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Making removable marks on walls for e.g. cabinet installation

When I don't want to make messy marks, it's blue painter's tape all the way. (There are various options, in terms of how long you can leave it on. Just remember to peel it in time.)
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How can I scribe a slab into a nook with three walls?

I think I wrote an answer some time ago that addresses this, but I cannot find the link... The simplest way I know to get the correct geometry is to do what cabinet shops do to make and install ...
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What would be the UK equivalent of the common US 2 by 4 (not just by size)

Does the UK have a piece of wood that is universally commonly used for hobby / domestic projects that it is simple referred to by a common name and is this typically a suitable substitute for the US 2 ...
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How to build shelf brace from 2x4's (as pictured)

There's a few things going on here; I don't claim this is a full answer, but simply a bit of the puzzle. You're doing a lot of math here, which isn't in and of itself a bad thing, but it's unnecessary....
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Can anyone Identify what this item is and what its used for?

I believe that it is a brass masonry square. After looking up what you said was marked on the antique it's seems this is true as there are links to other antiques being sold under the same name. In ...
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Angle to Inches Calculator

Here is a site for solving triangles. The user interface doesn't show a right triangle by default (assuming that's what you're after), though the solved triangle does appear to be drawn to scale. Here ...
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Are drill guides supposed to be zero-clearance?

This could be a manufacturing issue (not necessarily the one you're thinking of, more on that below) or it could be entirely within specs. With metal bushings the fit must be loose enough you don't ...
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Imperial or metric?

If imperial measurements were not so ingrained in my mind, I'd do everything in metric. Quite a few of the tools here in the US that are labeled as "inch" are actually metric. A few of my 1/2" ...
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Is it ok to clamp down squares and i-beam style levels?

It's certainly possible to damage squares and/or levels by clamping. So if you're looking for a yes or no answer, it would have to be yes. However I can think of plenty of situations where I would ...
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Percent error of a cut

If it is a picnic table no problem if it is in the face of a fancy hutch maybe, maybe not. Sometimes the project can be modified to fit, sometimes it really does not matter, and I have had to scrap a ...
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Angle to Inches Calculator

I created a calculator that searches triangles in 1/8" increments to get as close to the target angle as possible. As I see it, the advantage of this approach over others is that you can get ...
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Measuring exact point to drill hole in wood panel

High accuracy isn't needed here, so I think just eyeballing the hole positions could be perfectly fine. A step up from this would be to 'finger gauge': If you do really want consistency then a simple ...
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How do I ensure that the bottom of my shelf project is level?

I think what you are asking is: How do I ensure all my vertical boards are the same length. Often, this is more important than being a particular length. Another way to say it is: You desire ...
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Procedure to measure for jamb width?

First, cut a measuring jig from half-inch plywood. Make it U-shaped, 12 by 12 inches with a large notch to match the wall thickness. Use the jig to quickly scan each door opening. If the notch is cut ...
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How are vacuum hose sizes measured?

Ridgid's Shopvac accessories come in 1-7/8" and 2-1/2" sizes. So from this we can deduce that Ridgid, at least, uses the outer diameter of the attachments. The sizes you describe match what Ridgid ...
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How do I drill a hole exactly in the center of a circle?

An easily made solution for a dowel centre square is as the attached photo. In a piece of ply (base) mark a centre line, drill a large hole with a hole saw at one end, and a small hole with a suitable ...
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How do I drill a hole exactly in the center of a circle?

I don't know. All those while geometrically correct depend at some point on some one visual judgement like getting your right angle perfectly bisected how to do that? Or drawling the two lines that ...
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Measurements on a Try Square

Rule markings on a try square are not a standard thing. Most of the try squares I've seen don't have any rule markings at all. For example, this try square has none: Image credit: Luigi Zanasi, via ...
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Angle to Inches Calculator

…nothing to tell you what dimensions will produce an angle that you supply. Angles don’t determine the lengths of the sides. You could supply all three angles and that would constrain the sides to a ...
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Drawer slides sticky with new drawer, common causes?

My initial thought is that perhaps the mounting for the slides isn't perfectly square in the cabinet Could be your cause since slides are not sticky alone and it is sticking when sliding fully in and ...
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Measuring exact point to drill hole in wood panel

Tape measures are usually used by carpenters where 1/8" or 1/16" is more than accurate enough. Woodworkers often use precision rulers to get accuracy of 1/32" or 1/64" inch when ...
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How to calculate board feet for project I'm working on

A board foot is a measure of volume, answering the question "how much wood?". It equates to 144 cubic inches; a board 12" x 12" x 1" thick is one board foot. So you can calculate the volume in cubic ...
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Imperial or metric?

I agree with LeeG in that I'd be inclined to work in whatever measurement system you have the best intuitive feel for. This might make it more challenging to study the craft on YouTube and so on, but ...
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How can I scribe a slab into a nook with three walls?

I would probably try to fit a template made of cardboard. Once that fits then transfer the size to the slab. Take a couple pieces of cardboard, lay them in the space and tape it them together. Trim ...
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Can anyone Identify what this item is and what its used for?

This is a stonemason's 'sinking square' - used to determine depths of mouldings, carvings, etc. on a piece of worked stone. Mills Bros were manufacturers of mason's tools, being situated in Wandwsorth ...
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Setting precise depth on a table saw with no depth gauge

I tried using calipers to measure the blade height but it is difficult to make sure the blade is rotated so a tooth is at peak height. There are a couple ways to improve the accuracy of this ...
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Setting precise depth on a table saw with no depth gauge

If you're looking for real repeatable precision, a device like the OneWay Multi Gauge is a good solution, and very handy for other setups around the shop as well, such as planer blade height: https://...
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Procedure to measure for jamb width?

I have installed frames in walls that even vary in width over the length of the jambs. The trick I have used is to make the jambs too wide, dry assemble the jambs with a single nail to loosely hold ...
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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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