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What kind of fire extinguisher should I have in the shop?

There are certainly oils and other flammable liquids, plus possible electrical malfunction, so I would indeed suggest an ABC, preferably a larger one. Remember that you always aim an extinguisher at ...
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How do I properly dispose of a solvent like mineral turpentine?

Local regulations about how to dispose of small quantities of solvent vary widely, so expect that Answers may be only guides to how you might be able to do it where you live. Don't throw it out if ...
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Is it safe to use just the chippers in a dado stack?

I have never tested it, but I would think that a chipper, with only two teeth, might be quite risky. In a standard blade the teeth are secured in their path by the blade disc which serves to guide ...
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What kind of fire extinguisher should I have in the shop?

You're probably OK with a typical 'multi-purpose' type ABC extinguisher, as that will handle most of the fires you would see in a typical woodshop. You could probably get away with just a type A (for ...
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Table saw safety devices

Yet in YouTube videos most users don't use these safety features. Is there a good reason why they don't? Particularly on professionally-made video, the safety devices are sometimes removed for the ...
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Process for Food Safe Finishing

I have just created my first cutting board and coated it with some salad bowl finish. My question is what is the process for finishing the project? If you like you just completed the finishing since ...
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What wood is not good to use in a cutting board?

The Wood Database has an extensive database with details about "Allergies and Toxicities" for all its known woods. Cedar (which has 12 varieties listed on their site at the time of this post)...
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What wood is not good to use in a cutting board?

To a great extent this is just the flipside of the question "What woods are good to use in a cutting board?" and there was a recent thread on this subject that was closed for being more likely to ...
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Are barrel nuts strong?

Yes barrel nuts are strong enough for this application. However, they're not your only option. Would they be equal to, or greater than, nails/screws in terms of strength? Like so many things it ...
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Safety - Cutting multiple pieces at the same time

There are a couple main (safety) concerns with this: the pieces moving while cutting and the offcuts getting caught in the blade. Pieces moving while cutting This is not so much an issue with safety ...
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Is it safe to use a Craftsman molding head on a shaper?

I'm not sure how well this will qualify as an answer as I have never tried to use mine on a 3hp shaper. I only wished to make a brief comment but it seems I don't have the rep points to leave comments ...
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Is it safe to use just the chippers in a dado stack?

Is it safe to use just the chippers in a dado stack? No. The chippers are designed to do just that — chip out the middle of a groove being cut on either side by both outside blades. Some dado stacks ...
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What kind of respirator do I need to safely work with varnish, polyurethane, and oil-based stain?

For normal chemicals and finishes, most tradespeople will wear a half mask (3M are readily available and popular) with an OV (organic vapor) cartridge and at least P95 filtration. (Filtration since ...
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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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How do I properly dispose of a solvent like mineral turpentine?

Highly volatile solvents like mineral spirits evaporate quite readily, so one option is to simply leave an open container outside and let it evaporate. The more surface area, the faster it will ...
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Using a table saw in an apartment room

Lots of people have shops in their basements with no big problems, so it is possible to work inside. Dust will be a concern, as you've noted, but noise will as well. Make sure to wear hearing ...
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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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What are the best substitutes when nothing labelled as "Denatured alcohol" can be found in your area?

I've found two products readily available in BC that one might not suspect to be denatured alcohol, but despite not having "denatured alcohol" written anywhere on the product, they are denatured ...
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How do I get the blade-guard out of the way for a plunge cut with a Dewalt circular saw?

Plunge cutting is not a recommended use of a circular saw. The manufacturer intends for the saw to be pushed into the work-piece. The work-piece will rotate the safety guard up into the saw, and allow ...
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Recommendations for securing a high torque drill with a larger bit

It sounds like you're running your bit too slowly. Spade bits are pretty sensitive to low speeds. A faster speed (and less feed pressure) will result in less material being removed with each pass. ...
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Problem in the shank diameter of trim router bits

6.35mm is exactly 1/4". While the two are very close in size (I mean 0.35mm - how bad could it be?) when you have a chunk of metal spinning at ~20000RPM, it can get very bad very quickly. Your ...
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Can I use an oversized blade on a radial arm saw?

Obviously this is questionably safe, even if you can actually fit a 12" blade to your 10" radial-arm saw. While in most cases rotating the material and making multiple cuts works, there are ...
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UFP treated woods for raised garden bed

UFP Treated means that the wood is pressure treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) to make it less susceptible to rot. This technique comes from building boats, piers, carports, ... anything ...
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How do I properly dispose of a solvent like mineral turpentine?

Many local municipalities have a drop off disposal site for hazardous chemicals. That is your best bet. If your city doesn't have such a service, here is a site that lists some other options.
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What kind of fire extinguisher should I have in the shop?

Blowing ash around with a CO2 extinguisher will make everything in the room dirty but most things can be cleaned of ash. That would be good for electricals. For wood, water or foam would be better (...
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What kind of fire extinguisher should I have in the shop?

Alternative answer: Don't get a fire extinguisher at all. They are only any good for tackling something the size of a wastepaper basket fire. It is far too easy to think "I can deal with this". ...
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Stopping a table saw by turning off at the outlet

Not a problem at all, generally speaking. I would ensure that the switch you are you using is properly rated for the load so that it doesn't arc when you trip the switch. A light switch is probably ...
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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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