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Are some workbench features not suitable for a softwood workbench?
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Should I not bother with these workbench features as they might not be suited for softwood? Example being I can see a holdfast wearing out a dog hole fairly quickly if used regularly. To clarify I am ...

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Applying clamping pressure on opposing sides of a circle
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I picture a jig of the same diameter as the circle so that it can't bow out but I wonder if there are simpler ideas. Likely this would apply as well to other things and not just circles... other ...

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Polyurethane rub down problem!
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And also in a couple of places I have removed stain/oil back to original wood. Sounds like you sanded too far. You only want to do a very minimum of sanding between coats for the exact reason you ...

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Do you need to countersink self-countsink screws
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So my question is, do I need to countersink these screws? Since these are going to be used on the floorboards and overlaid with another layer of subfloor sheet, so long as you screw these in enough ...

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Shellac over paint, outdoors
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My question is, how should I expect a fairly thick shellac finish (over paint) to behave outdoors over time? It will be exposed to sunlight, a wide range of temperatures, and plenty of rain, snow, and ...

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Carved kuksa of ash wood has split and oozed water, what has gone wrong?
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I hand-carved my first Kuksa a month ago from half an ash log. There's your problem. Kuksa's are best made from a close-grained wood (traditionally birch burl). Ash, being open-grained, is very ...

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Oil before or after glue-up?
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Whenever I see demonstrations of applying linseed oil to wood, people are always applying it to the finished piece. Is this still the correct approach when working with cabinetry panels, that have ...

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How to attach steel strip to OSB board
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I'm going to reinforce a 2.2m span of shelf made out of 18mm OSB bord with two 60*4 mm steel strips running underneath the board. My understanding is that connection points would mostly have sliding ...

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Do pocket hole screws allow for proper expansion and contraction in planked table tops?
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will pocket hole screws allow the table to expand and contract as it is supposed to? I'm assuming you built something that was fastened together along the lines of this (source) where you used ...

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What makes a hand saw great?
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I know that a number of design features contribute to a superior saw. So what makes a great saw great? The number one required thing for a hand saw is that is cuts straight. This isn't something ...

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How to prevent sticking and hopping when cutting with a hand saw?
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I have tried in the past to make precision cuts using a hand saw and always have issues with the blade sticking or hopping out of the cut. If by sticking you mean that the friction between the blade ...

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Bench grinder, tool sharpener or sharpening stone?
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bench grinder is what I thought was the standard sharpening tool. A bench grinder is considered a coarse tool when it comes to sharpening fine woodworking implements. The only time you should need ...

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Pre-stain Conditioner After Sanding
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I've gone over it with both moderate to light sanding using 200 and 300 grit papers. Some areas show the original pine while others still have a light layer of stain. Is it possible at this point to ...

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How do I de-nib polyurethane after it dries but still maintain its finish?
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When I do this, even when I sand very lightly, like one low pressure pass with 400 or 600 or even 1000, the texture comes out nice and smooth but the polyurethane is always scuffed with little white ...

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Choosing wood type for child's rocking horse chair
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The photo appears to show the project made from pine. I'd say you're correct. I'm worried that pine is too soft for this type of project. In your experience does pine hold up well for something ...

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What finish should I use to make a bowl "microwave-safe"?
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Are there any finish solutions for making "microwave-safe" wood items for serving food on? It's not so much a question of "microwave-safe" finishes as "microwave-safe" materials. Microwaves work by ...

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Can I really use my table saw as a disc sander?
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would I run a risk of burning out the motor if I ran it too long? As to running the saw for a while, that shouldn't be a problem if it has adequate ventilation. Electric motors run best when run ...

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When it comes to removing multiple layers of paint from a flat surface what are my options?
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When it comes to removing multiple layers of paint off cheap wood what are my realistic options? A belt sander with 60 or 80 grit sandpaper will make quick work of it, assuming you're just removing ...

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When working with maple, do I need to seal the wood before assembling the furniture?
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he suggested that the wood needed to be treated with tung oil, even before I assemble the legs, in order to protect it from expanding and warping over time. No finish will keep wood from expanding ...

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Which kind of hinges for a foldable box?
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It needs to somehow rotate in both directions. I don't see how this could be solved with permanently attached hinges. You could always use hinges that are designed to have the pins removed regularly. ...

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Removing Paint from Rough/Coarse Surfaced Beams
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They have been painted though and I'm looking for a method to remove the paint, and let the natural wood stand out instead. I live in an apartment building that used to be a large furniture factory. ...

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Trying to identify this antique woodworking tool
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You have there what's called a saw jointer. The one below is very similar. The site linked as the source says it's similar to a Stearn's model, so that might be what you have. (source) These are ...

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Which type of drill bit for which jobs?
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Under what circumstances would I choose which bit? and why? Different bits excel at distinct tasks: Forstner/Saw-tooth Bits (source: Lee Valley) These bits are excellent if you need a relatively ...

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Good wood for beer pong table
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The wood/plywood must be easy to cut, lightweight, cheap and easy to handle with. Any recommendations? Home center pine plywood and pine boards are probably your best option here. I used a recycled ...

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How do I put a really long narrow straight hole in a piece of wood?
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But the bit blew out the side of the wood because it didn't drill straight. I think you already identified your problem. When you start doing things where small misalignments can lead to large ...

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Having trouble finding a good finish for baltic birch
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If I try to stain [the birch] its very blotchy, and if I shellac its too pale for my taste. Birch is notorious for its blotchiness. To reduce this, apply a very thin coat of shellac prior to ...

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How do you use "v-nails" on picture frames?
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Rockler has a V-Nail Installation Tool that should be right up your alley: I'm sure there are other stores where you can get these, but this is the first one I found.

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What drove the design for the traditional tang?
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I am trying to figure out why that was the standard at the time. Not sure if this is a chicken/egg issue, but I think the answer has to do with a tool called a brace. The first braces were no more ...

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How to make dish drainer board from plywood shelf
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How can I treat plywood surface to make it into drainer board? I would recommend against using plywood for this application. The glues in most plywoods don't stand up to water over time and will ...

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Can I put wheels on a bunk bed?
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My dad put plastic caster wheels on the twin beds he made for my brother and I as kids (granted, these were not bunk beds). On carpet, the wheels made enough of a dimple that it took a bit of pushing ...

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