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Square Route a Hole for an Inlay

“I’m trying to rout a square hole 6″ x 4″ x 1/8″ deep, for an inlay on a jewelry box lid. What kind of bit should I use? The lid is 3/8″ thick.” Submitted by: roberttalmadge WWGOA Editor Response: Any straight bit will do the job. If the material you’re routing into has a tendency… Read more

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Stub Tenon & Groove vs Mortise & Tenon

“I am making new kitchen cabinet doors and need some advise on the type of joints to use for the stiles and rails. Doors will be 3/4″ thick Red Oak with 3/4″ raised panels. Most doors will be approx. 13″ x 26″ with, the largest door approx. 18″ x 27″. Will a Stub Tenon &… Read more

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Shop Coat for Dust

“I have recently had pulmonary issues, making dust my arch enemy. Is there a shop coat that is made of a material like Tyvek that would resist dust adhering to it, as well as being light weight and washable?” Submitted by: billp48 WWGOA Editor Response: The closest thing I’ve seen to what you’re describing is… Read more

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Table Saw Fence Adjustment

“I have a relic of a table saw. It is a Delta 8″ arbor saw. My frustration is this. When I use it, the back half of the table saw fence does not stay in place. It will move anywhere from 1/4″ to 3/8″. I take all of the necessary precautions in measuring from the… Read more

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Garage vs Basement Workshop

“I’m planning on moving from Las Vegas back to Minnesota. I’m in the process of designing my house which will hopefully be built next year. I want to build a work shop in my attached garage or basement. Both will have a dust control system and both will be confined to a single room. My… Read more

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Turning Tapered Spindles

“I need to turn several tapered spindles to create karate staffs. They are 1/4″ wide at one end and 1″ at the other end. Each staff is 36″ long. I will connect them with pool cue connectors in the middle. They need to be consistent in weight and taper. Any ideas?” Submitted by: Bflodder WWGOA… Read more

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Wobble Dado Setup

“I have a wobble dado. When I put all four hub pieces on the blade, the blade does not fix on the axle of my table saw. I can’t find any instructions on how to assemble the hub to make it fit. The package did not show any instructions–just what it will do. I know… Read more

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Purchasing a Lathe Chuck

“I have an inexpensive harbor freight lathe. I would like to purchase a lathe chuck to hold blanks to turn stuff. Don’t know how to go about doing that. Can you help?” Submitted by: TommyG WWGOA Editor Response: You’ll need to look at your owner’s manual to get some information about your lathe. Specifically, you’re… Read more

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How to Stop Wood from Cracking

“In prepping blanks for bowl turning, I cut them out of logs for face turning. I am using a freshly felled American Elm stump and a year old Walnut trunk for stock (felled a year ago). The blanks range in size from 6-8″ inches round and 4-6″ thick. Both the Elm and Walnut blanks are… Read more

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Dovetail Joints with a Katie Jig

“I am using a Katie jig on a router table to make dovetail joints for some drawers on a cabinet I’m making. Problem is, the joints come out too loose. I’ve tried raising and lowering the dovetail bit, but to no avail. Everything checks as far as squareness and parallelism. Do you have any magic?… Read more

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