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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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When, if ever, is it safe to use gloves with power tools?

Anything tool that rotates is generally something to avoid using gloves with. Tools to definitely avoid glove use for incude: Lathes Circular saws (including table saws, miter saws, and radial arm ...
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In what cases is it useful to have more than one of the same tool?

One thing to keep in mind is that in many cases, a really low-end tool will just be frustrating. If you only need to save up for a couple months to buy better tools and your window of opportunity for ...
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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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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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When should I use a Jointer vs. a Planer?

A planer is used for making two edges parallel while a jointer is used for making straight or flat surfaces. Let's say you have a warped board (suppose it looks like a banana from end to end). If you ...
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Why does direction matter when using an electric router?

It has to do with the rotation of the bit. In a normal cut, the work piece is fed against the rotation. A normal cut works like this (shown for freehand): The cutting action will pull the work ...
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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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When should I use a Jointer vs. a Planer?

A planer will ensure that 2 opposite faces of a piece of wood are parallel to each other will generally handle wider pieces of wood is not the appropriate tool for working the narrow edge of a 'wide' ...
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What can I do to eliminate drift when cutting with my bandsaw?

The best thing that I've found is to have a sharp blade with 3 teeth per inch. This is Michael Fortune's recommendation (a Fine Woodworking Contributor). I used to crank up the tension in my bandsaw ...
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How should I store the batteries of my cordless drill?

Batteries in general have several points worth concerning their usage. Yes, you are asking about storage but it is worth knowing that their storage strategy is influence by their usage frequency as ...
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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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What can I do if I lose the chuck key for my drill?

Losing a key is definitely inconvenient but you don't need to pack up for the day just yet. This will also work for a drill press What you need Large flat head screwdriver Drill bit that fits ( ...
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What can I do to eliminate drift when cutting with my bandsaw?

A sharp 3 or 4 TPI blade is the best first thing to try. A slower feed rate can also help, but if your blade rubs against the wood fast enough and long enough to produce significant friction, too slow ...
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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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Best sander for rustic wood

What sander should I use for something like this? You need tools that can sand contoured objects. There are a number of options, and given the varied nature of your work you'll probably use more than ...
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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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What types of table saw cuts cannot be made with a riving knife installed?

Although there are many instances in which you need to remove a standard or modular table saw blade guard, most cuts can be made with a riving knife installed. However, there are a few operations for ...
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When, if ever, is it safe to use gloves with power tools?

There is one case where it is safe and beneficial to use gloves with power tools: when the tool is weak enough to stop without causing damage to your body parts. For example, I use cut resistant ...
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In what situations would I use a belt sander versus a random orbit sander?

I like a belt sander when I need to really remove some material like paint for example, I think it cuts better. an Orbital I like for finer sanding it offers a lot more control.
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Are there any differences between jigsaws, sabre saws, or scroll saws?

As discussed in some of the answers to What is the difference between a sabre saw and a jig saw, the terminology has been used differently over time. What we call a scroll saw today (a stationary/...
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Can you overwork an impact driver?

Yes, it's possible to wear out an impact driver, but what you're describing sounds normal. The driver will act as a normal drill until it exceeds its "normal driving" capacity, then the internal ...
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What are the advantages of band-saws with multiple speeds?

The primary reason for speed adjustment on bandsaws is to accommodate different materials (mainly metal). That said, dropping the speed down for some operations can stretch the capabilities of an ...
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What tools/methods I could use to create a small circular recess?

I think everyone is overthinking the issue at hand here. I figure they would be very shallow. Just enough to stop the feet from moving but enough to have a gap between the glass and the table. 1/...
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I was thinking of buying a router. I tried a router bit in my power drill. It didn't work

A router spins at around 20,000 RPM. Your drill, at top speed, is closer to 300 RPM. Very different animal.
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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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How to soundproof the Wood Shop?

The advice for a shop is pretty much the same as for any loud activity. There is a lot of research you can do on the internet for music studios, for example, that will apply. So, this is not specific ...
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