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Determining flexibility of wood types from charts and tables
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If I'm looking for a type of wood that has very little flexibility (or one that has a lot), what wood metrics should I look for in tables / charts / lists to judge relative flexibility? Some ...

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Coping with uneven table saw table and inconsistent cut depth
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What is the best way to cope with this? Or are my expectations too high? It's hard to tell from your picture, but your issue could be one of a couple of things. It seems like your throat plate is ...

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Discoloration under label on cherry
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My question is: What caused that? Was it some chemical in the glue? The paper? Trapped moisture? No oxygen, or blocking sunlight? Black cherry is well known to darken due to sunlight exposure. In ...

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Is it better to store wood vertically or horizontally?
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Is it better to store wood vertically or horizontally? It depends a bit on the status of the wood when you store it, but generally it's better to store wood horizontally. When storing wood, you have ...

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Setting precise depth on a table saw with no depth gauge
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What is the quickest way to set it to a precise depth for e.g. cutting slots or dados or clean looking rabbets? I think you're already pretty close to doing it. Usually what I do is get it close to ...

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Dado for T-track cross cut sled
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The sled is made out of 18mm-thick MDF. I would only be leaving behind 3mm thickness of wood to allow a dado deep enough for the T-track. Is that enough? My brain works in Imperial units, so I'm ...

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Why is this yellow colour coming through the finish
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Why did the finish turn yellow in those few places? I think it has something to do with the wood itself. I actually just had a similar conversation with my dad on this topic. He's a polymer chemist ...

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Can 160-year-old wood still have sap?
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The table top is still sipping out sap. Is this even possible from something that is 160 years old? Sure, it's definitely possible. Sap doesn't just disappear from a piece of wood because it's old. ...

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Considerations when making my own threaded dowel for a vise
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If I am going to make threaded dowel for a vise what do I need to consider. I can think of two things. Wood Something like a maple; at least a hardwood minimum I think you'll find that a lot of ...

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Space between assembly
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How much space is taken up by the glue between two pieces? 1mm per side? Less? Usually, this thickness of glue in a butt joint is negligible to the point of being zero, at least as far as woodworking ...

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Hiding factory machine marks
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What are these from and how can I either hide them, prep the wood before staining to eliminate them, or determine if a board will have them ahead of time so I can avoid using it? These look to be ...

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Front and Leg vise
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What are the functional differences between a leg and front vise? I think you've already hit on them pretty well in your Question. Leg vise can be built from solely wood components and has a deep ...

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What are strong methods to secure a stripped wood screw in hardwood?
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I'm working to repair the pictured round wooden table. It has a wood screw that's completely stripped out, in addition the center post has cracked: My suggestion is to use increasingly-larger drill ...

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How can I cleanly cut a large circle out of plywood?
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How can I cut a large circle out of a 4x8 sheet of plywood? You sound like the perfect candidate for a router circle jig. The one linked is available at Rockler, but they are easy enough to make ...

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Substitute for Bench-Top Jointer
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I'm contemplating buying a jointer plane or a hand held electric jointer. Any recommendations? It depends on a few things, in my opinion: how accurate you want to be, how hard to you want to work, ...

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Is this a self-drilling wood screw?
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Can they self-drill? Yes, the screw pictured above is indeed self-drilling. The cutout at the tip is what performs the drilling action. The relief in the screw shaft makes an edge which acts like a ...

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Will painting the edges of plywood hide the layers?
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If I paint the edges of an oak plywood sheet, will it hide the layers well enough to not show through the paint? If you're asking whether you will only see a flat, smooth base below the paint (like ...

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What material is suitable for a children's desk/furniture?
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What would be a suitable material, in terms of durability and cost, for a children's desk? For a piece of furniture that's destined for the lifetime of abuses that children can inflict upon it, I ...

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Can I apply polyurethane over oil before oil cures?
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Can I apply polyurethane over an oil before the oil completely cures or do I have to wait? You can, but you won't like the results. Not allowing the oil beneath to cure fully will mean that part of ...

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Passing wood through a planer on both sides?
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but now seeing as both sides might be uneven after gluing, can I pass the board through the jointer on both sides? Instead of jointing both sides, instead pass one side through the jointer to make it ...

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Are there alternative tools to a straight ironing rasp (or why are they so hard to find)?
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I'm looking for a tool to smooth/flatten down a surface in a rectangular channel in the center of a piece of wood You might consider using a planemaker's float: but I need the handle offset so ...

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How do I identify hand planes?
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What I want to know is how to identify different hand planes to know what I have and if they have any special uses. My go-to source for Stanley hand plane information is Patrick Leach's Blood & ...

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Is there a safe way to make a plunge cut with a chainsaw?
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Is there a way to make a plunge cut with a chainsaw into thick wood safely (i.e. pushing the tip of the chainsaw into a thick block of wood, maybe 12 inches thick) or is this just a flat out bad idea? ...

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Good way to sand wide curved faces
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I'm working on a project that has a piece of curved (concave) crotch walnut...due to the grain direction of the crotch walnut it was very difficult for me to get a perfect surface finish. Instead of ...

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Taking apart a wood cabinet that has been glued together with Gorilla Glue
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Gorilla Glue is a polyurethane-based adhesive. As such, you might be able to use a solvent that dissolves polyurethane to try to break down the adhesive and remove the glue. Likely you will have to ...

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Which solvents can be stored in which plastics? -- is there an organic chemist in the house?
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A quick google search found me this website, which has a nifty compatibility chart that I've attached below. Cole-Parmer has a very comprehensive compatibility chart for many solvents (organic or ...

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Reusing mineral spirits?
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You can reuse solvents a few times. However, at some point the solvent will be contaminated by too much of the thing you're cleaning. At this point, your solvent is no good. I can't really give you ...

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When is the ideal time to work green wood
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Was my green wood too green and I should have waited longer? In my experience, I don't think there's such a thing as "too green." Green wood is nice to work because its moisture content means it is ...

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Why are metal lathes not used for woodturning?
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I'm wondering why metal lathes aren't used for [wood]turning. In my mind, it comes down to 3 Cs: cost, convenience, and creativity. Cost: From what I've seen metal lathes cost more than wood lathes ...

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I need a critique on my sawing technique
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I have a problem when I pull back. The blade "buckles" and flaps back and forth. I take this to mean that the far end of the saw (on the opposite side of the cut) flaps back and forth as you saw? It'...

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