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What is the difference between flush trim, pattern, and template router bits?
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A flush trim bit has the bearing at the bottom of the bit. This is so that it can trim a layer of laminate (i.e. Formica) that has been attached to the top of a smaller substrate (i.e. MDF or ...

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5000rpm vs 5500rpm circular saw
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Are you going to notice the difference between a saw running at 5000 rpm and one running at 5500rpm? No, probably not. Are you going to notice 1250 watts vs 1400 watts? Again, probably not. What ...

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Orbital sander papers coming off
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It sounds like you need to replace the pad on your sander. This is the "hook" part of the hook and loop system. This is a typical point of failure for orbital sanders, so it should be fairly easy to ...

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What is this hand tool with handles similar to a spokeshave? It has different selectable profiles around the edge of a disc
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This looks like a beading scratch-stock. Beading is a decorative detail added to the edges of boards to make them less prone to damage and to hide gaps in joinery or around doors. This tool creates ...

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Metal framed wood table, will expansion be an issue?
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I would be quite concerned with wood movement in this design. You will be bonding epoxy (which doesn't move seasonally) directly to the end grain of wood. Since the wood will be expanding and ...

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How to cross cut long board on a table saw
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The comments on your post are correct, the table saw is not the best tool for this type of cut. You'd be better off with a miter saw (with material supports), circular saw with square, or hand saw. ...

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How to cool hole saw
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The problem with hole saws is that there is no way to eject the waste. If the waste sawdust is properly dealt with the saw will not heat up to the point of scorching. In a normal twist bit the waste ...

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Why is there a perfectly straight line at the edge of this knot?
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That board is actually two separate boards that have been glued together. When one of them was ripped (i.e. cut lengthwise) it went through the knot. You can see that along the entire length of that ...

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Is this mask sufficient to filter polyurethane fumes?
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Everyone has different standards for their health, but I would not personally consider this sufficient for working with oil-based polyurethane. It does not mention "organic" vapors or "VOC" (volitile ...

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What useful features should I look for in a router?
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Plunge base - Does the base have the ability to raise and lower the router with hand pressure? This allows accurate plunge cuts for things like stopped grooves and mortises. Power - Does the router ...

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Do I need to worry about incidental contact between a finish and its thinner / solvent once it's cured?
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The answer is, it depends. Finishes that "cure" after drying (like most oil-based products) will typically not be damaged by incidental contact with their solvent. Finishes that only "dry" but do ...

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Is Marine Grade Plywood the same as Baltic Birch Plywood?
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No. Baltic Birch is a specific product. What you're looking at is not necessarily the same. I can see a few differences right offhand. Baltic Birch is all birch. The product you're looking at ...

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Make parallel edges with router table or table saw?
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You should do this with the table saw. This is a very typical operation in the normal milling process. Normally you would set the table saw's rip fence to the final width you need, but in this case, ...

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Recommendations for securing a high torque drill with a larger bit
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It sounds like you're running your bit too slowly. Spade bits are pretty sensitive to low speeds. A faster speed (and less feed pressure) will result in less material being removed with each pass. ...

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Pocket Hole Butt Joint
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Your initial thinking is correct. You're much better loading the sides directly than transferring the load through a joint in a shearing manner. The first method of construction is more typical in ...

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What wood for inexpensive door casing
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"White wood" is not a specific species, rather it is whatever is available locally and inexpensive. Typically it will be pine, doug fir, spruce, etc. It should work fine. If you're doing complex ...

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Is it possible to reinforce my plywood table?
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I don't think that any of your proposed solutions really address the heart of the problem. The core issue here is that the material you used for the top is not rigid enough. 1/2" ply is not ...

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Does anyone know what this wood wedge is for? Approx 7" Long
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I believe that this is a cantilevered wine bottle holder. It will rest with the branding down, and the neck of the bottle is inserted into the hole so that the bottle rests horizontally. Here is a ...

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Securing long boards for edge jointing
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Unfortunately, it doesn't look like your bench has any provision for a deadman. This would allow you to clamp one end of the board in the face vise and support the other end with the deadman. I ...

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Strong method for bottom of a box
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I think the most sturdy way to put a bottom in a box is to capture it with grooves on the sides. With a rabbet the glue joint is holding the bottom on, while in a groove the structure of the wood ...

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Garage work bench compound miter saw position
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Putting the saw in the middle maximizes the size of the pieces you can create from your offcut. Say you put the saw 1m from the end of your shop. Now you've got a 4m board and you need to create 2m ...

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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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I would not want to start with 1/2" x 1/2" square stock unless you have a table saw. Trying to rip small stock with the tools you listed would be quite difficult (and dangerous). Instead, start with ...

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Why is hand held routing less prone to kickbacks than routing on a router table?
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Kickback can definitely happen with a handheld router. It's important to use the correct feed direction (typically moving the router from left to right) to prevent it. There are two reasons I can ...

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Creating a shallow recess in Ikea countertop for sink flange
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A router would be the normal tool to use for this. You could also use a router plane if you prefer hand tools. Scoring a line around the outline of the flange is a good idea. Cut out most of the ...

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Thicknessing and planing wide hardwood boards
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Are there any other options open to me? There is one other option that you didn't mention. You can build a "router sled" to flatten wide boards. This is basically two rails on either side of the ...

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How to handplane many boards to the same dimensions
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Another method to easily ensure equal thickness with a handplane is to put your board (with the already-flattened reference face down) between two runners that have been precisely thicknessed to your ...

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Mouth of a Plane
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Wood is not totally rigid. As the plane iron is cutting the wood it is pulling the wood up. This force is transferred ahead of the shaving and the material flexes up slightly. This causes the ...

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Cutting sawdust relief in sled
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Take a blade out of a hand plane, press the back flat against the fence and run it along the width of the sled several times, creating a vertical cut into the base. Then come back and use a chisel to ...

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How to prevent Baltic pine from chipping when cutting
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This question is a little broad, but I'll take a shot at answering it. There are generally two ways that you can prevent chipping/tearout when cutting, sever the surface fibers in advance of your cut ...

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Do I need to add natural stain before applying polyurethane for natural finish?
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No. The purpose of stain is to alter the color of the wood. If you don't want to change the color of the wood you should not use stain. Polyurethane by itself is a perfectly acceptable finish.

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