Questions tagged [tool-selection]

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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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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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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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=...
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The Tools used on this cane?

What were the tools used to achieve what was done here? Namely the stripping off of all the bark that used to be over the white-ish parts. Note that the top portion is smooth and sort of transitions ...
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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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Tool recommendation to prick bamboo nodes

I am looking for some kind of tool which I can use to prick through a bamboo. To be more specific, bamboo is hollow inside. There is just some kind of plates "the nodes" which is connecting the ...
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How can I cleanly cut a large circle out of plywood?

How can I cut a large (3.5' - 4' in diameter) circle out of a 4x8 sheet of plywood. The preferred method would be one that doesn't leave any holes/marks in the circle's plywood surface. It needs to ...
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Considerations for cordless circular saw blades - effects of kerf, coating and geometry on performance?

I recently acquired a low-budget ($80) 18V cordless, hand-held circular saw. The saw came with a low-budget 18-teeth ripping blade. I intend to use it mostly for cross-cutting wood planks, and ...
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Finishing a narrow cavity

This is a continuation from my previous question on the log box I've been carving. Since then I've carved the handle (thanks for the advice!) and added a magnet closure system for my swivel lid (...