Matt
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Is an oscillating multi-tool a good option for detailed sanding?
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Not to suggest that an oscillating multi tool is not good for this type of sanding but small spaces and sanding in corners can mean different things. Just to have another suggestion for these types of ...

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What is the best way to remove nails from pallets?
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If there is one thing I'm proficient at its pallet teardown. You have lots of options. It does all depend on the style of pallet you are working with and it some cases its wood composition (hard, soft,...

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How to cut an opening and door out of 3/4" Plywood
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If the tools in the wonderful answer from Graphus are not available to you two saws would do this for you just as well. regular hand saw keyhole or compass saw (source: globalsources.com) First ...

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Good way to sand wide curved faces
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If your curves are not perfect circles, which they don't seem to be from your use of the word wide, then I would suggest a sanding star. These would conform to the existing shape better if that is ...

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What hand tools to use for rounding edges and creating pockets?
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Rounded Edges Oodles of tools and techniques at your disposal. I would be surprised if you didn't own one of these tools already. Tools Chisels Gouges Planes Rasp Spoke shaves Moulding planes You ...

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How can I turn a couple of logs into stubby legs for a outdoor tree round table?
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The weight of that top would certainly be a necessity for caution. Logs connected in a triangle If you were going to just use the logs more or less as is you could carve out large recesses for the ...

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How do I clamp box joints?
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I wanted to elaborate a little bit on what grfrazee touched on with his answer. Gluing cauls or "Matching Finger" cauls could be a great idea. Indeed, as you have read, some instructions/teachers will ...

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Cutting a wooden box into 2 pieces, with special shape
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Warning I don't think it necessary but there are several links in this answer that are directly related to the horror movie Hellraiser. If you have issues with that type of content don't click on the ...

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How to cut the centre out of a large round of wood
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You tagged powertools but, much like you, I don't own the the types of tools that would do this. While you might have a hard time getting a uniform curve I would suggest you use a bow saw. You ...

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What alternatives are there for pocket screws?
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From what I can see of the pocket screws and their intended purpose you can find similar properties in screws that have pan or truss like heads. Basically a wide head with a flat bottom. You can also ...

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Drilling a hole parallel to the face in a tight area, right angle drilling?
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In the same vein as bowlturner's answer you could also use a off set drill adapter. Most of them are rather large for the work you are trying to do there are definitely some smaller ones out there. (...

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Tiny core bits for broken screws
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Sounds to me like you are describing a use for screw extractors (source: asklaptopfreak.com) Your drill needs to have the torque in order to get them in what's left of the head or shaft. They are ...

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What is the difference between a chisel bit and regular chain saw blade?
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The comparison of chisel bit chain and regular chain should be Chisel-Bit vs. Scratcher-Bit. Other synonyms might exist. Chisel-Bit Near all modern saw chains are a type of chisel bit. The general ...

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What do I need to know when looking at pallets for wood?
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These can usually be easy to come by. Plenty of businesses view them as scrap and are glad for you taking them away. Pallets are a favorite among up-cyclers as a (usually) free source of material and ...

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How to plane boards to the same thickness
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I work with a lot of pallet wood and frequently many of the boards will be different thickness. I could pass all boards through, lower the height, pass them all through again, lower again, and so ...

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What is the difference between hardwood and softwood?
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Hardwood is usually from a deciduous tree and softwood is usually from a coniferous one. Hardwoods typically have a higher density (hence hardwood). Seriously? For the most part that is the general ...

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Ripping vs Resawing - is there a reason for the difference?
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I could see these concepts getting confusing because there is some correlation between the two. As discussed in this answer ripping or a rip cut is: With the rip cut, you cut along the grain So ...

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What can I put on a wooden dowel to have a good grip?
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Rubber tubing Ever replaced a bicycle inner tube and wonder what to do with it? Or other tire tubes or a snow tube that broke? I should think that scraps of tubing would create enough friction to stop ...

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Waterproof sign frame
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In general you want to make sure that rain and snow have no point of ingress. You always see pictures, adverts and what not tacked onto electric poles or light posts. The usually are just tapped and ...

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Leaving counterbore holes unfinished on exterior projects
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On top of other concerns given in comments and answers like inevitable rot I would be concerned about your winter climate. I would be more worried about something like ice forming in those area and ...

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How to avoid damaging the ends of mortise holes when chiseling?
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Borrowing from my own answer about this very topic: Auger Bits Whether you are going for traditional techniques or powered/hand hybrid auger bits would be a tool of choice for this. Using auger bits ...

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How do I drill a hole exactly in the center of a circle?
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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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How can I hollow a cherry log to use as a newel post?
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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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Polyurethane Book Case is Rough, Sand in Place?
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We did one, maybe two coats of polyurethane. Depending on how thick your coats are that might not be a lot of finish. Sanding might be an issue as you could easily sand down to wood after only one or ...

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What do I need to do to prepare wood for gluing?
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The best glue joins, with wood, will have mated face grain surfaces i.e. no gaps between the wood where the glue is going. Generally smooth (sanded or scraped) wood surfaces are encouraged. Once the ...

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Can I use a band saw to make a cutting board?
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A bandsaw would be more that adequate for this job. In fact it would almost be required it you intended to make a cutting board that was shaped different than a standard rectangle. However it likely ...

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UFP treated woods for raised garden bed
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I wanted to start by quoting an MSDS from a supplier of UFP treated wood Ecotoxicity: The product is not expected to leach harmful amounts of preservative into the environment; however, some ...

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Kind of wood with deep brown streaks?
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The image you have came from the Field Museum obviously. In trying to look for plans or a source as to what the floor was made of I found a "case study" from the manufacturer that talks about the wood ...

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What is the difference between a black oxide bit and a titanium bit?
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Black Oxide Bits coated with black oxide should be cheaper than titanium ones. They have decent heat resistance. Most sites that talk about the breakdown between the types rate these for better water,...

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How can I sharpen a reciprocating saw blade?
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I have some that go dull and I want to know if I can't simply sharpen them instead of them going to waste. Like all blades they will go dull after repeated use and become less efficient. A grinding ...

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