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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

I use a Stanley Panel Carry (Model 93-300). It is about $7.00 on Amazon or at Home Depot. For cutting panels, the best way is to get a sheet of foam insulation, and lay it on the ground and put the ...
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

There are commercial handles that are supposed to make carrying plywood easier, but they're not inexpensive. The simplest way I've carried sheet goods is with a loop of rope caught on the corners. ...
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Is PVC pipe safe to use for a dust collection system?

PVC is commonly used in dust collection systems. Typically for longer runs you should use 6" or larger pipe, regardless of the material. If you're using PVC, the larger, less expensive pipe is ...
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

There are panel carriers which range from inexpensive at less than $10 to rather pricey at around $50. You can also use the rope loop method as suggested by TX Turner. Personally, I try to avoid ...
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How do I calculate the weight threshold for plywood boxes/cabinet carcasses?

The sagulator will give deflection values for horizontal shelf spans using various materials and thicknesses. Unless you are working with extremely heavy loads (more than the weight of a countertop ...
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

Assuming of course that you have no problem with the weight, I just stand the board on the long edge, go to the middle of the board tip it maybe on my foot or some other thing to get my hand under it ...
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What are Rockwell points?

Despite the difficulties of the link, I think it is referring to the Rockwell hardness scale. The Rockwell scale is a hardness scale based on indentation hardness of a material. The Rockwell test ...
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How to bend chipboard into a cylinder without tearing it apart?

I'm going to run with the assumption that you're referring to paperboard or a thin hardboard. Think of the paperboard as being like a sausage: it has a skin on it that keeps the good bits in, but if ...
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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

Would cutting the copper tubing be likely to damage the blade I doubt it since copper is one of the softest metals going, and bandsaw blades of spring-temper steel are already regularly used to saw ...
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What material is suitable for a children's desk/furniture?

What would be a suitable material, in terms of durability and cost, for a children's desk? For a piece of furniture that's destined for the lifetime of abuses that children can inflict upon it, I ...
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

For moving plywood on the ground, I stand the sheet up on the short end; put my back against it; grip the edges (backhand), somewhere below the centerline; and lean forward. Very easy. For carrying ...
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Wood selection for casings and baseboards?

Poplar seems to be the preferred wood for painting. It's got a nice, tight grain that sands nicely, takes paint well and leaves a smooth surface. It has the additional advantage of being cheap. While ...
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Strength of oak versus maple

Strength should not be your concern. A butcher-block slab with a large unsupported span is likely to to fail - the vertically-oriented wood fibers will separate (which happens normally with moisture ...
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

While it's probably more than you're willing to spend, Gorilla Grip plywood handlers have a pretty good ad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6XyAnkqOTg EDIT - My apologies to rob. I had not followed ...
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

Usually I just Wrestle it, but in offices and other finished areas I use a door cart. Here is how to make a door cart: start with a four wheel furniture dolly. cut a two by four about the length of ...
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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

The carbide tipped blade on my Skilsaw slices through ten penny nails like they were butter. I would consider using a radial arm or chop saw with such a blade.
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

I have always used a door carry, which is not a device but a grip. This grip is one that is good to know when help or other devices are not available to you. The grip is one were the arm that is ...
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?

This seems like it might be a pretty credible solution… $34-40.00 on Amazon - unless of course your dealing with stairs which is pretty probable. Honestly though, at some point it is also pretty ...
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Is PVC pipe safe to use for a dust collection system?

I don't know about PVC tubing with regards to static build-up, but an important thing to consider that you may not have thought about is that having a small bend radius when you're going around ...
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Cribbage Peg Slot Metal Slider/Cover?

Have been looking for the metal slides to cover the peg board slot on the board I made out of cherry. Cribbage boards come in a huge variety of styles (consider this large-mouth bass board), and I ...
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What material is suitable for a children's desk/furniture?

Just to toss out a contrarian point of view: melamine or other plastic-laminate-over-cheap-core-material isn't elegant, but it's waterproof, stain-resistant, and fairly cheap. There are good reasons ...
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What material is suitable for a children's desk/furniture?

To me it depends more on how long do you want these to last? If this is just a child's play toy that you expect will be tossed out in a couple years, then Cheaper is better, say some pine or even ...
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Cut list basics

You'll probably want to do both. You certainly want to separate out your plywood from your solid wood. With your plywood, you can lay things out down to very fine resolution so you can get exactly ...
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Wood selection for casings and baseboards?

The best material for painted trim is not wood at all. You should be using MDF, or, if you're worried about denting, PVC. These man made materials surpass wood for this application in almost every ...
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What are the pros/cons of HSS vs Chrome Vanadium in drill bits?

AS already mentioned above, HSS should be a better material for making drill bits out of because it should be harder. I have owned bits with HSS stamped on them that were definitely not great bits. ...
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What are the pros/cons of HSS vs Chrome Vanadium in drill bits?

You are comparing "apples to oranges". They are dramatically different ; HSS will cut steel while red hot ( in a dark room , 1100 F), and contains roughly 20 % alloys. Cr , V is a low alloy ...
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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

Cutting metal with bandsaw blade and blade speed designed for cutting wood will ruin the blade very quickly (unless you've got a carbide resaw blade, but even then, I wouldn't do it - those are ...
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Cutting copper with woodworking saws

While it would be more convenient to cut the tubing and wood all in one go, there are a couple of issues: It may be difficult to get the tube through all the blanks in one shot, especially if it's a ...
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Is there such a thing as a woodworking chisel with a high-speed steel tip?

Is there such a thing as a woodworking chisel with a high-speed steel tip? I think so, but you won't easily find any. If I'm remembering correctly these were offered in the past by a few makers in ...
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Is there such a thing as a woodworking chisel with a high-speed steel tip?

Most turning tools use high speed steel. This is so that they can be sharpened with a normal grinder instead of bench stones or a wet grinder. They typically do not hold an edge as long as a good ...

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