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What is a good method for filling holes in wood to try and re-drill them?

@bowlturner gives a good suggestion, but with pinewood derby cars (I'm assuming?) it's going to be really hard to get a dowel to sit well since the slot is at the edge of the wood. I'd probably dado a ...
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What is a good method for filling holes in wood to try and re-drill them?

In this case I would tend to use a dowel, drill a bigger hole that matches the dowel and glue the dowel in, then recut or drill a hole for the axle. If it is a long cut, then you could try a small '...
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How do I create a hole with a hole saw that is deeper than the tool?

You could drill as deep as the hole saw allows, then use a chisel to remove the "plug" left behind. Then drill again with the hole saw. One thing I would highly recommend anytime drilling ...
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How do I drill greater than 7 inches in from the edge of my sheet of wood?

For drilling single holes in the middle of a piece of wood you can use a drill bushing to keep the bit perpendicular to the piece. I use this from Big Gator Tools. You can also use your drill press ...
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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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What method or tool is available to make the following type of hole/indent in a piece of wood?

You're looking for a round nose bit, like the one pictured below. It also looks like the edges of the hole are rounded over, for which you'd also use a roundover bit. You could also take care of ...
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How do I drill greater than 7 inches in from the edge of my sheet of wood?

Is there anyway to accomplish this with the drill press I currently own? As far as I can see, no. If not, are there alternatives to a drill press that can be used for accurate holes? Yes. You ...
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How to cut an opening and door out of 3/4" Plywood

There are generally speaking two ways people go about this kind of work these days, using a router or jigsaw. Router With the router you'd use a suitable straight-cutting bit with a bearing guide ...
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Building a wooden arcade stick case

When drilling screw holes for acrylic should I make it slightly larger than the actual diameter of the screw hole so that it does not crack? Very much yes. You're not drilling pilot holes here, you'...
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Building a wooden arcade stick case

When drilling screw holes for acrylic should I make it slightly larger than the actual diameter of the screw hole so that it does not crack? If you're planning to have the screws thread into the ...
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How do I drill greater than 7 inches in from the edge of my sheet of wood?

I would say I am at best, hobby level. But when I had to do something like this in the past, I would use the drill press to drill holes into a template piece of wood. Something thin enough to not get ...
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How to make a 3/4" flat bottomed hole?

I have used forstner bits where the the center spurs are removable for (presumably) just this sort of job. See http://www.finewoodworking.com/tool-guide/product-finder/mlcs-forstner-bits.aspx and ...
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Hot melt wood filler sticks for glue guns

This blog/ad mentions two wood filler products, one of which can be sanded/trimmed. It's outrageously expensive, but it was the only one I could find. Try adding "polyamide" to your search, as I ...
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Creating a curved hole in a piece of wood

What is the technical term for the hole made in this soap holder. I'm not sure there is a specific term other than to say it's been hollowed. I cannot figure out how it was done to make it evenly ...
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Should I apply my stain/varnish before or after drilling hundreds of tightly packed little holes

I have a small project during which I drill hundreds of little holes Sounds like a cribbage board, but you don't say for sure. In any case, you do mention that having finish inside the holes isn't ...
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Drill a perfectly centred hole in a cylinder

As a general statement, your idea will work - though precision will be dependent on the quality of a) your drill press, b) the bits used, and c) the 'solidity' of your clamped jig, as well as being ...
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Drill a perfectly centred hole in a cylinder

If the hole is big enough to fit a bowl gauge in it (for instance, if you're making a cup), you can get a perfectly centered hole by mounting the cylinder to a lathe and turning it like you would turn ...
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How do I drill greater than 7 inches in from the edge of my sheet of wood?

The other option that no one has mentioned is to use a plunge router to "drill" the hole. Because the base of the router is supported by the material, you have high assurances that the hole will be ...
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Building a wooden arcade stick case

I am trying to minimise screws showing. The approach shown by the red screws in your diagram will be visible even if you counterbore and plug. Furniture block joint An alternative is to use battens ...
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Building a wooden arcade stick case

The other answers seem to have covered your main questions, but there's something you may not have considered - if the boards are to be cut by CNC router then you will not get sharp internal corners (...
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How do I create a hole with a hole saw that is deeper than the tool?

Hole saw may not be the best tool for the task. A Forstner bit or something of that sort might be more appropriate. Even a spade bit might be a good choice depending on the material and the diameter ...
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How do I create a hole with a hole saw that is deeper than the tool?

One trick that will go (in this case) up to 5" is to drill as far as you can from one side, Drill a hole using the guide hole all the way through the wood, and then flip the board over using the guide ...
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How best to glue posts with openings?

I was thinking that I could just leave room for some of the holes while glueing the planks. This is a useful technique when glueing up posts in this manner and is actually relatively common these ...
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Reuse screw holes in wood [oak]

If later we want to replace the legs, and the holes end up in the same places, it means most likely the screws won't have a secure hold since the holes have already been used. Er, not so much. There'...
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How do I create a hole with a hole saw that is deeper than the tool?

Three other options come to mind, none are perfect although # 3 is not bad. Toolmonger.com has very deep hole saw bits. (http://toolmonger.com/2009/08/14/extra-deep-hole-saw/) But damn, these babies ...
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Can I use a grommet(eyelet) in OSB sheet as structural element? Which size?

I don't see any reason this wouldn't work as long as the loads on the shelf are reasonable (both the total weight and the placement of any heavy individual items). The OSB is going to be quite strong ...
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Filling large gaps

Caulk would work well. Anything will work - acrylic, painters, silicone, whatever you have on hand. You can caulk from the outside or from the inside of the enclosure. Your suggestion for duct tape ...
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Tools needed for drilling holes into the wood?

First you need a drill. This can be a hand drill like this or an electric drill. Then you need suitable drill bit. There are a few different types for different materials and hole sizes: Twist ...
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Drill a perfectly centred hole in a cylinder

Do you have a lathe available? If so, here's my answer from a (similar question) If you have a lathe available (you did mention the spindle being turned already), then you have a great way to drill ...
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The best way to cut small square holes and shallow rebate in chipboard?

A CNC is definitely overkill here. You can use a drill or drill press to remove the bulk of waste, then use chisels to square up the hole and clean up the corners. Then use the chisel to score and ...
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