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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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Options for drilling 12" long x 1.5" diameter holes through logs

Please advise as to what options there are for me to buy as tools to create long tunnels in logs. You need a long drill bit in whatever diameter you want. You can buy auger bits that are 1 1/2" ...
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How can I make a hole with a keyway in wood?

While I would just chuck the thing and buy a new toilet seat, you seem to be attached to it so... I'd suggest a non-woodworking solution: Find a maker space type of location near you and see if ...
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Drilling conical holes into Wood (Lathe)

I was thinking of using a narrow drill for the entire depth of the hole and a wider drill for the first 1-2mm It'd probably be best to do the whole operation on the lathe. That'll ensure that the ...
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Reuse screw holes in wood [oak]

What would be a solution to this? Basically, how to reuse holes in wood? Beyond what Graphus already explained about the real possibility that you can, in fact, just use the same holes, some other ...
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Is there anything out there that I can attach to the wall with no-damage tape and then drill the mounting screws into that wood instead of the wall?

I've had good results using 3M Command Strips to attach wood to painted drywall. The Command strips remove completely without damaging the wall. Below is a rough drawing. You would have to look at ...
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Is there anything out there that I can attach to the wall with no-damage tape and then drill the mounting screws into that wood instead of the wall?

I thought I'd expand on my Comment as well as provide a direct solution to the your query, although I'm not certain it's the best way to go about this. But it is what you asked and that's what we're ...
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Creating a curved hole in a piece of wood

Off the top of my head, I thought of three different ways: You may use a gouge to do this. A gouge is blade similar to a chisel, but rounded. They hollow out spoons, bowls, clogs, etc. If your soap ...
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The best way to cut small square holes and shallow rebate in chipboard?

For a professional result I would suggest using two tools, a handheld drill and a handheld jigsaw. First draw a rectangle with a marking pencil the size and shape of the USB port cage. Wear safety ...
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