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What is a burl?
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A burl is an outgrowth on a tree: source wikipedia They are cause by infestations or injuries. Inside the burl the grain is twisted and interlocked, this makes it interesting for carvings and for ...

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My band saw blade consistently slips off. What are some common causes of this?
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Your saw may be poorly adjusted. A properly tuned band-saw has the wheel axles exactly parallel and the wheels in the same plane. The axles can be adjusted using the tilt screw on the upper wheel. ...

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How do I remove pencil and lumber crayon marks non-abrasively?
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Don't make marks where they will show up on the finished piece in the first place. Prefer marking in places so the mark will be on the inside or use masking tape to hold the identifying marks.

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How can I make my own dowels?
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LeeG's method of using a router table is good though you can add finger boards. After getting the blanks nearly round with the router you can jig up a chisel in a block of wood so it ends up looking ...

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How does one make a perfect circle on a table saw?
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Take a sled and add a pivot as far away from the blade as you want your radius. (riving knife and guards can remain in place) As preparation rough cut your piece on the band-saw. source Then put ...

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Is it safe to resaw on a table saw?
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The danger when resawing on the table-saw lies in kickback due to the internal stresses which may cause the log to pinch the blade. This is less of a risk on a band-saw because if it does pinch then ...

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What can I coat a wooden drawer slide with to reduce drag?
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candle wax as mentioned in the other answer. Otherwise glue some hardwood strips on the surface. Hardwood doesn't wear as fast as softer woods and be able to provide a smoother surface. There are ...

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How do I use a cross-cut sled safely?
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You can add a guard to the front so you can still use the full (planned) depth of the blade all the way through the cut without the sharp bits peeking through. Then add a backstop so you can't push ...

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Can I make a dado blade set out of multiple regular blades?
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Instead of making a dado blade you can instead use a sled and then move the workpiece side to side on that to enlarge the dado. Make the outer cuts first and then you have a reference for where the ...

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How do you reliably set all your jointer knives to the same, correct height?
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This article has a nice tutorial about how to set the jointer knives. It covers 2 styles of heads. First is the style with jackscrews (labeled A in the image): With those you can adjust each screw ...

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What is the best way to install full extension drawer slides in a cabinet?
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If you can't buy the jig; make it! Take a scrap of wood cut it to length and add a hook, then rip it in half. This means that you can clamp it on the drawer to serve as a spacer for one end of the ...

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How do I seal plywood joints effectively for outdoor use?
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You will want to install siding, essentially add a layer of material that repels the water away from the plywood. You can start by wrapping it in plastic housewrap and then nail wooden shingles to ...

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How to clamp where clamps cannot reach?
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The long board clamped across the piece is a valid plan. But to get the downward force where you need it you'll need to put something between the board and the clamp area. A simple candidate is a ...

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Should I use one large spline or multiple smaller ones for a miter joint?
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Joints increase in strength with the cross-grain surface area. This is the sides of the spline. That means more splines is better. However, too much of a good thing is bad. At some point the cuts ...

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Best method for drilling thousands of holes?
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The most basic step is making a jig. Clamp the jig to your drill press table and you can just put in the blank press it up against the stops and drill down and put the piece on the result pile. You ...

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Upgrading a cheap bandsaw table?
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That table looks like stamped sheetmetal with very little supporting structure underneath. Take a look underneath the table, see if it's possible to fill the empty space with wood to reinforce the ...

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What are the advantages of end-grain cutting boards?
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One of the disadvantages is that end-grain absorbs moisture very well. This means that meat juice will seep in and not come out. Which makes it important to never use your meat board for vegetables. (...

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Do auger bits have advantages?
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The problems with forstner bits is that they only have a portion of the bit (half an inch or so) that is as wide as the hole you are cutting. Whereas with an auger the entire length of the auger is as ...

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Is there a 'best' way to sharpen an edged tool like a chisel?
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The most important part of sharpening a tool is knowing where to remove the material from to restore the edge. On wipedia's grind page there is a description of the most common ways to put an edge to ...

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What is the best way to remove nails from pallets?
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Clawfoot hammer works just fine. Failing that a pair of pincers, pinch the nail as close to the wood as possible and then move front and back around the contact surface of the claws. The big problem ...

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Woodshop and fiber insulation
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I don't believe anyone actually tested how sawdust contamination affects flammability of glass-wool or cellulose insulation. Just installing a vapor barrier on the bottom will help prevent dust ...

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How to remove dust after sanding before applying paint/oil/glue?
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Instead of sucking it up you can blow it away using compressed air (or just your lungs). A moist (not wet) cloth will minimize the water you apply to the wood. A micro-fibre cloth is dry but will ...

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Is glue the best permanent join?
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In the tests performed by Matthias Wandel. He found that most glues performed equally as well. And when joints failed it was with wood coming out. However the strongest part of wood is along the ...

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Recycling "pre-loved" lumber -- techniques?
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Whether a peice of wood is worth it depends on how you are going to use it. If you want it for inlays then you don't need much viable wood. You just need enough to cut of the piece you want with a ...

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What can I do to eliminate drift when cutting with my bandsaw?
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Lighten the feed pressure aka don't push so hard on the wood. Drift is cause because the blade buckles under the load. You can see that by stretching a ribbon between 2 points and applying a ...

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Table saw technique, cross-cut dados on multiple boards
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There are 2 points of accuracy you'll want: keep the piece moving at the same orientation and get the correct distance from the reference edge to the blade. The second is easy, just set the fence tot ...

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Can corner joints on a planter box that are warped and coming apart be fixed?
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Easiest would be splicing in a little triangle reinforcement. As described in this article. You will need to clamp the corner closed when you make the cut in them and glue it up again. Here is the ...

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How do i create a really long box joint?
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A simpler option may be to fake it. Instead of an actual box joint you could make a fake looking one by making the cuts in one board and then filling the voids with wood in the other grain direction. ...

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How to remove a blade safely from a bandsaw?
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grab a set of gloves and eye protection and put them on. unplug the bandsaw open the enclosure and remove the blade insert in the table. Make sure the slot in the table is clear and ready for the ...

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How can I store my bandsaw blades?
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They can be hung in an out of the way corner. Ideally on a piece of wood with a curved channel the blade rests in so the it doesn't kink.

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