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How can I square up slots cut with a circular saw?

I used a drop-saw to create these slots: Due to the circular blade, it's obviously left a bit of the wood in place, more easily seen here: My question is how can I clean up these slots? I've ...
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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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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 this ...
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Are plywood dovetails a good solution to building something that needs to be dismantled?

Are hand cut, plywood dove tails feasible? Assuming you can get "good" plywood, i.e. not the brittle splinter-fest I've seen around, is dovetailing feasible? I'd like to avoid using glue for the ...
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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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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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How do I scribe a curved sink?

How can I scribe this very curved sink? I want to fill the gap. Bought the cabinet as you see it. I can remove the small 3/4' thick rectangular piece (it is pocket screwed in). The ultimate goal it to ...
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Stuck building craftsman style coffee table

I'm attempting to build (and learn at the same time) a craftsman / arts and crafts style coffee table. It's a smaller project to learn on, before I start taking on more complex projects. I've made ...
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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 called....
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Installing base cabinets - screwing to the wall and each other?

This weekend I'll be building a couple of base cabinets to replace some of the existing ones, which I assume are original to the house (circa 1960s). I consider myself handy but have never built ...
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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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What's the difference between a No.4 and No.5 hand plane

Background Most current and past hand-plane makers seem to follow the numbering system (and design details) popularized by Stanley (and invented by Leonard Bailey?). There are a bewildering number ...
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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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Is my pegboard stand design reasonable?

I have an idea of building a pegboard stand, for the purpose of holding kids art supplies. For example, buckets with pencils, markers, pens, paintbrushes. Possibly also some trays for papers. Below ...
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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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Does it make sense to try mounting the jigsaw onto the table?

I'm trying to get my shop completed for hobbyist woodworking. I own a jigsaw that's very useful, but I'd like to be able to attach it to a table-like surface (still don't got a pro-table, I'm using a ...
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Cutting a 4.5m long 2x6 in half with a circular saw

My question is about cutting 2x6 boards in half with a circular saw ("Skil"-saw). Now, I've looked around, and there are many sites describing how to cut off a small piece from a larger piece, the ...
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Attractive way to hide screw heads in 8mm oak

I need to attach some oak trim (8mm x 60mm) to a recess in a plasterboard wall. The trim will affix to the metal c-stud on the verticals, and to wood noggins on the horizontal. Since I'm fixing ...
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How to select a good Triangle (Speed square?)

My father is now retired and has returned to his hobby of being a woodworker. He's been helping me build a standing desk for my office and happened to mention while we was working that he wished he ...
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How can I hang a 250 lb wooden piece of art on the wall?

I have 3x8 Brazilian Cherry timbers cut with tongue and groove that stack on top of each other to make a very large wooden piece of art to hang on my wall. I have all of the pieces glued to each other ...
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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 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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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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How can I cut/route a small, straight slot through a piece of wood?

While I'd like to keep this question as generic as possible, I specifically want to cut a slot that's 1/2" long x 3/16" wide all the way through a piece of 3/8"-thick oak. My primary options are ...
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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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Are there any good videos available that teach basic carpentry?

I apologies if this was already covered but I could only find a thread on books, and it was geared towards someone having some basic skills already. While I am far from useless, I never had a reason ...
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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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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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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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What tools and techniques are required to bend wood?

I am trying to achieve this curved wood look as pictured below. I am interested in knowing what tools I need or if I need a particular kind of wood. (I am referring to the white curved section)
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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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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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Where can I get a threaded wooden/metal rod for an adjustable piano stool?

I want to make a height adjustable stool, like a piano stool, of the simple screw/rotate type, but I don't have a lathe (or anything like enough skill) to turn a thread in wood myself. Is there ...
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How to cut a piece of 2x3 wood crossways perfectly?

I'm planning to build a simple stool from pieces of 2x3 wood for the legs. It's my first foray into woodworking as an adult so I'm trying to plan everything to aim for a decent result. Bearing in ...
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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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Putting up old crown moldings

I live in an old house with crown moldings in each room. We took them down to replace a ceiling. When it's time to put them back, are there any tips that would help us so we don't damage the ...
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How to seal an indoor wood planter box?

I'm planning on building a wood planter box for some edible herbs. (Similar to this; in Maple and a bit more squarish.) I already plan to glue the wood with Tidebond III as it is waterproof. My ...
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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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Mounting a window air conditioner on top of a sliding horizontal window

I need to install a window air conditioner in my master bedroom. However, the only suitable window there is a horizontal sliding window. To complicate things more, I need to place it on top, since my ...
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Should I reinforce my lap-joint?

I have a garden entrance gate that has rotted and I am planning to replace it. Because it matches my neighbour's gate I want to make one that looks the same rather than buy a ready-made gate. Also, ...
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Router safety - what did I do wrong?

Long story short I was running my DeWalt fixed base router (8000-24000 RPM) on a piece of work when it started making a funny noise. I lifted the router up to see why it was making the noise, and ...
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Simple software for stress analysis of wooden structures?

I'd like to develop an intuition for how the stresses are distributed in a simple wooden structure (in this case, a bunk bed). One option is to spend years building bunk beds, but I'm hoping I can ...
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Best way to take wood glue off of tools?

I try to clean my tools after working with wood glue but i always miss a spot here or there. My square is covered with wood glue because i didn't clean it fast enough. Whats the best way to take the ...
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Is it possible to convert a sliding drawer into a rolling drawer?

I have a beautiful, reclaimed-wood fitted wardrobe made for my house by some folks in my social circle. I love it. Except. The drawers are huge and heavy, and simply slide out wood-on-wood, 19th-...
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Woodworking Plans for an Office Desk [closed]

I am looking to build a desk for my office (L-shaped), but I am rather new at woodworking. I have the tools, and this would be a long project, but have no idea where to start. Are there any good ...
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I have a general question about learning woodworking for a still somewhat beginner! [closed]

So I am a college student and my major is woodworking, I enjoy it but I haven't really learned the simple things, I know a lot about table saw, routers, band saw, etc, but when it comes out to simple ...
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Is it okay that framing in houses is sloppy?

I've been watching people do framing on residential homes for a while; both in person and on videos. The framing is very "sloppy" compared to watching a craftsman build a cabinet, for example. The ...