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Why won't my miter saw cut all the way through my work piece?

I couldn't figure anything out from inspecting the saw on the outside, so I opened up the saw. It turns out that the saw did not go all the way down because there was a lot of saw dust on the inside:
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Orbital sander papers coming off

It sounds like you need to replace the pad on your sander. This is the "hook" part of the hook and loop system. This is a typical point of failure for orbital sanders, so it should be fairly easy to ...
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Are very thin drill bits actually safe?

I was looking for a thin 2mm drill bit. When I asked a manufacturer why their thinnest drill bit was 3mm, they said because drill bits are fragile if you make them too thin. To me 2mm isn't actually ...
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Orbital sander papers coming off

Be sure to check whether the hooks (part of the hook-and-loop) on the backing pad are intact (not melted) and not clogged, all the way out to the edge of the pad. Usually the hooks around the edge ...
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Why a 5hp 14" table saw?

As a DIYer, there's no compelling reason for you to go out shopping for a 14" table saw. That said, if you're asking because there happens to be a 14" table saw available to you for an irresistible ...
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What would be the best way to bevel an oval table top?

To expand upon @keshlam's answer, you're going to want to purchase a chamfer or low angle bevel bit. Amazon (among others) sells a 60-deg bevel bit (pictured below), and chamfer bits can be found at ...
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How to clean clogged sandpaper

There are special products out there called sanding belt cleaners (one such is harbor freight sku 30766), they're essentially large gum eraser sticks that grab particles out of the sanding belt. ...
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What is this metal bar in the front of the jigsaw?

That appears to be ref. 52 in the parts diagram, simply identified as "Pin" (part no. 2 603 105 051). But in the manual for a similar vintage model (view here on Manuall.co.uk), this is ...
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Random Orbital Sander rounds table edges

One option would be to clamp or otherwise secure sacrificial wood to the table edges, extending the portion that would be rounded off to be outside of your desired surface. The added wood should have ...
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Makita router straight guide... not straight?

Yes the fence should be completely straight. It needs to be straight to work properly. A slight hollow is just about acceptable (although undesirable) but if it's bowed toward the bit, even a little ...
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Are there any best practices when using dado blades or stack?

Can I cut dadoes with the work piece against the fence, or should I strictly use a miter gauge or crosscut sled? It depends on the nature of the cut. A dado is technically a slot cut across the ...
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Bullnose router bit, 1/4" shank, 1/4" radius, bearing guide DOESN'T EXIST?

There is no reason I know of. In fact I have one in my shop. Check out here for one source. Their image does not show the guide bearing. My bit has a screw hole to accept standard bearings and you ...
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Choosing a saw for oak worktop, considering future usefulness

What is the proper saw is really a wide open question and depends a lot upon the level of quality in the cut piece desired, your future woodworking plans and your budget. In order of accuracy for ...
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Is it possible to make a combination tool?

This is what the Shopsmith brand tools are known for. They sell tools in a couple of different configurations, such as the Shopsmith Mark V or the Shopsmith Mark 7. Different configurations allow you ...
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Is it appropriate for an 8 year-old to act as a 'helper,' ripping sheets on a table saw?

Is there ever an occasion in which a young child should be allowed to help with a table saw in such a manner? If there is a situation where an 8-yo could help with cutting on a table saw, this is ...
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Is it appropriate for an 8 year-old to act as a 'helper,' ripping sheets on a table saw?

TL/DR: child should not have been used as an operator. Other answers go into more detail, but the thing that jumped out at me was that the child could unwittingly twist the ply off the fence, which ...
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How to clean clogged sandpaper

I've been using an old sneaker because I saw it recommended repeatedly. Seems to work fine, and doesn't effect the remaining grit so far as I can tell. https://www.familyhandyman.com/tools/use-a-...
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How should a jointer outfeed table be setup?

When setting up a jointer outfeed table, should the tip of the cutter be dead even with the surface of the outfeed table, or should it actually be fractionally higher? Ideally, the outfeed table ...
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Cutting a circle out of a sleeper to a certain depth

A forstner bit will result in a clean bottomed hole. Although 64mm is a slightly obscure size, you could expect a 64th of slop from a 2-1/2" bit. (Alternate choices include self-feeding bits, though ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

As far as the historical side of the question, the two have been in concurrent use for a very long time. Arthur Irving Jacobs invented the keyed drill chuck in 1902 but bit braces and drills were ...
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How can I sharpen a reciprocating saw blade?

Rambling backgrounder -- sorry: these are typically called 'reciprocating saws', though the Kleenex of the bunch is the Sawzall (r) by Milwaukee. (edit to say that will only be a meaningful statement ...
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What is this tool called for making wave surface?

The picture shows a router bit, and a router table supporting a router to drive that bit. A cheaper table can be built, but you're probably looking at several hundred dollars of tooling there.
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What is this tool called for making wave surface?

The narration of the YouTube video you linked to specifies that it's a router he's using. At 1:32 he says "then with a router bit like this one I route the zigzag shape on two faces". The bit is ...
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What is this tool called for making wave surface?

Keshlam and Graphus have already helpfully identified the overall setup (router table) and the exact type of bit used (V-joint), but for additional clarity, here is an annotated version of your ...
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Choosing a saw for oak worktop, considering future usefulness

Most of these were in the comments on the original question, but I'll organize them: Track Saw - This is what I would consider the "best" way to go. Unfortunately, they start at a few hundred ...
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Choosing a saw for oak worktop, considering future usefulness

So a shopping trip is in order. I'm a bit short on space, and don't want to spend a fortune on something that will be used rarely at best. You need to give serious consideration to a panel saw since ...
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Is there a name for this particular cutting tool used by people needing to cut into walls to fix things inside?

Is there a name for this particular cutting tool used by people needing to cut into walls to fix things inside? From this part of the question, it sounds like you're talking about a reciprocating saw....
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Is it appropriate for an 8 year-old to act as a 'helper,' ripping sheets on a table saw?

No. Tables saws are notorious for removing fingers and throwing back the wood being cut at dangerous speeds. Both can be minimized as risks but the constant and full attention of the operator needs to ...
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Is it appropriate for an 8 year-old to act as a 'helper,' ripping sheets on a table saw?

Other answers for this question all make excellent points, but I see one overriding issue here and that is that the setup shown for cutting large panels is inadequate. If cutting a panel requires two ...
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