JayL
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Can you rout plywood?
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ApplePly is a brand name for an all-hardwood veneer plywood that is higher quality than your typical construction or cheap hardwood plywoods. (You may want to confirm that your "applewood" ...

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If polyurethane is not food safe, why is it used on dining tables?
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According to FDA regulations, the typical clear wood finishes that dry to a hard film, including polyurethane, are considered food safe. Wait to use the surface until the finish is completely dried, ...

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Which tools should not be operated while wearing gloves?
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from OSHA Guide for Protecting Workers from Woodworking Hazards Hand and Arm Protection Your workers' hands and arms will need protection from burns, bruises, abrasions, cuts, and exposure to the ...

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How do I properly ground my subpanel that only has one neutral/ground bar?
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The neutral and ground MUST NOT be bonded at a sub-panel. They should only be bonded at the main service panel. If you bond them anywhere other than the main service, the neutral return current now ...

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How can I drill a hole in a small stick of wood?
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This sounds like a long pencil with a wire instead of a lead. There are a number of videos and pictures showing how pencils are made on the web. What it boils down to is that first you make the ...

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Table with 45 degree corner groove
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A more typical way to strengthen a miter joint is to use either splines or biscuits. Splines can be oriented in one of two ways. It's probably easier to show pictures than to explain in words: a) ...

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Are there advantages / uses to having disk and belt sander surfaces?
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An advantage of the disk over the belt is that you can control how aggressive the sanding is by moving the point of contact between the edge of the disk (where the speed is highest) and the middle (...

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Where can I purchase a block of aluminium?
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There are several online metal suppliers that will also make custom cuts. Online Metals is one that I have used. There is a minimum length that you must order (usually 1 ft) and a charge per cut. ...

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Securing furniture to prevent tipping due to earthquakes and babies
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The velcro type product you posted looks like it has adhesive on both sides. The velcro itself would probably be plenty strong if the straps are large enough, but I suspect that adhesive on the wall ...

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If I want to deodorize my carpet with baking soda, should I spray water on the baking soda?
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Baking soda needs to be in contact with the odors to work. If the baking soda is wet, it will not really work at all because the water will be blocking the odors from getting near the surface of the ...

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Is there any level of radon in the home that is *immediately* dangerous?
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According to this Radon Dose Calculator, if you are exposed to 30 pCi/L the dose rate is 6.275 µSv/h. Multiply by 30 days and 24 hrs/day to get 4500 µSv, or 4.5 mSv dose over 30 days. Wikipedia ...

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Is it normal for the A/C to be dripping from top pvc that's coming from attic?
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When the forced air unit is in the attic sometimes the condensation is drained into a normal interior drain and a second, outside drain is used for overflow. The overflow drain is in a visible place ...

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What could cause polyurethane to dry with excess gloss?
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The gloss in clear finishes is reduced by flatting agents which are suspended in the clear finish. Flatting agents are tiny particles that reflect some of the light back, thereby reducing the sheen ...

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How do I safely get glue off of wood that's to be stained?
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The best time to remove glue that squeezes out is about 30-60 minutes after the glue-up. At this point it's still soft enough that you can easily scrape it off but it's stiff enough that it won't ...

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How close can light fixtures be to fire sprinkler heads?
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I was able to track down the relevant code document for residential sprinker installations - it's 2010 NFPA 13D, section 8.2.5.2, and it's actually viewable online for free if you register your email ...

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How can I tell if wood is properly dried?
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The meters suggested are very useful, but there are a couple caveats to be mindful of when using them: They can only measure the moisture level to a certain depth. If you have thick lumber the ...

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What tool should I use for carving deep shapes in a desk top?
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I agree with Steven that a router is the way to go. However, I think it important to point out a few things to consider if you use a router for the project you described, especially if you have never ...

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How can I remove wax from a wooden counter so I can resurface it with Danish oil?
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If the surface is edge grain and the previous finish was only wax, wiping down with mineral spirits and then sanding using progressively finer grits up to 220 or so should be pretty good preparation ...

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Does pickling wood with steel wool and vinegar harm the wood?
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This treatment only affects the surface of the wood. It's not going to weaken the table. That said, the effect of a vinegar/steel wood stain is going to vary a lot depending on the type of wood you'...

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My house is nearing 20 years, what will break soon?
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If your refrigerator really is 20 years old, you should investigate whether it makes sense to buy a new, more energy efficient one. The electric utility may provide a rebate in addition to what you ...

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Where should I look to rent time on a router table?
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The CNC Zone has an area for matching up people who need CNC work done. You can also look in your yellow pages for people who make wooden signs as these are commonly made by CNC.

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Does it make sense to try mounting the jigsaw onto the table?
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Using a jigsaw in a table setup is no more dangerous than using it handheld if the mounting is secure - the blade is not guarded when a jigsaw is used handheld either! If you really wanted a guard ...

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How can I attach plywood to a wall without damaging the wall?
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You can hang the plywood panels with french cleats to minimize damage to the walls. One half of the cleat is screwed to the wall and the other half is screwed to the panel. Then they hook over each ...

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How can I straighten a piece of wire?
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I don't know about the machine, but depending on the size of the wire and the length, you can straighten it by holding one end in a vise and then holding the other end in a pliers and giving it a ...

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What is the best way to repair MDF furniture?
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You can repair them in a way that is likely stronger than the original by gluing in some dowels and then re-drilling the proper sized holes. Buy some wood dowel at the hardware store, something ...

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Should tile floors be cleaned with vinegar only? Is the advice against using other solutions a myth?
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In the to-do section of the care instructions you posted, it suggests "Use an all-purpose, non-oil based household or commercial cleaner." OR, it says, you can use vinegar/water. I think you are ...

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What is this technique for matching cabinet veneers called?
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With most veneer work only the panels (here, the doors) would be veneered and frames would be solid wood (or at least they would have some solid wood applied to the edges for durability). So, if you ...

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Clear wood finish with minimal color/sheen change?
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It seems like a new finish of any kind is going to be somewhat at odds with a weathered, distressed look. That said... A water based urethane finish should change the color less than an oil based ...

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Are plywood dovetails a good solution to building something that needs to be dismantled?
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Dovetails are frequently cut in plywood, but they are typically done by machine. The resin between the plys will be very hard on the edge of your chisels and to a lesser extent the handsaw. If you ...

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Decent Brand Names for Beginner Carpentry
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You can find reviews that are more oriented towards woodworkers (as opposed to general carpentry work) in one of the good woodworking magazines- Fine Woodworking for example. Several of the magazines ...

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