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What is the difference between a rip-cut and a cross-cut?
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Pascal Belloncle has already given a good explanation of why there are two different kinds of blades, but what is the practical aspect of it? An image speaks more than a thousand words: All cuts are ...

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When using a hand saw, how do I cut a straight line?
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One obvious solution is not letting the saw do anything that you don't want it to do by using a guide. In the easiest case, the fingers of your left hand are the guide, much like a professional chef ...

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How can I join two boards at the ends?
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Dowels and biscuits are length-preserving, cheap and common ways of generating some long-grain glueing surface. They're not quite as strong as other solutions, but usually entirely sufficient. For ...

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What are the advantages of countersinking screws?
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Counter-sinking prevents murder. (that is, wood grain murder) Driving a screw into a hole that isn't counter-sunk will have a very small point of contact, which exerts brutal sheer forces and tears ...

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How can I determine the load capacity of a simple bench?
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The 4x4 posts used for the legs support virtually "infinite" weight longitudinally. Now, of course, given a naive design, each leg would only transmit force onto one 4x2 beam (which are then maybe ...

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Can I use a 6mm shank in a 1/4 inch collet?
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In short: No, no, no. You can technically do this, unluckily, but it is highly inadvisable. It is a pity that it just looks like one could do it (1/2'' is not far off compared to 12mm, and 1/4'' is ...

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Is it better to let the tool run or stop in-between cuts?
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Generally, that is the right thing to do. Obviously you wouldn't let a power tool run all day when you don't need it, or even walk away and let it run unattended. But keeping it running in between ...

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Joining wood at an angle
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Using a plow plane, you can quickly and easily make a groove and tongue joint like this: If you want more stability, you can make that a dovetail, either starting from the groove and tongue or using ...

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How do experts make dovetails by hand that fit so well?
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I'd say that 1/16'' tolerance, or 1.5mm respectively, is actually pretty bad. You should rather aim for 0.1mm tolerance, not 1.5mm. The final piece should have no visible gaps. How to do that? First ...

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Are active charcoal air filters effective against finishing fumes?
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"All" (like "always" or "never") is generally a bad wording, since unless the question is "Do all people have to die?", the answer must obviously be "no". There are very few absolutes in nature. But ...

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How do you use a 300 & 600 grit diamond jointer / planer blade sharpener / knife hone holder?
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Stop! Please don't use that stuff on your tools, it's far too coarse. 300 and 600 grit is most certainly not suitable for sharpening a planer blade or such. 300 grit is very aggressive, it takes away ...

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Can I run a router bit over its max RPM?
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In short: No. Compared to 16,000 RPM, 20,000 RPM is 25% over the specified maximum. Manufacturers -- even cheapish ones -- always calculate in a bit of tolerance, but 25% over limit is a lot. I ...

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When should I use a spiral router bit?
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You should use spiral blade bits whenever you can, that is: You do not need a diameter that is too large (spiral router bits cannot have a diameter larger than the shaft, so you're limited to 12mm or ...

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How and when should I sharpen my router bits?
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Sharpening bits after every use sounds like a really bad advice. Not only is the router bit getting smaller every time (no joke!), so eventually you will notice that this 6mm plywood that you're ...

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What is "White Wood"?
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That's a deliberate misuse of the poor tulip tree's name. White wood is Liriodendron tulipifera, a rather valuable hardwood (which funnily is not white at all). Insofar, calling the inexepensive ...

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Why is my countersink bit making hexagonal holes?
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That's almost certainly due to the bit chattering. You write that you already tried various speeds, but that's really the solution. Do not run too fast (try half the speed). Apply firm, controlled (...

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What's the best joint when exposing to weather (specifically for a beehive box)
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The sliding dovetail joint like the one in your picture will work fine, but in the corner a half sliding dovetail (like this) would be more stable since the outer feather will be thicker overall and ...

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Why don't most modern drill presses use some form of VFD instead of manual belt-changes to adjust speed?
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The reason is that while VFD is modern and sounds cool, it is a really poor substitute (which is true for a lot of modern electronic gizmos). Like all machines, an electro motor has an ideal range of ...

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Is a plunge router suitable for router table work?
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Plunge router in router table? It is definitively possible (and safe). You should make sure your router has enough power, though. A router of the "1000W class" is not very suitable, although it is ...

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Can you use painted wood in a planer without damaging the tool?
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I've found that pickling agents and scraper are a really ugly matter (and probably unhealthy even though nowadays it says "bio" on the label) and success is, well, mildly impressive. It's more ...

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Is wood glue enough to hold a pine serving tray together?
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In short: Yes. But... While glue alone is a perfectly good joint if done properly (you will most likely rather totally anihilate the pine wood than break the glue!) working with "just glue" can be a ...

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Can I sharpen a carbide tool with sandpaper?
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In general: No. (Unless you buy Silicon Carbide (SiC) sandpaper) Every "ordinary" sandpaper is made using either Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) or (more expensive) Aluminum Oxide (Al2O3). The Mohs ...

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How should I cut a sheet of plywood for easy re-joining?
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Unless I made a mistake converting dimensions, this is a mere 45*182cm, and 19mm strong. Which will, as LarryBud said, fit in ANY car, yours included. As for leather seats, simply putting a bedspread ...

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Make a bunk bed
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I am personally not a bit fan of spruce (or pine, or anything the like) for anything but a tool shack in my garden, or similar. But sure enough, spruce is quite resilient. You can most certainly ...

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Noise ratings of equipment
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There are a couple of misconceptions in your question. First of all, sone does not translate to dB. Not in any way. Sone is a psychoacustic figure that tries to model the amount of discomfort caused ...

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How can I store hand tools so they won't rust?
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Camelia oil. It is very affordable (around 15€ per liter), it doesn't stain, nor gum (nor smell, nor taste). It's not aggressive to the skin or otherwise hazardous to your health (in fact you could ...

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What top surface approach is best for a router plate in a custom cabinet?
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UHMW polyethylene sheets. It's the next best thing in providing a durable, smooth surface right after PTFE, but costs only about 1/4 as much. You can usually get it in white (natural color), green, ...

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How to determine if a router bit is safe to use?
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A router bit should have some information laser-engraved in its shank. Among these at the very least the shank diameter, maximum speed, and MAN (or not). Some manufacturers (Trend, notably) have them ...

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Is (pure raw cold-pressed) tung oil food-safe (for cooking utensils)?
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Much unlike linseed oil, tung oil is poisonous, containing terpene esters. That does however not necessarily mean that it isn't safe to use anyway. I would surely not drink it, and you should avoid ...

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Is a long router bit safe?
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The longer, the less safe, obviously (not just because of breakage, but also because of handling, the involved forces, and simply because there's a much longer blade protruding). But if you respect ...

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