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What is the cheapest way to create a right triangle out of a square dowel rod or similar?
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You can buy what you need already fabricated. Search "champfer strip". Here's a Home Depot link: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Alexandria-Moulding-3-4-in-x-3-4-in-Pine-Chamfer-Strip-Moulding-0W995-200RLC/...

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What is the definition of green woods?
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"Green wood" is wood that has been recently cut/harvested and is not yet "dry". Well aged wood will have a moisture content in equilibrium with its environment, assuming it's had enough time to ...

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What are the differences in use between a drum sander and thickness planer?
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You're correct that the planer can remove much more material at a time. With the planer, it is also simple to adjust the depth for removing more material in a pass. With the drum sander, you can ...

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Minimising Kerf on deep opening doors on box project
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The doors should have no problem clearing each other assuming the hinge pivot is in line with the seam between doors and the stationary part of the cabinet as viewed from the top. The edges of the ...

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How can I dye my hardwood inside deeply so I can laminate something like this?
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The handle in your photo is laminated, each colored strip was individually dyed before the lamination process. It's been 40 years since I dyed wood but the process worked well. I made my own purfling ...

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Appropriate Lacquer to resist salt water
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Check out "spar varnish". This is formulated for use in marine envirouments (a spar is a wooden member supporting sails such as masts and booms). These, at least traditionally, are oil based. Oils not ...

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Looking for help to design my own board game
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One of my specialties is inlay, here's a possiblility from that POV. Although you could do this all by hand, a small router or Dremel tool with a flat base will make the task faster and cleaner. ...

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To what angle should I sharpen my chisel?
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In my opinion, the biggest factor is fragility of the edge. A sharper angle will dull faster and is more likely to chip. So, it really depends on what your use is. For heavy gouges I use with a mallet,...

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hand plane controls (bevel down)
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Here's a link to a good summary of planes: What makes a high quality bench plane? You might check out the comments as well where Graphus and I entertained a recent discussion on this. I have several ...

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Techniques for gluing thin panels?
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Some additions to Graphus' answer from a luthier of 40 years. Not much gluing surface here, I wipe the edges with an acetone damped paper towel to remove residual oils, especially recommended on oily ...

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Can one apply dark shellac over light shellac (satisfactorily)?
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Some finishes, especially catalyzed ones, will be impervious to further coats which will build up in layers. In other finishes, especially solvent based ones like shellac and most lacquers, the ...

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Fixing gloopy shellac
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I would sand it and begin again. For brushing, I see folks recommending fine nylon brushes but I prefer a fine China bristle brush when I'm not spraying. Here's some recommendations I make with ...

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Floating (kinda) book shelf support
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The design, as shown, will likely put way too much torque on the bottom and top joints of your vertical supports. Replace, or reinforce, the short return-to-the-wall piece at the bottom with a ...

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which direction does wood expand?
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Wood expands far less in the longitudinal direction than across the grain. To be clear, this means along the direction of the xylem conduits in the wood which are parallel to the trunk. So, typically ...

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Proper grain orientation for a box
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Running the grain vertically on the sides would be highly unusual. If this were a problem to consider, you've now shifted the issue to expansion differences between the sides and the front/back! I'...

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Dresser conversion to media stand - hinge help required
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A few suggestions: blum-170-degree-face-frame-hinge soss-door-hardware-208-invisible-door-hinge soss-door-hardware-218-invisible-door-hinge

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Should I seal my bed slats, and if yes, with what?
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I'm trying to picture a situation where you would see the slats in an assembled bed. Is this a bunk bed? I've made several beds and have never sealed the slats. If there's concern such as incomplete ...

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Planing thin material to consistent thickness using hand tools
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EDIT: Oops, appologies. I didn't note the "hand tools" in your title. If you've got a lot of this to do, a router table is the way to go (unless you have a drumb sander). By hand, maybe try a ...

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Lubricating screws
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Bee's wax. Time honored and true. It comes in small blocks, just rub the screw threads across the block. As a union carpenter on a major industrial job, I learned this from a old timer fifty years ago ...

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How can I protect my teak table while maintaining its raw and unfinished look?
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Teak is commonly used on boats and usually finished with either varnish or "teak oil". The oil need more regular maintenance than a varnish but this is easier than refinishing a varnished finish. The ...

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How do I use a handplane to smooth a cutting board?
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An addition to existing answers. I used to surface complexly grained woods such as Brazilian Rosewood for guitar backs and sides with planes. Run the plane over the stock at an angle such that the ...

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Profile straight edge to a skew wall
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If your frame is made of wood you could plane the areas that keep the rest of the frame out from the wall. Or you can trim the wall. I had this same problem installing oak trim around windows. The ...

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Leg basics for stools, chairs, table
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To cut the taper in the legs on your table saw, make a jig to shuttle the stock along the fence. The one shown below is two pieces of 1 x 4 screwed at the top end in contact with each other, at the ...

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Oak table danish oil finish problems?
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I have the same issue with the drops exuding out of pores using a Minwax polywipe product. After all the recommended steps, I return to the project maybe 6 hours later and wipe the surface with a ...

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How can I be sure my workpiece feet are level, when my workshop floor isn't?
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I've never tried this but it should work. It won't gurantee all legs are the same length but it should verify all the ends are in a plane and your table won't wobble on a flat floor. It does rely on ...

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Cutting a 2mm wide / 3mm deep groove
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There is a whole world of CNC bits with 1/8" shanks that will work for this. Here's just one link: https://www.ebay.com/str/CARBIDE-PLUS/DIAMETER-070-0799/_i.html?_storecat=50046017013 You can ...

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Screw clearance hole question
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While "bridging" can be an issue, it can be resolved by having the member clamped or forced together in an alternative way such as standing on the members. The prevalent use today of deck screws and "...

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How to make small wooden toy pieces
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I just got one of these puzzles for my niece. Use solid wood since edges will be seen. Pieces of 1" nominal thicknes (3/4" actual) thickness would be easier to obtain although 1/2" would feel somewhat ...

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Alternatives to a spindle sander
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Mostly I add this for completeness. The practicality depends on how much of this you intend to do and the nature of the work. If you have a band saw, you can use bandsaw sanding belts on it. This ...

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