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Questions tagged [measurement]

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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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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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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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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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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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 ...