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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 do you pronounce dado?

When perusing woodworking articles online, I often read about dado joints made with dado cuts using dado blades. SilentC at the English language Wikipedia GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons ...
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Best setup to make dovetails

I'm trying to figure out the best way to make clean dovetails joints using a router (maybe?). I've tried by hand, results were not so good. I got excited a while back and bought one of those porter ...
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How does a variable speed control mechanism work?

To change speeds on many drill presses and lathes, the user needs to turn off the machine, and manually move the belts between a variety of pulleys. On a machine with variable speed control, the user ...
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What is luster?

I've seen finishes (and finishing techniques) described as providing a lot of "luster". I can understand matte, which is similar to satin, and that sheen is akin to gloss. But what do people mean when ...
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What are the difficulties that people run into when using a dovetail jig?

I have a cheap Craftsman dovetail jig for my router but have never tried using it. I regularly hear people complain about the lower-end dovetail jigs but praise the expensive, high-end (often $400+) ...
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Best way to flatten boards by hand

I'm trying to process 4/4 soft maple rough stock into 1/2" thin boards, ready for use in furniture and I'm having a real hard time getting them flat. Here's my process so far: Crosscut a 18" piece ...
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Best way to make a small detachable ramp on a dog house?

I hope you guys bear with me on this as it's a little bit of a silly project. I'm mainly doing it to practice some joinery. My aunt has a Pomeranian and she's wanting me to make something better for ...
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How do you turn the bottom of the bowl?

How do you turn the bottom of the bowl? Do you have to leave a rabbet or tenon? What if I don't want to leave a tenon as a foot? or the chuck damaged the foot and I want to clean it up/remove it?
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Is there a canonical source for retrieving Material Safety Data Sheets? [closed]

Is there a convenient, easy-to-access source for Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSes) that does not require registration or payment? A good website or reference book for wood-working MSDSes should ...
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What sort of dust collection system would be adequate for a two-car garage?

I have only recently moved into a new house with an attached two-car garage. I am also starting to make a fair bit of dust working on projects in the garage. Tools I am using include handsaws, a ...
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Advice for setting screws in dense wood

The Janka Hardness Test provides a scale for the hardness of woods. Toward the higher end, wood can be particularly difficult to drive screws into and even a pilot hole may not be adequate. Is there a ...
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Does knotty wood dull a hand plane faster than normal wood?

While I was planing down a plank of Cedar this evening I noticed that the plane did not slide through the knotty wood, that it was a harsh stop. It made me wonder whether I should attempt to plane ...
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How can I adjust my hand plane to take an even cut across its width?

I have a low angle jack plane (Stanley #62, bevel up) and it has the ability to adjust the blade side to side when I lock down the blade and iron, which supposedly is to allow you to even out the ...
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Does circular saw diameter bear on anything but maximum cut depth?

Assuming we're talking about sliding miter saws, or table saws, does one select a blade diameter purely to maximize the potential depth of cut? Or are there other benefits to larger blade diameters ...
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Does pressure treated lumber need to reach a proper moisture content before use?

I'm planning on building a garden bench for the outdoors. I opted for Pressure treated pine (I'll be staining it a cedar color) because it was cheaper than cedar, way cheaper than white oak and ...
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Proper sequence of acclimating wood for building

I have heard it said that one should always acclimate wood to one's woodshop before milling the lumber (so it can adjust to humidity and stabilize it's size). I've also heard that cutting/milling ...
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How to dry Blue Spruce slabs?

Our tree was cut down, I've asked the guys to save me a few of slices. They are about 3-4cm thick. Is there any simple way to dry them without having them crack and fall apart?
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What finish should I use for a curtain rod and rings?

I want to make wooden curtain rods and curtain rings, and finish them so that the rings glide as easily as possible along the rods. I'm leaning toward red oak, but I'm still considering other ...
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Should I attempt to stain to all of the trim in a room (floor to ceiling)?

I have a dining room with some nice oak wainscoting, ceiling trim and faux beams. There are also four windows, and two doors. All with trim. I have stripped off all of the paint applied by prior ...
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How to make proper pilot holes

This is related to the question about Replacing small drill bits without buying new sets (or preventing breaks) but I wanted to expand on this. I think I'm just using cheap bits and much like the OP ...
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Are there advantages to using packaged wood finishing cloths instead of old towels and shirts?

Some manufacturers offer packaged "wood finishing cloths". I've always used old towels, old shirts, or paper towels both for applying certain finishes as well as when wiping off excess. Do "wood ...
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Which first gouges to get for a beginning turner

My father no longer uses his shop (for the most part) and the tools are going to me. Over time and disuse some of his turning tools have disappeared or fallen into disrepair. I would like to start ...
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Wood identification [closed]

I've been working with some wood that I was given, but I don't know what type of wood it is. It's a light coloured wood similar to pine, but it has a greenish tint in parts of it. It's got small black ...
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What is the purpose of a saw nib? [closed]

Saw nibs have been present for hundreds of years. What is their purpose?
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What is a crosscut sled used for?

I've read various references to people using a crosscut sled on their table saws. Google brings up hundreds of pages on how to make one but I haven't found much background on them. So what exactly ...
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How can I use tea to replicate the look of ammonia fumed wood? [closed]

A comment by dfife on the Q&A Which woods work well with ammonia? says: You can also soak any piece of wood in tea (or something else high in tannins) and give it a higher degree of tannins. I'...
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Can one install bench dog holes in soft surfaces like MDF or softwoods?

I have a number of Kreg workbenches that I have made with help of their Pocket-hole jig. The workbench tops are made by layering MDF atop a 2x4 frame. I am wondering whether multiple layers of MDF ...
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Would sandwiching MDF between two layers of hardwood make an acceptable workbench table?

As I was considering my bench dog question (linked here) I had a thought and I'm wondering if it is realistic. The problem that I am most concerned about with bench dogs in a workbench made of MDF is ...
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Best method for drilling thousands of holes?

I make small hand-craft timber products from my garage and I've recently been approached by a wholesaler, who is looking to purchase large quantities of a very simple product I make. The product is ...
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What are the different uses for plain sawn (flat sawn), rift sawn, and quarter sawn boards?

When shopping for lumber, how do you identify each type of board, and what are some examples of when you would choose to use each one? In other words, what are the visual and physical characteristics ...
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What is the difference between a beveled and a mitered edge?

I know this is a basic question, but I see a lot of conflicting usage out there... What is the difference between a beveled and a mitered edge? I think people say "mitered" when they really mean "...
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What is a good method for filling holes in wood to try and re-drill them?

I am making a toy car with nails for axles and plastic wheels. The block of wood had a thin, 1/4" groove in for setting the "axles" into for a car. (about the kerf of a blade). Unfortunately, these ...
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Unobtrusive ways to protect plywood corners?

I'm building a bunch of cabinets out of 3/4" plywood. The corners are beveled so there's no ugly plywood "end grain" showing in the joints. While the joint looks fantastic, I'm concerned that the ...
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Removing drilled plugs from a stock board

I was using a plug cutting bit for the first time on a project recently, and after drilling through once and having to dig the button out of the bit was a pain, so I opted to only drill partway ...
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Enlarging a stepped through hole

I had some speaker baffles cnc'ed and it looks like there is a mistake in either the drawing or the actual machining. I need to increase the diameter of the outside step by about 1/8" not the through ...
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What type of tree to use for branches as dinner table legs?

I want to make a dinner table with crossed table legs made of tree branches with the bark still on (raw, no stain/finish/veneer). What type of tree would be best to use to make it stable and won't ...
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When building a shelving unit, how does having the rails and stiles be out of square affect the alignment of the shelf?

I was in the shop last evening working on a shelving unit out of construction lumber (2x4s.) When I was securing the second stile to the panel I noticed that although I had measured where the rails ...
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Safety when working Tasmanian Blackwood

I've heard that Tasmanian Blackwood has toxic sawdust. Just how toxic is this sawdust, and what precautions need to be taken when working with it?
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How do you prevent a turned workpiece from exploding while you're working on it on the lathe?

I've seen some scary videos and "after" photos where someone was turning something on a lathe and the workpiece just exploded. How do I avoid this? For example, in one exploding bowl video the turner ...
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How do you make nesting bowls from a single piece of wood?

I've seen matching sets of turned bowls that fit inside each other almost like Russian dolls. I've also heard turners actually say the bowls were cut out from the same piece so they didn't waste a ...
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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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Is it safe (for the animals) to use pressure treated wood for animal feeders and houses?

I've been keen on taking pallets and other woods from supply stores so that I can up-cycle them into small woodworking projects like birdhouses, feeders and lately wine racks. There were some fence ...
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Can I steam-bend a piece of wood with a free-floating end?

I've been working on creating a wooden hockey stick. The blade of the hockey stick needs a slight curve and bend to it. I have a small steam box set up and have created a vice with different-length ...
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Which woods work well with ammonia?

I love the traditional look of quarter sawn oak and the patina finish achieved by gassing the wood with ammonia. Are there other woods that react well by gassing with ammonia? If there are could you ...
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How can I joint a board that is longer than my jointer infeed table?

I have a bowed board that is longer than the infeed table on my jointer. When I pass it over the blades, the lay of the board changes as the board rides up the trailing edge of the jointer infeed ...
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What can I coat a wooden drawer slide with to reduce drag?

I have an old wooden desk with a middle draw that has a center support that the drawer slides back and forth on. The friction creates drag that prevents the opening and closing action from seeming ...
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Should I locate a centralized dust collector in a roof crawlspace above a garage shop?

I live in a single story home with an integrated garage shop. I'm considering leveraging the crawlspace above the ceiling as a mounting point for a centralized DC. Running the lines within the ...
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Treating pine for partial burial

I'm replacing my garden edging (the separator between lawn and flower beds), and I have some treated pine I would like to use. Like this: What's the best way to stop the pine from rotting?
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Optimum amount of hearing protection?

Wood-working tools can be very loud. Noise levels of 104 - 110 dB have been measured in real-world use. (Theoretically, the noise levels are supposed to be measured one meter away from the source of ...

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