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Biesemeyer style fence moves when locking it down
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I have a Grizzly tablesaw with the same fence type. I find that when I adjust the fence it is not necessarily square when I move it to the desired dimension. I have to tighten the fence in place to ...

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How to clean sharpening stone in wood case?
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...after a few hours more oil oozes to the surface... Oil oozes from the surface because it has soaked into the porous stone. It may continue to do so for some time considering that it is an old ...

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Arm for heavy TV
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There are several challenges with your design. Since you do not give dimensions for the frame, I will assume it is fairly large. The greater the width the more rotational force will be applied ...

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Crosscutting a tabletop after glue up on a table saw
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Table saws are often used to cut full sheets of plywood, so your table top can certainly be cut with great accuracy provided you have adequate support for the panel at infeed, outfeed, and side. The ...

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Shelves inside cupboard, how to attach to legs?
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As an alternative, instead of legs why not use solid plywood vertical panels at the two sides that extend from the back to at least the depth of the left side recess. You could then apply the stone ...

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Invisible join between two 200x200 beams on a support
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There are a number of problems with your proposed design. Before you refine your design to conceal fasteners you should consider the structural needs that must be addressed. The beam across the front ...

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How many dowels is enough to support this joint?
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Assuming a heavy load of books, the connection is can easily be uspported using two 3/8" x 2" wooden dowels. The 2" length insures that the dowels are firmly held in the framing members on each side. ...

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What are the best ways to glue thin edges?
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I agree with your concern that frame might not give an art deco appearance. The thinnest panel I would recommend without a frame is 3/4" thick for widths up to about 30". It is important that you ...

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PVC duct for dust collection: Glue the pipe and fittings together, or will tape suffice?
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I've had a similar 4" PVC duct system with approx 50' of pipe, a large debris cyclone can, and three gated openings running for years without any glue. The system is run by a 1.5 HP industrial two ...

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Copycat furniture legs
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Currently stuck on how to attach the wood pieces to achieve the X look without having super visible joints and without compromising the stability/support it needs. The metal legs appear to be ...

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Are there any non obvious (specifically structural) concerns to building a walk-in wardrobe
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I would recommend constructing the center and right pieces as freestanding cabinets. that are built in your shop space and moved to position completed. That way they will have internal structural ...

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Canopy bed frame design supporting a suspended adult?
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What you have described is a swingset with a mattress connected below.To design this hybrid fabrication you must first consider each function separately. For the swing, consider the designs for ...

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Two piece workbench top
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Your bench design is related to a style called "Roubo" named after a French woodworker who originated the design style. Many workbenches, including mine are based upon the Roubo split top. This ...

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How do I use a handplane to smooth a cutting board?
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Odds are your that your plane is not sharp enough and is not correctly set yet for your project. A quick test is to attempt shaving a few hairs off of your arm with the iron. If the blade tugs ...

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Is it hopeless to glue together two parts of oiled butcher block countertop?
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First, if you plan on gluing the end grain edges together, the joint will not be reliable itself. You could cut and insert a spline into both pieces or use biscuits, as is often done in laminated ...

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Best way to attach metal legs to corner desk? Do I need extra support?
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There are two sets of concerns you must address in designing the base for your desk. First, it is my understanding that you have three leg locations for the top, one each at the ends of the "L" and ...

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How can I dye my hardwood inside deeply so I can laminate something like this?
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Wood dyes can be very expensive or very reasonable. Check out suppliers such Transfast wood dyes which come in a powdered form and can be tinted darker by adding more dye to the liquid base. You can ...

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My new 13" planer
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Sharpening the Blade I have a similar table top planer (Delta). The blades are reversible so I use them for a year or until I otherwise notice significant degradation in the surface smoothness. ...

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How much weight can this stand hold?
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I would not recommend using this table for a fish tank. There are too many potential sources for failure. If the tank rests upon the 3/4" top instead of extending to the width and length of the ...

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For a kid's balance beam, which way should the grain face?
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You want the grain/growth lines to be oriented vertically to maximize strength. Most 4x4 posts will have curved annual growth lines. Choose the orientation that is most vertical. As a caution, note ...

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How can I strengthen my 3/4" Plywood Bunk Bed Plan?
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The easiest way to prevent racking would be to replace the slats at the head and foot of the mattress supports with a solid piece of plywood approx 1' wide that is solidly connected to the three sides ...

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Recovering from a rusted table saw top -- and protecting it in future
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Hopefully the rust has not been developing for too long before discovery. A while ago I discovered some rust on my table top due to a cup of water carelessly left on the the top and knocked over by ...

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Weight bearing for a loftbed and wood only joints
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Rob's concerns are important. When you calculate the load that the main beams will carry you must ignore the depth of the notches and calculate the sag/load based only on the depth of the continuous ...

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Load Bearing Weight Capacity of a 3/4" x 3/4" Wood Molding?
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While your concept can certainly work, there are several considerations that will help it perform well. Wood species. A softwood is not nearly as strong and will be more prone to splitting ...

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Using newly cut wood with dry wood
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In short, don't do it. Drying wood is subject to a lot of shrinkage and at different rates depending upon whether you measure across the grain rings (radial) or with them (tangential). (There is very ...

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How can I stop wobbling after installing a table saw blade
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This sounds like a problem with the fabrication or assembly of the saw so there may not be a correct answer. I am concerned that the saw may not be safe so I am answering this with a few ...

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Do pocket hole screws allow for proper expansion and contraction in planked table tops?
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In order to determine how and where to fasten wood parts together remember that wood expands and contracts differently in length (tree vertical), radially (from center to outside) and tangentially (...

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Which kind of hinges for a foldable box?
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What you need is a double acting hinge. Different manufacturer's make variations but essentially they have two sets of pivots so that the door leaf can swing in either direction. I have seen spring ...

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How might I make a template to fit the top of my desk?
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A variation on the answers above is to make a template like cabinet makers do for counter tops. They will use either strips of 1/4 sheathing/plywood, place them at the perimiter and glue the parts ...

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Building a large dining table and wondering if my design is strong/structurally sound enough
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I ran a span calculation for a 2x4 oak board at http://www.awc.org/codes-standards/calculators-software/spancalc using a 35psf live and dead load, the minimum setting available and got a result of 6 ...

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