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Why do so many of my screws break?

You're trying to drive screws directly into hardwood? Or, even, really old softwood? Doesn't matter much what screw or brand you use, you'll end up breaking them. You need to drill a pilot hole that ...
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Cutting wood with angle grinder at low RPM

The golden rule in Woodworking is, know where your fingers are before you start to cut, so you don't have to start looking for them afterwards. That goes double when using the wrong tool. Put the ...
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Will floating pantry shelves built with 2x2s be ok?

"In a pantry" indicates that they could be hold up piles of plates and glasses, or 5-10 pound bags of flour, sugar, potatoes, etc, or just cans of soup or vegetables. That will, pretty ...
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What's the correct way to think about wood's integrity when driving screws?

Wood is usually quite forgiving to us idiots. As long as you keep away from the edges and ends a piece of 2x4 can take more nails and screws than most peoples arms can drive in(nail guns are cheating)....
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Why do so many of my screws break?

The code for wood engineering has "lead hole" specifications for screws. They're in Chapter 12. I'll quote the text later. The pilot hole size is predicated on wood's specific gravity (...
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Clothes get messed up everytime I do some wood work cutting

What you need is dust collection for your shop, not some costume to wear. It might be a good idea to drag your work outdoors until you can get the dust control set up. If you're working in a confined ...
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Cutting wood with angle grinder at low RPM

Youtube poster "Stumpty Nubs" had a serious accident using an angle grinder with a saw blade. The blade grabbed and the spinning grinder was instantly yanked from his grip and rotated into ...
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How can the slightly-warped rails of a bed frame be pulled together?

An easy solution if the slat-to-rail interface allows is to put a pin (or loose fitting nail) into a hole drilled through the end of one slat into the frame, on both ends of that one slat, in the ...
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Beginner friendly pocket cuts

My plan in the same restrictions would be with a pencil and ruler, mark out the area to be cut as precisely as possible. Measure multiple times and be sure. Go away and come back later Redo the ...
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Clothes get messed up everytime I do some wood work cutting

Generally you want natural-fiber clothing. All my shop clothing is natural fiber, typically cotton, which gives me very little trouble. Your problem may be synthetic clothing having static electricty ...
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Will floating pantry shelves built with 2x2s be ok?

Your question will result in many varying opinions based on experience and speculation. Here's my assessment as a lifelong carpenter and former home builder. I actually use a similar strategy when ...
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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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Cutting wood with angle grinder at low RPM

Woodworking instruments (including disks that can be mounted on an angle grinder) generally have teeth that in some circumstances can "grab" a piece of wood and fail to cut it trough. Wood ...
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How can the slightly-warped rails of a bed frame be pulled together?

We had similar problem. Solved it with two sections of light duty chain, a turnbuckle, and a couple of small eye bolts. Attach the eye bolts to the frame (metal, in our case). Then attach one ...
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How to fix a cabinet toe board which has been damaged?

Dishwashers do not have cabinet toe kick trim in front of them. They carry their own trim. Having the toe kick run across prevents removal for service, unless the entire toe kick strip is removed. ...
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Beginner friendly pocket cuts

Out of the two tools you mentioned, a jigsaw would be the way to go. A circular saw has some downsides (as you mentioned) for a beginner: It can make a straight cut, but it's not guaranteed Plunge ...
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What's the purpose of a convex saw blade?

That curved part of the top of the blade is designed so you can cut skirting board when it is fixed to the wall. So you don’t have to remove the whole length. Also for cutting that waist high trim ...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

Small screws do not tolerate a lot of torque. Even with a 12V 1/4" hex driver (nowhere near the torque of my other tools) I can regularly break #9 "deck screws" if I didn't use a pilot ...
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Clothes get messed up everytime I do some wood work cutting

I use a long sleeved leather welding apron - you wear it from the front like a hospital gown and mine has a high collar that goes to my chin. It's easy to put on (and take off) over regular clothes ...
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Cutting wood with angle grinder at low RPM

Will a machine going at 3-4000 RPM be easier to manage if something goes wrong? The actual question implies that the act of managing an adverse action may become an easier task. That should tell ...
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Freestanding Shelves Stability

Take a lesson from the flat-pack furniture designers and cover the entire back and sides from the top shelf to the bottom shelf (attached to the shelves not the posts) with thin, cheap sheet goods. ...
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Best glue for curved veneer

The laminate was presumably installed with contact cement. Unless you completely remove that the only viable solution I'm aware of is... more contact cement. Since contact cement adheres... on contact,...
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Will floating pantry shelves built with 2x2s be ok?

2x2 is typically an actual size of 1.5"x1.5". If that's what you have, then your 2.5" screws will have 1" to go through the paneling and into the studs, which means somewhere ...
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What's the correct way to think about wood's integrity when driving screws?

Two basic rules 1- Always use screws made for the job/material, wood for wood 2- more importantly always pre-drill to avoid splitting the wood How to choose pre-drill size. It has to have the diameter ...
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Cutting wood with angle grinder at low RPM

Angle griders with abrasive blades are fine for cutting wood so long as everything is well secured, and you're not in a hurry. If you start using cutters in them that can bite into the wood then you'...
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How to fix a cabinet toe board which has been damaged?

A file is going to take forever. I dont think that a powered jigsaw will fit there. There are multitools like this which are cheap enough to buy. It would require a steady hand. The best bet I ...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

There are screws designed for use without drilling. They work pretty well. If you use the right wood and the right driver they work even better. Buy screws that say on the label they can be screwed ...
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Widen a hole in an existing knife block?

Slide a hacksaw blade through the slot and reattach it to the frame with the blade in the knife block. You will get a more refined cut with such small teeth and only hand speed. A lot of knife ...
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How do I fix a crack in an oak tread?

Scabbing a piece of plywood or even another piece of oak on the bottom is one way of fixing this, but it's not a pretty way of doing it unless you cover the entire bottom of the tread, but then you'll ...
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How do I fix a crack in an oak tread?

That shouldn't be hard to fix. If it were me, I'd get a flat bladed screwdriver, insert into the crack to widen it just a bit. Using a glue like TiteBond, smear it over the crack trying to force as ...
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