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Make a table top using pocket holes?

For strength, a good glue bond is all you need. If you want to minimize clamping, you could use pocket screws, but I would recommend against it. When you tighten a pocket screw, it tends to pull the ...
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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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Best way to hide counter sunk screws

Consider to remove the screws and perform a counterbore or use a forstner bit to the depth of the screw head. Select the diameter to match your selected wood plug diameter. Return the screw, glue in ...
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How can I accurately cross-cut a board that is too wide for my table saw?

This is something that I would not want to cross cut on the table saw in this case. If you had a sliding panel saw, you could but not in this case. This is a perfect scenario for a track saw. As I ...
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How do I carve an inset circle?

I would do this with a router and straight bit. Of course you would need a router. You don't mention the overall diameter so I am assuming larger than a reasonable drill bit size. You could also dish ...
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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle

Drill 2 holes (brace and bit if you're being serious about "hand" tools) with a forstner bit (or hole saw), then connect them with a cut using a coping (or jig) saw. Chisel/file/sand as needed. To ...
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Quick corner joints in practice

It's actually very difficult to keep the joint flush and straight while at the same time somehow positioning the block in the corner, putting two clamps on, and not getting glue everywhere. It's ...
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Wood with Smooth Texture

Plywood and veneer are products manufactured in a manner which results in continuous grain lines such as those shown in the photo. Picture a cylinder of a tree trunk and apply a strong straight ...
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How can I trim plywood flush to an edge that is not 90 degrees?

If you have a hand plane plywood edges are easy to plane. Size of plane does not matter, this can be done with block plane if this is only type available. Without hand planes I would trim close with ...
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How to prevent sticking and hopping when cutting with a hand saw?

I have tried in the past to make precision cuts using a hand saw and always have issues with the blade sticking or hopping out of the cut. If by sticking you mean that the friction between the blade ...
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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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Options for sanding this type of bandsawn woodwork

If I were going into production, a dedicated special purpose sanding machine would seem appropriate. However, for the one-off sort of project that most of woodworking SE contributors are likely to do,...
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What is the best way to slice CHUNKS of wood?

Here are several options that come to mind: Cut smaller pieces Get a bandsaw with resaw capacity of at least 9" (many 14" or larger bandsaws either come stock with 11-12" resaw capacity, or can be ...
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Bad technique vs inadequate equipment for beginner woodworker

Although I have not seen your tablesaw, I have used other portable contractor saws and they tend to have several problems. First the fence is not substantial and may have some give when the wood ...
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Laminating 2" red oak to make 4x4s?

Is there any problem or surprise waiting for me if I laminate the boards in this way? Not if you glue them together properly, no. Properly here means well-jointed faces on both pieces (flat and ...
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Technique for mitering X or Cross onto door

Don't try to measure it. Mark it. And mind the kerf. This is the trick to most woodworking, actually. You don't measure nearly as often as you just hold one piece up to another and mark the location ...
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Technique for using a "poor-man's rebate plane"

How can I improve the results I get? Based on your pictures, I surmise that it's due to a combination of: Your chisel not being sharp enough, Planing against the grain, Not having the edge of your ...
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Should I use cleats or brackets when putting up shelves?

My comments were running long, so I figured I'd make an answer out of this. If you have a nook that you're putting the shelf in, similar to your "cleats" link, then you should be able to use the ...
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Folding table issue

I suspect that the middle is sagging because it is not adequately braced. Most of the folding tables that my parents own (that we use for family reunions as eating tables) are similar to the one ...
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How effective are different types of saw blades for various cuts and woods?

There are many more types of blade than you're listing here. For example, the grind angle of the teeth can make a big difference. This is different from the hook angle. So instead of answering for the ...
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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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How to square a long board

Unless you already have a straight edge on your board, your fence will just replicate the errors of one edge to the other. What you need is a straight edge jig. It's fairly easy to build. Here's an ...
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How is this engraving obtained?

The type of letters shown in your photo can be made by using a metal stencil (template) and then using a sand blasting process to etch away the wood through the letter opening in the stencil. Words ...
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Feed direction on a planer/thicknesser

I'll use the US terms jointer for the top part of that machine and planer for the bottom part. Thickness planers typically have a motorized drive, meaning there's no choice about feed direction (...
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When using a hand saw, how do I cut a straight line?

Careful measuring and marking Stop your work moving by using a vice or bench-hook Use a sharp saw Make sure you are comfortable and have room to work Dont rush Practice
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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle

With hand tools only, I suppose the way is to use a coping saw. You drill a small hole inside the waste of the handle, and then pass the coping saw's blade through the hole. This will allow you to ...
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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle

Drill first and pare with a chisel would be the easiest way to remove the most material faster and you would clean up the inside edge with a paring chisel. Using auger bits that are the exact width ...
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Are there any tips when working a large surface with an handheld electric planer?

In any case I was having a huge issue keeping the work relatively flat. No matter how hard I tried the planer would be at some sort of angle and cut into wood on one side more that the other (usually ...
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Ideal outdoor preservative for a wooden ornament

As always this sort of thing shouldn't be asked as "What's the best...", because it's usually the case that there is no best, many options may be equally viable. For this if you asked multiple ...
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Options for sanding this type of bandsawn woodwork

The guy I bought my used bandsaw from, only got a new one because of one feature I found fascinating. He wanted a bandsaw he could fit a sanding-band into. I just tried looking for this on ...
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