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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

This is why miter boxes exist. They keep your workpiece and saw in reasonably stable alignment. Some clamps to keep things still make nice cuts almost effortless. Remember: Let the saw do the cutting....
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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

The same way you get to Carnegie Hall - practice, practice, practice! Of course, there are some tricks that you can use to make it easier. Draw lines on 3 surfaces. The first line is on the top ...
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Why is my table saw blade burning oak boards as I make rip cuts?

High tooth count will give smooth results in most cases, but they can heat up in hard wood. More teeth leads to more friction. It's probably a fine all purpose blade, but ripping a hardwood like oak,...
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Is this saw blade faulty?

The filling is melted aluminum that galled/melted and filled the gullet and is covering one of the Tungsten Carbide teeth. You can pull it off with a pliers. The negative rake angle of the blade is ...
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Cut a severe taper (70 degrees) using a compound mitre saw

Cut it perpendicularly. 70 degrees from 90 degrees (ie: a right angle) is 20 degrees. Square the end of your taper and put a mark in the middle. Set your saw on 20 degrees and place the mark so ...
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How do I get over my fear of using power tools?

Check with your park districts and your community colleges for information on their wood working classes. Many offer classes on hand and power tools. You could also check with some local carpenters ...
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Can you make a plywood jigsaw puzzle, using a jigsaw power tool?

Can I? Sure, why the heck not? Will you like the results? Maybe, maybe not. As you've noted, if you're going to DIY a jigsaw puzzle, you'd usually cut it with a scroll saw. That's because the blade ...
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Why is my table saw blade burning oak boards as I make rip cuts?

Check that your rip fence is parallel to the blade. If not, you could be forcing the workpiece into the blade as you feed.
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Tool Identity and Use

It appears that you have a Stanley™ Saw Blade Set tool. It's possibly the model 42SS as per an eBay posting currently active. This image from above linked auction/purchase posting. There are other ...
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How can I inspect my mitre saw blade for damage?

Saw blades don't shatter. They may lose teeth, and they may warp. They won't come bodily apart from the incident you describe or any event short of an explosive shock. (I regularly use old ones as ...
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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

A properly sharpened saw. A clear line. Practice. Less than 20 years, but actually practicing with scrap lumber is very beneficial. For 90 degree cuts, it also helps if your saw is clean and shiny ...
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Is this saw blade faulty?

Yes the J shape is supposed to be there for expansion. If you look at a Diablo blade it has the J relief cuts at the edges and also d-shaped relief cuts within the body of the blade. The large tooth ...
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How do I get over my fear of using power tools?

Fear will lessen once you are familiar with the tools operation. To build familiarity… Read the instructions before using a new tool. Watch videos online to familiarise yourself with how the tool ...
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What tool should I use to remove this screw in my miter saw motor housing?

Get a heavy duty bolt with a slotted head that fits the rectangular projection. Turn it upside down and put the slot on the stuck bolt. Then you should be able to get a grip on it it. You may need ...
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How do I cut an arc in a pine board?

Whenever I want an arc that accurate I use my 3hp router (a smaller rated router will do too, just for smaller scale work) screwed to a shop made pivot (trammel) and make repeated passes, next pass ...
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Is it easy to shorten (cut) this ABS pipe and if yes, how?

Yes, it can be cut. My first choice, tool wise, would be to use an oscillating multitool. They're easy to control and you'd get a nice clean cut.
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What's the safest type of power saw?

While I appreciate this isn't an answer to the question, I'd like to point out that power tool safety is as much a state of mind as anything. All saws (with the possible exception of the sawstop and ...
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Why is my table saw blade burning oak boards as I make rip cuts?

Rip cutting a length of hardwood like oak is a much tougher job than cross cutting and you're trying to cut through a very thick piece. Note this is dangerous on a table saw, and especially if there'...
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Could a kickback have caused my mitre saw fence to bend?

Yes, it grabbed the material and slammed it into the fence with enough force to bend it. On my last miter saw, I was cutting a small piece of wood and it didn't need to be a perfect cut, so I didn't ...
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Cut a severe taper (70 degrees) using a compound mitre saw

At the risk of sounding like a complete idiot why don't you clamp a block to the saw fence so that the stake is skewed 10 degrees when flat against the block and fence? Then you can just set the saw ...
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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

One thing I've found immensely helpful is a speed square (this one is metal, but there's some PVC models that are really cheap) They have a "T" top, so you can set it parallel to the side ...
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Anything to watch out for when using circular saw to cut wood sandwich glued with urethane construction adhesive?

Having never worked with urethane glues, I can't say for certain, but I'd have a hard time believing that this will be any more difficult than cutting solid lumber, plywood, MDF or anything else. If ...
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How can I inspect a table saw blade for damage?

Triggering the safety in a sawstop rams an expendable aluminum brake into the blade, destroying it. Your blade is toast. I'm surprised you even got it out of the brake. Get a new blade, and be more ...
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How do I hand saw in a straight line?

The issue with this sort of cut is that the bevel and the miter are not perpendicular to the workpiece and not perpendicular to each other. Use a jig. You can build one, and place the workpiece in it,...
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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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How do I cut an arc in a pine board?

How do professionals cut arcs? They don't use a saw to cut them. If you're the IKEA kind of professional, you have a monstrous milling machine. You program the arc into your CNC machine, and it just ...
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Can you make a plywood jigsaw puzzle, using a jigsaw power tool?

You can do this, but there are a few things to be aware of. First, you need to use a blade made for scrolling, tight cuts. This blade is about half the thickness (from the teeth to the back of the ...
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Replace bow saw blade: Blade affixed with permanent rivet?

The silver part on the handle of the saw is pulled down and away from the frame. Then the tension on both of the pins is released and they can be removed and a new blade inserted. The pins are rusted ...
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Tool Identity and Use

It's a saw set, used for setting the teeth of a saw blade when resharpening. See saw set.
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What's the purpose of a convex saw blade?

This permits (if you are adequately determined) starting a cut in the middle of a board, rather than starting from the edge as usual. Most commonly seen actually used when starting a hole in the floor,...
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