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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

Ashler's answer is the simplest and cheapest way to get holes the same depth. But as an extra there are bit collars that can be put on the bits which will enforce exact depth stops.
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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

A lot of people drill a hole through a suitable length of wood dowel (or small square cross section) and use that as a stop-collar on the drill. Example You can also just use an external chunk of ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

Keyed chucks still get a better grip on any bit. I'm willing to use keyless on my portable drill -- though mine will take a key too, and there are times when I use it. I wouldn't trust keyless on a ...
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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

The simplest means is to place a tab of masking tape on the drill bit at the desired depth. When the spinning tab lowers to the surface of the wood and sweeps away the wood chips, stop.
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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

You can also adjust your drill press table to be at the desired depth when the drill reaches the end of it's stroke.
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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?

Tape is what I would have suggested and continue to use but if you wanted something a little more robust my suggestion would be depth stop collars /nuts Image from AliExpress Easily removed off the ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

As @keshlam pointed out. My drill presses both have keyed chucks and it allows much greater torque to put a stronger clamp on the bit. This is really important for larger bits when you get over 1 1/...
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Can I use a 6mm shank in a 1/4 inch collet?

In short: No, no, no. You can technically do this, unluckily, but it is highly inadvisable. It is a pity that it just looks like one could do it (1/2'' is not far off compared to 12mm, and 1/4'' is ...
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Is it better to let the tool run or stop in-between cuts?

Generally, that is the right thing to do. Obviously you wouldn't let a power tool run all day when you don't need it, or even walk away and let it run unattended. But keeping it running in between ...
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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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Tungsten Carbide grades

Regarding C1, C2, ... C6 carbide grades, higher numbers mean harder, but at the same time more brittle. C1 carbide cuts softer metals like aluminum and C6 carbide cuts hardest metals like steel. What ...
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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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How heavy a piece of wood can my lathe handle?

That was fast. I broke down and called Jet tech support. The information was not in any of their product information and the support person needed to ask Development. I mentioned that the piece I ...
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What is an electric planer (hand tool) good for?

And I'm wondering whether there is any task where it would really have an advantage over other tools such as hand planes, a thickness planer, a belt sander, etc. Electric planers are coarse tools for ...
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Can I really use my table saw as a disc sander?

would I run a risk of burning out the motor if I ran it too long? As to running the saw for a while, that shouldn't be a problem if it has adequate ventilation. Electric motors run best when run ...
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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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Can I really use my table saw as a disc sander?

I have one that came with my table saw (a 1980's Masport). It's a combo table saw, sander and jointer. Masses of steel means is heavy as crap and a nice powerful motor make this my favourite table saw ...
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What is the difference between a worm and sidewinder drive circular saws?

I agree with what Steven has to say. Unless you're routinely cutting 2" thick oak or hickory slabs, a modern direct-drive saw is likely more appropriate. Equipped with a sharp, suitable blade it will ...
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What is an electric planer (hand tool) good for?

I'm not sure you're going to find a ton of woodworkers using these for fine woodworking or furniture construction, but they are commonly used by construction workers/general contractors for things ...
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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 techniques to sand small parts on a benchtop belt sander?

1 inch cubed is big enough that you could get smaller clamps on pretty easily (You can never have enough clamps). Not a spring clamp but something like a c-clamp where you could control the clamping ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

Self-tightening keyless chuck have similar clamping capabilities as keyed chucks, but the price premium on those types of chucks are significant. For example from the Jacobs site linked, the ...
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