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Can veneer be patched or do you have to peel it off and start over?

When trying to refinish a piece of furniture, a lot of older pieces had/have veneer and more often than not (in my experience) the veneer is damaged and chipping around the edges. Is there a good way ...
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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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What is the normal end-of-life for a bandsaw blade?

I suppose there are two alternatives for the death of a bandsaw blade: The blade breaks. The teeth get noticeably dull and the blade is discarded. I have never experienced scenario #2 but I've ...
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How can I design a large cherry table with no aprons?

I am trying to build a cherry table. I will be creating the top out of multiple 8/4 boards using standard techniques. The table will be 42" wide by at least 68" long. I have come up with the idea ...
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What can cause a table saw to make this rattling/clacking noise?

I've just put my used Powermatic 64 Artisan's Saw together. When the belt is attached to the motor, it makes a sound that seems like something is unbalanced. When the motor spins freely without the ...
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What is an infill plane?

I got an answer to my question about second-hand plane purchasing that talks about making an infill plan. What is an infill plane and how is it different than a basic hand plane? On basic appearance ...
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What should I look for when aquiring a plane second hand?

I was in a pawn shop recently and I saw a Stanley no. 4 plane. I do not have one of those and I probably could have talked him down to 15$. That being said I am not sure how to know if a hand plane ...
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Having trouble securing the PVC pipe for a Washers Game

I hope this question fits here. I just didn't know where else to turn. I'm definitely an amateur woodworker, but I recently tried to make a Washers Game. The square seemed too easy, so I did the ...
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Finishing Sapele

Any ideas? I have a wide shelf which forms a bench by my bay windows, they have become sun bleached and water marks from window leaks, flower pots etc. I have removed what finish they had before and ...
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In what cases is it NOT useful to have more than one of the same tool?

I want to take In what cases is it useful to have more than one of the same tool? and flip it around to find out what tools are NOT useful in multiples. In other words, I'm now looking for cases in ...
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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 kind of wax will keep a crosscut sled sliding well?

I'm making a crosscut sled for my table saw, and I want it to slide freely. I've read various places that waxing the under side of the sled helps a lot. My question is, what kind of wax should I be ...
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In what cases is it useful to have more than one of the same tool?

For the purposes of this question, please note that I am not asking for general advice on buying tools, but rather, I'm trying to identify the cases in which it may be practical and useful to have two ...
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What are Rockwell points?

I was looking at scrapers and some of them mention their Rockwell Point value. Pertinent information from that page: They are a nice complement to our other scrapers and just a couple of Rockwell ...
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What steps should I follow to properly paint MDF?

I am building a laundry basket out of MDF. I need to paint it. How should I proceed once the basket is glued together? (Sanding?, priming?, painting?, other?)
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Drilling a hole parallel to the face in a tight area, right angle drilling?

I need to drill a precise hole into a small cavity which happens to the parallel to the face of the piece of wood. To better illustrate this I made a simple diagram to be absolutely clear on what I'm ...
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What's a good way to cut a board parallel to its face?

I have some thick boards that I'd like to make thinner. Generally I would thickness plane the board, but in this case I'd like to reduce the thickness of the board by about half (e.g. from 2" thick ...
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Gap for frameless full overlay hinged doors?

I'm constructing a cabinet that has doors that are flush against the adjoining wall/cabinet. (technically, another cabinet in an RV) If I use the "full overlay" version of these hinges, how do I ...
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Do these discrepancies actually matter? [closed]

As some of you may know, I am making my first ever project: a board game table. It's not going so well! Here are some pictures: The red lines on the first picture are the drawer railings outside to ...
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How can I make this cribbage board peg compartment?

I'm making a peg cribbage board and want to make a peg compartment with a sliding door. It looks almost like it would require a Dremel tool, but was wondering if anyone has any techniques for ...
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What can I do if I lose the chuck key for my drill?

The string holding my key to the drill broke and I didn't notice at first. I have a couple of drills so I don't have to change the bits often. I am aware that I can buy a new key for my drill but that ...
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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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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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How to shape a toy boat's hull accurately?

I would like to make a series of boat's hulls from a single block of wood. My first consideration is how to semi-accurately model the complex geometry of the stern and bow of a ship. The models only ...
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Best sander for rustic wood

I want to build a rustic wood chair. My first rustic wood furniture ever. Doing rustic wood is really complicated for me because the wood is very uneven like this: What sander should I use for ...
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How to assemble kitchen base unit cabinet?

I am building a kitchen base unit (frameless type) out of melamine plywood. Regarding the assembly of the "box" is it OK for the side panel to rest on top of the bottom panel, where the screws will go ...
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Why would someone cut a miter in a tenon?

In the May 2015 issue of WOOD Magazine, on page 50 there is a plan for a Woven-Seat bench. In the diagram (which I can't seem to find online, it may be copyright content) the short and long rails ...
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What is the difference between full overlay and half overlay hinges?

I am building cabinet doors for a cabinet we inherited from a friend. The cabinet has a 3/4" face frame around the caracasse. I am investigating different hinges, but I am not sure what the ...
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How can I finish a piece consisting of multiple species to yield an overall cohesive appearance?

So a long time ago I inquired about a project regarding a board game table. Well, we planned it out, scouted the wood, bought it, cut it up, and now we're on assembly! For the outer visible portion ...
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What are the different styles of Japanese Saws

Pretty much just what the title says. I would like to know the different styles of Japanese saws and what each one is designed for. I am aware of Dozuki and Ryoba but I will assume there are others.
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Comparison of Western saws and Japanese Saws

I was considering acquiring a Japanese style saw from Lee Valley. I have a small collection of tenon saws and regular saws that would, it seem, already serve the same purposes as most of the ...
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How can I identify some of the common engineered boards/panels?

There are many different types of engineered wood out there with different names which can be misleading. To be a little more specific these are some examples I currently use. particle board plywood ...
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How to cut Plexiglas on a table saw?

I'm building a router bit box to store all my router bits of various sizes (¼ and ½). I want to have a see-through closing lid. In order to do so, I will frame a sheet of Plexiglas (1/8" thick) in ...
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Direction of grain when making stiles and rails for a door

Some years ago I saw an article about how to rip wood and put the pieces together again so the twisting was reduced (part A twisted opposite part B so the result still was straight). I have since ...
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Choosing wood and finish for outdoor furniture

What qualities should I look for in woods to be used in outdoor furniture and what are some examples of woods which have those qualities? What finishing options do I have for weatherproofing wooden ...
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Carbide vs. high speed steel in jointer blade

I am replacing the cutters in my jointer and debating between high speed steel and carbide. What are the advantages and disadvantages of HSS vs carbide jointer blades?
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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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What is the best way to cut pergola ends?

I want to cut some of those decorative ends in a pergola that I'm making. I know that I can trace a pattern onto wood, cut with a jigsaw, rinse and repeat. I'm looking for a way to speed it up, and ...
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Can a track saw make glue-ready surfaces?

I have a worm drive circular saw that I have converted to a track saw using the EZSmart system. It's no Festool but it does okay. A few passes with a jointer plane is usually all I need to make a glue-...
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Are systainer tool cases of different companies compatible with each other?

My router came in a plastic tool box called a systainer. It is made in a way that the bottom could interlock with the top. this means I could stack multiple of these boxes and lock them together for ...
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How do you straighten/bend wood planks without removing any material?

I have some 6' long 2"x12" planks of douglas fir that dried into a twist, I need to straighten it out but I don't want to plane this any thinner. So basically I'm trying to bend the board back into ...
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What is the name of the hardware used in these MDF joints?

I want to build a cabinet with MDF boards like the ones I see at work. They are using some kind of hardware but I'm not able to find any instructions on how it works and I don't know what its name is. ...
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Finishing schedule for live edge walnut slab

I'm working on a live edge walnut slab coffee table. This is a photo of the bottom side of the table before any finish is applied sanded to 220 (for reference the holes are for threaded inserts that ...
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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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Is PVC pipe safe to use for a dust collection system?

I'm in the early stages of designing a dust collection system for my home shop. My existing system, a dustpan and broom, is vastly inefficient for my setup, which includes a tablesaw, router table, ...
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What's the easiest way to line up a tongue and groove?

I just got a tongue and groove router bit, and on my first attempt on some scrap I had about 1/32"-1/16" of an offset between the two boards I was joining. I think I went wrong by thinking I could ...
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Table saw top treatment

For years I've used Bostik TopCote (apparently now called GlideCote) to protect the cast iron top of my table saw. It has always worked very well: I have no rust on the top, and it provides a nice ...
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Why would I want a joiner's mallet

I was reading this question about the Size of a Joiner's Mallet and it got me thinking about why specifically I would even want to have a joiner's mallet. I have an old croquet stick (shortened ...
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Size of a Joiner's Mallet

I built my joiner's mallet when I was just getting started in woodworking. I hadn't seen too many mallets before then so I went with my gut instincts on size and dimensions. The result is a very hefty ...
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Improve on TV Tray Table design for lateral stability?

I'm thinking of making my own tv tray tables set with convenient stowage as a feature, yet the (one) design I've ever seen is highly susceptible (with age?) to lateral instability. Is there a design ...

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