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Respirator: do not use for hardwoods?

I've got 3M Power Tool Respirator (product page). It has a sander tool icon on the cover yet it reads "Do not use for hardwoods". From the wikipedia it seems as hardwood refers to all kinds of trees ...
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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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How can I make precise corner or notch cuts on the edge of a board?

I am planning my first cabinetry project, and having difficulty with some of the shapes in my design. I would like to have notches along the edge of some large boards. There are two types of notches: ...
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Can one safely mount an 8“ blade in a 10” saw if the arbor sizes are compatible?

I am looking to pick up a new cabinet saw. I have currently two table saws, a 10" and an 8". I use the 8" with a Freud SBOX8 box-joint blade and pretty much use that saw exclusively for box joints. ...
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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 to make a long shallow cut on a narrow piece of wood with a circular saw

I am using 5.5 inch wide cedar fence board as lapboard style siding on a chicken coop. The roof is a ~22 degrees shed style roof. I'm having trouble making the long cuts which touch the roof. The one ...
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Issue sanding between coats of polyurethane

So I am playing with finishes for the first time and experimenting with polyurethane. My problem involves quoting the instructions on the can and giving some background into my process. Bear with me. ...
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What are the jointer-specific steps for removing warp in lumber?

The typical method for removing warp in wood is to joint one face and one edge, followed by planing the other face and using a tablesaw for the final edge. The planer and tablesaw are fairly easy, but ...
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Is it possible to distress lumber to look “reclaimed?”

My cousin's fiancee is interested in making a bench similar to this picture: This appears to be reclaimed lumber with years of weathering, but it's very smooth, which seems like it would be hard to ...
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What are these blemishes called and how do I avoid them?

I'm just beginning bowl turning and can't seem to avoid these deep blemishes in the exterior and interior of the bowl. Are these pockets naturally occurring in the wood or am I causing them through ...
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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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How are seamless, inset secret compartments created?

Here is the example that got me thinking: How could they inset those pieces? I examined one of these in real life and it was very convincing. I couldn't find seams or joints or anything.
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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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Leveling a finish/finishing the finish

I'm using Emmet's Good Stuff (poly gel varnish that you wipe on) as a finish on a walnut slab. I've read a lot about finishing online, but am a little confused about "leveling the finish." As I ...
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How do I calculate the weight threshold for plywood boxes/cabinet carcasses?

How do I calculate the weight threshold for cabinet carcasses based on the dimensions, material (e.g., plywood, mdf), and material thickness? Has someone already worked out a nice formula that I can ...
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What do I need to know when looking at pallets for wood?

I keep seeing projects being build from pallets and pallet wood. Can I just take any pallet or are there safety concerns? What do I need to know about pallets in order to use them?
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Eye protection for someone who does not wear glasses?

I can see well without glasses or contact lenses. What form(s) of eye-protection are convenient, provide good protection, and do not cause fogged vision? I assume that I need protection against both ...
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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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When it comes to dovetails what is the significance of 1:6,1:7,1:8

I've been watching and reading about dovetails and you see workers put certain angle on their tails and pins. These angles can be decribed with number sets such as 1:6, 1:8 and other examples. Router ...
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How can I bring an old, disused table saw back into active and safe use?

I am about to purchase a Powermatic "contractor style" table saw for a very good price from a friend. The saw has not been used in years. It will also have to be disassembled to fit into my car, then ...
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Is there a reference for how much weight a dowel rod can support before breaking?

I realize I am still in the beginning phase of designing this but I want to make a guitar wall hanger. The design as is will be a simple base plate (either plywood or 1x dimensional lumber) with 2 ...
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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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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 a climbing cut on a table-saw ever justified?

Having seen the expression "climbing-cut" used in several questions on routers and once in comments about table-saws, it finally registered on me that I didn't know what the heck a climbing cut is. ...
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Considerations for using smaller diameter blades on table saw?

I need a 1/16" kerf for a project. All the 10" blades I can find that thin are into hundreds of dollars. Meanwhile, I see thin-kerf 7.25" Freud Diablo blades selling for under $15. These say they'...
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What is the best way to enlarge a hole with my cordless drill?

Whenever I try to make a hole slightly larger with my cordless drill, the drill bit catches and wanders, and doesn't stay centered. Normally I use twist bits, but I'm pretty sure I would have the same ...
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Applying clamping pressure on opposing sides of a circle

I was in a boardroom and I noticed that one of the clocks had dropped off its nail and it broke the frame in two places. I assumed is was a very cheap clock made with plywood or some other engineered ...
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What is the best way to remove nails from pallets?

What is the easiest and best way to remove nails from old pallets so as to not damage the wood? I was thinking along the lines of using a hammer to drive a flat head screw driver in there and prying ...
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Why is my countersink bit making hexagonal holes?

Every time I use my countersink bit, it creates a hexagonal hole. I've tried a hand drill, an electric drill, drilling fast, drilling slow, soft pressure, firm pressure - virtually every time it will ...
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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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Wood to Use for 3ft Sorority Letters

I am currently trying to build 3ft wooden letters for my sorority's recruitment booth. I want them to be sturdy and weather resistant but also lightweight and portable. The letters will be in storage ...
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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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“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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How to make a good joint by hand planing both edges at the same time?

In this comment on this question on jointing without a jointer it was stated that: there's a trick where, if you plane two edges at once, they'll fit together even if they aren't perfectly square ...
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Is this a specific kind of hand drill?

I have been collecting tools from my grandfather's old workshop. One of the items appears to be a hand drill. What is odd about this is that if you look up hand drill they either function similar to a ...
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How can I fabricate a wooden cone?

I need to make a wooden cone that is slightly smaller than the smallest traffic cone available commercially. My guess is that it will definitely require a table router. Is that correct and are there ...
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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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How to prevent router bit from sliding in collet?

This is beyond frustrating. I tighten the heck out of my router bit in the colette and it slides mid cut. How do I prevent this? Also, how come they don't make routers with the SDS+ system of locking ...
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What's the difference between a sheet sander and random orbit sander?

I'm looking for a sander and as I browse through the various offerings I can see that most manufactures offer both a sheet sander and a random orbit sander. Aside from the shape of the sanding ...
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How can I deal with wood from DIY stores that is crooked and may or may not be dry?

I've been meaning to build a desk for a while now. I made a design with millimeter accuracy, but when I went to the home improvement store, I found that all the beams they had were crooked! Some more ...
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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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Can I use a plungable router bit on a drill press?

I'm currently working on a cutting board. With a core box bit, I made rounded grooves close to the edges of the board. I would like to have bigger grooves on the corners. I'm thinking of using a ...
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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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Can I really use my table saw as a disc sander?

When looking through a tool catalog from the 1950s I noticed that Shopmaster sold a sanding disc for their table saw. I looked around online and found discs that fit my saw still available, e.g. here ...
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Is it better to let the tool run or stop in-between cuts?

When I started woodworking, I used to setup my tool, do a cut, stop my tool, re-position my piece (or take another one), start my tool, do another cut, stop, etc. Today, I find myself leaving the ...
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Can I speed up stain drying with a hair dryer?

Can I speed up stain drying with a hair dryer or a heat gun? Is there any reason not to? If it matters: In my case Minwax Wood Finish or Varathane brand, oil based, not gel, referring to all coats ...
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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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Finishing a desk or tabletop?

I am wanting to make my own computer desk and I am not sure in the steps I need to take to finish it in regards to oiling and applying something like polyurethane which seems to be used in all the ...
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Is an oscillating multi-tool a good option for detailed sanding?

I am just wondering if these tools would be we suited for small spaces and sanding in corners.
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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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