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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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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 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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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

The carbide tipped blade on my Skilsaw slices through ten penny nails like they were butter. I would consider using a radial arm or chop saw with such a blade.
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How can I cut this notch?

It's a job for a chisel, but not a chisel alone. Lay out the 6 cut lines on the surface of the uncut timber, and then use a sharp handsaw to cut close to the lines that join at the three outside ...
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How can I cut this notch?

Best idea I have is to chisel it out with a moderately sharp dewalt 1" chisel. This is primarily a chiselling job, all such shaping is. And a 1" chisel would be a sane choice for the work, ...
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How to cut a square hole about 1" deep into the wood

The easy way would be to use a router with a template and a guide bushing. But if you’re going to use the Dremel, a few things that’ll help are: Use an appropriate bit. The one you’re showing looks ...
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Cutting a wooden ball in four pieces

I would like to know the best technique to cut a wooden ball into four identical pieces that meet together in the middle. Jan Spurny's solution is a good one, maybe the best way to go if you just ...
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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

While it would be more convenient to cut the tubing and wood all in one go, there are a couple of issues: It may be difficult to get the tube through all the blanks in one shot, especially if it's a ...
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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

Cutting metal with bandsaw blade and blade speed designed for cutting wood will ruin the blade very quickly (unless you've got a carbide resaw blade, but even then, I wouldn't do it - those are ...
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What are my options for cutting notches in the corners of large shelves?

If you have good and are reasonably comfortable with hand tools, that'd be your first option. You should be able to saw the corner notches very nearly to the line with a carcass or good Japanese ...
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What are my options for cutting notches in the corners of large shelves?

There are three main approaches here: table saw, router table and by hand. Table saw This is not a particularly difficult job on the table saw, with a well-made crosscut sled and dado stack. Some ...
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