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Useful pieces of equipment to help with creation or assembly of projects.

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Planing thin stock without the aid of bench dogs

At this point I do not have a bench that will support dogs. However even if I did I would have an issue planing the faces of my thin 3/8" wood. The bench dogs I have seen have a clearance of exactly 3/...
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What kind of wax will keep a crosscut sled sliding well?

I'm making a crosscut sled for my table saw, and I want it to slide freely. I've read various places that waxing the under side of the sled helps a lot. My question is, what kind of wax should I be ...
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What is a crosscut sled used for?

I've read various references to people using a crosscut sled on their table saws. Google brings up hundreds of pages on how to make one but I haven't found much background on them. So what exactly ...
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What are the difficulties that people run into when using a dovetail jig?

I have a cheap Craftsman dovetail jig for my router but have never tried using it. I regularly hear people complain about the lower-end dovetail jigs but praise the expensive, high-end (often $400+) ...
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Best wood for table saw cross cut jig

In particular the fence. The other day I got my sled nicely calibrated and on final screw up it lost its accuracy. I was only using a 18 mm MDF strip for the fence. I was worried it's flex was the ...
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How does one make a perfect circle on a table saw?

I have seen videos related to cutting circles on a table saw. I would love to try this but I am hesitant to make a jig that, to me, seems to be extremely dangerous. Here is a video of Matthias ...
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How do I look for a table saw blade with non-angled teeth?

I'm thinking about building this box joint jig so I can make my joints with a single blade (rather than having to pull out my dado set). The problem is that I've got one of them fancy Freud blades ...
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How to square a long board

I have a 10in craftsman table saw with the fence. How would I square up the sides of a 1x6x4ft board? Would i need jig of some kind. Or would using circular with a straight edge be better. Mainly ...
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Router planing jig problem - tracks

I put together a simple router planing jig - everything seems level, but as I pass the router over this test board, it leaves a track (as pictured). You can barely feel it, and hitting the board with ...
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What tools could I use to cut a turned chair leg in half vertically?

My uncle was recently trying to fix up a cabinet that used to belong to my grandfather for my mother. It used to be part of a modular set and you attached the same drawer set on each end. Since she ...
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How do I use a cross-cut sled safely?

This cross-cut sled is about as basic as it gets (the clamp is the stop block, base is 1/4" MDF, walls are stacked plywood, sliders are 1/4" plywood, all parts attached with glue): It seems to have ...
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Fixture and jig, what's the difference

I hear the term "fixture" and "jig" all the time, but I don't know the difference. Can anyone explain?
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Is there such a thing as a standard sized track for mitres/fences etc?

Is there a standard or common size or sizes (width/depth/profile) for tracks in machine beds and jigs for fences, mitre gauges, feather boards etc? If there are a few common sizes, do they vary from ...
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How do i create a really long box joint?

The Sane Man's Approach As I'm about to remove a wall I have to add a steel I-Beam as a post to support the ceiling. My plan is to cover all four sides so that it looks like a wooden post. Normally I ...
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What are the considerations for different guide materials in a sled jig?

I'm slowly gathering accessories for my table saw. Most of the sled plans I've seen have wooden rails to slide in the table grooves. But I've also seen some metal rails and I wonder if they wouldn't ...
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What is the difference between a crosscut sled and a table saw boat?

I'm a beginner in wood working and want to ensure my safety and accuracy in my projects. What is the difference between a "crosscut sled" and a "table saw boat"?
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How do I make a wooden garter/captive washer?

I wish to build a tail vise using the Shop Fox D3258 Bench Screw (Link to Amazon). This bench screw comes with the screw itself and the cast-iron mount for moving the block in the table, however it ...
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How to maintain consistency when drilling many holes in plywood

I am building a home climbing wall to a very specific third party specification, and I need to drill 610 individual 7/16" holes through 3/4" plywood. Are there any tools I could use (either rentable ...
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How does a worktop jig work?

I got myself a worktop jig like this one: It is normally used to make 90 degrees joint for kitchen worktops, with what is called "hockey stick" cut: The jig instructions call for a 30 mm ...
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Dado for T-track cross cut sled

I want to cut a dado into the surface of my crosscut sled to perfectly hold a T-track flush to the surface. The sled is made out of 18mm-thick MDF. I would only be leaving behind 3mm thickness of ...
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How do I stop tearout when using a dovetail jig

I am using the Rockler dovetail jig on some 3/4" walnut. I have been successful one time with this jig but I always manage to have issues cutting the tails. I am using the bits that come with the jig ...
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What causes a table saw sled to be uneven on either side of the cut line?

I have used two table saw sleds made by other people. In both cases, the horizontal surface that the wood attaches too on either side of the saw blade tends to rise or lift up unevenly. Especially ...
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Drilling a hole in end of spindle

What's the best way to drill a hole in the end of a short spindle (maybe 8")? Mine is already turned and does not look like it would be so easy to clamp to. Is there a jig I can make to hold the ...
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Jigsaw bevel cut jig

The best image I have found showing a method for making accurate bevel cuts with a jigsaw can be seen here. There are also numerous homemade jigsaw table videos and plans around. I don't really want ...
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Self centering dowel jig not centered...How to align correctly?

I bought the premium self centering dowel jig from Rutlands and I have been testing it on pieces of 18mm plywood, however it seems that it is not quite centered correctly. I did contact Rutlands ...
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How to make dowelling jigs without metal bushings?

I'm having a hard time making dowel holes on the butts of my pieces. I have a Milescraft Jointmate, which honestly isn't helping me a lot. The pegs which center the holes are too distant to fit into ...
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Multiple cross cuts

I make crosses for my ministry to hand out at various events. Up until now I have cut these out individually using a band saw. This is very time consuming. Recently I had the idea of using a dado ...
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Will a steel guide bushing harm a drill bit?

I want to build a jig to speed up production of a furniture item. The jig will hold a piece steady while the user hand-drills a hole in a certain spot. I want to use a steel bushing to guide the ...
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Durable sled base material [duplicate]

I want to make a sled with t tracks in it for rips on my table saw. Ideally 1/2" thick if material permits. Max 3/4". I want it to never warp or twist. I also want the edge to be durable since it ...
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Table Saw Challenge: Making a Sled for a 2' Circle

Intro I only have a table saw, no band saw. I do have a jig saw, though. I have a 2' x 2' square of glued white oak that I wish to make into a circular table top. I've seen articles and posts about ...
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Making a box joint jig

I want to make a box joint jig for my table saw and have the 'squares' if you will, a quarter inch. I found a very simple and nice design for my table saw to do this easily. But it showed that you ...
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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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Choosing a CA glue for general purpose woodworking

I have a few specific woodworking uses for cyanoacrylate (CA, aka. 'super') glue. I'd also like to have some around so I can expand my usage as I find good new wood-related applications. My product ...
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Advice for drilling dowel holes in a circle for an adjustable joint

My husband is making my daughter an adjustable pikler climbing frame and we are trying to work out the joins. I think the best way would be to do 8-dowel joins then with a bolt and nut through the ...
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Dowel joint between 3/4"x4"x3' pine wood board and 3/4"x4"x36" acrylic panel

New to the forum and need advice. I need to join existing pieces of pine 3/4" x 4" x 24" and/or 2" x 2" x 54" pine leg (3 dowel holes provided by wood supplier) with a 3/...
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What are the steps in building a shooting board? [duplicate]

Now that I know what a shooting board is I want to make one. I see several videos on youtube on how to make one, but what should I be watching for and keep in mind? What are the steps in building a ...