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How to hide base dados behind box joint corners

I don’t have any photos on me so hopefully I can describe this ok. Say I build a box like so: Cut the four sides. Cut dado in bottom of each side, on table saw (I don’t have another good way), which ...
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Joint all sides square?

Can you use a jointer, using the fence, to plane all four sides of a wood piece, into four, plane, square and parallel to each other? I mean each side square to the adjacent and all sides parallel to ...
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How do I carve an inset circle?

I have a circular piece and wood and want to carve a circular 'inset' in the middle - roughly 1-2cm deep (so that there are 'raised' edges all around a 'depressed' middle). What tool would I use to ...
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Feed direction on a planer/thicknesser

In Europe & the UK a planer / thicknesser is a combination machine which does the jobs of a jointer and a planer (In US terms) I've used two kinds of these machines but am unsure whether the feed ...
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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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Sharpening Stones for Chisels and Planes (the 1000th time)

A form of this question has, no doubt, been asked a 1,000 times, but I need some specific guidance. As and early Father's Day present, my wife bought me a Veritas Mk. II Honing Guide. Maybe this ...
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how do you transfer diameter from caliper to cylinder?

I'm trying to transfer a caliper diameter to the end face of a cylinder on my wood lathe. How do I determine that the caliper is centered in order for that diameter to be transferred? For example I ...
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Is making this picture frame do-able?

My wife would like me to build her a picture frame, but she has some requirements. She wants it to look like metal. (She apparently found a spray paint that makes it look metal). She wants the ...
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performing routing with drill chuck

I have a Shopmate radial arm saw with a router outlet spindle. I can not find a collet chuck attachment to perform routing. Is it possible and save to attach a normal drill chuck to perform routing ...
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How to enlarge a hole behind metal bracket?

Despite very accurate measuring and drilling I've ended-up with slight hole misalignment wile building a wooden structure. While the holes in question have been drilled a bit oversize, that isn't ...
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How is this engraving obtained?

I thought it could be laser but the wood is exposed raw inside the letters. Could this be obtained with a router and a template? This is done on several tables in the very same way so it is ...
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Why is metal avoided when joining wood?

I've seen dowels, dovetails (and other joinery techniques), glue and many more used for joining pieces of wood but metal screws, brad nails and metal, in general, is usually avoided. Why is this?
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How do you create an organic or chiseled edge on a wood slab?

I am working on a live edge coffee table. The two long sides are the live edges and look great, and organic, and natural. The other two sides are boring, flat cuts. I want to make the two short ...
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Cross cutting narrow stock using a track saw

I have (very) limited working space and I intend buying a track saw in order to do rip cuts, cross cuts, beveled cuts. I cannot fit a table saw unfortunately. I was wondering, can I cross cut 2x4s ...
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What are some tricks to flatten twisted and warped lumber boards without removing any material from them?

I live in Lithuania, Eastern Europe. Throughout the years, I have bought lumber from more than 20 lumberyards all around the country, trying to find at least a single one that could sell me straight, ...
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What is the best tool for cutting into a hardwood floor?

I am cutting out a hole in my old oak hardwood floor where I am installing a laundry chute. I'm a newbie at woodworking and power tools so bear with me. The one tool I have that I think would work ...
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Repurposing Round Dining Table

I just acquired a 42” diameter solid pine kitchen table. I would like to cut and hinge each side parallel to the center cut where the leaf extension goes. It seems pretty straightforward but haven’t ...
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What's the best clamp for a hex shape?

I was using a round punch to pound a nail through wood in a confined space, and tried using a locking wrench or vise grips on the hexagonal steel handle of the punch, to keep from hitting my hand, but ...
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What technique is used to give new wood the distressed white color only in cracks and holes?

Have a brand new piece of pine wood and would like to distress in this fashion, as best as possible: Already made indentations, cracks, cuts and holes and it came out similar to the markings in the ...
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How to accelerate pine ageing

I put a cheap plank of almost white new pine in the garden a couple of months ago - the grain is now far more visible (while not being raised) and the base colour has darkened. I would like to ...
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Copycat furniture legs

Looking for advice on achieving copycat look of the metal leg X-base; gold and marble table pic. My skill set and budget doesn't allow for welding or purchasing custom base. Hoping to achieve the ...
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Embedding/Inlaying a gem into wood

I am making a couple of purpleheart earrings. I want to embed an amethyst gem into each one. I have a couple of concerns though. The wood is so dark that I feel it will make the gem seem dark once it'...
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Technique for mitering X or Cross onto door

I hate asking this here as I am sure it is a silly question for most of you, but I am new to woodworking and I am unable to find the correct combination of words in my google search to get the answer ...
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Are there any non obvious (specifically structural) concerns to building a walk-in wardrobe

So, I'm pretty new to woodwork but ambitious. I have an ugly wardrobe space I want to turn into a walk in. So the plan is to pull down the plasterboard wall, create a new one at the end of the ...
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Threaded inserts alignment methods

How to check the alignment of these inserts as shown in attached pictures? Also in my company we have a go-no-go gage to test the inserts alignment. How ever we cannot do 100% inspection with the gage ...
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Finishing a wooden piece by oiling instead of varnish/paint/lacquer

I have just been making my first guitar over the last few days from scratch and I have just gotten to the point of needing a finish for it. It is a solid body slide guitar. I was wondering if anyone ...
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Questions around designing and building an indoor climbing frame

As the winter is coming, we're planning with my wife to build a simple, indoor climbing frame for our small children and ourselves. We're also thinking of doing it ourselves as we can't afford to pay ...
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Differences Between Bolts Used in T Track?

I use a T track router bit that is meant to create a path for 1/4" hex bolts in wood. Its a really nice feature to have for DIY projects, but occasionally, the hex bolt rotates and causes friction ...
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I calculated the recommended number of clamps required for my table top and the answer seems insane

According to the article in fine woodworking on gluing up joints: The formula for number of clamps required is (square inches of glued joint x PSI for the wood in question) divided by PSI of the ...
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Wood with Smooth Texture

Note: I do not have much experience with woodworking. How is that wood can have a smooth texture with multiple "rings"? (I heard that trees the same number of concentric circle as their "age") So ...
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Making a 8 Sided Wooden Pyramid

I am trying to create an 8 sided pyramid out of a solid piece of cherry that is 1" thick. The size of the base of the pyramid can be seen in the attached photo: (all dimensions are in inches) http://...
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Best approach for this broken chair leg

A close friend called me for help with a busted chair leg. I hadn't seen it, but figured I'd probably be considering a good wood glue and some dowels inserted in angled holes to reinforce the thing. ...
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How is this large and intricate piece made with such precision?

I'm not a woodworker, but my dad is pretty handy and he has lots of woodworking tools and machinery so I'm familiar with the craft. I recently stumbled across this incredible piece online and I'm ...
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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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Cutting a 45 degree bevel on all 4 sides of a small piece of wood

I am trying to cut a piece of wood that will be the top to a ring box. The box is 2.5"x2.5" and 1" thick, I am trying to cut a 45 degree bevel on each side but I am unsure of how I should do this. ...
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Compensating Rabbet or dado in warped plywood

I'm building some 3x3x16" long L brackets out of 3/4" plywood. I'm planning on using a simple butt joint with a single rabbet and screws to attach the two pieces together. The strips are all bowed/...
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Should I joint my workpieces first or cut them to rough size first?

I'm looking to build a couple simple picture frames. I don't have a jointer or planer, so would use my table saw or split-fence router for those operations. Even with those tools, though, it seems ...
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In whittling how do you make the v-like cut?

I recently picked up whittling and have watched several videos on how to do it properly. There's one cut, I can't quite recall the name of, where you slant the knife and cut down on two opposing sides ...
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Laminating 2" red oak to make 4x4s?

I got a bunch of free wood today, as in 6 rough quarter-sawn(!) red oak boards, 2" x 12" x 9'. For free. (Yay!) The boards were stickered about a year ago. (The largest piece was 38" x 4" x 13'. It is ...
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How can I straighten a bent shaft?

I'm currently making two shafts for two spears, and to do so in January I've cut down two relatively thin hazelnut trees, and kept at about 3 metres length; I don't really need them properly seasoned, ...
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How to paint a piece of wood with spray

I've tried looking arround but posts are usually about giving a piece of furniture a certain color and such. I wanted to know if there is an accessible method for a newbie to paint (I was thinking ...
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How thin can a large dovetail tail be?

I'm building a small (12"D x 24"W) workbench for doing woodwork in my apartment. I want to dovetail the legs to the top, but the tail on the end will be about 1/2" wide on the narrower end. Is this ...
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Looking for help to design my own board game

I would like to ask for help for an idea I have for a gift. I have no experience with carving wood or similar things but I feel I can follow directions, and recently I’ve done a few small things that ...
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Safety - Cutting multiple pieces at the same time

I'm barely a novice carpenter, in fact all the wood work that I do is for my college's technical theater program, but I'm handy with saws, and other power tools. I've been told by many people I work ...
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Profile straight edge to a skew wall

I've made a small frame with a 'front door' to cover an electrical fuse box. I went to great pains to get the frame flat and square. However when I came to fix it to the (plastered/stucco) wall it ...
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How to make small wooden toy pieces

I want to make a set of small wooden shapes like these (not exactly those shapes) using two different colours for different pieces: https://www.everafterguide.com/handmade-indian-18-pieces-board-star-...
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Leg basics for stools, chairs, table

I hope this question is not too general. I would like to make this table: http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/moravian-stool-2 It mentions the dimensions : 1-5⁄8″ square at the top and 1″ at ...
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How to bore a hole in a shotgun stock that already has an off center hole in it?

I would like advice on how to drill or bore a 7/8" hole in the butt of a shotgun stock. It already has a hole in it that is off center of the hole I wish to bore. I need to bore the hole so that it is ...
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technique for side handles on cutting board

Ive seen cutting boards with metal handles installed from the side faces that don't appear to have any outside facing screw holes.. how the heck are they doing this?
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Adding weight to Veritas dovetail saw

I am trying to learn dovetails. My first/second/third show slow improvement but I still have a lot of progress left. The most difficult part for me is starting the cut since the saw tends to want to ...