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Techniques for gluing thin panels?

In another question of mine, Graphus commented that there are some very well established techniques for gluing up thin panels, especially from luthiers. What are those techniques, and how can I ...
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How do I cut a lap in the middle of a 2x6 that does not extend to either end of the board without using a router?

I need to cut a 2" x 1/2" lap in the middle of a 2x6 (5-1/2" on either end will NOT be cut...only the middle 3 feet). Without a router or router table, what is the best way to accomplish this? ...
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Frame and panel glue up

I'm building frame and panel sides for a cabinet, which I've never done before, and had a question about the glue up. I'm use mortise and tenons to make the frame and the panel will be floating inside ...
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How do I join wood in an A frame for a beginner?

I've been asked to build a small swing set frame for a baby's swing. It will be a couple feet tall by a couple feet wide and will use 1x2 minimum lumber in an A frame shape. I have never worked with ...
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How to cut round corners on a 4x4?

I have some ~36" 4x4 pieces that need to have round corners with a radius equal to the width of the board. (Each end of the 4x4 will have a 1/4 circle connecting the top and bottom of the board.) The ...
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What can I put on a wooden dowel to have a good grip?

There’s a wooden dowel in which I will put ties on. Something like this: How can I add a grip to the wooden dowels so the ties would stay on firmly?
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How do I align threaded inserts

I'm making a box with 1/2" thick sides. One face of the box has to (occasionally) be removable, so I'm intending to use threaded inserts. The face of the box (and the edges it aligns to) hasn't been ...
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How can I inwardly round off the end of a dowel?

The only power tool I have is a drill. I have a set of bits, too. How can I make the edge of a wooden dowel rounded off inwardly, so I can place on another dowel? This is the shape I’m looking for: ...
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How can I properly sharpen my knives with power tools?

I have drawers full of knives and blades that have never been as sharp as when they came from the factory. I have some whetstones, Lansky sharpeners, and leather strops. I have tried to use those ...
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How can I accurately cross-cut a board that is too wide for my table saw?

I have some 0.75" x 14" wide boards that I'm trying cut to lengths in the 50-60" range. It's important that the cuts be precise, and true. However, 14" is too wide for any of my sleds or miter slides ...
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My hand-planed rebate goes downhill - what's wrong with my technique?

I'm hand-planing rebates in half-inch (12mm) birch plywood. The plane I'm using for this is an Axminster Rider No. 778 Duplex Rebate Plane. That's very similar to a Stanley No. 78 but the fence is ...
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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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Can I spray "brushing lacquer"?

At my local home improvement store, they only have spray cans of lacquer and brushing lacquer(Minwax clear brushing lacquer). I'm thinking it would be cheaper and faster if I could just use the quarts ...
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Hitachi electric miter saw leaves a strange, slightly undulating non-square edge

I own a Hitachi C10FCE2 10-inch miter saw, it is my first miter saw. I'm a woodworking beginner but learning fast. I recently installed a "Makita A-93681 10-Inch 80 Tooth Micro Polished Mitersaw Blade"...
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How to assemble gear system for adjustable table?

I've designed a table with an adjustable shelf. I feel as if I've researched the names and techniques for what kind of gear system to implement, but I need the experience of someone with knowledge of ...
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How effective are different types of saw blades for various cuts and woods?

There are different types of saw blades (e.g., rip, cross-cut, combo - based on number of teeth, edge, hook angle, etc) of saw blades for different types of cuts (rip, cross-cut, etc). How effective ...
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Bad technique vs inadequate equipment for beginner woodworker

This may be a bit too broad for this site, but I hope that it's specific enough to stay. If not, I'll close it. I started on a project this weekend, and some (most) cuts on the table saw did not go ...
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Quick corner joints in practice

I'm practicing building drawers, quickly and on the cheap. The drawers I'm making now have sides that are 3" high x 7/16" actual thickness, decent quality birch veneer plywood. I know this is really ...
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Routing tight edges/corners

I'm making a name sign and had a "duh" moment after I started routing the edges. Is there any way - or perhaps another technique that someone could recommend - to get the routed edge in these ...
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Make a table top using pocket holes?

I want to make a table top from some oak planks that I have. The oak is about 1" x 6" x 8' each. Is using pocket holes and glue an appropriate method for edge-joining the planks together to make the ...
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What is the best way to slice CHUNKS of wood?

Here is a photo of the floor I plan to install in my barn house. I have a great source for the wood, but it is all in "chunks" that are approximately 9"x11"x14". My (old) table saw blade doesn't raise ...
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In which order to add risers and treads to stairs?

I've read many guides that show that risers are added to stairs before the treads. What is the reason or does it not matter?
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Follow pattern at an angle with router?

I'm currently building a set of templates for an Adirondack chair, and have come across a problem that will jump out once I start to use the patterns. For the back of the chair, the rail needs to be ...
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Should I treat end-grain on garden table with wood glue?

The Preface: I'm building a table for the garden and did some research into how I might seal and protect the most vulnerable parts of the table. The end-grain. The wood I have available is old(30+ ...
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Use 3/4" wood for Adirondack chair?

For the last few years, we had some of those plastic $20 Adirondack chairs in the garden. Well, the sun got to them, and the plastic became brittle.. (my story, and I'm sticking to it!) Now I want to ...
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Options for sanding this type of bandsawn woodwork

I recently discovered Seth Rolland's furniture website and unique technique /style. The fan shaped top is cut from one piece of wood using a bandsaw alternating cuts from opposite sides that stop ...
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Ideal outdoor preservative for a wooden ornament

My mother in law gave us a wooden ornament that she suggests would look great hanging outdoors in our garden. It would be hung under the eave/soffit of the garage but would still be subject to ...
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Wobbly table - maybe an easy fix

recently I've asked a woodworking professional to build me a table for my living room. It looks good but the problem is: it is wobbly. I can pull and push it on the direction indicated below: I ...
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Folding table issue

I currently do projects for other college students and organizations in order to make some easy spending money. I am building a folding 2ft by 8ft table. The overall plans of the table is that I made ...
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What are my options when laminating wood with butt joints?

I plan on starting to laminate soon. I was hoping to just do long pieces with each piece of wood would be as long as the the entire work. However, after looking at my stock, In order to get the best ...
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Should I use cleats or brackets when putting up shelves?

I'm planning on putting up 3 sets of shelves in our utility room but am uncertain whether I should put the shelves up with cleats or brackets. I'm sure most of you will know what I mean but in case I ...
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What would be the best way to bevel an oval table top?

I'm building an oval dining room table and I'm looking for ideas on the best way to add a 30deg. bevel to the top. The top is 42" x 76". The top will be solid 4/4 Ash. I was thinking maybe a belt ...
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What is the best method for sanding a rectangular cut out

I'm currently working on a cutting board with a rectangular cutout for a handle. I used a jig saw to cut out the handle, and need to sand the edges of the cut. It's the first time I've tried one of ...
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Are there any tips when working a large surface with an handheld electric planer?

A friend got me an electric hand held planer that he thought I could use to help clean pallet boards faster then what I was doing. For the most part it has sat in the box. Until recently though when I ...
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Sculpture: Anchor a wire armature to a natural wood branch

I'm working on a sculpture (of a gibbon swinging on a branch) which will be made of wood and wax with a wire armature, and I'm trying to figure out how to anchor my armature to the branch. Here's a ...
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Technique for using a "poor-man's rebate plane"

I made a poor-man's rebate plane following the approach shown by Paul Sellers in his blog and video It is made from pine (construction timber, probably spruce) so isn't likely to be accurate or ...
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What do I need to know to use a claw hammer effectively

Yes, I get the gist of it. The hand goes on the handle and you hit the nail or whatever object with the head (of the hammer). So... not this: Image from ShutterStock I am referring to both the ...
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What do I need to know before I lacquer a custom painted guitar body?

I have a stratocaster body that a friend of mine has painted, I know I need to lacquer it before I do anything else, like sorting out the electrics etc. I'm just unsure what lacquer to use so that I ...
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How can I improve my strategy for flush trimming with a router?

I always have trouble with flush trimming. I use clamps to keep the piece in place but it gets in the way. Is it better to use a table router or a hand router? Couldn't I use some sort of double ...
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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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How to prevent sticking and hopping when cutting with a hand saw?

I have tried in the past to make precision cuts using a hand saw and always have issues with the blade sticking or hopping out of the cut. All my saws have been purchased from the local big box store....
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Are there techniques to sand small parts on a benchtop belt sander?

I often find myself attempting to sand small pieces of wood (1"x1"x1" or less) on a benchtop belt sander. In the past I've used pliers to hold the piece being sanded, but not always with success. ...
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Does burning wood increase any mechanical proprieties?

I've seen wood being burned for spears in movies. I've also seen people burn wood for Sho Sugi Ban finishing technique. But.... Does burning wood increase any mechanical proprieties? Are there any ...
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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

My drill press doesn't have a "stop". How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?
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Creating a speaker stand using only joins

I want to create a bookshelf speaker stand but use only joins (no nails, no glue). I want to be able to disassemble the stand and re-assemble it. I don't have many power tools and plan to cut joins ...
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Best way to apply stain

I made a shoe-rack from Spruce and applied a couple of coats of clear matt varnish. My wife wanted a darker colour so I went to the local store where the only suitable product with the right colour ...
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Making safe cuts: Sliding miter saw vs Radial-arm saw

In multiple questions (this is one) having to do with sliding miter saws, we have been admonished how to correctly make cuts - to wit: with the motor off, pull the saw outward, push the saw down, turn ...
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Type of wood for bending into an arch shape?

I am designing a home theater that will have a small "stage" which will need to have a long (~8ft long, ~6in wide, thickness as required) piece of wood that is bowed slightly. I want to know what ...
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Best way to drill a concentric hole with a lathe

I'm new to turning and recently decided to make some pepper mills. Starting with squareish stock I roughed the pieces to round and then started drilling several concentric holes of different sizes ...
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Avoiding scratches on underside of piece when using orbit sander

When using an orbit sander the vibrations often cause scratches and gouges on the bottom side of the piece from the surface it is resting on. Also, even when I very carefully try to remove debris ...
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