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Screws vs. Pocket Holes vs. Traditional Joinery
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Good, fast, or cheap. Choose any two. Factory methods like pocket holes, screws, and even finger-joints are good enough for mass market construction without having to hire journeymen carpenters. This ...

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Used motor oil on treated pine
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Depending on where you live, this may not even be legal. Used motor oil, where I live, must be collected in leak-proof containers and periodically picked up and taken to a depot where it is ...

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Filling Hole with Sawdust & Glue
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I'd advise not trying to fill a void that big with glue and dust. Wood doesn't really like being treated like car bondo. Smaller voids and cracks can be filled with putty or home-made filler, but in ...

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Arbor nut keeps working itself loose on my table saw. What am I doing wong?
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Once the arbour nut is tight, the rotation of the spindle will tend to tighten it. So you just have to make sure it is torqued down appropriately. Well, it is the rotation into the material that tends ...

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How to soundproof the Wood Shop?
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The advice for a shop is pretty much the same as for any loud activity. There is a lot of research you can do on the internet for music studios, for example, that will apply. So, this is not specific ...

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Filling an old hole to offset it a few mm and put in a fastener, what is the best approach?
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Use a hardwood dowel and PVA wood glue. I mean, you could use hide glue if you want, but don't use epoxy. We want something that is strong and workable like wood. Epoxy will be hard, but it won't be ...

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Difficulty level in restoring wood bench?
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This isn't very answerable, as suggested by the comments you are getting. But we can make some general statements about this project. First of all, whatever you are doing right now: stop. Put the ...

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What size dado set to use for 10" table saw?
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For general advice on cutting dados the Related Q&A is where you should start. The core question can be directly answered using previous Q&A, but I've collected that here for easy access. My ...

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Rip cutting plywood on my table saw
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For sheet goods, I prefer to bring the tool to the material instead of the other way around. Assuming you have a powered hand saw of some kind with a decent shoe, I'd recommend you give this a try. ...

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Identify if table is solid wood?
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Look underneath the table, where all the sins are hidden. You are looking for how the dimensioned pieces are put together, and where unfinished edges will show you if this is a veneer or not. A fair ...

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How much could I load on to this cabinet? Should I reinforce it?
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TL;DR: Maybe, but I don't think we can tell you. This probably cannot be answered, at least fully. It depends if you want to think like a woodworker acting as an engineer, or an engineer acting as a ...

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How to get straight cuts with a scroll saw?
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As suggested in the comments, it is going to be a challenge to do any repeatable joinery cuts with a scroll saw. Regardless of what you see on the internet, even the best-tuned scroll saw will have a ...

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Does HDF require different circular saw blades and routing bits to cut cleanly?
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Sheet goods without veneers like HDF and MDF contain a lot of glue. This means you will want to invest in higher quality carbide-tipped tooling. (I'm not even sure I've seen a pure high-speed-steel ...

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How can panels be made waterproof for exterior use?
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I don't have anything specific to say about your design, other than to offer general recommendations for anything trimmed with wood that has to handle the weather. My bona fides aren't particularly ...

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Will my table top hold 300 lbs?
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You haven't shown the leg arrangements, so a more immediate problem might be racking forces. That is, depending on how the legs are attached and arranged, a ~300lb. weight on the top may cause the ...

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Kobalt Router Depth Adjustment Skips
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There are gears that the adjustment carriage rides on, and you have loosened things too much and the gears aren't properly engaged, and they are slipping. Because the entire mass of the router is ...

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Minimum table saw precision for project work?
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The printed gradients on table saw controls are just guidelines. At least in most cases. We aren't talking about computer-guided cutting heads here. You would want to set up your cuts for square and ...

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Should I use a track saw to cut through 2x12 lumber?
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(I'm hesitant to leave an Answer because we might not have enough information in the Question, but my comment was turning into an answer anyway.) That saw is rated for 13A so it should have the grunt ...

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Submerge wood in a barrel to improve it - Is my wife right that this is a bad idea?
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I'm not sure this qualifies as an answer, but we might be talking about two different things here. Mills used to float logs in their millponds to minimize splitting and checking while they were being ...

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What type of hinge is this?
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That looks like a "partial-wrap inset hinge". Places like Lee Valley have them.

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Can I apply a wood veneer on stairs?
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Veneers are very common on premade stair treads, but the question is could you apply a veneer on installed treads yourself and get similar results? It sounds like you have installed the treads and ...

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How to fill 2”x12” gap in hardwood floor with something that looks nice
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Trim it out with a frame. It will be nearly impossible to satisfactorily match the grain and edges of the flooring. And you need the length for enough strength to hold onto the existing flooring and ...

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How can you identify a Craftsman table saw with no ID tag?
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Given the motor model, this is probably a re-badged Sears Craftsman c.1970s. You are lucky, in that Sears Craftsman only had 2 or 3 12" direct drive models over the decades. The motor should have ...

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Pull-Up Bar - Wooden dowel - 1.25" actual diameter
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TL;DR: Use a metal pole. Commercial dowels are not a good material to use for pull-up bars. The supports for the metal pole can be wood. I'm going to take the unpopular opinion and suggest that random ...

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What is the best way of screwing two boards at the same height and 90 degrees between them over a column?
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I think you might need to take a step back and revisit your design. My opinion is that the overall design is flawed even before you consider the joinery. Your first step is to simulate what this bed ...

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Is there a drill holster that is not attached to a belt?
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Makita drills (and I'm sure others do as well) come with an optional hanger so you can safely hang it upside-down when you are up on a ladder. It is intended to slip into a belt (not the fancy holster ...

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Does epoxy PSI rating really matter for wood?
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One chooses adhesives for many qualities, and strength is only one of them. I'd go so far to say that, for most of us, the PSI rating of a bond is not even the most important quality to consider when ...

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What determines whether a board will warp or stay straight?
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TL;DR: Wood Never Sleeps. Wood is a natural product, with natural variation across species and individuals. Not only that, but how timber is grown and processed into dimension lumber also varies. And ...

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Can I glue 1/4" poplar to the side of a crappy vanity (particle board with a hideous fake wood something on it)? If so, what glue?
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You might want to post a photo. If the "wood" veneer is some sort of PVC plastic, then many typical woodworking glues will not adhere well. Depending on how well it is bonded with the ...

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What's the impact of blade RPM on a table saw?
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Higher RPMs will also make better cuts, and extend the blade life, if the commercial cutting industry is to be believed. Many commercial lumberyards like to run their cutters between 10,000 and 18,000 ...

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