Matt
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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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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 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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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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Why do the plans for this bench require a side panel oriented on an angle from a larger piece of wood?
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Without seeing the rest of the design it would hard to explain why the angled rails need to be present. The mortises that would partner with this board are not directly opposite of each other for ...

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Beach chair reclining arm mechanism
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I have come to the conclusion that the hardware you are looking for is not proprietary but not easily accessible to the general public as of yet. Even if it is it is definitely not widely marketed as ...

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Sanding inside pockets, fast
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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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How can I flute my own dowel or create dowel with similar properties
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If they are actually compressed maybe I just need to compress them with something Up until I read that answer I had never considered them to be compressed. I had always assumed cut. If that is the ...

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How can I get this effect and what is it called?
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A cursory search comes up with T-Moulding. Knowing that I can then find pseudo chrome T-moulding for arcade cabinets. Not advocating any particular product but showcasing an example. The one pictured ...

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Mortise and tenon joint proportions for 3 wooden beams corner
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Given what you are designed you might be over thinking this. Each of those tenon designs would suffice. The last two would end you with a nice outward appearance. If aesthetics is important to you ...

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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle
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Drill first and pare with a chisel would be the easiest way to remove the most material faster and you would clean up the inside edge with a paring chisel. Using auger bits that are the exact width ...

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Finger Joints on a 2x10
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I would be wary of this approach myself. Joinery works best when you have a near perfect fit with no gaps. In my experience My jigsaw is terrible at cutting vertically through a simple 2x4's. I ...

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Is vertical storage of sheet goods causing my boards to warp?
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MDF is heavy and we all know that. Like keshlam says if it is not supported across its vertical span then it will pull itself down slowly warping it. Gravity is a [w]itch. Now if you cannot store it ...

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How does this leg vise parallel chain guide work?
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I am having a hard time to try and explain this but the jist of it is that the whole chop and parallel bar move together simultaneously. The chain ensures that both move at a steady rate. When ...

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How do I use this hollowing tool?
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I am generally good at research but I have no hands on experience with turning. I am honored at even the attempt to try and help you with your plight. I contacted the tool's manufacturer Robert Sorby ...

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Is working with MDF going to kill me?
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Is working MDF bad for your health? Yes but only if you are ignorant of your tools and materials. It certainly can be. However the answer of "Yes" is misleading as the concerns surrounding ...

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Milling wide lumber to square
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Bring in some other tools This would seem blasphemy to do to wood of this age but you could consider cutting the boards down their length and laminating them once you make them square. If you are ...

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Are there techniques to sand small parts on a benchtop belt sander?
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1 inch cubed is big enough that you could get smaller clamps on pretty easily (You can never have enough clamps). Not a spring clamp but something like a c-clamp where you could control the clamping ...

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Are there alternatives to buying flocking fibers?
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Ast Pace took part of the sentiment here. Flocking fibres are not that expensive. Also a stat/faq for a particular supplier: How Much Flocking Do I Need? 1 ounce of flocking fiber will cover about 3 ...

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What causes a table saw sled to be uneven on either side of the cut line?
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[T]hese sleds didn't have a cross piece on the opposing side, I suppose to accommodate material deeper than the sled - maybe it's as simple as that. If that board is missing then it would be a large ...

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Using a coping saw with 1/4" wood sheets
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Normally don't like referencing wikipedia but I liked the opening sentence from the post about the Coping Saw (emphasis mine) A coping saw is a type of hand saw used to cut intricate external ...

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