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What is the best tool for cutting up scrap wood?

I have some wood left over from building a patio, mainly some planks. Normally when I'm creating firewood, I just use an axe a split the wood, but these are too long for that. I really don't want to ...
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How would I go about turning a tree in to a tabletop?

My father-in-law is about to cut down a large Ash tree (on the insistence of a neighbour). At the same time, we need a dining table, and quite like the idea of a simple wooden slab on legs. ...
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What is the “wobble” adjustment on a jigsaw for?

Every jigsaw I've used had an adjustment knob with an illustration that looked like back-and-forth "wobble" in the blade. What is this adjustment used for? I've always just set it as what I figured ...
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Can I use old bowling alley lanes as counter tops?

There's a guy in Brooklyn who has a huge stash of old maple bowling alley lanes that he says a person can make counter tops out of. The wood is actually pretty beautiful and some of it has inlaid pin ...
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How do I drill a hole in a shelf without going all the way through?

I need to drill a hole in a shelf that's half an inch deep but I don't want to drill a hole through the shelf. What's the best way of doing that? I have a drill and i was thinking of showing just a ...
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Can you rout plywood?

I have some applewood 13 ply 3/4" plywood that I'm using for a desk top. I was wondering if I took a router to the edges if it would turnout ok.
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What is the recommended number of teeth for making finish cuts with a miter saw?

I'm going to be cutting 1x6 oak planks with a miter saw, but I'm not sure what blade to use. I currently have a 24T blade in the saw (which I know for sure I don't want to use), since I usually use it ...
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Why do some table saws have a direct and a reverse ruler on the fence?

For example, in the ruler, the bottom row goes from 0 to 31 cm from left to right and the upper row goes from 32 upwards from right to left? EDIT: Here is the manual for the tablesaw pictured ...
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How do I drill a mortise and tenon joint so I can reinforce it with a dowel?

I want to make a mortise and tenon joint that will be held together with a dowel instead of glue. How can I drill the hole in the mortised stock and the tenon so that they line up accurately and ...
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What wood to build a bath-tub tray?

I'm new to wood working and I want to build my wife a bathtub tray that can hold a laptop (for Hulu watching) and a glass. It doesn't need to hold anything else really. But I don't know what type of ...
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Can I use an 8“ dado blade set in a 10” table saw?

I have a 10" table saw... this is probably a stupid question, but can I use an 8" dado blade set in this saw? Is one only supposed to use 10" blades in a 10-inch saw? I read on some contractor's ...
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What is the best way to shorten legs on a table and chairs?

A few years ago we bought a "bar height" kitchen table and chairs. It seemed like a good idea at the time but we hate it now. It's terrible to have to sit with your feet not touching the floor for ...
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How can I repeatedly cut the same pattern using a router?

I'm involved with a project where I need to use a router (or some other tool?) to carve a specific-sized square in the top of a desk. This square will not go all the way through the desk; rather, it ...
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When repairing a split table top, should I use dowels, biscuits, or something else?

We bought a 5' diameter table many years ago from a Macy's warehouse sale. It's a 1" thick wood table top screwed to a cast iron leg/ base. When we bought it, it had a slight warp about 2/3s from ...
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Why do we need multiple coatings of polyurethane?

I just finished my first wood-working project ever, and applied the first layer of polyurethane last night. This morning, it looks beautiful. So I have a few questions: Do I need a second (or more) ...
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Cutting a Custom Threshold: Best Tool for the Job?

I am in the process of creating a custom threshold to go from a tiled surface down to a carpeted surface. The tile is about an inch above the carpeted floor, so I decided to make a custom threshold in ...
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How to SLIGHTLY widen bored hole in 2x6

I'm making a stand-alone pullup bar and I bored 1 1/4" holes in 2x6's for my 1" galvanized pipe (1 1'4" outside) to slide through. Only the pipe is definitely 1 5/16" (thank you, guy at Lowes) and I ...
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How do I safely get glue off of wood that's to be stained?

I'm building a closet and I've just made doors for it. It's red oak wood with a rail & stile construction and raised panels. I was a little careless and some of the wood glue (Titebond) escaped ...
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While building a bed frame, at what point should I start worring about cross beams?

So, I've made this bedframe that's rather tall, the frame is 32" off the ground, and the legs are each bolted on with two 3/8" bolts running perpendicular, and horizontally. Having not actually used ...
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Designed a floating corner table, unsure of its potential strength. Any ideas?

I pretty much want to attach some angle iron to the studs and some threaded rods to the angle iron. I'll rout out the profile of the angle iron into the butcher block so it sits flush and so that when ...
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Can I bore my own hinge holes?

I'm scheming to reface my kitchen cabinets with sustainable lumber (looking for FSC certified or salvage) and trying to figure out what my options are. Our existing hinges aren't much different from ...
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Plans for building a simple swing set out of wood

I would like to build a simple A-frame style swing set, which obviously has to be safe while also accommodating up to two swings. Where can I find plans for building such a swing set?
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How do I remove excess wood stain that dried before I could wipe it off?

While staining some wood, we had an emergency and had to leave. The stain has now dried and I'm not sure how to remove the excess; it's normally wiped off before it dries. When I get home I'm going ...
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Are there any built in cabinet 'kits' available?

I am wanting to do cabinets between a wall and a fireplace. This would separate our living room from our dining room, so I want to build media cabinets (A/V equipment, DVD shelves, and a full ceiling ...
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Is it worth it to replace the stock blade of a miter saw?

I have heard that the stock blades that come with miter saws are "crap" and that you should replace the blade. I recently bought a normal consumer grade 10" miter saw (a Dewalt DW713) which I plan to ...
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Mitre Circular Saw blades for cutting Oak floorboards

I have two different blades (which are almost new) for my mitre saw. One has 24 teeth, the other has 48 teeth. Which blade should I be using to cut oak floor boards?
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How can I plane the edges of plywood?

I'm working on an 8ft x 12ft climbing wall. I have 3/4 inch ACX plywood attached to a frame. Since the frame isn't perfectly square, the plywood overlaps on the edges (up to about 1cm) so I need to ...
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What to look for when picking a router?

I am in the market to purchase a router for the first time, and I am not really sure what I should be looking for. As a reference, this is for hobby wood working, and the best I know to categorize it ...
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What is this type of traditional adjustable shelf support called?

I saw these on a bookcase in a shop today, but don’t know what they are called. Also is there an easy way to make them, or can they be bought “off the shelf”
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Why does some polyurethane need to be wiped off, and what happens if I don't?

So, I stupidly applied some polyurethane to my project without reading the instructions on the can. After it was dry several hours later, I finally read the instructions, and to my horror, I saw it ...
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Can I use a circular saw for precise cabinet making

I will be building some cabinet boxes and my table saw has a short span in the fence so I can't cut to final dimensions on it. I've made some cuts before using a saw board guide and a circular saw, ...
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Can mortise and tenon joints be strong without glue?

I'm designing a loft bed (here's a rough picture without the cross supports and other details). Right now, most joints will be mortise and tenon. I'd like to be able to take the loft down to parts, ...
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Easiest way to cut, shave, or chisel bottom 8" of posts to fit footings

I got some 6x6's and deck post brackets that are similar to the picture below, except they're 8" high: Come to find out, the 6x6 is slightly too large to fit inside this bracket. Now I see how ...
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How can I ensure precise alignment of wooden parts assembled with bolts?

I am building a CNC machine (don't need to know what that is), and I have chosen wood to be what I make the frame out of. One problem that I am facing is joining the pieces together. It may seem like ...
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How can I trim veneer edging?

I've been applying some adhesive-backed veneer to some shop cabinets just to get some practice since I've never done it before. Didn't have much trouble getting it on, but trimming it has been another ...
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As a beginner woodworker, should I buy a table saw or a band saw?

I'm just getting into woodworking and don't have any equipment, not even a bench. As a beginner looking to maybe make anything from small boxes to light furniture, should I buy a table saw or a band ...
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what is the woodworking technique used to build this piece?

I'm interested in building a side table similar to the one shown in this link. The woodwork technique looks complicated for an inexperienced builder (like me). How was this piece built?
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Why do decks and porches have cracks between the boards?

Is there a functional reason, like helping with rainfall or snow, or is it more of a cost issue? Are there decks that are solid pieces of bonded wood?
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When should I round over the edges leading to a miter joint?

I'm going to be joining 2 1x6" pieces of wood at a simple miter joint. However, I want the top edges to be rounded over. I'm planning to use my router and a round over bit to soften the edges, the ...
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How is a floating desk top supported against the wall?

Example of a floating desk top (courtesy of Phil Curtis): With increased height, it'd be one of simplest standing desk designs, and I am planning to do this at home. But, I am not sure how ...
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Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?

Project: 3m by 6m weekend house, roof 3m high, walls 20cm insulation. Question: I want build it from lighter/thinner materials, and i want to calculate from how thick materials i can build this I ...
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How can I keep a router aligned correctly while running it along the narrow edge of a board?

How can I keep my router aligned correctly when using it with the base against the edge rather than the face of a board? Is there a jig or attachment I should use? Freehanding clearly doesn't cut it.
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What is a good plan for building cube bookcases with basic tools?

I don't have a table saw or a router or anything like that. I do have a circular saw, and a drill. I could probably justify buying a tool like a Kreg Jig or something like that for this project.
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How do you interlock 2 pieces of plywood

What is it called when you cut 2 grooves in plywood so that they will interlock with each other perpendicular? What is the best tool for the job? Just a circular saw? A router?
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Which router would be more useful for kitchen cabinet work?

I will start my biggest project to date in a few months, and now I'm buying and studying the tools needed. Which router is most useful in cabinet making? A plunge router or a laminate trimmer? Both ...
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What are these metal fittings called?

On the amazing The Fletcher Capstan Table video, I can see some very useful metal fittings, but I can't for the life of me find them anywhere. This is probably because I don't know what they're ...
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Understanding how to read bevel cuts in woodworking plan?

I'm new to woodworking and I have started a project that requires some bevel cuts. I'm having difficulty understanding and visualizing what it means to make cuts like "10 degrees off square, short ...
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What's the significance of orbit diameter in a random orbit sander?

I've been looking at random orbit sanders and noticed that they have different orbit diameters, and some models even offer settings for it. Does the orbit diameter affect material removal, or ...
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What type of wood filler should I use?

I'm starting a project to build my own solid body guitar. I received the body and its made from ash. It needs to be filled (the grain is very porous). I hear that I need wood filler for this. The ...
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Can I build a vanity, or am I in over my head?

I need to replace a vanity. It's a generic 3 drawer, 2 door, 36" vanity, with one detail. On the right hand side is an angled cabinet, say, 15-20 degrees back, to narrow the counter top to fit it by ...