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What is special about wood glue?
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I assume you're talking about PVA glue. I think it just has a lot of desirable properties. Off the top of my head: Water-based and non-toxic (unless you eat it) - no nasty fumes or health risks. This ...

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When should I use a spiral router bit?
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The main advantage of using straight bits seems to be that they are cheaper, and easier to re-sharpen. They are perfectly fine for a number of uses though, especially where finish isn't particularly ...

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What might be stronger than a miter but still look like a miter joint?
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There are many hidden reinforcements you could use - biscuits, dowels, or more complex hidden joints such as these: Mitred corner dovetail joint Mitred blind dovetail joint ... but I wouldn't ...

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What is a wedged through tenon and how is it used?
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This is where you mortise right through the timber, and hammer wedges into the joint from the other side, in order to mechanically wedge the tenon into the joint. You still use glue as you normally ...

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What's the purpose of raising the grain before finishing a furniture piece?
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Good answers, but nobody seems to have mentioned yet that some timber types are very prone to grain raising, and some really are not. I have never "raised the grain" by dampening as a ...

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What's a bench hook?
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This is a bench hook! A very simple and handy device, it gives you a nice solid fence which you can push a piece of wood (or metal, or whatever) against, holding it steady and allowing you to saw it ...

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Recommendation for manual planing and sanding
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This is likely to be related to the direction of the grain: So you should pick the direction of planing depending on which way the grain slopes. Unfortunately however, some timbers (particularly ...

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What wood is best for engraving?
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I've had a bit of a search and a few different places seem to suggest that Boxwood is the best wood for engraving, however I'm sure that there are a number of viable choices, and certainly for ...

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Arbor nut keeps working itself loose on my table saw. What am I doing wong?
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I would say that there should be no good reasons for this to happen. All that should be required is that you tighten the nut correctly, and then as others have said, the spin direction of the spindle ...

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Why do I need to use mutliple narrower pieces of wood when I can just use one wide piece?
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You can just use one 12 inch board. As long as the timber is seasoned properly, and at a suitable moisture level when you use it, it'll likely be fine. That said, there are some benefits to using ...

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Does it matter what kind of diamond stone I get?
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It seems the other answers so far have all been hobbyists who use their diamond stones occasionally, which is fine (though I may be wrong!), but I can speak from the perspective of using these stones ...

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Why do I need to push the plank into the thicknesser?
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This isn't unusual - even for reasonably high-end industrial thicknessers costing $5k upwards. I've used a few different makes/models and this has always been an issue with wider boards. The feed ...

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What might be stronger than a miter but still look like a miter joint?
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I've thought about this some more and have come up with an alternative solution. If I had to make this bench and be sure that the joints won't break over time, I'd want to look at some real ...

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Is this a specific kind of hand drill?
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This is a push drill as @keshlam said. They're particularly useful for drilling small diameter holes quickly, easily and accurately. It can be a bit tricky to drill a small hole steadily while you're ...

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Where should the trademark be placed on a baseball bat?
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I've just done a bit of research (OK... I did a google image search, but the results seem to be consistent) and it seems like the logo is always burned into / painted onto the same part of the bat, in ...

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Hollowing out a piece of timber
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The only time I can think of where you would actually need to hollow out a piece of wood, would be when you're making a spindle for a floor lamp. These need to have a hollow core for cabling to run ...

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Tool recommendation to prick bamboo nodes
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The people over at Bamboocraft.net seem to say that the best way is to get a piece of metal rod (rebar will do) and simply bash through. If it's hard to do, you can also heat the rod up in a fire and ...

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Why do I go through so many philips bits?
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The above answers are correct in that there are better screw head types to use. Pozidriv seems really common here in the UK and they do seem to be significantly less prone to destroying both the bit ...

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What is the difference between a sabre saw and a jig saw
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It's another one of those dastardly terminology issues - I think woodworkers are particularly prone to calling different things the same thing, and the same thing different things depending on who you ...

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Should I do many shallow quick cuts or a single deep slow one with my router?
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More, shallow hits is generally a better philosophy. The other answers have made good points but something they haven't touched on is "chatter". If you use a single, deep pass (even with a slow "feed ...

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Table saw blade keeps jamming and slowing down
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To me it looks like you've got a stripped belt. It's a bit hard to tell for sure from your photos but it looks very much to me like the spindle and wheel which are connected by the belt are gear-like, ...

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What are the potential issues with this bench design?
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The armrest section is quite thin and also the grain is oriented at 90° to what you'd normally expect for an armrest. I would expect this to split with time due to expansion/contraction (and in fact ...

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Edge joint failure - what is the cause?
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Professional woodworker here. I have to admit when I first answered this, I was thinking about face to face wood joints (rather than end to face) so most of this answer is talking about that BUT a lot ...

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How often should I sharpen?
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Honestly, as you seem to suspect, there is no way to quantify this except by learning through experience on a given tool/wood species/usage. Some woodworking tools used on certain woods can last for ...

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Can I use a CNC router bit specified for metal on wood?
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I agree with Graphus, however also be careful of the max. RPM of the tools, since metal-cutting tools are often designed to run more slowly than woodworking tools.

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My jigsaw is terrible at cutting vertically through a simple 2x4
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Really, jigsaws are not the best tool for this job. They are far better at cutting through thinner board materials, though even then you may struggle to get a fully straight cut. As you say, nothing ...

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What steps should I follow to properly paint MDF?
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Good advice here from Matt and Caleb. Just thought I'd tell you how we do it where I work: We use MDF all the time, including moisture-resistant MDF for external boarding. We also sometimes run V-...

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Pull-Up Bar - Wooden dowel - 1.25" actual diameter
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I don't know how to calculate it, but it passes the sniff test when compared to parallel bars used in gymnastics: These are made of (unspecified) wood, are 11.5ft long and 2 inches thick. They are of ...

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Building a home climbing wall - questions
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I haven't done any calculations but I would expect that the timber sizes you've selected will be fine for this application, as long as you use thick enough ply (definitely at least half-inch - if it ...

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Special considerations for a very large, engraved food serving board
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A colleague of mine has just come up with a good suggestion so I thought I'd post it as an answer so that anybody looking at this in the future could see it: Use a pre-made kitchen worktop. You can ...

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