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How can I make precise corner or notch cuts on the edge of a board?

I presume it's obvious but I'll say it anyway, accurate layout and marking on the wood is an all-important first step. I have used my jigsaw or chisel for similar cuts on other projects. While I ...
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Tungsten Carbide grades

Regarding C1, C2, ... C6 carbide grades, higher numbers mean harder, but at the same time more brittle. C1 carbide cuts softer metals like aluminum and C6 carbide cuts hardest metals like steel. What ...
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Why a 5hp 14" table saw?

As a DIYer, there's no compelling reason for you to go out shopping for a 14" table saw. That said, if you're asking because there happens to be a 14" table saw available to you for an irresistible ...
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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle

Drill 2 holes (brace and bit if you're being serious about "hand" tools) with a forstner bit (or hole saw), then connect them with a cut using a coping (or jig) saw. Chisel/file/sand as needed. To ...
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Cutting a wooden ball in four pieces

This is what I would do: make those 4 equal parts separately as 4 little tetrahedrons - that way I'd be able to make sure the angles are correct make inter-contact surfaces as good fit as I can (...
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Does having more teeth on a saw blade help it last longer?

Intuitively, yes, this would be the case, but the question you are asking is potentially putting the cart before the horse. One generally would not choose tooth count based on how long they want the ...
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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

Would cutting the copper tubing be likely to damage the blade I doubt it since copper is one of the softest metals going, and bandsaw blades of spring-temper steel are already regularly used to saw ...
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How can I cut veneer with a hand saw and not chip it?

With a handsaw, one trick is to score through the veneer with a straightedge and sharp knife. Then use a finely-toothed blade, and let the blade do the work rather than trying to force it into the ...
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Easiest way to make 5000 cuts'?

The important thing is to set up a jig or fixture so you can quickly and easily make repeat cuts. You could rig up a fence/guide and sled for your scroll saw and use a very fine blade, but for such ...
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Advice for cutting a thick, wide, poplar board

You could rip it both on the table saw and on the band saw. With the table saw, you'll need to do at least two cuts, as the depth of cut probably is around 3". If the board is straight and has a ...
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Easiest way to make 5000 cuts'?

I need to make 5000 3mm slices, preferably within a few hours. Best of luck with that! If we assume "a few hours" is three hours that's one cut every 21 seconds with no breaks or pauses. If you ...
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How to remove a smaller cube from the end of a wooden beam

I ended up doing the job with a jigsaw and a drill. Jigsaw saws are available in several sizes. One of them went exactly 10cm deep. Of course it would bang into the wood if I would saw the 3 plains. ...
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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle

Drill first and pare with a chisel would be the easiest way to remove the most material faster and you would clean up the inside edge with a paring chisel. Using auger bits that are the exact width ...
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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle

With hand tools only, I suppose the way is to use a coping saw. You drill a small hole inside the waste of the handle, and then pass the coping saw's blade through the hole. This will allow you to ...
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Table saw bogging down more than usual

Test the same blade on some softwood you've cut before as a control. Still bogging down? It's the saw. Rate of cut the same as you're used to? It's the hickory and you just have to live with how ...
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How do you cut a 4x8 in half without a panel saw?

I lay the sheet on top of a 4x8 piece of 2in pink foam insulation board and then just walk/crawl on top of it while pushing the saw along the track. Unless it's a really delicate material, I've never ...
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How to cut a square hole about 1" deep into the wood

Square holes in wood are mortises. We call them that even if it's not part of a mortise-and-tenon joint, hence "chiselling out the mortise for a lock" and other references you'll come across....
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How can I improve my strategy for flush trimming with a router?

Table vs. handheld depends on what you are trimming flush to what and whether it's easier to move the workpiece or the tool. "Carpet tape" is the woodworking standard double-sided tape. For cleanest ...
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How to remove a smaller cube from the end of a wooden beam

Here are two approaches: Saw and chisels. This is the easiest and least expensive approach. A sharp hand saw will make short work of cutting into the wood on all three faces cutting a triangular ...
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What are the precautions to take when working with Desert Ironwood

Cut slowly. Watch out for kickback. Be aware that blades/bits will dull faster than they would on a softer wood. I'm not sure what family "desert ironwood" belongs to, but Ipe (the most common "...
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Should I resaw before or after gluing up thin panels?

I would resaw first. An 8" resaw is going to take lots of skill and luck to achieve. If the 8" board is only slightly out of plumb (an issue of skill) at any point during the cut, you will very ...
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Pocket hole tearout

You have two things happening here. First is loose pocket hole plugs. Second is tear-out of the veneer face of the plywood. For the problem of loose pocket hole plugs, you will want to make sure you ...
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How to prevent Baltic pine from chipping when cutting

This question is a little broad, but I'll take a shot at answering it. There are generally two ways that you can prevent chipping/tearout when cutting, sever the surface fibers in advance of your cut ...
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Cutting sawdust relief in sled

Take a blade out of a hand plane, press the back flat against the fence and run it along the width of the sled several times, creating a vertical cut into the base. Then come back and use a chisel to ...
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Make one end of a board thicker than the other?

The best way to do this would be to put it on a slanted sled and run it through a planer repeatedly. How you make the slanted sled is up to you. I would consider cutting a series of wedges from ...
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Hose converter between Dewalt Saw and Shop Vac

You are looking for a Universal Hose Adapter that can be purchased at most hardware and tool suppliers (big box stores like Home Deport will also carry them). They look like this picture. You would ...
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What is the recommended height of the blade on a table saw while operating?

Generally I'd put the blade only as high as necessary to clear the top of the board being cut. There is, however, one occasion when raising the blade significantly above the work piece is valuable. ...
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Best way to make cross section pieces out of 12"-18" diameter log

Is there a better saw to use than a chain saw? Yes most definitely. A chainsaw will do the cutting for sure, but the resulting cut surface will be a bit, ah, rustic. Chainsaws have never been ...
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How to cut round corners on a 4x4?

I would suggest using a router from both sides, then cleaning up the middle by hand (sawing out the bulk then planing down the rest with a block plane to be even with the routed sides). It sounds like ...
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