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  1. I'm making some toy cars for the grand kids, what type of finish do I use that its non-toxic?
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  2. I recently got at auction a Skil 7 1/2 worm drive circular saw. The gear case seems to need oil. Any info on what type of oil is generally used would be appreciated.
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  3. I bought an old No. 44 Buss Single Surface Planer at auction and I am looking for a manual and replacement parts: Motor Pinion for the bed power elevating mechanism and grinding wheels. Any idea where I can get Buss Planer parts, drawings and manuals?
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  4. I recently edge joined oak boards so I can make an entertainment center. This is the first time for me in regards to gluing up boards for a project. Until now, I have used laminated plywood. I used a jointer and the boards glued nicely, however, there was a very, very, small lip in places were the boards were not quite level. I bought a small 3 inch block plane to remove the high spots. When I tried the plane, it gouged my wood and left deep scratches in the face of the boards. I adjusted the blade numerous time but could not get it to work well. Am I using the wrong plane for this type of application? Should I just sand the high spots next time?
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  5. Is there any advantage in adjusting the blade height based on the thickness of the wood being cut or just keeping the blades height to it's max?
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  6. When filling holes in wood using stainable glue and saw dust should you use a tooth pick to apply glue sprinkle on saw dust press saw dust in with finger, let dry, sand, then repeat again and again until level?
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  7. I have purchased a kitchen cabinet made of unfinished pine and I would like to know what polyurethane to use so the cabinet will match the yellow of the other cabinets that were done appox: 20 years ago?
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  8. Hello, I'm a first time scroll saw user. What causes the hanging up or slapping in the middle of a cut? Blade, machine or something I'm doing wrong?
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  9. Hi, I've read several of your answers on line, and have a question. I have a modest shop, space isnt an issue, I have a tablesaw, but can only rip up to 2". I would like to be able to rip up to 4 inches (or even slightly more if possible). Whats the best tool for ripping? I was thinking about a large radial arm, setting the blade sideways to the normal direction. Or would a huge tablesaw be better? I am making furniture out of small logs, and some of these 4" logs need to be ripped in half.
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  10. I am a beginning wood carver and have a stockpile of pine to practice on. My problem is that the wood is cracking ecspecially on my projects. Is there something I can do to pretreat the wood to stop cracks and something to fix the current cracks?
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  11. We have a HUGE multi-trunked silver maple on our property that we need to cut down. There is so much wood in that tree -- we want to put to some good use if possible. So, far I've found little info that looks promising for this type of wood. We'd love to use it to make a big country kitchen table or for beams in a building, or something substantial if possible. Seems like silver maple has bad properties for things like this. Is there any hope of using it for something along these lines or should it end up in the woodpile?
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  12. I'm a wood carver and there were white worms in the cypress wood. Under the bark and boring holes in to it. Do you know their name and what to use to get rid of them?
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  13. I am building a block plane in my workshop. The plans were featured in Shopnotes No. 79 and call for me to cut the shape of the plane out of 1/8" flat brass stock with a bandsaw. It does not however tell me I need to use a metal blade or a special blade for this. Is it ok for me to use a 3/8 in bandsaw blade on metal?
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  14. Can I use a regular finish nailer (Dewalt 51275) to install tongue and groove flooring or do have to rent a flooring nailer? Isn't it all about getting the nail in at a 45 degree angle?
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  15. I recently glued oak boards together. One section was 25 3/4" wide by 42" long. This section was made of about 10 boards and held together with cheaper clamps. The problem is the end boards curled up and made and therefore I have a warped board. The second section was 22"wide by 32"long and held together by expensive clamps. This section is flat. Will cheap clamps result in warped boards or did I possibly glue them up wrong?
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  16. My new amateur shop is in my attic. Tonight it is 14 degrees farenheit up there. My table saw seems to have more trouble ripping a piece of oak. Is it a bad idea to try and cut wood at this temperature? Is it because of the function of the saw or the characteristic of the wood?
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  17. What is the correct/best way to drill holes for dowels on the same angle? I don't want to spend a lot of money on some elaborate jig. Is there a method of accomplishing this?
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  18. I have a 1952 Powermatic 24" planer. I need to know how the blade height is determined after the blades have been sharpened. Is there a jig available or a measuring technique that needs to be employed?
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  19. Two years ago during construction of a new garage/loft I installed a 33 foot glue-lam beam (approx. 20 2x6's sandwiched together). Before I could get a roof on the structure we had a couple of early rain storms which stained the beam with dirty streaks. I quickly got the building weather tight and haven't thought much about it until now. I'm finally getting around to the interior of the building and have started trying to clean up the beam as it will be a show piece of the room. Getting out the dirty rain streaks is proving very difficult. So far I've tried cleaning with TSP and using a palm sander with 60 grit paper and I can get it out but it's taking me roughly an hour and several sheets of paper to get one foot and I have to do both sides of the beam-almost 70 feet. Is just the inherent hardness of a glue-lam that's causing me trouble? Any suggestions on how to clean up the beam more easily? And once it is clean, what to you suggest as a finish?
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  20. I am looking for information on the process for cutting kerfs in order to bend wood trim on a radius?
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  21. I recently bought my first router, and after carefully reading the instructions I began making a few practice cuts. I was using a straight 1/2" bit, cutting 1/8" deep grooves that are about 8" long into some birch plywood. The cuts were coming out fairly smooth. Near the end of the fourth cut, one of the cutting edges broke off of the router bit. Did I do something wrong, or was this a defective (Craftsman) bit?
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  22. I have a project that involves cutting oval shapes (and some more smaller radius curves) in hardwood. The larger ovals are 4" x 7" and the smallest radial cuts are about 1/2". I am considering a scroll saw, but I'm concerned that the blades are too fine - it looks like the scroll saw's specialty is cutting extremely thin wood in very intricate ways. A band saw, on the other hand doesn't seem like it will work with the tighter curves in my design. I'm looking at an expensive scroll saw (Dewalt) and I don't want to get it and find out that the blades aren't up to the job or that it's extremely slow. I've been using a handheld jigsaw, but I find that the blade often bends to the outside of the curve - instead of staying perfectly upright. I need the 90 degree angle for my design.
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  23. I have built some bedside tables and a pair of book shelves with cypress. I applied a stain and a wash and am pleased with the finish but I have applied the first coat of polyurethane and it seems to be taking a while to dry. Is there something about cypress that would be delaying the drying time?
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  24. I am trying to find out the correct procedure to make a dutchman. I have a project that needs to be patched and would like to try this technique. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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  25. I am planning on making some outdoor planters using Cypress Wood. Do I have to use any special glue for the Cypress Wood or is any good outdoor glue OK to use?
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  26. I applied stain to a piece of furniture and it came out too dark. I think that the stain is the correct color. It may just be too much. What is the best way to remove some of the stain?
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  27. I am looking at purchasing a small benchtop drill press. I am uncertain what is meant by the 10" or 12" distinguishments of various drills. What does this number mean?
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  28. I finished a cherry magazine rack I made with a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine. The first two applications dried normally. The third application is soft and sticky although it has been drying for four months. What can I do to correct the problem?
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  29. What is the best way to store walnut boards for a while until I'm ready to use it?
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  30. I've got an almost new circular saw and the blade guard keeps sticking open. I've already cut through the power cord, I'd hate to cut any body parts off. I read the manual again and I don't see any special procedures or lubrication that has to be done – 'am I doing something wrong?
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  31. I am in the market for a pneumatic fastening device but I am not sure which would be best for my woodworking projects. Can you advise me about the functional differences between a brad nailer, a finish nailer, and a stapler? Is one of these more beneficial or desireable than the others for woodworking applications?
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  32. What causes snipe when using the jointer, and how do you correct it?
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  33. I recently came by some 50 year old cherry rough sawn into 10-11 inch boards. Even though the wood appears quite solid, once it's planed to a finished surface many tiny worm holes have appeared. For furniture making how much of this can shown and how much is just considered "distressed"? Do I have options in how I can use the wood?
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  34. I'm refinishing the exterior front door on an old farm house – I'm confused on my options – any suggestions?
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  35. I recently bought a couple of anitque planes. Is there a book that I can use to identify them and see how to properly use them?
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  36. I am ready to buy a new circular saw...What is the difference between a Worm-drive and Direct-drive?
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  37. I am going to build my own kitchen cabinets. I know I'm gonna need clamps. What is the best type to buy?
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  38. What is the best type brush to use with Polyurathane?
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  39. I'm in the beginning stages of reworking a kitchen table top. I'm going to make a new top via an intarsia picture. To the point: I need help in deciding what type of clear finish for it. I need something tuff; scratch resistant, water proof, and maybe even heat resistant for those hot pans. I would prefer a clear, high gloss and deep finish. Do you have any suggestions?
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  40. How do I apply oak vineer to a flat panel painted door? What kind of adheisive? Carpenders glue? How do I finish the edges, router?
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  41. We continue to have a problem with using lacquer from a spray can bubbling up (finish on the wood bubbles up). This is very frustrating do you have any reason as to why this happens?
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  42. I would like to make some wood products from wild cherry harvested in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Is there an ideal time to do this with regard to the sap flow in summer vs. winter where it effects the grain appearence? I would also like to take planks of about 4" x 50-60" x 1/4" and bend these into circles to make a frame drum. Can these be soaked first or do they need to be steamed?
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  43. In one of your articles you say that most routers rotate in a clockwise direction (mine does), and to cut in a left to right motion when facing the wood. I am unsure whether that means left to right from the top (clockwise) or left to right from the bottom (counterclockwise). Which is it? You say "when facing the wood." I presume that means the top of the wood when standing over the top of the router. Is that right?
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  44. I've seen mahogany veneer advertised "RIBBON SLICED" please define this type of grain appearance.
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  45. I have a large quantity of hardwood flooring from some old house. I would like to use it to make a butcher block style work bench but have not been successful finding a pattern.
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  46. I purchased a JIG IT® Shelving Jig from Rockler for book shelves I'm making from 3/4" sanded plyood. It works great, love the ease of use but my drilled holes look like crap! Blow-out all around the edges. Is it me, the drill, what?
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  47. I recently purchased a stacked rail & stile bit. Using it with poplar, I'm getting chipping vs a smooth cut. Is speed the issue?
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  48. I used wipe-on polyurethane on a desk that I'm refinishing and it was a miserable experiece. The finish was blotchy and did not go on smoothly at. Everything I've read about the wipe-on finish has been good. Why are my results so crappy?
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