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What's a reliable measure of wood hardness?

Technically hardwood comes from angiosperm trees, softwood comes from gymnosperm trees. So (mostly) if the tree has leaves it is hardwood, if it has needles it is softwood. This means that some '...
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Sanding woods of different hardnesses perfectly flat

My other option might be to glue a rougher grit paper to a large flat board and use this combined with a lot of elbow grease to smooth it out. If you use the right abrasive and the right strategy ...
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How can I dye my hardwood inside deeply so I can laminate something like this?

The handle in your photo is laminated, each colored strip was individually dyed before the lamination process. It's been 40 years since I dyed wood but the process worked well. I made my own purfling ...
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How to smooth out an inside cut?

Once you've sawn1 out the bulk of the waste some careful chisel and gouge work may get you most of the way there, after which the ideal tools for completing this sort of shaping is files. Needle files ...
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Creating a hollow, seamless box; CNC needed?

How seamless does this need to be? Cuts along the wood's grain can often be glued back together almost undetectably, if you're careful. Bent lamination could be done, but the connection to face and ...
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Should I seal my bed slats, and if yes, with what?

He thinks that the bed slats might warp if I don't use a sealer. A 'sealer' won't make much or any difference to this once the slats are fixed in place and in use. I use quotes above because the ...
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What's a reliable measure of wood hardness?

Per your edit, you appear to be looking for e.g. Janka hardness, a standardized measure involving indenting a wood sample with a penetrator and measuring the force required to indent a standard amount....
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Purpleheart sustainability and environmental responsibility

Purpleheart is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. So it would not be generally considered "endangered". My understanding is that in the environments ...
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Planing end grain - cheap vs more expensive wood

Planing end grain is not an easy task and getting a nice result should be taken as a good indicator of sharpness, especially in softwoods. It's impossible for most beginners and very difficult for a ...
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Can you use a jointer and planer on hardwood with gnarls?

Board looks ok to me, ready to proceed to next step. I see tiny silvery flakes on the jointed surface, which I suppose were a part of the knives just moments ago Your knives may not be good quality! ...
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What are some good ways to cut 1/8" strips of hardwood?

There are several ways to do this. The radial arm saw would probably be my last choice, though. If you can find material 1 1/2 - 2 1/2" thick then you could just rip strips off of this with your ...
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Building a Dimensionally Stable Panel Using MDF and Plywood

Are you going to be in an environment with large fluctuations of humidity and temperature, perhaps outside the range of comfortable human habitation? This is just a gut feeling, based on secondary ...
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Purpleheart sustainability and environmental responsibility

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) itself is greatly at fault. Plug in "Purple Heart" (or similar search terms) and you get no answer at all! It looks like you must ...
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Replacing hardware store 2x’s in plans with hardwood

A 6" wide board of 4/4 cherry should be fine for the side rails of a bed. If you want you can run the calculation through Sagulator, an online calculator designed to tell you how much a board will ...
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Should I use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove pencil marks from unfinished wood?

I don't know if it's okay to use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove all the pencil marks on the bed slats since it uses water. And I always hear water shouldn't be used on wood. It's perfectly OK to ...
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Should I use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove pencil marks from unfinished wood?

Acetone is my go to for removing pencil marks - I'm not sure why you're having trouble with it. Perhaps the builder has left very heavy/deep marks? Water is fine to use on wood - I wouldn't leave it ...
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How can I dye my hardwood inside deeply so I can laminate something like this?

Wood dyes can be very expensive or very reasonable. Check out suppliers such Transfast wood dyes which come in a powdered form and can be tinted darker by adding more dye to the liquid base. You can ...
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How are bubbles avoided when brushing on Polyurethane?

I have used polyurethane a few times. Each time I've tried to be more careful about creating bubbles, but the finish was still riddled with bubbles. You're putting it on too thick (pun intended), ...
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Walnut drawer sides: Is it wise to glue-in the plywood base?

you should be fine. the drawer sides are thin enough that expansion/contraction of them is not an issue. furthermore, although you are pinning the dimension of the drawer from the inside, the outside ...
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How to remove paint in dent of guitar

There are two ways: chemical, and physical. chemical: use paint stripper. if there is still finish left on the body you'll want to test this in an inconspicuous spot to make sure that finish isn't ...
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White spots on ash wood

It's hard to tell from just photos - the lighting and white balance can throw things off. This looks to me like you haven't fully removed the lacquer from most of the guitar, and those whitish spots ...
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Threaded wood insert for Beech Hardwood

Threads directly formed in hardwood can be surprisingly strong and last surprisingly well1, either if they're cut/tapped or 'forced in' by drilling an appropriate size of hole2 and literally screwing ...
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How To fasten rubberwood desktop to electric motorized steel base, in easy detach/ knock-down way using Fasteners? e.g. Wood inserts?

Edit for the new information that this is a knockdown (K/D) project. This probably does require the use of threaded inserts Although you can thread wood directly1 inserts are intended to provide very ...
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How To fasten rubberwood desktop to electric motorized steel base, in easy detach/ knock-down way using Fasteners? e.g. Wood inserts?

I would thread holes into tabletop because I know this is strong enough because wood screws are strong enough for same purpose, and there is no insert. But if you choose inserts here is my answer. ...
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How to smooth out an inside cut?

You've noted that you have a scroll saw. There are "scroll saw sanding bits" available from various locations that may provide a more productive surface finishing time. The following image (...
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Drying European hornbeam for knife handles

Does it make sense to try to force dry it? Only you can answer this, since it's only your requirement that drives the decision to speed-dry versus just waiting for the wood to naturally season over a ...
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What's the best approach to cutting dry walnut with a hand saw?

I'll just answer the title, as the question is in dire need of edits to be either a good question or answerable. Use a sharp saw. This is a fundamental requirement for using hand saws. Support the ...
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Should I seal my bed slats, and if yes, with what?

I'm trying to picture a situation where you would see the slats in an assembled bed. Is this a bunk bed? I've made several beds and have never sealed the slats. If there's concern such as incomplete ...
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How can I dye my hardwood inside deeply so I can laminate something like this?

There are sources where you can buy them pre-dyed which would probably be at least worth looking into as a reference point, if not eliminate the need to dye them yourself. Dyed-Veneers Woodcraft
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