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    Split bed rail repair - advice wanted

    Hi folks. I've got a double bed frame I'm trying to fix up. Nothing amazing, but in generally good condition but for this crack (see pictures). Both splits just apparently disappear into good wood after a short run. I'm calling the main one that breaks the board-edge the primary split and the...
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    Workbench squareness

    Is there a particular benefit to a workbench top being square to its base? If planning to use dog holes on bench and vice makes a difference to that question, that's what I'm planning. I've been given a very basic workbench (the most advanced joinery on it is a rebate) which, for now, is where...
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    Plywood - edge damage repair?

    Hi folks, Imagine a bit of plywood with the edge (where you can see the veneers) hit so the wood bulges making the board thicker around the point of impact. The bulge goes about half an inch into the board before it's back to original thickness (and presumably undamaged). That's what I've got...
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    Which joints to use?

    I wonder if some of you fine folks might be able to give me some advice. Being the most inclined to do such things, it's fallen to me to make some firewood stores (a bit late in the year, I know) and so I've come up with a bit of a design to fit the available space. I've attached a couple of...
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    Laburnum tree coming down - how best to cut it up for use?

    The laburnum in our back garden is starting to fall so we're having it felled. The guys turned up unexpectedly today - great service but I'm now in a rush to find out... ...for turning and working (either myself or by others) what lengths are best to have it cut to? Seperate answers for brances...
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    Help with router - collet nut jammed

    Hey folks, I'm just about out of ideas here. A while back I bought a workshop full of tools from the widow of a cabinetmaker who had died. In with them was a shop-made router table with router. Today I'm trying to use it for the first time, but unfortunately there's a bit in the collet and the...
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    How do you make brushes?

    Hey folks. Can anyone point me in the direction of some "how to" pages or plans to help figure out how to make brushes from wood? (Particularly the smaller kind like nail and tooth brushes but any will do as I'm sure it scales down.) Thanks! The post really stops here, but if you're...
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    Oh no! Not another PLANE thread!?

    Yes, another. My apologies if this has been done to death already - I never have much luck with these forum search thingies. I've got the impression, from reading several things on here and elsewhere, that older Stanley planes are generally better than the new ones. A while back I found a site...
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    SketchUp - pro or free?

    Hi folks. I've decided it's about time I got SketchUp. I work with AutoCAD so most of what I design is done in there, but I'd like to be able to view and play with SketchUp files too; if I like it I may even start using it more and more. The question is, do I go for SketchUp Pro, or the free...
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    Dust collection in a small shop. How to suck?

    Hi Folks, I'm finally getting around to clearing out the garage and now have a bit more money available so should be able to make a half decent (for a beginner) bench without resorting to too many bodges; this has got me thinking again about how best to set it all up. On the dust front I'm...
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    Any allotment holders?

    How do folks? Just over a week ago I get the key to my new half-plot allotment. Well, it's slightly under half a standard plot, but I think I can live with that for now. The nearest I've been to growing food is a strawberry planter (very) roughly cobbled together from some decking steps with...
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    "Makes me want to give up"

    I see the expression bandied around a bit and it's got me thinking... When you see an absolutely perfect piece of whatever your chosen corner of woodworking is, does it make you really consider giving up? I'm sure it's a figure of speech for most but I'm wondering. I've seen things that have...
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    Some advice wanted about getting wood from a felled tree.

    Hi folks, For as long as I can remember there's been an absolutely beautiful copper beech in the front garden at my parents' house. Lovely thing. Unfortunately it is now becoming a bit of a problem. For a few years it has been lifting the paving on the driveway, it has split the front wall...
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    Workshop planning

    Hi folks, I'm planning a small workshop in the garage. The floor space is smaller than the typical 1-car garage as there's already a wall partitioning the back off from the main part. I've done a bit of a sketch in AutoCAD (a bit of a skive off from work) and would like some input on the...
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    If I never see another computer ever again...

    ...I would die a happy man. Today I started, and after an incredibly good run of inspiration had practically finished the plan for the workshop I'm about to start building in my garage. Then AutoCAD bombed out on me. What a truly horrible way to find out that for some incomprehensible...
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    Planning a workbench - questions about MDF and other things.

    Hi folks, Well, the time has finally come to start planning my first workbench. There's one rather hefty drawback though, I don't have any real budget to speak of. I do, however, have a nearly limitless supply of free MDF in (roughly) 1200x800 sheets. It's mostly about 15-18mm thick. It...
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    Help aligning the blade in a cheap table saw {picture heavy}

    Hi folks. Nice place you've got here. Before I start, I know It's dirt cheap, massively inferior to anything more substantial and expensive and I'll really want a better one but the first point is key. It was dirt cheap and that's the difference between me having a table saw in the foreseeable...
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