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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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Spirit Level Reading

From one of the resources on the internet, Little Machine Shop, this bit of wisdom: These Starrett Machinist Levels have ground and graduated main vials, and a cross test vial. The 12" level ...
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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 other uses are there for a shop press?

A press is more of a metal forming tool than a woodworking tool. For wood, you will typically use steam bending or a similar technique to make curves in wood. Wood will need to stay in a form for ...
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Can you use Festool dust extraction with non-Festool tools?

Yes this is not a problem however you won't get the anti-static properties. Depending on the tool you might need an adapter to match the tools dust port size.
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Easiest way to make 5000 cuts'?

The important thing is to set up a jig or fixture so you can quickly and easily make repeat cuts. You could rig up a fence/guide and sled for your scroll saw and use a very fine blade, but for such ...
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As an individual woodworker, how do you work with slabs that are too heavy to lift?

To be honest, moving a 500 lb slab of wood by yourself sounds very dangerous. If you're the only one home and you manage to drop it on yourself, you could end up rather dead, and nobody wants that. ...
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What are these wooden posts?

These are known as Gridbeam They are made from reclaimed wood and they also make an aluminium variety. We hand manufacture wood Gridbeam™ from 100% recycled douglas fir in Northern California. ...
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Easiest way to make 5000 cuts'?

I need to make 5000 3mm slices, preferably within a few hours. Best of luck with that! If we assume "a few hours" is three hours that's one cut every 21 seconds with no breaks or pauses. If you ...
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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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Is a HPLV or Airless Paint Sprayer better for projects with a lot of nooks/crannies?

(I'm going to assume that what you're asking about is "HVLP" (High Volume, Low Pressure) vs airless sprayers. "HPLV" would be another way to describe what are normally called "traditional" spray guns....
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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 copy the cut of a curved piece of wood?

Trace the outline of the old piece onto a new piece of wood. First use a Jigsaw (or bandsaw if you have access to one) to get close to the line. Then clamp the two pieces together with the original ...
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What is the name of the second tool

Aha! I found it deep in the recesses of my alleged mind, and on The Google too. It's a rebar wire twisting tool. A length of wire with loops at each end is wrapped around an intersection of rebar. The ...
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Traditional Hand Planes Vs. Electric Hand Planer

Do electric planers typically cause more tearout? Short answer is yes. It's dependent on the wood and the direction you're planing but basically they're little different to floor-mounted planers in ...
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Lathes and cutting machines: sharpness versus hardness

Hardness and sharpness are two distinct attributes that can be applied to these devices and/or materials. The instrument maker is off-base if he considers that sharpness is not important or a factor ...
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As an individual woodworker, how do you work with slabs that are too heavy to lift?

The piece of wood you are talking about is bigger then your work area (14 foot slab in a 13 foot area) Realistically in your current shop space you are not going to be able to work with any wood that ...
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How to make a cork backed steel ruler?

I'm following the book Tools - by Chris Platt where he suggests that it is really important to use a cork-backed steel ruler. I have an 18" cork-backed steel ruler, and also a 6" one. The ...
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How to cut round corners on a 4x4?

I would suggest using a router from both sides, then cleaning up the middle by hand (sawing out the bulk then planing down the rest with a block plane to be even with the routed sides). It sounds like ...
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What other uses are there for a shop press?

If your need is to produce skateboards then I think the press would be a worthwhile investment given the prices you quote, but for just one (or occasional decks built periodically) then clamps can do ...
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Sculpture: Anchor a wire armature to a natural wood branch

You can do this possibly the most obvious way: drilling a hole and simply glueing in the end of the wire. This is not much different in principle to fixing the tang of a knife or chisel into its ...
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Hose converter between Dewalt Saw and Shop Vac

You are looking for a Universal Hose Adapter that can be purchased at most hardware and tool suppliers (big box stores like Home Deport will also carry them). They look like this picture. You would ...
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How to cut round corners on a 4x4?

...I feel like there should be a better way. This has hand processes written all over it to me but actually I think you've arrived at what might be the best method using the tools you have available. ...
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What tools can I use for doing this type of semicircular groove?

Some more context would be helpful. How large is the piece for example? What is it for? How accurate does it need to be? What tools do you have? I would cut the main curve with a coping saw or ...
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Making a 8 Sided Wooden Pyramid

With handtools you typically want to follow a "coarse, medium, fine" workflow. The coarse step will get generally close to the line, medium will refine that to hit the line, and fine will fine-tune ...
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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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Sculpture: Anchor a wire armature to a natural wood branch

My current thought is cutting a channel in the top of the branch from the point where the armature attaches heading toward the anchor, so the wire would poke through the branch, be bent and then run ...
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