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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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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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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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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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How do I clamp box joints?
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For clamping box joints, I've found that offsetting the clamps just to the inside of the fingers ensures you will be able to pull the corners tight. With the clamps there, you will still be pulling ...

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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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How is it possible to let wood reach equilibrium moisture content?
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In such a wildly changing environment, how is it actually possible to let wood reach its EMC, or is the advice misguided, and does it not actually matter? It does matter, and the moisture content bit ...

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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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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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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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Type of wood for bending into an arch shape?
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I am designing a home theater that will have a small "stage" which will need to have a long (~8ft) piece of wood that is bowed slightly. I want to know what types of wood (e.g. MDF, certain ...

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Can I apply water-based polyurethane over an oil based stain?
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This should be ok if you gave the stain 3-4 days to properly dry out. You'll want the oil-based drying agent to completely vaporize from the stain before applying the water-based finish. Please see ...

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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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Wood splinters when using a rabbeting bit
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When I cut at 1/4" depth and 1/2" width, it works fine. When I increase it to 3/8" depth the wood splinters. In addition to the Answer given by @Steven already, it may be a good idea to score the ...

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What is the difference between a dead center and a live center?
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what are live and dead centres? To put it simply a dead center is just that - dead. It has no moving parts. It is really nothing more than a metal shaft with a point. (source: parts-recycling.com) ...

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How does one properly mount a breadboard end?
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I can think of a couple options for mounting a breadboard, which you will have to adapt to suit your tools and skill set: Use biscuits to join the breadboard to the rest of the top (not necessarily ...

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Can I run pressure treated deck boards through thickness planer?
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Will I have problems running 16' deck boards through a planer and will I get a nice result? Will the pressure treated chemicals, or the years of tree muck adhered to the surface of the boards wreck ...

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Will black walnut dull my carving tools
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I've never worked with it before, and was wondering if it would be a wood that could be worked by hand? Yes, absolutely. Black walnut isn't really all that hard of a wood, comparatively. Looking at ...

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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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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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What tools/methods I could use to create a small circular recess?
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I think everyone is overthinking the issue at hand here. I figure they would be very shallow. Just enough to stop the feet from moving but enough to have a gap between the glass and the table. 1/...

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Are there any serious and non-obvious disadvantages to thermally modified wood?
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Lee Valley has begun using what they call "torrefied wood" in their plane totes and knobs, which seems like the same thing as what you're explaining above. To quote: All totes are made using ...

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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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What's the best way to neatly cut a wooden cube in half, removing little material?
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I am hesitant about the best way of cutting the blocks in half as cleanly as possible and without removing too much material. Let me present a slightly different tack here. Looking at the first link ...

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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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What is an electric planer (hand tool) good for?
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And I'm wondering whether there is any task where it would really have an advantage over other tools such as hand planes, a thickness planer, a belt sander, etc. Electric planers are coarse tools for ...

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8 to 12 mm plywood box joints: brackets vs glue(box joint) vs screws
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The box size would be height=400mm, length=800mm, width=400mm, made of 10mm plywood. Say the max load on boxes when used as benches = turned open side down is 200kg and the load when used as a box is ...

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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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What are the holes on the skirts and legs of benches for?
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The holes in a workbench skirt are usually used for pegs. They're used to prop one end of a long board up while the other end is clamped in a vise or held to the face of the bench with a clamp or ...

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How to prevent table saw blade vibration gouges?
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The blade cuts fine most of the time, but every once in a while something goes wrong and I'll get a big gouge in the wood. In my experience, this isn't really a big gouge. When you're running a ...

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