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What tools to use, how to use them and when.

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How to add a consistent chamfer across a non-linear edge using hand tools

I am beginning to really like using hand tools as opposed to power tools and I can see a lot of use cases for them. However I don't understand how can you apply a consistent chamfer on a non-linear ...
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What kind of woods can I use to make a wooden model car?

I'm looking for some guidance, I am making a model/toy car for my school project and I am not sure what woods are suitable to use.
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What is this rotating joint called? Where can I find one?

This round plastic object is inserted horizontally in the wood socket, then rotated and allows tightening the screw to fix together two pieces of my bed. What is this hardware called? Can a ...
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Why would a plane have a grooved sole?

One of the planes I rescued from a yard sale has grooves in its sole, running front to back across the surface that contacts the wood. I'm having trouble imagining what their purpose could be, ...
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What is this brace bit cutter tool exactly and how is it used?

I was liberating some old hand tools from my grandfather's shop again, before grandma throws them in the garbage, and found some more interesting things. This time I am sure that this one is a ...
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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 a desk grommet without a lathe?

I have a walnut desk that now requires a 2" walnut grommet (since I cut the hole in the desk before realizing that walnut grommets are only for sale in 1 3/4" size)....so I need to make my own. ...
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What are these wooden posts?

I am starting a tinker group for kids. I have seen these wooden posts pictured in a number of tinkering setups, since they have pre-drilled holes and can be connected relatively easily by young ...
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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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Lathes and cutting machines: sharpness versus hardness

As a primary school student I took woodworking classes and recall the teacher sharpening the gouges and chisels that we used on the lathe. I use the word sharpening but that is, perhaps an assumption. ...
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Making a small indent/crevice/depression for a ball

I am making my own wooden board game. The game pieces have ball-shaped bases. I want them to move around the board and rest in small indentations. Something like this: What kind of tools and ...
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How to cut the centre out of a large round of wood

I have a large round of wood (horizontal slice of a tree) which is about 20 inches across (circle diameter) and 8-9 inches deep. I want to take the centre out of the wood, either by cutting a circle ...
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How can I store hand tools so they won't rust?

I currently have a small set of hand tools, but do not use some very often. One hand saw that I own (stored on a shelf with my other tools in the basement) has rusted quite a bit on the blade, and I ...
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Creating additional boards from thick lumber

I have boards that are ~ 2" thick, ~15" wide, and x feet long. I would like to divide these boards in half. I do not have the funds to buy a large bandsaw or other power tools. I'm looking to trim ...
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Adapting Old Craftsman Bench Grinder for CBN Wheels?

I recently inherited a Craftsman model 397 bench grinder that runs and is in reasonable shape. Here's an image of the grinder with the wheels and guards removed. I'd like to start using it for ...
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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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How do I know when it is too cold to work outside?

My woodworking has been at a standstill during the winter months. The main reasons for that are I no longer have stable surfaces to work with since I work outside I need to wear warm clothing which ...
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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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What is this tool called? [closed]

I am at a loss trying to figure out what this tool is, hopefully this is being asked in the right place. The images are screen shots from a video, hopefully they are enough. It is quite small, ...
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How should I store the batteries of my cordless drill?

I have a nice cordless drill that came with two rechargeable batteries. However, there are times when life gets in the way and I'm not using the drill at all over the course of several months. When I ...
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Securing the cable chain on a CNC gantry

I have laser cut the ends of a bicycle brake cable cable chain platform on a CNC I am building. I have looped the bicycle brake cables around one end and tucked the end of the cable through the loop. ...
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Is a “bradder” the same thing as a “brad nailer”?

It's a dumb thing for work, I just need to know if "bradder" is short-hand for "brad nailer." "Bradder" is coming from this product at Home Depot: F21P GN-31A (CT) Bradder
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How do I identify hand planes?

I bought 2 hand planes last week at flea markets, both of them together cost me less than $20 (from 2 different places). Both of course needed some TLC, one was pretty orange on the top, bottom sides,...
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How do I prevent static on vacuum hoses?

Whether sucking up large amounts of sawdust at once or when attached to a tool, static electricity always builds up on my shop vac hoses when the dust passes through. This leads to messes on the hose ...
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How to treat tools immediately after de-rusting treatment (molasses)?

I have a set of tools (handplanes, to be precise) currently swimming in a molasses bath for de-rusting. I can find a lot of comparison data with other de-rusting methods, but not so much information ...
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Is a bench top jointer better than no jointer?

I've love to get a nice big 6" jointer but I don't have the space for it so I've been looking at bench top models that I can store when not in use but man are the reviews horrible. On multiple sites I'...
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Help creating simple wood table? [closed]

I am learning about wood-working, and I want to start by building something relatively simple like this to hold a TV. I will be using 2" x 6" wood. What particular tools do I need for the joints? It ...
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Are Makita Makpac containers compatible with Tanos T-Loc systainers (Festool)?

Are Makita Makpac containers compatible with Tanos systainers (Festool)? Tanos systainers seem to be rather expensive while Makita Makpac prices are good. But still would be nice to know so all my ...
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Does anyone use diamond files to touch up/sharpen circular saw blades?

I am tooling up to sharpen circular saw blades, besides purchasing a good power machine I wanted to purchase some quality diamond files for touch-up and perhaps even sharpening the entire blade,...
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What is the difference between a sabre saw and a jig saw

This is more out of curiosity. I came across the term sabre saw and tried to figure out what it was. Searching the internet turned up results for both a jigsaw: ...and a reciprocating saw: This ...
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When should I use a Jointer vs. a Planer?

I am fairly new to woodworking and just starting to outfit my shop with power tools. One area that I find confusing is the use case for a jointer vs. a planer. Both tools seem to have very similar ...
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Traditional Hand Planes Vs. Electric Hand Planer

I am debating whether or not to add an electric hand planer to my tool collection. I realize that using an electric one would be much faster than a traditional hand plane. However, I am not quite sure ...
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Easiest way for a beginner to reduce a pine board's width by 1/2"?

I have a small 20" x 24" x 1" pine board that happens to be 1/4" to 1/2" too wide for my needs -- the 20" side needs to be more like 19.7". What's the easiest/cleanest way for a beginner like me to ...
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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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What hand tools might have been used historically to create a wooden train?

I am writing a novel set in 1850s Nevada. I would like to have the papa make his son a wooden train. Could he do this with a hand saw? What other hand tools would he need?
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What is the name of the second tool

Can somebody please help me out by naming the second tool in the row of tools in this image ? Thank you
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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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What tools do I need to start making cabinets?

I am looking for what equipment I need to start a minimal shop that will eventually be making nice cabinets. I have no preference for power tools versus hand tools. I already have a cheap contractor'...
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When do you use a chuck vs. a faceplate on a lathe?

I'm interested in learning to turn and recently bought an old Delta/Rockwell lathe that came with some basic accessories. I get the impression that a chuck and faceplate both serve the same purpose, ...
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How can I copy the cut of a curved piece of wood?

My wife picked up what I expect was a beautiful garden bench at one time in it's life from a garage sale. It has metal rails on the side with and a metal inlay in the back surrounded by a wood frame, ...
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What tools can I use for doing this type of semicircular groove?

I have never worked with woodwork and I am very interested in starting to create my first pieces. Anyway, there is one piece that I have no idea how to do this circular groove. What are the tools for ...
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Cutting curved box legs

I'm a fairly amateur woodworker, and I'd like to make a particular box, a picture of which I keep seeing floating around. It seems reasonably simple, but I'm struggling a little with the legs. Two ...
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Do rip saws still have a place in the wood shop?

40 years ago when I was first learning to work with wood, there were crosscut and rip saws, each used for their own purpose. As I recall you could use a crosscut saw for either job. A rip saw could ...
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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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Open Source Robotic Saw [closed]

I know that there are several opensource printers, i.e. RepRap. Are there any similar projects for robotic woodworking saw or other instruments?
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Hose converter between Dewalt Saw and Shop Vac

I recently bought DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw and was hoping to hook it up to my Shop-Vac 12-Gallon 6-Peak HP Shop Vacuum. So far, I've been unsuccessful at finding a ...
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Caliper Showdown: Dial vs. Digital vs. Vernier

I recently purchased a digital caliper to make more precise measurements than a basic variety vernier and it works great. I wanted them to measure the width of my table saw for making my sled runners. ...
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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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What determines carving tools/chisels quality?

I wish to get into wood carving I just don't know where to start and what I should be looking for when looking for a set of carving tools. What determines the quality of one set over another? Yes, I ...
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What other uses are there for a shop press?

I'm looking at possibly buying a shop press to use in making a skateboard deck (to shape the wood by pressing it into a mold), and as this is a tool I haven't seen used before, I'd like to ask: what ...