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Should I do many shallow quick cuts or a single deep slow one with my router?

For cuts with a router, slow also can mean burnt material. If I have a complex profile to cut, I either break it into multiple passes with multiple bits, or I sneak up on it, going slightly deeper ...
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Should I do many shallow quick cuts or a single deep slow one with my router?

Always make sure your bits are sharp and take small bites with the router. If the router bit travels too slowly, it can burn and/or burnish your workpiece. Heat from taking too large a bite or moving ...
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Are spline joints inherently stronger than a standard butt miter joint?

Yes, they are stronger Splines increase the surface area being glued,; and thus the strength of the joint. And since miter is close to being end-grain to end-grain, it can definitely benefit from ...
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Should I do many shallow quick cuts or a single deep slow one with my router?

I've tried both with a router. Cutting a 3/8th in deep groove though a board is a lot more work and it is a lot easier to mess it up. I burned a lot more wood. You also have to push harder which ...
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Can I leave indoor wooden furniture unfinished or will it grow mold?

I purchased some furniture that has wooden elements to it that ended up being unfinished. Should I be concerned about this? No. It's extremely common for certain parts of furniture, even fine ...
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Unobtrusive ways to protect plywood corners?

Perhaps the most common solution is to build hardwood face frames for your cabinets. The face frame conceals and protects the edge of the plywood. If your cabinets are already built, a film finish ...
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Should I do many shallow quick cuts or a single deep slow one with my router?

I always "knew" the answer, but I didn't know why. So I emailed the question to router expert Pat Warner. His web site contains a wealth of information on safe, efficient use of a router. His ...
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Should I do many shallow quick cuts or a single deep slow one with my router?

More, shallow hits is generally a better philosophy. The other answers have made good points but something they haven't touched on is "chatter". If you use a single, deep pass (even with a slow "feed ...
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Should I do many shallow quick cuts or a single deep slow one with my router?

One problem with a deep cut is the wood chips needs to be removed from the cut area, or it will be recut and the dust will add friction and heat. If you want to do a deep cut you can use a constant ...
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Unobtrusive ways to protect plywood corners?

By beveled, do you actually mean mitered? You could use a little cleat of hardwood, which is something you can even do after you've already assembled the cabinets. (with plywood, biscuits are ...
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Does engineered bamboo require considerations for expansion and contraction?

Bamboo in general Bamboo, like any woody material, does respond to changes in humidity and its dimensions do change as a result. This expansion and contraction, like with wood, takes place primary ...
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Submerge wood in a barrel to improve it - Is my wife right that this is a bad idea?

I'm not sure this qualifies as an answer, but we might be talking about two different things here. Mills used to float logs in their millponds to minimize splitting and checking while they were being ...
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How can I harden soft woods?

Putting a glass top over it would be simplest. There are epoxies made for bar tops which might work, but I have no idea what they would do over a soft wood. There are compounds used to harden ...
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Materials and finish for an office chair mat?

Plywood seems like a good solution here until you look at the material in detail. With modern plywood in particular, in addition to generally not being as well-made as plywood used to be (more voids, ...
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Lightest woods that would be strong & stable for 2 components of DIY Wall Stall bar?

Just make the verticals out of run of the mill fir construction lumber, 2x2s or 2x4s, or 4x4s, (or whatever if metric, sorry!) and buy some thick dowels, maybe 2", for the horizontals, whatever's in ...
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Unobtrusive ways to protect plywood corners?

Another solution is to design real-wood edging into the piece, to cover the plywood edge. This can range from veneer tape (edgebanding) to a piece of hardwood chosen to match the color and thickness ...
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Unobtrusive ways to protect plywood corners?

One way that I have used for this is to just use overlap corner joints for the plywood. This type of joint covers one raw edge of the plywood. On the other piece that is left with the raw edge showing ...
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Are spline joints inherently stronger than a standard butt miter joint?

Not certain which joint you're referring to: But regardless of whether you mean a true splined mitre or a keyed mitre the reinforcement does add to the joint strength. Both increase joint strength ...
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Materials and finish for an office chair mat?

A sheet of hardboard is another traditional solution, though it may wear as quickly as the plastic does. You could try applying flooring to a sheet of plywood to create a portable floor, akin to the ...
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Lightest woods that would be strong & stable for 2 components of DIY Wall Stall bar?

I would recommend making the structural parts of the construction out of oak because it is strong and durable and holds fittings well. The round bars I would make from ash. Ash is a straight, ...
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