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When you are not sure what tools would best suit a particular application or project. (Please note that this tag should not be used for tool purchasing recommendations, as purchasing recommendations are out of scope for this site.)

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Ways of making grain relief

I want to bring out the grain of a wooden board as a relief with two-tone paint job, in the manner of the test piece below. (I'd roll the top color onto the real piece rather than brush it.) The board ...
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What are the ideal traditional tools to use for creating an inlay?

I know how I can create one kind of fake inlay. I would like to know what is involved, at least at a basic level, how one creates inlays using traditional techniques and tools. What tools could I ...
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How would you make these brackets from Fine Woorking's Modular Wall Unit plans?

I'm a beginner woodworker, but I'm intrigued by these plans for a Modular Wall Unit from Fine Woodworking. They're outside my skill range but could be a fun challenge. The plans are pretty detailed, ...
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Choosing a saber saw for long blades (12" and 18"). What does the maximum length specified in a saw depend on?

Some saber saws specify their maximum cutting length -thickness of the block to cut- for wood (or metal, or tubes...). Most of them are in between 150 and 230 mm (6 to 9"). I indeed want to buy a ...
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Substitute for Pocket Hole Jig?

Pocket Hole jig is really expensive for me and I don't plan to buy one right away. So, as a newbie I was searching for any alternative. I have seen many videos and stuff over the net but as a fresher ...
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Making shaped legs with varying diameters

I'd like to build a table which has these antique-style legs. However I'm still a beginner in woodworking and have no idea how I could create legs like these. Which tools and techniques would allow me ...
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Drawknives for carving tree stumps

I have a maple tree stump in my front yard I plan on carving into a "Hobbit House". Is using a drawknife better at carving vertically (I want to keep it smooth)? I have wide wood chisels but ...
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What are my options for cutting notches in the corners of large shelves?

I'm planning on making a shoe rack/bench, and have been trying to figure out the best approach to cutting the corners on these 46" wide shelves: I've made something similar in the past, and cut ...
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Best tool to create notches (custom pull-up bar)

I would like to create a custom (hallway) pull-up bar. Example: Question I'm wondering what the best tool would be to create the notches? I'm thinking of either a Hole Saw or a Jigsaw? Or do I need ...
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What type of lathe do I need for duplicating parts

I've worked with a lathe maybe a few dozen times, making things like wooden salad bowls, goblets, baseball bats, and some other relatively simple items. I'm looking to buy a lathe, and one of the ...
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Does it matter what kind of diamond stone I get?

I am looking into getting a set of diamond stones so I can start some serious sharpening. I am doing some now with sandpaper but I am starting to find aspects tedious and am looking at other options. ...
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Rabbet/rebate on window frames - cleaning them out. Is there a specialized plane for this?

I was using a block plane and chisel + sander to clean out rabbets for new panes of glass in wooden storm windows. The block plane didn't clean completely into the corners, and got me wondering if ...
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How to find or create board for about 40x28 table to use as a keyboard tray

I'm working on one of my first DIY projects that's a combination of some 3d printed parts along with one main wood piece. The goal that I'm trying to achieve is a static keyboard tray that hangs under ...
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Good methods for scuffing/sanding ready-built furniture with contours for repainting

FYI - I am in the UK I am wanting to do a few upcycling jobs on pieces of furniture that have some interesting compound curves and details (think of beaded panel doors etc). My goal is to paint them a ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

Barring support for older tools why are keyed chucks still manufactured? Hopefully not just in my own ignorance but I view keyless chucks as just a useful equivalent without being tethered to the need ...
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How to remove undersized carriage bolt from headboard?

Outfit that set up our bed years ago used wrong sized round-head carriage bolts to attach the headboard to the frame. Should have used 3/8" and used 1/4" instead. The bolts are also too ...
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What are the pros/cons of HSS vs Chrome Vanadium in drill bits?

I need to purchase a set of brad point bits (all I own are split point). I see some that are High Speed Steel (HSS) and others made of Chrome Vanadium (Cr-V), and I'm not sure how much the steel ...
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What is the functional purpose of fluted dowel?

I repaired a small end table recently and one of the aprons used dowel joinery to attach to a leg. I drilled out the dowel since a couple were broken and I wanted then to all be the same. I replaced ...
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How bore out a shallow sink into a 2x10"?

I have a set of standing shelves that are built from standard home store 2x10"s. I wanted to repurpose the shelf as a place for my houseplants. When I water the plants, there is a lot of drainage ...
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Portable table/stand for cutting wood or boards?

I was looking for a portable table to use for cutting wooden pieces and panels. I saw one in a photo of a tool, but even after long google searches I just can't find what to call it or search for. ...
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Bandsaw vs Table Saw

I am toying between 2 options for my next workshop power tool. A bandsaw or table saw. Both I am looking at have a maximum cutting depth of 80mm, both have fences to enable straight cuts and both ...
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Chip out outside side of track saw cut?

I'm considering a Makita track saw. I wondered if anyone sees chip or tear out on the non-track side. I understand that festool has an insert (Festool 499011) which the blade cuts through, so ...
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Table saw, possible replacement queries

My father is a casual woodworker, and rarely deals with something as precise as fine joinery, and has been using his father's old table saw for his whole life. I believe it is a 1960s craftsmen with a ...
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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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What is the difference between a worm and sidewinder drive circular saws?

I didn't even know this was a thing. Then I read comments in this question Worm drive saws are long and unwieldy for all but the burliest of men. I found them a real pain to work with. A Makita is ...
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How to cut an opening and door out of 3/4" Plywood

I want to cut a mostly rectangular hole out of a piece of 3/4" plywood about 21" wide by 32" tall. I would like the corners to be somewhat rounded (about a 1" - 2" radius), and I want to rehang the ...
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How to cut a parallel groove on three dimensional profile

I'm trying to build a replacement for a coffee table drawer that went missing years ago. I remember the drawer front matched the profile of the skirt on the table, so I was able to make a template ...
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What hand tools to use for rounding edges and creating pockets?

I've seen some tutorials online about how to create a cutting board, and all of them suggests using a power router to round the edges and create the pockets for the handles. It looks so easy to do ...
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Cutting a wooden box into 2 pieces, with special shape

I want to cut a wooden box (3 X 3 X 3 INCH) the same as the attached image. Every CNC shop told me that they cannot do that. I tried to do it with regular saw, but it wasn't good as you can see. Does ...
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What features should I look for when buying my first circular saw?

I am about to buy my first tools! I am considering getting a circular saw and am looking for: recommendations of what features I should pay attention to? something that would be suitable for a ...
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Make room for wires in wooden block

I have a wooden frame like this with some LEDs powered by a battery. I'm looking for a way to create a hole (4mm*4mm*80mm) to hide the wires from battery to LED on the back. Anything, including the ...
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What is the best drill bit for MDF?

I want to drill holes in MDF of varying thicknesses, laid out to sub millimetre precision. In other words, I need the positioning of the center of the holes to be accurate to within a half millimetre (...
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Is There a Drill Grip for a Typical Dewalt Drill?

I recently purchased a 20V toolkit from Dewalt which included a pretty typical Dewalt drill/driver. I noticed that it doesn't have a drill drip though. I really am a fan of drill grips for a number ...
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Choice of marking knives

I have always used generic knives for marking as per the two Stanleys (other makes are available!) below, my favourite being the grey one: The cheap-n-cheerful Stanleys have always worked well, ...
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What features should I look for when buying my first drill?

*This question was split out from What features should I look for when buying my first circular saw? to better adhere to the stack exchange format. Drills can range in price from $20 to $400+. What ...
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Pneumatic vs Electric Brad Nail Gun

I do wood projects from time to time around my house. I can see there are many Pneumatic based brad nailers available. I am thinking to avoid buying and adding a compressor to my Garage. I prefer to ...
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Does the wattage of the drill have to do with wood working?

Currently, I am browsing a local store via mobile device app. It shows a bundle of tool, it states: Bosch Go (screwdriver) + GBM 320 Bosch Go (screwdriver) + GBM 350 Will there be a difference ...
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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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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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Need to cut a 1' hole through bookshelf-right tool?

I'm converting an old entertainment unit into a huge cage for my ferrets and I'm trying to figure out how to cut a one foot hole through each end to thread and secure tubes leading up the the top ...
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What is the difference between a dead center and a live center?

I am getting way ahead myself and looking at plans and examples of treadle lathes. One in particular was talking about his dead centre and how it was not as good as a live centre for his treadle lathe ...
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Finishing wood slices to an even thickness

I’m trying to make some wood slices, which I want to have a smooth flat finish, and be the same thickness across the slice (to within say 0.25mm). Ideally, all the slices would be the same thickness, ...
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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 to cut a live-edge log lengthwise at an angle?

I want to make this, but am not sure how to start. If start with a live-edge log, how would I make the length-wise cuts? I have access to a table saw, band saw, jointer, and planer.
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What could I use instead of a froe when cleaving?

I really want a froe. They are hard to find in my area and when they do exist they are expensive. If I want to cleave a log, e.g. ash, what other options could I consider? I could use axe heads but ...
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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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What is an accurate and safe way to piece together wood with a rhombus cross section?

I am interested in making a bunch of Penrose tiles. Please note that the triangles and half circle on the figures shouldn't be there, they are for alignment purposes only. One of the tiles is a ...
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Are there alternative tools to a straight ironing rasp (or why are they so hard to find)?

I'm looking for a tool to smooth/flatten down a surface in a rectangular channel in the center of a piece of wood (I constructed the piece by gluing two halves together, but stupidly didn't clean the ...
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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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What is the clamping force of a "T-bar" sash clamp (or how can I work it out)?

I'm trying to compare some different types of clamps. I have some of these: http://www.screwfix.com/p/bessey-gh30-all-steel-lever-clamp-300mm/3156K?kpid=3156K&gclid=...