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Questions regarding the technique of measuring or tools that measure specific things, including both dimensions and angles, as well as moisture content.

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How to measure and mark for a hinge?

How should I measure and mark the position of a hinge, attaching a folding shelf to a table, so that 1) the top surfaces are flush, and 2) the gap is minimized without binding? The table and shelf are ...
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How to measure correctly?

I have been measuring and then cutting of course wall panels because I am converting a shed into a bedroom. This is my first time at doing something like this and I have had little to no help. Which ...
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Deck/platform over hot tub

[enter image description here] Hope it's okay to post here. What I'd like to build is kinda like a deck. We have a hot tub (6.5 ft x 7ft) that we don't use. Currently, doesn't work (might fix it ...
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Measuring exact point to drill hole in wood panel

I have a chipwood panel. I need to drill holes into it at specific locations. A small error is acceptable which means that I do not need to use a CNC machine for this. Here is a diagram that shows ...
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Drawer slides sticky with new drawer, common causes?

I am modifying a standalone cabinet to have a single, large drawer for holding garbage/recycling etc. So far so good, however, when sliding the drawer in, the last 3-4 inches are pretty stiff/sticky. ...
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Are drill guides supposed to be zero-clearance?

I bought the following drill guide so that I can make perpendicular holes in wood. Even using this tool, I failed and I am wondering if the problem is my technique, or if I have bought a faulty piece....
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Angle to Inches Calculator

Is there a calculator that can provide dimensions for a triangle that produce an angle that I specify? There seems to be an abundance of calculators that tell you what angle you get from dimensions ...
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How to build shelf brace from 2x4's (as pictured)

Pictured below is my second attempt at this. The first time I used a table saw to cut the slots, and this time I used a band saw. I liked using the bandsaw for this a lot better, but I don't know how ...
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Transfer Measurement/Marking to a Live Edge

When working with a log with 2 or 3 square, flat sides and 1 or 2 live edges, what are some good ways to carry measurement markings from the flat sides onto the live edge? I am interested in marking ...
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Why does the blade of a sliding T-bevel have a point?

Does anyone have a good reference for the reason a typical wood or metal sliding T-bevel comes to a point? I've always wondered, and recently this tool came up in a semi-famous YouTube video, which ...
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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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Reversed Foldable Carpenter Ruler?

My mother used to work in home decoration (in Switzerland we have a dedicated name for this: courtepointière) and she always used her Hultafors CONTACT meter (559-2-10) which differs from my regular ...
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Procedure to measure for jamb width?

I have a bunch of doorways to make jambs and casing for. These are not going to have actual doors hung, just trimmed out. These are standard 2x4 framed walls with finished gypsum board surfaces. I'm ...
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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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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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Optimum base length for wall divider

I've built the wall divider with plywood sheet, 78" (2m) height and 59" (1.5m) width. Is there any formula for calculating the proper length of the base for maximum stability?
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Cut list basics

What format should I write my cut list in? Should I add up the total amount of wood, or should I try to pick it up piece by piece?
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How to divide bookshelf evenly?

I am building a recessed bookshelf. The width is 83 inches and I am trying to divide this into thirds with two two x fours added in. So it will be 83in minus the 1.5 inches per board which gives me ...
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Measurements on a Try Square

The measurements on a try square start at the far end of the blade. Why? Wouldn't it be better to have two measurements starting at the 90 degree angles like a framing square? Or was a try square ...
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Is it ok to clamp down squares and i-beam style levels?

I often make fences on my work surface by clamping down levels and squareslike so: I only ever use my speed square to overlap another square because that is thick and its accuracy is rough enough ...
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How to calculate board feet for project I'm working on [duplicate]

The whole board feet deal is a little confusing to me. If I have a 2" x 2" x 36" board, how many board feet does that add up to? Is it 1 board foot? Trying to figure out how much to order for a ...
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Imperial or metric? [closed]

I'm literally just starting out in woodworking. I notice that even many British woodworkers online are talking in inches, or "a couple of thou'" when describing measurements etc. I also notice that ...
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How can I scribe a slab into a nook with three walls?

I have a slab bench I want to fit into a nook like this: Of course, none of the walls are square, and each wall is built up as it approaches the corners. Are there any good tricks to scribing a ...
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Can anyone Identify what this item is and what its used for?

Another of the unusual items I have discovered during the cataloging of my mothers stuff. Not sure what it is or whats its for. Makers name I believe is Hill Bros or it could be Mill Bros. Its ...
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Making removable marks on walls for e.g. cabinet installation

I'm building and installing various cabinets and shelving units around the house, and when it's time to install them, knowing the exact stud and cross-bracing locations is very helpful. I have an ...
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What would be the UK equivalent of the common US 2 by 4 (not just by size)

I've found a DIY shelving project that interests me and am setting about researching the best place to obtain the wood required for it. In this project, and others I have seen, the American ...
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How are vacuum hose sizes measured?

I need to buy an adapter to make my shop vac work with one of my hand tools. But as I'm shopping, I realize I'm not sure what exactly I need to buy. I'd like to understand how vacuum hose sizes are ...
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Dividing a board of chipboard [duplicate]

Is there a set of rules to follow when dividing many(as many as needed) standard 2750mm X 1830mm board of chipboard according to a cutting list to ensure the least amount of waste?
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What is a board foot?

Considering this lumber sales site, what is a board foot? I am use to seeing lumber measured width by height, but these products are measured thickness by board feet.
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How do I drill a hole exactly in the center of a circle?

I have a 2" diameter, 11" length dowel. I want to drill a 5/16" hole exactly in the center of each end, 2" min depth. It needs to be precise because it is for axles that the dowel needs to spin freely ...
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How accurate does 'square' have to be in your project? What is acceptable? [closed]

Please provide some context, some helpful hints, and other information if you can! I have two projects that are making me think this: When you make frames with a homemade jig, it is often the case ...
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Traditional woodworking marks

A while ago I was watching this video and the guy casually mentioned some woodworking marks that I found to be really great. I was trying to search for more of these today and found out they are ...
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Setting precise depth on a table saw with no depth gauge

My table saw doesn't have a depth gauge. What is the quickest way to set it to a precise depth for e.g. cutting slots or dados or clean looking rabbets? I tried using calipers to measure the blade ...
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Cutting tight miter joints for a frame around an existing object

I recently finished most of a practice project (a large lap desk). It looks like this so far: I made a ton of mistakes but the only one I can't figure out how to fix next time is the frame around it, ...
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Caliper Showdown: Dial vs. Digital vs. Vernier

I recently purchased a digital caliper to make more precise measurements than a basic variety vernier and it works great. I wanted them to measure the width of my table saw for making my sled runners. ...
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When it comes to dovetails what is the significance of 1:6,1:7,1:8

I've been watching and reading about dovetails and you see workers put certain angle on their tails and pins. These angles can be decribed with number sets such as 1:6, 1:8 and other examples. Router ...
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Trouble identifiying a gauge

I have made another trip to my grandfather's shed and I found some more tools that I am very interested to have and use (like the adze I got!). I have been watching enough episodes of The Woodwright's ...
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Lumber size standards outside the US? [closed]

America does more "stick-built" construction than some countries, since we retained more of our forests longer (old-growth forests are a vanishing breed, but we haven't yet killed off the softwoods). ...
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Given final dimensions in mm, how do I choose what dimensional lumber (in customary units) to buy?

I would like to know how to figure out what timber to buy for a 45mm x 46mm x 1.6m part. My lumber supplier sells boards in customary units (2x4, 2x6, etc.). Can anyone provide a solid method to work ...
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Do these discrepancies actually matter? [closed]

As some of you may know, I am making my first ever project: a board game table. It's not going so well! Here are some pictures: The red lines on the first picture are the drawer railings outside to ...
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When building a shelving unit, how does having the rails and stiles be out of square affect the alignment of the shelf?

I was in the shop last evening working on a shelving unit out of construction lumber (2x4s.) When I was securing the second stile to the panel I noticed that although I had measured where the rails ...
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How does one measure stock for miter cuts?

I have tried unsuccessfully to make picture frames on a few occasions. I find that when I am trying to make a miter joint, I err on the side of caution and start "long" and trim my way down to square....
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