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Noise ratings of equipment

Do any wood-working power-tool manufacturers provide noise ratings for their equipment in typical usage scenarios? Wood-working tools can be very loud. Noise levels of 104 - 110 dB have been ...
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Other than speed does kiln drying have any advantage over natural aging?

Green wood has several drawbacks for use in most projects. For the most part all of the wood you purchase is kiln dried. One benefit of kiln drying is the time from forest to manufacture can be a ...
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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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What woods or wood materials are unsafe for use in animal cages? [closed]

I want to build wooden toys/houses/things for caged pets, such as Degus, Hamsters, etc. I'm aware that there are chemicals and glues used to make some wood products, such as MDF which make the dust ...
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Using smooth dowel pegs

Commercially available dowel pegs come with a spiral groove around their outside surface. How important is this grooving? This comes to bear in the case when using smooth dowel stock to make ones ...
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Evening reflectivity of a finish after “finishing the finish”

I recently installed butcher block countertops in my kitchen. Several weeks ago, I put four coats of varnish on them, but (as always) they ended up with dust nibs. So yesterday, I wet sanded with 400 ...
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Correct Method to Nail Casing Corners

When installing casing trim around windows and door frames the corners are normally cut in a miter. Finish nails are normally used to fasten the adjoining casing pieces to the window/door frame and ...
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“Joint” or “Join”: What is the name for the place where two pieces of wood are fastened together?

When speaking in my woodshop, I can't quite tell whether people are saying joint or join when referring to the place where two pieces of wood are glued (or nailed) together. I know the practice is ...
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With a pneumatic nailer what is more important the quality of the nailer or the nails?

I needed/wanted a small pneumatic nailer for assembling small wood construction. I purchased an inexpensive nailer and nails at the local discount store, and found the nails often jammed. Within a ...
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How do I seal plywood joints effectively for outdoor use?

I have this castle built in my garden out of plywood. The problem is that it keeps leaking. I've tried silicone which doesn't last, and also a window sealant, but since the plywood expands and ...
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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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When is it best to use kiln-dried vs. air-dried vs. green wood in a project?

Kiln dried wood is usually recommended for woodworking projects since it's more stable than green and air dried lumber. On the other hand, I've been told kiln dried wood is bad for lathe work, and in ...
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Rusting nails on purpose

If I am building a wine rack, for instance, using pallet wood. I don't want nice shiny screws to draw attention away from the piece. What I currently do is sand off the top and leave it in water. ...
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Can some woods just never have a clean finish after sanding?

I am cleaning up pallet wood to be used for miscellaneous projects. Right now I prepare the wood with minor variations on this process. The wood I get varies depending on what pallets I end up with. ...
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Caulking small outdoor enclosures ( bat house/ birdhouse etc.)

I'm looking into build bat houses and water proofing the enclosure is a large part of most tutorials. Almost all suggest that you need to caulk all the seams. None however are very specific on 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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How can I determine the load capacity of a simple bench?

I'm new to woodworking and I'm in the planning phase of making a bench like the one pictured below. I'm planning on storing very heavy boxes on this and would also like to use it as a stool to reach ...
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What tools can I use to hollow out a bowl?

I'm interested in creating two types of bowls. The first is relatively straightforward - in design, at least - as it will just be a large salad bowl. The second is going to mimic a bowl I was gifted ...
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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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What are some safe finishes for indoor projects likely to be chewed on by a young child or infant?

I'm going to be putting together a crib for over the next few months for our first child. I found a blog that mentions shellac. Only, it doesn't exactly say that shellac is safe, only that it is ...
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What is “White Wood”?

It used to be when I went to the lumber store the inexpensive soft wood was Pine. Now they call it "White Wood", what exactly is "White Wood", I don't recall ever hearing of a tree species by that ...
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How to hand-sharpen a badly worn gouge?

I picked up a couple of gouges at a local thrift shop. Some of them are in good order, but some of them are in bad shape and should've been sharpened long ago. I've seen a couple of instruction ...
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What kind of woods can be riven with a froe?

I've never used a froe before but I'm enamored with the idea of making my own boards. Right now, I use splitting wedges to make quarters small enough to feed through my bandsaw. This results in a lot ...
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How do I calculate the amount of downward force a nail will support?

I have a project in mind that creates a removable panel ceiling, made of wood, in my finished basement. Part of the current design is fastening boards to the 1950's ceiling/floor joists that the ...
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How to finish a branch to keep the bark (partially) on?

My son found a nice thick branch that I want to turn into a walking stick for him. Unfortunately, I can't tell what kind of wood it is exactly. The bark is still partially on and doesn't seem loose. ...
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Are the staples used to tag wood at the DIY store saw safe?

The current trend at my local DIY stores is to staple a tag to the butt of the wood for pricing. I usually pull these out by sliding the tip of a screw driver between the wood and the staple and ...
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How do I determine what type of wood a board/plank is made from?

I get wood from many places, including pallets. Often the wood will be of several varieties. By matching color and grain style, I can group similar types of recovered wood planks together. How do I ...
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Hand planing edge joined board without tearout

I'm considering building a kitchen table. This would be my second. I plan on edge joining planks. Last time, despite using dowels for alignment, there were often ridges between adjoining boards. To ...
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What is the proper place of nails in woodworking?

When is it appropriate to use nails to join wood? Other than for rough framing, the only common accepted use I can think of is for tacking trim, but even there it doesn't quite feel right because ...
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When building an outdoor structure, should I use pressure-treated lumber or something like cedar?

I am building a pergola (~10'x10') on my patio (and plan to build a gazebo out in the yard), but before I build it, I want to make sure I'm using the best option for lumber. Should I use pressure-...
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Can pressure-treated posts be restored, or better preserved?

The posts and rails shown are 20-year-old pressure-treated wood. Is there any maintenance that could have prevented the posts from decaying through the exposed end grain? Is there any restoration ...
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What are reliable ways of flattening out warped wood?

I know about cutting a line on the concave side to loosen it, and then gluing in strips of wood once flat, and I know of using water on one side and then laying things on top to help it dry flat. Are ...
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How do I ensure my drill is perfectly vertical before cutting a hole in my desk?

I want to cut a hole in my desk (3/4" furniture grade plywood with an oak veneer) to run cables through. I'll be using a hole saw and my cordless drill. Since this is going to be very visible, I want ...
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When, if ever, is it safe to use gloves with power tools?

I don't use gloves when operating my power tools, but I know a few people who do--for instance, when operating a router with two hands (not in a router table). Is this safe, and if so, what other ...
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How do I know it's time to replace my circular saw blade?

I only use my table saw and circular saw, both with ripping blades, a few times a year. How can I tell when it's time to replace them? I imagine I'm not going to lose them to wear, but then again, ...
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How do I identify the appropriate size fastener for my application?

I often find myself guessing based on what I have on hand. Are there some objective guidelines for how to select the proper size? I'm usually thinking about three attributes: Length Length is ...
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Is this table saw lathe jig safe?

I recently saw a video on how to build a jig for turning stock on a table saw. It seemed unsafe to me, as the motorized jig was advancing stock sideways into the rotating saw blade. This seems like a ...
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Why should I avoid using the pith section of quarter sawn lumber?

The title pretty much sums it all up. When selecting quarter sawn lumber, why should the very center (pith) be avoided?
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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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Removing existing stain from intricate woodwork?

I have a coffee table that has a lot of decorative work along the outside, such as flowers/leaves and rosettes that are part of the original woodwork (i.e., not created and fastened on after the fact)....
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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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How can I minimize snipe while thickness planing?

I usually notice a small amount of snipe on the ends of the boards I run through my thickness planer. It's not too deep, (<1/32" maybe?), and doesn't cover too much of the board length (<4" on ...
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How should I dispose of sawdust safely?

My workshop is more accurately termed my garage, with a small table saw, radial saw and a router table that I built. I don't have a central dust collection, and only the radial saw has any dust ...
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How can I prevent tearout of plywood when cutting it with a circular saw? [duplicate]

Note: This question was closed as a duplicate because plywood and veneer both have similar issues when being cut with a circular saw. Hopefully the answers in both questions can help out. When using ...
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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 waterproof and secure a face frame on a wooden aquarium?

I am attempting to build a wooden aquarium, using 1/4" x 60" x 18" Lexan polycarbonate for the viewing side, and 3/4" plywood for the main body construction. I plan on using 1"x 2" furring strips ...
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How much clearance/slop is allowable for a structurally sound PVA wood glue joint?

When I am cutting structural joinery, mortise and tenon joints in this case, what is the maximum difference between the mortise dimensions and the tenon for a good glue joint if I am using standard ...
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How can I achieve a raw, unfinished look to my project while protecting it from water and physical abuse?

I am creating an oak table top that will undoubtedly be exposed to a certain level of physical abuse (e.g., plates sliding across the surface) and water (e.g., glasses placed without a coaster, spills)...
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How can I store my bandsaw blades?

After I swap out my bandsaw blade for another, I'm left with a large hoop of sharp serrated metal. How can I store this safely.
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How to extend a routed rabbet to the inside corners of a cabinet door or other frame?

I fixed up a cabinet in my bathroom, and made a bunch of cabinet doors for it. One of the cabinet doors, I made to have a frosted glass insert with some towels behind it. I used a router with a ...

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