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Substitute for Pocket Hole Jig?

I'm glad someone finally asked a Question about alternatives to these jigs. In the US at least, and probably in other parts of the world by now, pocket holes have become synonymous with Kreg. While ...
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Tungsten Carbide grades

Regarding C1, C2, ... C6 carbide grades, higher numbers mean harder, but at the same time more brittle. C1 carbide cuts softer metals like aluminum and C6 carbide cuts hardest metals like steel. What ...
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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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Sanding inside pockets, fast

Personally I would have aimed for an internal milled finish that didn't require sanding, that's the ideal. Obviously too late for that now and I don't know if that's possible with the Shopbot and the ...
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Sanding inside pockets, fast

Bandfile Belt Sander Not advocating any particular product but showing the product picture Image from Harbour Frieght That should help you get into the tight spots quickly and efficiently. Only ...
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What determines carving tools/chisels quality?

This is actually a pretty broad topic, but other than marketing decided price (brand A being more expensive than brand B simply because of the brand name) there may be large difference in ...
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What tools could I use to cut a turned chair leg in half vertically?

This can be done safely on a table saw, although the workpiece must be held securely on a jig of some sort. With a slight mod one of the ripping sleds shown in this Answer could be used. In terms of ...
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What is the functional purpose of fluted dowel?

There are two main purposes that I know of. First, the flutes allow air to escape and glue to fill the voids as you are inserting the dowels. Without them, it is possible that you would not be able ...
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Does it matter what kind of diamond stone I get?

It seems the other answers so far have all been hobbyists who use their diamond stones occasionally, which is fine (though I may be wrong!), but I can speak from the perspective of using these stones ...
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How do I know what tools I need?

I recommend buying the tools you need when you actually need them. That avoids spending money on one tool that would be better spent on another ... Or on material for more projects. A circular saw, ...
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What is the difference between a worm and sidewinder drive circular saws?

I agree with what Steven has to say. Unless you're routinely cutting 2" thick oak or hickory slabs, a modern direct-drive saw is likely more appropriate. Equipped with a sharp, suitable blade it will ...
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What is the difference between a worm and sidewinder drive circular saws?

Worm drives use a worm gear to connect the motor to the blade. Generally speaking, they are more powerful than direct drive saws where the motor drives the blade directly. They are also larger, ...
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Does it matter what kind of diamond stone I get?

The diamond stone with holes in the diamond surface will usher away the metal shaved off the blade and thus makes the sharpening process faster. It is also easier to clean up. However it is less ...
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How can I hollow a cherry log to use as a newel post?

Consider cutting in two along its length While I know there are techniques and tools that you can use to hollow the inside of this long piece of cherry I honestly think you might have an easier time ...
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How to cut a parallel groove on three dimensional profile

This is a tricky one! After thinking on it awhile, here's how I'd do it. I'd use a scratch stock, with the fence part modified to follow curves. I've never done this with a scratch stock, but I have ...
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Are there alternative tools to a straight ironing rasp (or why are they so hard to find)?

A simple, effective and less expensive option would be to glue various grits of sandpaper to appropriately shaped wood blocks. If you need off set as in the case of the crank neck chisel, a handle ...
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How can I improve my strategy for flush trimming with a router?

Table vs. handheld depends on what you are trimming flush to what and whether it's easier to move the workpiece or the tool. "Carpet tape" is the woodworking standard double-sided tape. For cleanest ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

As far as the historical side of the question, the two have been in concurrent use for a very long time. Arthur Irving Jacobs invented the keyed drill chuck in 1902 but bit braces and drills were ...
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How do I know what tools I need?

Just to warn you advance, this sort of question is a bit of a rabbit hole. Any one list of tools might suit someone (and that could be you) but run it by 10 other craftsmen and they'll each try to ...
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What tools could I use to cut a turned chair leg in half vertically?

I have not cut chair legs with an irregular profile, but I have successfully ripped 1" diameter dowels. The process is to make a sled and run it through the table saw. But the sled is inverted from ...
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Can I use sculptor chisels with a lathe?

The following may read like I am trying to talk you out of the idea but I'm not, just hoping to help you go into it with realistic expectations. Can I use sculptor chisels with a lathe? Yes, ...
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Tool recommendation to prick bamboo nodes

The people over at Bamboocraft.net seem to say that the best way is to get a piece of metal rod (rebar will do) and simply bash through. If it's hard to do, you can also heat the rod up in a fire and ...
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Cutting sawdust relief in sled

Take a blade out of a hand plane, press the back flat against the fence and run it along the width of the sled several times, creating a vertical cut into the base. Then come back and use a chisel to ...
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Portable table/stand for cutting wood or boards?

I used a variety of search terms, but the one set with the best result is "folding clamping work table tool" which appeared to exclude a number of inappropriate responses. There are differing features ...
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Sanding inside pockets, fast

You could use a small-diameter sanding drum on the drill press, similar to that pictured below. (source) You would have to lower/raise the drill press table each time you move to a different pocket, ...
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Is There a Drill Grip for a Typical Dewalt Drill?

As Graphus mentioned in a comment that style of drill doesn't really have an area where a grip would normally attach but I thought I'd see how it went with a grip attached to the torque adjustment ...
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Bandsaw vs Table Saw

I have found the following answer by @Tester at https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/33313/52164 It depends on what you're cutting, why you're cutting it, and what type of cuts you're making. Long ...
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Bandsaw vs Table Saw

As with so many tool selection questions, a good place to start would be to ask yourself what you want to do with it. If you have a specific need in mind, then choose the tool that's better for that. ...
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Making shaped legs with varying diameters

The main piece of equipment you'd need is a lathe. It's a fairly significant investment in time and money. The process of making pieces with this tool is usually called "turning". Your ...
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How to make a wood gear?

All you really need is a template and a way to shape inside corners. Shaping the inside corners can be done with a file, a strip sander, a bandsaw,... To create one you make the template of the gear ...
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