heavy) that I was originally going to saw into workbench bench legs but now want to saw into a handrailing. Any ideas on ...
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How can I cut this notch?

I over-designed this workbench and ended up with this terrible piece of wood. Don't ask - let's just play: 'how would you cut this?' Best idea I have is to chisel it out with a moderately sharp Dewalt ...
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What are my options for cutting notches in the corners of large shelves?

I'm planning on making a shoe rack/bench, and have been trying to figure out the best approach to cutting the corners on these 46" wide shelves: I've made something similar in the past, and cut ...
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How do I cut a circle with "stepped" edge in a countertop?

How do I cut out a circle in exsisting wooden counter top and use the cut out piece as a lid (flush) so it doesnt fall through? e.g. a "stepped edge? Obviously I am not using the correct terminologly,...
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Cutting a wooden ball in four pieces

I would like to know the best technique to cut a wooden ball into four identical pieces that meet together in the middle. Obviously, cutting it along two perpendicular planes is a solution, but I want ...
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What tool to cut a spherical piece of wood [coconut shell]?

I have a lot of coconuts which I broke (hitting them) to eat and I would like to use the wood to try some experiments. I would like to cut them uniformly so that I can have flat cuts. For example to ...
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Is working with MDF going to kill me?

MDF is pretty cool stuff. Been around for a fair amount of time now. Stuff is used lots now and days. Dimensionally stable and cost effective for a great deal of projects. Problem is that MDF is made ...
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What is the best way of screwing two boards at the same height and 90 degrees between them over a column?

I want to have two tables at the same height over a column in this case to build a bed frame, but I guess this would apply to many other uses: I have to make some cut on the tables to screw them into ...
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How to cut high precision inside corners?

How can I cut high precision inside corners? By high precision I mean +/- 1/64" or better. In some rare cases I need to cut L-shaped pieces of wood. This has the tricky problem of cutting the ...
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How to cut bevel lengthwise along rafter

I'm planning a garden office where the roof is angled diagonally, so one corner will be lowest, the two adjacent corners will be mid-height, and the final corner will be the tallest. The gradient of ...
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Tool handle wood - Which to cut?

I need to make some handles for chisels, mallets, and hatchets. I have a polesaw and plan to cut branch wood. Available suitable species are: apple, hawthorn, dogwood (Florida and kousa), locust (...
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When coping baseboard do I cut the top edge square?

I'm replacing the baseboard, having laid new flooring, and am coping the inside corners. However, I'm finding I tend to break that very thin "point" on the top - either while cutting it, or when ...
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Choosing a saber saw for long blades (12" and 18"). What does the maximum length specified in a saw depend on?

Some saber saws specify their maximum cutting length -thickness of the block to cut- for wood (or metal, or tubes...). Most of them are in between 150 and 230 mm (6 to 9"). I indeed want to buy a ...
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How do I thin down an existing thick log-slice cutting board?

A local sycamore came down and pictured is the 20" diameter "slab" the town's chainsaw guy was nice enough to cut on the spot. But it's thick and too heavy. My wife can't handle it. I ...
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What is this 8-tooth 10" circular saw blade intended for?

I came across this blade recently: It is an 8-tooth 10" blade, part # CB-108VA. Although I am familiar with the general principle that fewer teeth can be used for faster, rougher cuts this blade ...
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Table saw bogging down more than usual

I just installed a fresh 40 tooth blade (I don't remember the new blade brand name) into my table saw. I was cutting some hickory and it was burning so I figured it was time to sharpen/clean. But when ...
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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle

I'm looking for a way to cut a handle hole into a cutting board using only hand tools. I don't have a router and would like to complete this project using what I have. Looking to do something like the ...
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Table saw blade keeps jamming and slowing down

I have an old Sears tablesaw. It was my Grandfather's and it is well over 40 years old. Please excuse me for not being the sharpest tool in the shed, but about a year ago I accidently started the ...
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Cutting a 2mm wide / 3mm deep groove

How can I cut a groove between say 1.5mm to 2.5mm wide using the Dremel Cutting guide in the 565 kit? The cutting bit 561 is too wide at 3.2mm.
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How to make Handrail Transitions with Rotation?

We removed the old handrail that was not up to code and didn't reach the first step of the stairs as required. We have a traditional guardrail installed on one side and we are having difficulties ...
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Spindle moulder blocks and cutters

I have just purchased an old Tyzack spindle moulder (shaper) and need some help please. I'm new to carpentry and have never used a spindle moulder before. I am in need of a block and cutters. I ...
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How do I ensure that the bottom of my shelf project is level?

I'm very new to woodworking, and for my first project I decided to make a very simple shelf out of reclaimed pallet wood. If you can imagine the pallet standing on it's side, with the planks vertical,...
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How do you cut a 4x8 in half without a panel saw?

One challenge of working with sheet goods is doing a really wide cut, for example cutting a 4 x 8 sheet into two 4x4 sheets. The problem I run into is that I can't reach across a 48" board or panel, ...
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Cutting shallow-angle bevels with a circular saw - is it possible?

Is there a way in which I can make shallow-angled bevel cuts using my circular saw? I am wanting to create something such as this: I have seen this Youtube video, but I'm not entirely sure what is ...
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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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Consistent cutting of pencils

I'm trying to cut some coloured pencils into small chunks or slices, less than 8mm I'm getting good square cuts when the stars align but the key is consistency. My small rotary cutting tool is fixed ...
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Creating gaming dice from wood

I have been considering creating a set of gaming dice. I would need to create 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 20 sided dice. The problem is I have no idea what would be a good way for getting the dimensions/...
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Percent error of a cut [closed]

I apologize ahead of time as I am brand new to wood cutting and do not know a lot. I am cutting wood that is supposed to be 14 inches long lets say, but when I cut it, I mess up slightly and it winds ...
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How can I bevel the edge of a large disc?

I'm cutting a 900mm circle out of a 35mm thick hardwood panel using a router jig that I've built and a straight cut bit. That works very well for 90° degree sides, but I would also like to be able to ...
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Woodworking shops in Montreal,Canada [closed]

I arrived in Canada/Montreal about a week ago, and want to make/ create some wooden projects, therefore I went to some wood suppliers like HomeDepot, RenoDepot, etc. The average price of 8*4*3/4 ...
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How to cut an opening and door out of 3/4" Plywood

I want to cut a mostly rectangular hole out of a piece of 3/4" plywood about 21" wide by 32" tall. I would like the corners to be somewhat rounded (about a 1" - 2" radius), and I want to rehang the ...
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Cutting a wooden box into 2 pieces, with special shape

I want to cut a wooden box (3 X 3 X 3 INCH) the same as the attached image. Every CNC shop told me that they cannot do that. I tried to do it with regular saw, but it wasn't good as you can see. Does ...
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Why a 5hp 14" table saw?

Is a DIYer who works on smaller projects, such as cabinets, desks, lamps, etc., would I have any benefit from owning a 5hp 14" Powermatic saw? More specifically, it is pretty clear that a saw like ...
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How to saw wood without the final splitting?

Except for being more careful, are there any tips or tricks for preventing the final splitting when using a handsaw?
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Sliding miter saw's kerf too wide at one end of board

I don't yet have a table saw (just starting out and learning quickly here), but did come by a nice, used sliding compound miter saw from a friend who no longer had a need for it. The issue I'm ...
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Should I resaw before or after gluing up thin panels?

I want to make some thin (1/4-3/8") panels out of hardwood rather than plywood. My panels will be up to 8" wide, so I may need to glue up two or three boards to get the width I need. I'm starting off ...
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Options for splitting a slab?

I've got a great looking walnut slab that I'm looking to turn into a wood-river coffee table. This slab is 2.5" thick, which gives me the thought of slicing it in half, thus having twice the material ...
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What is the recommended height of the blade on a table saw while operating?

I have been watching a lot of videos lately about table saws. In those videos I usually see cuts are being made with the blade just barely clearing the piece. For example: Image from HammerZone ...
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Power tool for cutting roof battens

I'm building a lot of primitive shelves out of roof battens. Normally I'd use a handsaw like this for the job: The battens are 2.5m x 50mm x 25mm. What kind of handheld powertool would replace this ...
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Is it better to let the tool run or stop in-between cuts?

When I started woodworking, I used to setup my tool, do a cut, stop my tool, re-position my piece (or take another one), start my tool, do another cut, stop, etc. Today, I find myself leaving the ...
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Should I use a track saw to cut through 2x12 lumber?

The track saw I have is the Bosch GKT13-225L, which I usually use to cut plywood sheets. I had to cut some 2x12 lumber to make 2x8's but I don't have a table saw, so I figured I could use the track ...
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How to form an indentation in wood to hold candles?

I want to make indentations to hold votive candles in a decorative piece of wood. What is the best way to do this?
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What tool can I use to cut/plane a lot of dowel rods?

I made a piece of sculptural wall art out of pieces of wooden dowel rod, joined together with epoxy glue. It looks similar to these: Example 1 Example 2 Though I tried to keep the bottoms of the ...
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How to cut a quarter-pipe shaped block of wood?

I want to build a custom dice tray from wood. Here is my design: The tray features small compartments for holding various polyhedral die, with curved ends so that the die can be scooped out of the ...
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Setup bandsaw for straight cut [duplicate]

I recently started to work with the bandsaw. the problem is the cutting line moves/bends after 2-3 inches. what is the problem and please help to fix that ?!
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Cutting sawdust relief in sled

I have a sled that I want to add a sawdust relief slot to: That’s an unsurprising side view. It’s about 24” wide. I want to cut a slot at the red thing. The shape doesn’t really matter as long as one ...
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How to prevent Baltic pine from chipping when cutting

How do i prevent Baltic pine from chipping when cutting? I am new to woodworking and i have used the Mitre, Circular, Table saws and all of them produces an unclean cut, is it to do with my technique ...