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How can I enclose the top of my contractor table saw for better dust collection?

If you feel it must be sealed up, some nicely placed HVAC aluminum tape will do the trick. A careful application at the edge of the table and bring it to the sides with a little turn-down to seal it ...
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How can I enclose the top of my contractor table saw for better dust collection?

I wouldn't worry about it unless you hook everything up and find that you aren't getting good enough suction. In fact, you don't want to completely seal up the saw, or else there won't be enough air ...
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What is the purpose of the side handle on a hand ("eggbeater") drill?

In my younger days, I had only this type of drill with which to bore holes. It was often necessary to place the in-line grip on my chest or belt to apply pressure. A board or similar panel provided ...
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How can I give a circular saw blade a flat top grind?

I happen to have at least one dull carbide-tipped, alternating angled tooth blade I doubt that it's even possible to create a FTG blade from a ATB blade. You might be able to flatten the tops of the ...
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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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Can DIBOND be used to make a riving knife?

Specifically the Dibond is a laminated material, that when cut to a fairly small size and required to remain rigid under varying pressures from varying directions, repeatedly, may not remain integral ...
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What is the purpose of the side handle on a hand ("eggbeater") drill?

"A" reason is that a drill may not spin its bit nicely and freely once in a material. If the bit "catches" (does not spin nicely and freely), thee entire apparatus will then be the focus of the torque....
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Can I use an oversized blade on a radial arm saw?

The bigger blade will have more mass than the motor is designed to spin. This could cause issues for the motor, potentially burning it out. This is part of the reason that dado blade sets come in 8&...
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Kanna setup: blade/mouth width, osae-bo bending

Most kanna irons that I have seen have their own mimi formed by grinding off the corners so the cutting edge is the same width as the mouth. As it is now the iron is cutting a shaving that is wider ...
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Can I use an oversized blade on a radial arm saw?

Really no, it's a deadly proposition. When these blades turn, the centrifugal force tries to tear them apart, so they have a maximum RPM rating which is usually written on the side. Larger diameter ...
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Kanna setup: blade/mouth width, osae-bo bending

the mouth just has to be opened up. this looks like a manufacturing defect. Chiseling is probably the fastest way, but you can use files or floats. that cross pin is too thin. It's not necessarily a ...
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