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How can I remove material from this wood beam?

What about trimming the roller shade? Most shades are meant to be trimmed, since manufacturers can't make every single size. See if you can pop off one of the ends, and then cut the rolled-up shade ...
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How can I reduce the thickness of a board except in one narrow area?

If I had to do this, I'd just plane down the entire boards on a thickness planer, cut a 3/8" x 1" x 7' board and glue it back in the desired place. If you don't have a thickness planer, ...
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How can I remove material from this wood beam?

Trimming the roller shade is obviously the right answer, but just in case somebody has a similar problem where it isn't the right answer: Don't try and create a router cut 3½" deep and ¼" wide - ...
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Can you use a router like a saw to cut wood?

It's entirely possible, and often reasonable. Without going as far as buying a CNC router (handy, but expensive) simple jigs and sleds permit cutting precisely circular holes (eat your heart out, ...
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Can anyone suggest how to connect a CAT6 cable to the incoming 5 pair telephone cable?

Each of the incoming pairs in the telco's 5-pair cable is for a separate analog telephone line (or, in today's world, a single DSL channel). The pairs are identified by color: there's a solid blue ...
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Can someone explain router collet sizing to me?

Router collets must match the bit size. So an 8mm bit must be placed in an 8mm collet. As you have noticed, most routers have 1/4" or 1/2" collets. You have 3 options: Buy a router that ...
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Can you use a router like a saw to cut wood?

It can be done, but to use a router to cut wood is not optimum. Jigging a router can be more complex and a router will usually cut out a much wider swath and create way more sawdust and wood chips. ...
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How to safely route a wide groove in 2x2?

I highly recommend using a pusher and gloves for this project. There are lots of "brands" you can choose from, or you can use another board to do it. You only have one set of fingers though, ...
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Removing router bit that is stuck with damaged shaft

While the other answer is correct in normal conditions - that is the purpose of the pin. I would use a bar that fits into the hole in that shaft and a properly fitting wrench as if it has been ...
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Cut grooves in plywood without using a router table

Use straight edge guides clamped to the plywood for the router, no table needed. Double check your measurements if important for size/spacing. Use a dado blade or make multiple cuts with the table ...
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How to safely route a wide groove in 2x2?

You are quite lucky that you were not injured. Perhaps you should take a step back and plan it out a little better. Proper shop safety should always be followed, even on small jobs. For starters, the ...
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Deepen a hinge mortise without template

Have you considered a hammer and chisel? It's very likely that you could easily chisel out the extra 1/8 - 1/4" of wood in much less time than it would take to set up a template, much less ...
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Which type of nut can be used as a replacement for the Dewalt router DC600B to securely hold a 1/2-inch shank?

Note: I don't think this question deserves an answer because it's a shopping question. However, this is a significant safety issue that should be addressed.The shopping aspects have been edited out ...
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Can you use a router like a saw to cut wood?

Of course you can use a router to cut through wood! It's done all the time. But, using a router to cut through wood is typically reserved to a CNC router. For humans, a jigsaw would be easier to ...
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Router bit for baseboards

Likely a false economy. You might spend $200 or more on tools for the job...router bits are not cheap, and neither is a good router (though the cost of bits soon exceeds the cost of the router, be it ...
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What kind of router would you use to extend a cabinet opening?

Why are you using a router? Does your microwave overlap the edges? If so, I'd use a jigsaw, seems to me to be much easier set up.
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Can a round-over router bit do 50% of the thickness while resting on the cut profile?

Adding a full round-over edge (bullnose) to plywood of the type that you have pictured is questionable in my mind. Typically such edging is applied to solid wood pieces. The plywood may very well have ...
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Installing Router inside Electrical Closet and Hacking the Telephone Socket

For connecting the router to your phone line, you need to find the 'ISRA punt' (this is specific to the Netherlands). This is where the phone company line from outside connects to the phone wiring in ...
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making shallow angle in wood

The easiest thing would be to rip it on a table saw with the angle and depth set correctly.
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Removing router bit that is stuck with damaged shaft

Rotate shaft until the hole (red arrow)aligns with the pin. (Yellow arrow)Push orange button to interlock pin with hole in shaft. Use appropriate size wrench to turn locking nut(purple arrow). After ...
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Can I enhance Wi-Fi with a parabolic reflector?

Maybe, but there are lots of details about digital signal processing that are more complicated than just using a reflector. Luckily, one of them is a simple off-the-shelf solution: your antenna. Most ...
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Can I enhance Wi-Fi with a parabolic reflector?

It can work. It works much better if there are no obstructions in the beam path - using a reflector or other beam-concentrating antenna does not make "the problems with trees and buildings in the ...
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Can I route a Rabbet edge into a piece of drywall?

I don't see rabbitting the drywall as an option. Another option would be to add 1/8" (or whatever the shower flange's thickness) furring strips to the existing wall and then place your drywall on ...
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Is this a plunge router?

Yes, this is a plunge router. Note in particular the second photo,which shows the adjustable depth stop rod and the turret beneath it which allows progressively stepping the bit deeper in successive ...
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What kind of router would you use to extend a cabinet opening?

Straightly has entirely to do with your fence/guide, and there are many ways to do that. You can fence the baseplate, use collars and fence those, or use bearing bits and fence those - it's just a ...
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Can I use a router on a vertical surface?

Routers are very handy tools and can be used for some amazing things but can also be very dangerous if not operated in a manner where you can easily maintain 100% total control over the tool at all ...
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Can I use a router on a vertical surface?

Yes you can use a router on a vertical surface. I do this all the time. Since your door is movable make sure to secure the door or make sure the jig for positioning the cut will prevent jumping.
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How can I reduce the thickness of a board except in one narrow area?

Circular saw table adjustment to the rescue. If you don't already have a router bit this is a good solution. Otherwise, a router would do fine. You'd need a straight bit without a roller tip. This ...
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How to mount a WiFi router on wall without using nails?

The 3M adhesive hooks work exactly as advertised. I had some mounted for 4 years & they came off the wall clean as a whistle. Go ahead and rig some interface from the 3M hooks to whatever will ...
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I have an old B&D router and I don’t know how to put the bits on

The inside of the nut you show should be tapered. Then there should be an inner "sleeve" with a matching outer taper and it should be split or have cuts in it to allow it to compress around ...
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