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How do I make a drill hole the same depth every time?
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The simplest means is to place a tab of masking tape on the drill bit at the desired depth. When the spinning tab lowers to the surface of the wood and sweeps away the wood chips, stop.

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How do experts make dovetails by hand that fit so well?
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When I first started woodworking I went out and got a router jig too. It seemed a lot easier than hand tools (of which I lacked good quality ones). Like you I was never really satisfied with machined ...

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Is it safe to use just the chippers in a dado stack?
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I have never tested it, but I would think that a chipper, with only two teeth, might be quite risky. In a standard blade the teeth are secured in their path by the blade disc which serves to guide ...

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2x4's are not really 2x4. How does this affect the integrity of a structure?
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The strength of wood is established for various species based upon the actual cross section area of material. Industry standards set over 50 years ago established the actual dimensions of a nominal ...

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Applying clamping pressure on opposing sides of a circle
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I have used ratcheting band clamps on curved shapes with very good results. ( I could not find an image using the clamp on a circular form, but the principle is the same.) Rather than applying ...

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How can I scribe a slab into a nook with three walls?
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I think I wrote an answer some time ago that addresses this, but I cannot find the link... The simplest way I know to get the correct geometry is to do what cabinet shops do to make and install ...

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Bad technique vs inadequate equipment for beginner woodworker
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Although I have not seen your tablesaw, I have used other portable contractor saws and they tend to have several problems. First the fence is not substantial and may have some give when the wood ...

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Can I use a band saw to make a cutting board?
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A Bandsaw will certainly cut the wood, but the edges will require additional work since the cut will have more surface striations and the overall surface would be less flat where the table saw cut ...

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Laminating 2x4s - brush on the glue?
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I have several suggestions for gluing this type of slab. The glue does not spread itself. Always distribute it evenly before making contact between pieces. You can do this using a brush or a roller....

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Is a quality miter gauge precise enough for cutting picture frames?
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I cut miters under the assumption that getting to 45 degrees perfectly is difficult. My solution is to use a miter sled to make the cuts. The sled is uses a 90 degree angle set as close to 45 degrees ...

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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?
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Woodworking encompasses a lot of different project types to practitioners. By far and away, I believe the most important and versatile tool in any woodshop is a table saw. Cutting your panels in the ...

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Advice on repairing a broken bed
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It appears you are on the right track. It should be possible to repair the piece by gluing it. You will need 3 or 4 clamps to keep the loose piece in full contact with the board shown in the photo. ...

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How big or powerful does a bandsaw have to be to resaw?
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The limit in size you can resaw width and height-wise is established by what size wood can fit through the exposed blade area of the bandsaw, so measure the distance between the blade and the support ...

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What is the benefit to gluing boards together instead of buying a thicker board?
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Wood has a tendency to warp. Depending upon the orientation of the grain in individual boards it can do so in a variety of ways (see an answer to this question for a picture of some of the ways. The ...

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How can I preserve wooden sculptures indoors?
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Wow, that is a wonderful piece of art! I assume that this will be displayed inside in which case the 'elements' will consist of temperature, dust, handling, and light. Temperature-wise the piece ...

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Can barn wood planks be planed and how thin?
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As wood ages it will dry out and become more rigid. Most portable thicknessers can get the wood down to approx. 1/4". Any thinner and the wood is at risk of tear out which will destroy the plank as ...

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Choosing a saw for oak worktop, considering future usefulness
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What is the proper saw is really a wide open question and depends a lot upon the level of quality in the cut piece desired, your future woodworking plans and your budget. In order of accuracy for ...

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Bullnose router bit, 1/4" shank, 1/4" radius, bearing guide DOESN'T EXIST?
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There is no reason I know of. In fact I have one in my shop. Check out here for one source. Their image does not show the guide bearing. My bit has a screw hole to accept standard bearings and you ...

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The wooden frame is wet and it's raining. Should I mount the roof now?
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There is no real harm in proceeding with the deck. The wood is a bit wet, but will dry out from air movement in short order with no real risk of mold or other damage occurring. This type of structure ...

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Mortise and tenon joint proportions for 3 wooden beams corner
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I would try to keep the geometry of the tenons as simple as possible. The important thing is to maximize the contact surface between the side grain surfaces in the glued joint. Since your making a ...

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How can I create a planked wood table top with a plywood core?
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There are several issues to address in fabricating such a table top. First, as you pointed out is wood movement. The plywood base will not have any appreciable movement in either direction while the ...

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Can I cut homemade plywood on a bandsaw?
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A band saw is fine. I would recommend that you avoid low tooth counts such as 3 tpi (teeth per inch) and opt for a smaller/denser tooth blade. Don't get to aggressive, instead feed it through ...

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A good way to store wood "outside"?
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Keep your outside wood elevated, level and well supported. Place horizontal supports a maximum of 4' apart with at least 4" above the floor or ground. Allow for plenty of airflow placing 1/2" ...

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Suggestions on improving an elevated-bed project?
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This design is NOT ready for prime time! Wedging the main column from the floor to ceiling is not adequate. Every structure has movement and changes size a bit as the seasons change. What is a ...

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Is it appropriate for an 8 year-old to act as a 'helper,' ripping sheets on a table saw?
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Other answers for this question all make excellent points, but I see one overriding issue here and that is that the setup shown for cutting large panels is inadequate. If cutting a panel requires two ...

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Cross Cutting Large Boards (4x8) Stock?
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If you are cutting large 4x8 panels you are not really cross cutting in either direction. You do not want to use the miter gauge. The problem is having adequate support to properly feed the panel ...

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How can I design a large speaker cabinet to come together square and true when my panels aren't flat and my boards aren't straight?
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In my view this is a question of "Do I control my materials or do they control me". Your concern that your warped pieces may not meet well is valid. Every project should begin with a plan for what you ...

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Is it drastically more work to sand down barn wood instead of planing?
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A simple test on one plank will tell you that sanding is not practical for reducing the thickness by 3/8". Even planing them in a thickness planer will take 5-10 passes and sanding, even with course ...

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How long does it take to sharpen a saw blade?
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For a saw that has not been abused (ie missing teeth or other non standard use problems) you will only need to run the file across the teeth several times per tooth to restore the edge and points. ...

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Attach fastener into glue joint of two face-glued boards
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If the two boards are fully glued, they will act as a single unit and will not affect the strength of the screw connection, so go ahead. On the other hand, a glued (mortise & tenon) connection ...

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