Matt
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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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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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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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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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Cleaning old hard wood
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Second the safety aspects of bowlturner's answer. Black molds, if that is indeed what you found, are some of the more dangerous ones to peoples health. They condemn buildings on a significant presence....

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What alternatives are there to throwing sawdust in the trash?
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Bio fuel briquettes / fire logs for campfire / woodstove would be a simple suggestion outside of compost. When it comes to compost you cannot use too much and also heed my warning below. The gist of ...

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What's the name of this tool/bit with a triangular tip?
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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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Build a grid out of vertical, thin wood bars
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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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How can I cut a partial groove in the center of a piece of wood without going through the ends?
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Power tool For a simple, efficient power tool approach I would consider a plunge router using a known straight edge as a guide. Using a straight bit you could cut in where you want and exit just the ...

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Covering particle board to prevent splinters and make easy to wipe
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I suppose a professional approach would be to laminate or veneer the particle board (True veneer might not be a good idea if this is a rough use shelf. There are many peel and stick ones. Need to have ...

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How do I use a cross-cut sled safely?
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I wanted to build on the information from ratchet freak's answer Concerning the runners and gauge slots of the table saw Runners in most cases are sized to the tables mitre gauge slots. A ...

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Yellow discoloration on a walnut board
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It is possible that this is evidence of a previous fungal infection. Drying the wood can trigger the colorations. Specific fungi can change woods so specific colours can later appear. I don't see the ...

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Best sander for rustic wood
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Coming from a traditional stand point you might not even need to use any power tools. Depending on how you are able to remove the bark you might just be able to get away with hand sanding. Pictured in ...

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How can I tell if leather is vegetable tanned?
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So you found some scrap of leather from a manufacturer or some clothing (like a belt). The trouble can come from leather, that has been processed using vegetable tannins, but that was previously ...

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How do I cut thick wood with a jigsaw?
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Like with a lot of things you can do this but there are some variables here. Namely we don't know how big your circle is and where it is in reference to the rest of the piece. Cutting Large Stock Your ...

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What is the old-school way of smoothing a curved surface?
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Was also going to suggest mini block planes as well for the outside of you "U". Their size lends to detail and you can easily shape the blades to be soothing blades which prevent the edges from ...

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What steps should I follow to properly paint MDF?
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There should not be much to this. One of the main advantages of MDF is that it is paint ready. There are still some things you need to consider where the drawbacks of MDF come into play. Rob brings ...

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Protecting wood from powder post beetles
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I have not found any reference for the bark comment but depending where it is stored and even if you haven't had problems in the past you cannot assume you are safe from infestation. I personally have ...

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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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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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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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Cut-out from 18mm MDF
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From your description WhatEvil's answer is spot on. Router is a great solution for this project given the materials suggested and desired outcome You don't need a router if that is what you are ...

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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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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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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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Are there any differences between jigsaws, sabre saws, or scroll saws?
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rob does a good job of covering the overall use of the tools. I find these discussions interesting since it is possible to be right but have different answers. All of these types of saws function in ...

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Gerstner tool box drawer action
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Forward: I don't own one of these chests, authentic or otherwise. Chests of this style are certainly a marvel of tolerance for their design. Looking at an image of one (presumably authentic) you can ...

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Fire Protection of Plywood
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To lead from a comment you made on another answer In a hospital I used to work in, the fire doors were made out of wood and were rated at 1.5 or 2 hours of protection as a function of their thickness....

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