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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 using a hand saw, how do I cut a straight line?

One obvious solution is not letting the saw do anything that you don't want it to do by using a guide. In the easiest case, the fingers of your left hand are the guide, much like a professional chef ...
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When using a hand saw, how do I cut a straight line?

One very important step in using a hand saw is not to force the saw. You shouldn't be trying to force the saw through the wood. The cutting blades are sharp. Once you have a groove started, ease up ...
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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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When using a hand saw, how do I cut a straight line?

I am no pro but here's my tip. I mark the four sides and give a 2mm deep cut on the four sides. This way when starting cut on the top the blade tends to stay aligned with the previous cuts. I've ...
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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 can I cleanly cut a large circle out of plywood?

How can I cut a large circle out of a 4x8 sheet of plywood? You sound like the perfect candidate for a router circle jig. The one linked is available at Rockler, but they are easy enough to make ...
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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 using a hand saw, how do I cut a straight line?

I am a beginner myself with hand sawing, but the following tips worked for me for straighter saw cuts: Mark your cuts either with a pencil or marking knife or both. This allows you to see if you ...
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What is the recommended height of the blade on a table saw while operating?

If you call up Freud and ask, they'll tell you that you want one full tooth to clear the top of the wood, but no more. There are a couple of reasons for that recommendation- first is safety. A tooth ...
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Perfect miters every time

There's two ways that immediately pop to mind- one involves spending a significant amount of money, the other a significant amount of time. You can buy replacement miter gauges for most table saws (e....
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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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How do I drill a hole exactly in the center of a circle?

Finding the center Using Geometry There are a couple of ways to do this. Since your dowel is big enough you can do this by hand relatively easy. First would be to make 3 lines on the outside of the ...
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Are there specific types of screws I should use for woodworking?

Just to get it out of the way, this is the conventional/traditional wood screw: In the past it would always have been flat-head (now also called slot-head), and as a result when making a piece in a ...
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Should I do many shallow quick cuts or a single deep slow one with my router?

For cuts with a router, slow also can mean burnt material. If I have a complex profile to cut, I either break it into multiple passes with multiple bits, or I sneak up on it, going slightly deeper ...
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How do I drill a hole exactly in the center of a circle?

My final solution was to just use a drill press to drill a 2" hole with a forstner bit partway through a block of wood, then a 5/16" hole the rest of the way, centered on the pilot hole from the ...
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Should I do many shallow quick cuts or a single deep slow one with my router?

Always make sure your bits are sharp and take small bites with the router. If the router bit travels too slowly, it can burn and/or burnish your workpiece. Heat from taking too large a bite or moving ...
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What are some efficient and effective ways to remove rust on old hand saws?

Rust removal basically falls into three camps: abrasive, chemical and electrical. Many people use a little of two of these, for example by abrading most of the rust away and then using certain ...
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How do I temporarily attach two pieces of wood together for machining?

As sketchy as it sounds masking tape and superglue (cyano or CA) can work very well for this type of thing. Many people have relied on types of double-sided tape, carpet tape being particularly ...
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When are pocket holes an appropriate joinery technique?

Bear in mind that that 99 lbs is for a single joint with pressure being applied in the manner of a first class lever in Mr. Wandel's experiment. You will have multiple pocket holes in a given ...
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Leveling a finish/finishing the finish

As I understand it poly varnish requires some minor abrasion between coats for good adhesion. Nope. You'll read this online a lot (and in some books, and what's worse even in the instructions for ...
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How can I make this faux inlay?

The lines look very defined. How might the mask / template been made? The mask could have been cut from a purpose-made masking material as used by airbrush artists, called frisket. But any self-...
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Type of wood for bending into an arch shape?

I am designing a home theater that will have a small "stage" which will need to have a long (~8ft) piece of wood that is bowed slightly. I want to know what types of wood (e.g. MDF, certain ...
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How do I sharpen a chisel/plane blade?

Sharpening is a lot trickier than one would expect. In order to have a sharp blade you need to have two polished sides meeting one another: the back of the plane iron (or chisel) and the bevel. A ...
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Strong joints to use when making custom frames

For something that large, I would want more than just a glue joint holding it together. I would want some sort of mechanical connection between the sides and top/bottom, such as slip tenons, dowels, ...
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How to cut Plexiglas on a table saw?

Plexiglass works well with a craft knife too. If you score it a couple of times with a straight rule, it should snap cleanly along the break.
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Making a small indent/crevice/depression for a ball

The usual way to do this I think would be to use the correct bit in a router, but it could also be done using a suitable cutter chucked up in a drill. If using a drill ideally it will be in a drill ...
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Making safe cuts: Sliding miter saw vs Radial-arm saw

You are, indeed, using your radial arm saw correctly, but it's important to note the critical differences between the two tools. In both cases, you would be making a climb cut when pulling the blade ...
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