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

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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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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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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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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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What is a try square used for?

I know there are many types of squares, and ultimately all of them are used check an angle for square-ness, i.e., to make sure it is a 90° angle. But different squares are good at different jobs. For ...
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What is the best way to get started with limited funds and space?

I enjoyed doing woodwork back in high school, but I haven't been able to do any since I started college. I want to get into it, but I lack the tools I had at the school shop, and similarly the space. ...
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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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What are some suitable woods to use for tool handles?

We all occasionally have to replace a tool handle, be it an axe, a shovel, a sledge, whatever. The standard handle materials seem to be hickory and ash. I've bought my share of hickory handles from ...
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What minimum amount of equipment is required to start turning bowls?

I'm curious to know what is the simplest set-up to start bowl turning? Which tools should be high-quality and which can I skimp on? I'm not interested in being able to turn a large variety of bowls, I'...
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Best method for drilling a larger diameter hole at an angle

I spent the weekend making a simple wine rack out of cedar for my mother as a gift. I drilled 1.5" holes in a cedar 2x6 to make something like this: So to keep the bottles inverted (keep the cork ...
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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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jointer cutter head : segmented spiral vs traditional knife design

I'm looking to replace the blades on our Powermatic Model 60 jointer, and was considering carbide blades.In particular I saw this cutterhead for the Powermatic Number 53, which is a 6 inch vs. the ...
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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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Are there advantages to using pipe clamps over parallel bar clamps?

Pipe clamps seem to be a low cost and versatile option for gluing up projects. However, they're prone to racking the work piece if not placed correctly. Parallel bar clamps aren't as susceptible to ...
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What are the advantages of band-saws with multiple speeds?

I'm currently thinking about buying a band-saw. While searching in my price range, I found that some models offer a single speed, others 2 and some even 3 speeds. I'm fairly new to band-saws and I ...
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What is the hook angle on a saw blade?

One of the specs listed on saw blades is the hook angle. What does this mean, and when would you choose one over the other?
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Can you overwork an impact driver?

I recently got a 20v driver and impact driver set. Never had an impact driver before but I cannot imagine life without it. It makes it really hard to split wood by over driving and I love that. But I ...
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What are the main categories of wood-turning tools?

For example, you have the spindle gouge: A parting tool: And several more. Walk into any wood-working store, and you'll probably see many of these sorts of tools, among others, that come in a great ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I choose a drill press?

A drill press seems such an essential tool -- even outside of fine woodworking I have found need for it a great many times -- but as I dive into woodworking I see even more of a need for it. The ...
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What drove the design for the traditional tang?

My terminology might be off as I am basing it on the image below Many traditional bits and tools used the tang style end. I am trying to figure out why that was the standard at the time. Was it power ...
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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 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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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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Is there a better way to make a wand?

I recently decided to make a magic wand with my son as a small project. He's been showing it off a bit (despite being very simple/basic), and now we've been asked to make a bunch more for family/...
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Sharpening grits — naming and selection

Independent of all the different kinds of surface one can use to shape, clean, and sharpen tools -- and perhaps independent of whether said surface is motorized or not -- I have to admit to being a ...
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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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Trying to identify this antique woodworking tool

I am trying to find out what this vintage woodworkng tool is called. It holds a small file. It seems to be cast iron. It does have screws to open & change files. Any ideas? PAT. Jan. ? 1891 No ...
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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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Why don't most modern drill presses use some form of VFD instead of manual belt-changes to adjust speed?

I was honestly surprised to see that most modern drill presses still use belts and pulleys (and the manual changing of them) to accomplish variable speeds. Does this design offer certain benefits that ...
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High grit sandpaper to sharpen a v-gouge

V-gouges are slightly difficult to sharpen. The inner part of the V is, in particular, difficult for me to get. I have read that you can actually use a very high grit sand paper, although I'm a little ...
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How do I use this hollowing tool?

I bought this Sorby hollowing tool (I just looked it up 2 years ago!) and I've never figured out how to use the dang thing. There wasn't ANY instructions that came with it, not even how to put the ...
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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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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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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 to look for when buying a tap and die set (for wood)

I have never used a tap and die set but I find myself in the market to purchase some for a couple project I would like to do. What features should I be looking for, ease of use, etc.? Anything I ...
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How to keep a hole saw together?

A few times I have purchased hole saw kits, there is one center piece and bunch of different sized saws every time I have tried to use one them by the second or third hole they are coming apart... It ...
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What's the best way to remove varnish from recycled wood flooring?

I've got a bunch of recycled hardwood flooring that I plan to use for shop projects and possibly nicer furniture. How should I remove the varnish? Would it be preferable to use the thickness planer ...
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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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Why aren't belt sanders with sanding frames available anywhere?

I'm not sure if this question is a fit for Stack Exchange, but I'll try to make it fit. I bought a Bosch 1274DVS 10 years ago and I was able to get an accessory 'guide'. The guide was a frame that ...
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What are the handles/wheels called when making a homemade vise (like a moxon?)

I would really like to make my own vises, like moxon, tail vise, etc. I'd love to be able to afford the benchcrafted kits but they are price-prohibitive. I've seen people make them out of press ...
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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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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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Closing mouth on coffin plane

I have a Scioto coffin plane whose mouth is a little on the wide side. I'd like to glue a piece of wood inside the front of the throat to close it up, but I don't know if rubbing end grain against the ...
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How can I prevent homemade pipe clamps from twisting?

I would like to make some of these parallel clamps that use a pipe for the bar. Source The one advantage that commercial parallel clamps have over these is that the clamp faces will always line up; ...
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What technique and tools can I use to create a straight canoe pole from a green tree

I'm using black spruce, white spruce, and tamarack to make canoe setting poles 12' x 1 ½" diameter. I look for standing green trees as straight as possible, maybe 1 ¾" at 13' height, then debark them ...
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Can you use Festool dust extraction with non-Festool tools?

I'm looking into HEPA vacuums and dust extractors and I found Festool. Does anyone know whether we can attach non-Festool tools to their dust extractors?