LeeG
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How can I safely move complete 4 ft x 8 ft sheets of plywood alone?
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I use a Stanley Panel Carry (Model 93-300). It is about $7.00 on Amazon or at Home Depot. For cutting panels, the best way is to get a sheet of foam insulation, and lay it on the ground and put the ...

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Why does direction matter when using an electric router?
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It has to do with the rotation of the bit. In a normal cut, the work piece is fed against the rotation. A normal cut works like this (shown for freehand): The cutting action will pull the work ...

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How do bench dogs work?
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In addition to bench dogs (explained well by Doresoom above), there are other devices that use the same holes. A holdfast uses the thickness of the bench to hold down a piece of wood with no ...

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What am I doing wrong when making lap joints with my stacked dado set?
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The chippers in the stack may vary in height. You can test for that by making a single pass and see if it is smooth. If the chippers are ok, then it is likely technique. Make sure you are holding ...

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How can I make my own dowels?
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Three methods I know of. First is a dowel plate. You trim your wood to approximate size and use a mallet to pound it through smaller and smaller holes until it is the size you want. You can also ...

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Should router bits be stored with the gel coating that came on them when they were originally purchased?
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The gel is something similar to Stripcoat (http://www.evanscoatings.com/). Prior to the bit being placed in individual packages, they can be bumped together. The hot melt coating on them keeps the ...

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Is wood movement an issue with edge banded plywood?
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I edge band plywood for everything except cabinets for the shop. I have used the heat sensitive, iron on banding as well as shop made, glue on banding. Both work well. The iron on banding is not as ...

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How do I achieve a "piano black" high gloss finish on wood?
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I have used this guy's technique before and it works great. Basically, you apply very thin coats, then sand to about 400 grit, and after that, do wet sanding to about 2000 grit, and then switch to ...

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which direction does wood expand?
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Wood is made of fibers. Think of wood as a bunch of soda straws or flexible rubber tubes bundled together. When you add water, the fibers expand to hold the extra water. When it dries, they ...

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Make a table top using pocket holes?
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For strength, a good glue bond is all you need. If you want to minimize clamping, you could use pocket screws, but I would recommend against it. When you tighten a pocket screw, it tends to pull the ...

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Do I need to clean my miter and table saw after each use?
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I think this falls under the "it's true, but doesn't matter" category. Motors will operate at their peak efficiency when clean, but it takes a lot of dust build up before the performance or longevity ...

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What is the difference between a sabre saw and a jig saw
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Currently Saber Saw and Jigsaw refer to the same tool. My Dad always called the top item a Saber Saw. Up through the 1980's, the hand held tool was referred to as a Saber Saw in Popular Mechanics, ...

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When do I need to use a router table instead of a handheld router?
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Use the router table if the piece is too small to have the router base firm against the work piece. Use the router freehand if the piece is too large to safely move across the router table. If ...

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How do I secure wheels to a workbench?
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One of the problems with putting wheels on a work bench, is it often isn't stable enough for some of the stuff we do on the bench (hand planing for instance). Rockler has a set of workbench casters ...

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Strong joints to use when making custom frames
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For something that large, I would want more than just a glue joint holding it together. I would want some sort of mechanical connection between the sides and top/bottom, such as slip tenons, dowels, ...

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Does this butt joint with a beveled profile have a name?
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It is a coped joint. You make it by cutting the adjoining piece at a 45 degree angle, then using the cut line as guide to remove the area below the line. Here is an image of how to do it.

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Are systainer tool cases of different companies compatible with each other?
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Systainers are all made by, or licensed from Tanos. There are two main styles - the classic style and the TLoc. The TLocs can stack on top of the classics, but not vice-verse. Several vendors, ...

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What is the difference between a dutchman patch and a butterfly patch?
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A dutchman patch is basically using wood to fill a void larger than can be done with filler alone. A butterfly patch is typically used to prevent a check from getting larger, or to reinforce a joint. ...

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What is the best way to enlarge a hole with my cordless drill?
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If you use some sort of bushing to guide the drill and keep it on course. I use these from Big Gator Tools at Woodcraft.

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What is the recommended height of the blade on a table saw while operating?
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I set the blade to the minimum height that is required to make the cut, typically about 1/8" above. There isn't really a need to have it higher for purposes of clearing the sawdust. If you look at ...

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How do I properly care for my paintbrushes?
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Cleaning starts before you use them. Get the brush fully wet with whatever solvent your finish requires (water, mineral spirits, etc). This will help prevent finish from drawing up into the tang of ...

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How can you safely operate a router table without a fence?
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Sure. In the picture above, the bit has a bearing on it, which sort of acts as a fence. I have that exact set of Woodpecker's radius jigs and use them exactly as pictured. I don't know what purpose ...

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Why and when should I wear a dust mask?
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As with Rob, the short answer is to always wear a dust mask to reduce the risk of respiratory problems. The long answer is, it depends. Visible dust is less of a hazard than very fine particles. ...

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At what stage of basic furniture making should I "finish" the wood?
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You can apply finish at whatever time is easiest to do so. Sometimes you will want to sand and finish one side of a board before final assembly, if it would be difficult to reach afterwards. The ...

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Building A Table - Help With Wood Selection and Joints
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First, I would avoid any pressure treated wood around anything having to do with food preparation - the chemicals that go into that wood are often poisonous. Redwood or cedar would be good choices ...

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Routing boards without burn
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An oft overlooked reason for burning is excessive pitch build up on the bits. Use a bit cleaner (I use Simple Green) and nylon or brass brush to clean the bit and it will cut much cleaner.

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What other uses are there for a shop press?
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A press is more of a metal forming tool than a woodworking tool. For wood, you will typically use steam bending or a similar technique to make curves in wood. Wood will need to stay in a form for ...

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Can overusing a trim router be bad?
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A small router like that is not optimal for use in a planing sled. Small universal motors like that can overheat and be permanently damaged. If you want to use this method for planing, you should at ...

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What qualities do tea and steel wool vinegar offer as stains?
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The process is known as wood pickling. The vinegar (acetic acid) combines with the steel wool to create iron acetate which reacts with the various tannins in the wood to darken it from grey to black. ...

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Will a beam of laminated boards be stronger when the members are vertical or horizontal?
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It shouldn't matter. A 4x4 is just as strong with either side facing up. If properly glued and clamped, the glue joints on a long grain to long grain joint will be stronger than the wood itself, ...

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