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How thin a blade in plunge saw

I have recently purchased a plunge saw and a blade. The saw is a Macalister msps1200, which is a rebranded Titan in UK, similar to many cheap ones. The blade is a good Freud 1.7mm kerf. I have now ...
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How thick to make toddler bed slats

I'm building a bed for my toddler out of pine, and wondering what dimension wood I should use for the bed slats, and how many. Toddler mattresses are generally on the order of 52" x 27" or 28", so I'm ...
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How do I ensure that the bottom of my shelf project is level?

I'm very new to woodworking, and for my first project I decided to make a very simple shelf out of reclaimed pallet wood. If you can imagine the pallet standing on it's side, with the planks vertical,...
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Is it possible straighten (unbend) a piece of coconut shell. Steaming it or heating it?

Is it be possible straighten a piece of coconut shell using similar techniques to bend wood? I know it's not wood but I just can imagine cutting the coconut shell in many tiles and later straighten ...
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Chisel paring technique

When paring waste from dovetails with a chisel I often slice up my fingers on the back edge of my chisels. This forum thread discusses this topic with two recommendations: Just let your hands ...
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Joiner materials for larger than standard routing

The standard 5/32" biscuits seems a bit thin for a strong joint for thicker boards. A Feastool seems like the perfect tool, however it is a high price point for my volume. I have a 1/4" slot cutter ...
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Proper way to dilute water based oil-modified polyurethane?

What is the proper way to dilute water based oil-modified polyurethane? I know for oil based poly, to use mineral spirits. Water based poly, use water. I couldn't find any details on how to dilute ...
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What is the mimumum bend radius for 6 mm MDF?

What is the minimum radius that 6 mm MDF can be bent to? If possible I want to bend it to a radius of 2500 mm, without kerfing. It will be fixed with screws over the whole surface, so it doesn't ...
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Why does my router change depth while I work?

I am making some one-piece shaker style doors out of MDF. To cut the inset, I'm using a 1/2" collet router with a 2" surfacing bit. I was using a trim router with a 3/4" straight bit but I was having ...
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How to clean sharpening stone in wood case?

I've got an oil stone from my grandpa that is glued into a wood case, I use it to sharpen chisels and plane irons. The stone has absorbed tons of oil and I'd like to clean it to find out the original ...
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I made a pepper mill. the top is not concentric with the bottom. How do I correct this?

The mill is rough turned to 2 3/8 inch diameter. I drilled the hole for the body first, then parted the top and drilled the top for the shaft. When I put the top tenon into the bottom hole there is ...
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Was there a better way to make this template?

I'm making a small end table out of plywood, and I decided to make a template out of MDF and then shape the actual plywood pieces with a router. The photos below show the basic shape of the leg pieces....
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Does a door make a reasonable workbench top?

I want to build a bigger workbench than the one I have now, and in my basement are several old doors (flat hollow-core doors, no panels or windows or anything) left by the previous owner. My idea was ...
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Help. Stair Treads are Blotchy Now They Look like a Leopard with Dark Spots on Some/Not All

the new stains are all different some like a leopard with heavy dark spots on some treads and others light in areas; wood filler is a whole different issue and not taking stain; contractor used stain ...
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IKEA Gerton (solid beechwood) treatment with mineral oil?

So I need a new desk, and preferably something that's solid wood that can support my dual-monitor mount without sagging or bending. I currently have an Ikea desk that's made of particleboard, and it's ...
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How to build a stable heavy bag stand for kickboxing?

I am trying to build a heavy bag stand. I am going to place it outside in the car shed (which is open from three sides). I am wondering what is the best way to give it a strong base. The heavy bag ...
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Finish that will come in contact with alcohol

I am just starting to get into finishing. I have a pallet wine rack that will be holding wine bottles (obviously). On top of this I have several other wine related wood projects I am making. I have ...
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Framing/edging a chessboard

Had an order come in for an oversized chessboard - each square is about 3 inches. So it's big. The person wanted a maple frame around it, which at first I thought "OK, no big deal", but then I ...
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What is the advantage of a larger bandsaw if the depth of cut is the same?

I'm looking to buy a bandsaw and am puzzled by the depth of cut issue. For instance, I can get a used 10 inch or 12 inch model, but they both have a 6" depth of cut. If I wanted to saw logs into ...
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Can I apply dark Briwax over boiled linseed oil?

I've made some shelving out of scaffold boards and I was initially planning on a light, natural finish. After one application of boiled linseed oil (BLO) I changed my mind and now I want to go dark. ...
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Using a jigsaw for joinery

I was wondering about the feasibility of using a jigsaw to cut half lap joints. Is it even possible? How would one go about it? I thought that maybe one could set up a small jig to elevate the jigsaw ...
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Dado Shelf Stopper

I want to build some shelves to store trays of dice. The trays are 13.7" x 8.6" x 1.37" and are ~4.5 lbs when completely filled with dice. I want to pull the shelves out far enough to open the tray, ...
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Dice Tray Storage

I want to build some shelves to store trays of dice. The trays are 13.7" x 8.6" x 1.37" and are ~4.5 lbs when completely filled with dice. What kind of lifespan can I expect if I use 1/4" pine ...
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How to seal a bathroom vanity?

I'm having a bathroom vanity built, reclaimed scaffold plank top and pine cupboard, a basin sink and free standing tap will be on the top. I want the wood top to show and look rustic, but i want it ...
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Applying oils over stains

As we learned from Can I apply water-based polyurethane over an oil based stain? it is possible to do just that under certain conditions. I would like to broaden that question if possible. Finishing ...
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What kind of wood is this? [closed]

We are refinishing our stairs and can’t figure out what kind of wood they are made of.
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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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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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Why a zero clearance insert?

I sometimes see woodworkers talking about a zero-clearance insert for their table- or band-saws. What is it? And why/when should I use one?
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Multi Step router template

I just purchased a router inlay kit and i'm going to be starting a project where I want to cut out a section of a tabletop all the way through, and then create an insert for it. But, I want to create ...
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How do I properly dispose of a solvent like mineral turpentine?

I have been using some mineral turpentine to clean paintbrushes and it's gotten quite dirty (it also got all gel-like, I think there was something else in the container it reacted with). Since these ...
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How to avoid sanding belt breakage

I have been having a problem with my sanding belts breaking within a couple of minutes of use. Even the new ones I bought at the store were breaking soon after I started using them. I went through ...
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Can you apply wood conditioner without staining?

I made a cutting board for my self-healing cutting mat. Would I be able to use just the Minwax wood conditioner and no poly or stain? My first wood project was the craft table. After finishing it I ...
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I accidentally removed some paint from my child's toy with surgical spirits while disinfecting it, what went wrong?

So during the coronavirus pandemic I have been spraying any package contents I receive with 80% surgical spirit if it is plastic and nonedible. Today my daughter received a couple of new toys in the ...
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Staining Western red cedar outdoor furniture

I am trying my hand at some lawn benches and chairs for my fire pit. As I'm still new at this I'm choosing western red cedar because it's cheap and easy to work with. However, I don't know how to ...
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What can I put on an unfinished cabinet that will not get a lot of use

This cabinet will not get a lot of use. More of a storage cabinet that will have a lamp and cable box. I just need some sort of finish. Really don’t want to change the color.
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What are the pros and cons of MDF as a workbench top?

I've been watching videos on building workbenches, and there are a lot of varieties, including one video where they glued a couple of sheets of 1" MDF together for the top. In this coronavirus era, ...
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In which direction should I sand the ends of a solid wood countertop?

Here is a picture of the right end of the countertop that I hand sanded vertically with 150-grit sandpaper but I don't get a nice finish. I plan to sand it up to 180 grit and apply an oil finish. ...
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Bandsaw blade coming off

I recently replaced the tires on my Delta 9" bandsaw and I decided to put a new blade on. The saw has only seen light use and the tires just became brittle and broke... I guess from the temps in my ...
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Is it possible make the surface of wood harder?

I'm planning to build a countertop for the kitchen out of glued 1 x 1 pieces of pine. I have glued the pieces together and it looks good, but after working with it for a while, I have realized that it ...
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How to maintain consistency when drilling many holes in plywood

I am building a home climbing wall to a very specific third party specification, and I need to drill 610 individual 7/16" holes through 3/4" plywood. Are there any tools I could use (either rentable ...
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Which side of wood deck boards should face up? [migrated]

We're making a roof terrace using wood deck boards. The two sides of the deck board differ, with small/large grooves. Which side should face up, is this purely an aesthetic choice or is there ...
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Weight capacity of cabinet made of 1/2" plywood

I would like to determine the weight capacity of a cabinet made of 1/2" plywood which is 18" deep and 60" long, 37" high. The cabinet has 2 sides and 2 uprights spaced about 20" from either end. The ...
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Rip cutting plywood on my table saw

I'm working on a project where I need to break down some sheet goods and I want to use my table saw to get the best and most accurate cuts parallel to the factory edge. the problem is that my ...
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In what direction should the screws go on corner braces with two 45-degree angles?

I am making a workbench for the shed and cut a couple 45 degree angles on some left over beams to create corner braces for the legs of my workbench. I was wondering in what direction I should screw ...
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how to make a simple bench out of butcher block leftover from our kitchen remodel, or how to find instructions

We have a few big pieces of butcher block that the contractors left after remodeling our kitchen a few years ago. My 9-year-old daughter and I want to make a bench out of it. We looked on youtube for ...
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Do I need to treat or finish lumber if I want to use it for a bed

I'm trying to build a platform bed using 2x4 lumber from Home Depot. I'm wondering if I need to treat the surface somehow if I want to put the mattress on top of the platform. Will a 2x4 surface be ...
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How long does it take tung oil to cure?

Depending on what you're reading, tung oil cures in a day I use Minwax tung oil on all my turningings. Two Coats ussually. After the second coat, I buff with the Beall Buffing system, Ussually ...
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Best waterproofing method for bathroom project?

I'm somewhat of a beginner woodworker and I'm looking at building a small caddy of sorts for my bathroom counter to hold my razor, razor blades, shaving brush, toothbrush, etc. because my bathroom isn'...
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Sanded lightly between coats of minwax. Applied second coat and you can see where I sanded. How can you fix this?

Refinishing a pine table. Applied one coat of minwax wipe on then sanded as told. Applied second coat and sanding marks still showing. Can it be fixed?

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