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    Hideaway steps

    searching on youtube found this
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    Hideaway steps

    that looks amazing, not sure how sturdy it would be though?
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    Joint help.

    maybe you need to have a look at the wood you are using then, in terms of how it is stored, sourced, seasoned, run a moisture meter over etc. Also maybe a sealing coat on the inside of the cabinet might help to minimise movement. I'd do a whole bunch of test pieces and see what makes things...
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    Joint help.

    as others have said, it seems like this is an innevitable trait of wood. if you are not keen on mdf or ply, which I can see would complicate the roundover, I wonder if you could use a covering with a bit more bounce (like adding underlay to carpet) that would compensate for (hide) the movement
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    pilot drill recommendations please

    thank you Ttrees, I do use a centre punch normally when drilling metal, and my go to drill bit for wood work is a lip and spur bit which does the centre punching for you. obviously a 2mm bit with a spur is not going to happen readily. I think that the problem is normally user error on my...
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    pilot drill recommendations please

    I seem to have developed a real talent for snapping pilot bits recently, can anyone recommend a brand / type of bit 2mm and 2.5mm that holds up well, maybe with the ability to take a slight flex before they snap? preferably affordable and easily sourced from screwfix and the like. Thank you
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    The cost of a microwave on standby

    I have turned our microwave off at the switch for years, it has just become habit. I also (pretty much) never leave the telly on standby and I try to not leave lights on if I'm not in the room. it is not that I am massively environmental, I just don't see any real benifit of leaving things on...
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    Einhell tools

    I have an einhell reciprocating saw, which does the job ok, and I was quite happy until the last time I used it I noticed the battery kept on vibrating its way loose. I think einhell are reasonable value for the money, and now I've got the batteries I'd pick up another bare unit or two (if they...
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    Storage Crates

    I have a few really useful boxes in various (mostly unheated) spots for a few years, no issues yet with brittleness. definately the best storage boxes i've come across to date (though I do rate the fatmax deep pro organisers, as per spectric's recommendation above, but not quite comparable)...
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    Help please - "tool" gone "all sticky" outside

    this has happened to a tape measure I had, i was able to paint over it with a clear varnish, it has brought it back into service but it looks a bit rubbish. Also had a garden weeder/scrapper with a rubber finish that seemed to turn to mush overnight. Scrapped it all off with difficulty, I...
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    Cheap Scarifier?

    I have a mantis, which runs on petrol, has interchangeable heads that act as edger / scarifier / rotivator / aerator and does a pretty good job but is horrible to use - it stinks (petrol and oil fumes get into your clothes) and it shakes you to the bones as you wrestle it across the lawn...
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    Shelves in odd-shaped alcoves....

    that's a fair point
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    Shelves in odd-shaped alcoves....

    assuming vaguelly flat surfaces, I would get a pair of bevel gauges (Adjustable Carpentry Square Bevel Gauge Sliding Bevel 9 Inch Hardwood Handle Stainless Steel Blade Ruler T Bevel Angle Finder Craft Bevel Tool for Craftsman Carpenter Architect Engineer Woodworking : DIY & Tools...
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    Mitre saw

    not trying to be flippant but for that job I'd save your money and do it with a handsaw. The benefit of a mitre saw is identical repeatable cuts which it doesn't sound like you will being doing if you are expecting wonky walls. I have an evolution mitre saw, broadly speaking the same sort of...
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    What is this drill bit used for please?

    i agree with clogs, a pocket hole bit, normally used with a depth stop and pocket hole jig
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    Mystery tool.

    not sure what you'd call it but would it not be used like a cork screw for pulling out for instance dowels?
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    Scanner Advice

    Have you exhausted all possibilities getting the scanner to work with the chromebook? I would think there might be a patch available to get around the compatability issues, perhaps a question for a tech forum?
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    Treatment for ground contact wood

    I definately think the thicker the better when it comes to wood and the ground, but it is ultimately a ticking clock whatever you do. sometimes that is not a problem, but have just done some repairs on a neighbour's pergola where wooden (now rotten) uprights are holding a lot of weight off the...
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    Treatment for ground contact wood

    I used 'ecosote' on some sleepers recently, too early to tell you how good it is, it doesn't seem to bead off water as some products do, but brushes wash in water, and it isn't covered with hazard warnings which makes it nicer to use IMO, as per the name it is marketed as an eco friendly...
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    How do u keep ur's.....?

    I got a pack of velcro ties at lidl a couple of weeks ago, £1.50 for quite a few, maybe 20 or so. seem very good. I've got velcro from amazon before and didn't look at what I was buying, a lot of ties don't stay attached to the cable, so when the cable is uncoiled you put the tie down and...