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What type of blades should I use for machining MDF?

MDF is tough on blades, since it's basically sawdust and glue. You may want to consider trying a blade specifically designed for cutting laminate flooring, since the majority of the material in ...
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How to attach steel strip to OSB board

I would actually tend toward bolts. Bolts with rounded heads or slightly recessed into the wood will provide holding strength with the nut at the bottom while producing the least amount if bother on ...
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What are good reasons to return hardwood boards selected by a lumber yard?

If the lumberyard selected and delivered it, I would feel comfortable returning for exchange any pieces that I could not use due to either straightness or cosmetic defects. Some yard workers will use ...
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How to treat floor-facing edge of OSB for a stool leg?

The first thing that comes to mind is a nail-in furniture foot like this: Image from this Amazon product page - no endorsement implied However, that doesn't really fit with the aesthetic of your ...
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Minimum bend radius for hardboard

I finally got the time to try this out today. Dry was hopeless, but damp worked well (as suggested by descriptions like this one). I cut a couple of strips of the size I intend to use (22 mm ...
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Can I use OSB in place of timber as structural element

Isn't OSB supposed to be more stable to elements comparing to wood? Isn't that what's all the adhesive in it is for. Not be a wise-guy, but the adhesive is there to hold the little pieces of wood ...
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Can I use OSB in place of timber as structural element

Isn't OSB supposed to be more stable to elements comparing to wood? Isn't that what's all the adhesive in it is for. OSB is more dimensionally stable when compared to wood. Like other engineered ...
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Can I use a grommet(eyelet) in OSB sheet as structural element? Which size?

I don't see any reason this wouldn't work as long as the loads on the shelf are reasonable (both the total weight and the placement of any heavy individual items). The OSB is going to be quite strong ...
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How to treat floor-facing edge of OSB for a stool leg?

I'm making a bar stool from OSB. I do know it's a very questionable material choice, but it fits my aesthetics OSB gets a lot of hate these days (reflected in some of its unfortunate nicknames, ...
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How to treat floor-facing edge of OSB for a stool leg?

Route a groove along the length. Glue a piece of hardwood into it. This will give the stool a long hard piece of hardwood to stand on and wear down instead of OSB. The stool will be elevated a ...
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Reinforcing/repairing a soundboard

For best results, starting over would be the way to go; no question. Adding fillers and the like will change the tonal qualities for the worse. However this your project, you can soldier on if you ...
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How can I evenly distribute small boards of lumber to make a bigger board?

Edge gluing is a very popular way to get big panels without needing very wide lumber (which usually comes at a premium price). Your calculations are correct, in that you will need 7 1x4 boards to ...
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How to attach steel strip to OSB board

I'm going to reinforce a 2.2m span of shelf made out of 18mm OSB bord with two 60*4 mm steel strips running underneath the board. My understanding is that connection points would mostly have sliding ...
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Board strength of true 1"x4"

Board strength of true 1"x4" Further to what I say above in my Comment, because wood varies so much it's impossible to give real-world figures for this type of query. You can find tables ...
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How can I evenly distribute small boards of lumber to make a bigger board?

The first thing you will need for this project is a lot of bar clamps capable of spanning the width of the finish panel (29 5/8"). You should plan on clamping the width of the panel at least every 24" ...
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How can I evenly distribute small boards of lumber to make a bigger board?

I don't quite understand how you're getting from 24 1/2" to 29 5/8", but... Typically when you're gluing up large, thin panels (and at 3/4" thick, 1x stock would be considered thin in a piece this ...
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Minimum bend radius for hardboard

I don't think you will have a problem bending 3mm hardboard especially in the narrow binding strips. You will have better luck bending dry than wet as wet the board will swell and come apart. If you ...
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Woodmizer LT40 - smallest diameter of log?

This may be obvious but the larger the log the more usable lumber returned. Since the lumber should be sawn to avoid capturing the pith that will limit log size somewhat. Time is the main factor. ...
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Best way to join dowel rod perpendicular to board face?

I will be facing this problem soon, and I've thought of 3 ways to do this, all of which are fundamentally the same. Basically, you need to expand the dowel in the hole so that it is tight to the sides....
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Can I make a stool from thinner OSB

My first approach would be to glue some 2 cm (~ 3/4 in) strips of the same material to all the places that get screwed and to the edges of the side parts. That gives you 24 mm (~ 1 in) of material to ...
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How to attach steel strip to OSB board

I know I am not really answering the question, but putting a steel strip as you describe under a shelf will do nothing to support it. For a 6 foot shelf you would need a 1.5" high steel bar (thickness ...
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