Aloysius Defenestrate
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Making removable marks on walls for e.g. cabinet installation
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When I don't want to make messy marks, it's blue painter's tape all the way. (There are various options, in terms of how long you can leave it on. Just remember to peel it in time.)

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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle
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Drill 2 holes (brace and bit if you're being serious about "hand" tools) with a forstner bit (or hole saw), then connect them with a cut using a coping (or jig) saw. Chisel/file/sand as needed. To ...

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Is a long router bit safe?
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1/2 inch or 1/4 inch? I'd generally avoid really long bits in a 1/4" chuck for fear of deflection and maybe even breakage. However, 1/2", with really small amounts of stock removed are perfectly fine....

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How to build shelf brace from 2x4's (as pictured)
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There's a few things going on here; I don't claim this is a full answer, but simply a bit of the puzzle. You're doing a lot of math here, which isn't in and of itself a bad thing, but it's unnecessary....

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What is this vintage tool?
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Dressing wheel for bench grinder stones... used to flatten the stones after they get rounded or grooved.

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What is this plywood joining mechanism and hardware for knock-down furniture?
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Cam bolt and cam screw connector. Very popular in european style cabinetry. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Crown-Bolt-15-mm-x-19-mm-Cam-Connector-Zinc-50438/203088336 http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-...

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What is a camber exactly?
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From Osborne Wood Products -- It is important to note that our table slides have a camber to them to compensate for the natural sag of the table. Choosing the incorrect type of slide for your table ...

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Is it appropriate for an 8 year-old to act as a 'helper,' ripping sheets on a table saw?
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TL/DR: child should not have been used as an operator. Other answers go into more detail, but the thing that jumped out at me was that the child could unwittingly twist the ply off the fence, which ...

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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?
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So, this edges perilously close to opinion, but I'll do my best to be occasionally factual... To step back and think about your goal of setting up a woodshop, I'm tempted to say that a tablesaw of ...

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Adding a 'juice collection' section on a cutting board
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If you don't already have one, get a 'router guide bushing' that suits your router. (You might have to replace the base plate to find a bushing that fits.) The only sizing requirement is that the ...

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Can I use a 6mm shank in a 1/4 inch collet?
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You NEED a different collet. Your router could be spinning the bit at 20,000 rpm. Ignoring the possibility of damaging your work piece, the personal risk is extremely high. edit: On @AstPace's good ...

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Good wood for beer pong table
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15/32 (1/2") construction plywood is really cheap at North American big box retailers. The surface is rough and thus makes the game harder. If you're not into challenge, you can get smooth ply for ...

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How do I temporarily attach two pieces of wood together for machining?
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23 gauge pin nailer! I know it sounds bad and wrong, but it actually works. Next best is hot melt glue, which doesn't squirm like tape and is readily removable. For your example of a waney edge ...

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Finish raised the "grain"?
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You could probably go through a few cycles of sanding/water-based finish and eventually get a flat and sealed surface, but if it was me, I'd sand flat and apply an oil-based primer (and follow with ...

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How to repair broken spindles on chair?
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While it alters the height of the back, a reasonably simple repair would be to cut new tenons on the existing spindles. Commercial tenon cutters exist (for instance, see Lee Valley), but they're an ...

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How much extra thickness should I leave when rough milling green boards?
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If you've got a lot to spare, then overdo it. Curves, twists, warps etc will always kill your yield. Flatsawn is apt to be less stable (esp with respect to cupping) than quartersawn. The milling ...

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How do I rip a 1 x 6 equally with a 45 degree bevel?
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Answers above are correct, but if your OCD is firing up, set the 45 degree blade to rip a smaller chunk closer to the fence (say, 2.5"), then run the offcut through the saw again at that same fence ...

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Cutting a circle out of a sleeper to a certain depth
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A forstner bit will result in a clean bottomed hole. Although 64mm is a slightly obscure size, you could expect a 64th of slop from a 2-1/2" bit. (Alternate choices include self-feeding bits, though ...

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How can I sharpen a reciprocating saw blade?
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Rambling backgrounder -- sorry: these are typically called 'reciprocating saws', though the Kleenex of the bunch is the Sawzall (r) by Milwaukee. (edit to say that will only be a meaningful statement ...

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Miter saw slightly hits plastic kerf when cutting at 45°
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Don't worry about it... the kerf board gets a little beat up from time to time. Depending on the saw, you might be able to adjust them a little wider and reduce the scarring.

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Finding the right metal for making a froe
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Leaf springs from the pick&pull junkyard. Already has an eyelet, reasonably straight, beefy, sharpen-able, ... what's not to like? Heck, just come by my yard and see what you want. (Though from ...

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How can I deal with wood from DIY stores that is crooked and may or may not be dry?
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Don't know where you are, but in my area, the wood from big box stores is extremely variable. Finding a specialty supplier will probably yield better results. To answer your questions: Wood that ...

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Rip cutting plywood on my table saw
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Depending on dimensions, and whether you need more than 2 pieces out of a sheet, you might rough cut the sheet goods into smaller chunks with a circular saw, then put them through the tablesaw. (This ...

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Identifying tree species
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Bruce Hoadley, "Identifying Wood: Accurate Results With Simple Tools" is my go-to when you just have a hunk of wood. However, your tree has neighbors with leaves/needles... it's very unlikely that it'...

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How to make shallow flat-bottomed hole on 5mm thickness wood slice?
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If you have a plunge router, I'd clamp the wood slice from above with a larger chunk of wood. To help a little with maintaining position, I'd tack two tracks onto your worktop. (Make them shorter ...

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Shelf made of 1x2 pine boards. Stable?
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The weakest part of the design is how your substantial load is being carried to the uprights. There's not that much you can do for those joints as drawn... I'd suggest you add actual 1x2 members ...

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How to cut Plexiglas on a table saw?
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The people at my local plastics place would say yes. (Their specific suggestion was 10", 80T.) They also said feed fast, though not so fast as to be unsafe.

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Can a 23g nail gun satisfy all of my needs?
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You are bound to be disappointed by the limitations of a 23g pinner. (Headless or not.) Pins just don't have the holding power. Plus, you're paying a premium to get one that'll handle long (>1-3/8) ...

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Are 1.5"x1.5" poplar legs strong enough to support a 3'x2' hardwood top?
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Go for it! I think this will be solid enough, especially with the stretchers down low. The cherry legs on this taper to about an inch square. The top is concrete and about 60#. It held an espresso ...

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Can this table support 150 KG?
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Properly speaking, this question can't be answered. (Unless you can find the manufacturer and ask them...) However, I have a few ideas to offer. From a design standpoint, you have two relatively ...

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