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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

Keyed chucks still get a better grip on any bit. I'm willing to use keyless on my portable drill -- though mine will take a key too, and there are times when I use it. I wouldn't trust keyless on a ...
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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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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

As @keshlam pointed out. My drill presses both have keyed chucks and it allows much greater torque to put a stronger clamp on the bit. This is really important for larger bits when you get over 1 1/...
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Help needed to decide between a miter saw or sliding miter saw

Rather than a higher quality miter saw I purchased a low end sliding miter saw years ago and have not regretted the choice. I did try out several sliding miter saws before making my choice, however, ...
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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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Do you need to countersink self-countsink screws

So my question is, do I need to countersink these screws? Since these are going to be used on the floorboards and overlaid with another layer of subfloor sheet, so long as you screw these in enough ...
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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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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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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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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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What features and accessories should I look for in purchasing a used lathe

There are lots of things to look for in a lathe. But you need to figure out your parameters. Size is probably the first and most important consideration. A mini lathe is designed for smaller things,...
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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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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 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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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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Build a grid out of vertical, thin wood bars

Yes, this is a great way to make such a grid, although you want the joints to be as tight as possible vs. cutting the slots slightly wider than the slats. With a looser fit, the grid will be more ...
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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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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

Self-tightening keyless chuck have similar clamping capabilities as keyed chucks, but the price premium on those types of chucks are significant. For example from the Jacobs site linked, the ...
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What is the recommended way to mortise melamine particleboard?

In addition to the particleboard itself, which is indeed quite hard on cutting edges (due to the glues binding the wood particles), the melamine coating is also very hard. I would consider drilling ...
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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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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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What's the name of this tool/bit with a triangular tip?

This looks like a custom punch for nails and screws. To help ensure they don't walk when that are first being inserted. My only trepidation is that punches are normally cone pointed so that the hole ...
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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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Help needed to decide between a miter saw or sliding miter saw

The advantage of the "sliding" saws which are sort of a poor man's version of a radial arm saw are that they will cut slightly wider material. For example, a DW717 will cut a 12" wide board where the ...
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Help needed to decide between a miter saw or sliding miter saw

I bought a 12" Dewalt compound miter years ago. The slider was too much more at the time. I love my saw but I am always regretting not having a slider. It is amazing how often I have boards that ...
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Build a grid out of vertical, thin wood bars

For what it is worth I have also made something like this. I fitted an old flute case with partitions to hold my collectible playing cards. At this time I did not own a table saw so it was not ...
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Pneumatic vs Electric Brad Nail Gun

I wasn't satisfied with the electric nailer I bought, which barely worked on soft pine. A better alternative for me was a gas nailer. Paslode, Hitachi and other gas nailers ignite a small charge of ...
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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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