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Is there a generic reason to mark work with Roman numerals?

What do you think this is assuming it is not a personal practice? Marking mating pieces with numerals is standard practice in timber framing, at least in a historic context. These were often called "...
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Options for sanding this type of bandsawn woodwork

If I were going into production, a dedicated special purpose sanding machine would seem appropriate. However, for the one-off sort of project that most of woodworking SE contributors are likely to do,...
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What joining methods would be best for the legs and other areas of a height adjustable desk?

In the linked design (above) for the desk they use butt joints and they use screws to construct the legs. But I was wondering if it would be better if I used wood glue. For some joints screws can be ...
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What is a camber exactly?

From Osborne Wood Products -- It is important to note that our table slides have a camber to them to compensate for the natural sag of the table. Choosing the incorrect type of slide for your table ...
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What techniques are there to find the optimal wood cutting list for a project?

If you're looking for quick and easy, I am currently using CutList Plus (no affiliation) and it does everything you mentioned in your question. I don't want this to sound like too much of a software ...
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Do pocket hole screws allow for proper expansion and contraction in planked table tops?

Do pocket hole screws allow for proper expansion and contraction in planked table tops? It completely depends on where they're sited. They're perfectly acceptable in some places and utterly wrong in ...
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Mortise and tenon joint proportions for 3 wooden beams corner

This doesn't make a lot of sense in my situation, because one third of 60mm is 20mm and 5 times that is 100mm, which is longer then the beam width. I think it's important to remember that these, as ...
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What is the functional purpose of fluted dowel?

There are two main purposes that I know of. First, the flutes allow air to escape and glue to fill the voids as you are inserting the dowels. Without them, it is possible that you would not be able ...
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Are barrel nuts strong?

Yes barrel nuts are strong enough for this application. However, they're not your only option. Would they be equal to, or greater than, nails/screws in terms of strength? Like so many things it ...
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Extract snapped screw buried in wood (not just stripped head)

I believe there are six ways you can go when you break or strip a screw: screw extractors left-handed drill bits do something to the top of the broken screw that would allow you to extract it ...
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What options do I have to repair this chair?

As the picture of the underside of the chair isn't showing currently I'm not entirely sure I have the right picture in my head about what's going on underneath, so I may revise this once the link to ...
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Do pocket hole screws allow for proper expansion and contraction in planked table tops?

will pocket hole screws allow the table to expand and contract as it is supposed to? I'm assuming you built something that was fastened together along the lines of this (source) where you used ...
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Mortise and tenon joint proportions for 3 wooden beams corner

I would try to keep the geometry of the tenons as simple as possible. The important thing is to maximize the contact surface between the side grain surfaces in the glued joint. Since your making a ...
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Options for sanding this type of bandsawn woodwork

The guy I bought my used bandsaw from, only got a new one because of one feature I found fascinating. He wanted a bandsaw he could fit a sanding-band into. I just tried looking for this on ...
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What are these wooden posts?

These are known as Gridbeam They are made from reclaimed wood and they also make an aluminium variety. We hand manufacture wood Gridbeam™ from 100% recycled douglas fir in Northern California. ...
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Furniture name for waist-high floor-sitting shelf cabinet thing

I would call that a credenza: A sideboard, buffet, or bookcase patterned after a Renaissance credence; especially: one without legs Wikipedia adds: particularly one where a central cupboard is ...
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"Presanding" wood, before assembly?

Prefinishing (and thus presanding) are talked about fairly often as a suggested step to avoid having to apply finish or sand into corners and other tricky areas. General idea is to get everything ...
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Unstable wood bench

how can I stabilize this without completely ruining the aesthetic of the bench? Assuming that you don't want to fasten it to the floor or install powerful magnets or a massive flywheel, you need to ...
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Is the wood worm active or not?

After looking at your pictures, most of them appear to be normal from knots in the tree, not worm damage. Also to note. Even if there were worms, most lumber is heat treated to remove moisture and ...
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Joining an irregular, detachable modesty panel together and to an irregular shaped desk

What type of fastener would be best to join the panels to each other where a permanent connection is needed, keeping in mind that it 3/4 plywood joined end to end, the angles are slight, and no ...
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Polyurethane Book Case is Rough, Sand in Place?

Could I use a high grit or wet sand paper to knock the finish down where it's smooth enough not to catch the duster? Yes sand it, but no need to wet-sand or use a particularly high grit. If you were ...
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Where do I put the standards for adjustable shelves?

There are no set distances for shelf standards, the reason being that how close together you want or need them to be depends on various factors, including: Shelf material Shelf thickness The expected ...
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Attach fastener into glue joint of two face-glued boards

If the two boards are fully glued, they will act as a single unit and will not affect the strength of the screw connection, so go ahead. On the other hand, a glued (mortise & tenon) connection ...
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What kind of wood is thin enough to cut with a knife, but strong enough for doll furniture?

You can usually buy various sizes of balsa and basswood from the craft store (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.). Balsa will be softer and easier to cut, while basswood will be a little harder, and also ...
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"Presanding" wood, before assembly?

Very related: At what stage of basic furniture making should I "finish" the wood? Should I finish before, during, or after assembly? The second thread was marked as a duplicate of the one ...
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Is cedar dangerous for your health when used in indoor furniture?

Here is a link to a wood-allergy database. Two main things about wood allergens are stated: All inhaled wood dust is hazardous to your long-term health. This chart simply lists specific woods that ...
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How can I paint furniture so that it can be stripped later?

Paint it with a waterbased paint* These are usually much easier to strip at a later date than oil-based paints, which in the present day are usually some type of enamel even if the labelling doesn't ...
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Resources for wooden furniture projects without glue, nails or screws

The biggest or most common "buzzword" or term that I have heard in regards to this is Japanese Joinery. You might also hear Japanese Woodworking, Japanese Carpentry, or the word "...
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