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    Beginner building workbench

    With a top that thick, you don’t really need through tenon. Marc’s Rubio doesn’t have through tenons and as far as I know no one has had a problem with the top moving. Unless you are building the top out of slabs, a wedged tenon seems like overkill. Having said that, the suggestion that you cut the mortise first, then sneak up would work fine.
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    Strongly Considering Domino Purchase

    I bought the kit, and probably could have lived without it, but I’m glad I did. While I use a few sizes most of the time, I have used all of the sizes. I’ve also made my own when I wanted a wider size (not thicker), but that tends to be ‘one off’ situations so I don’t worry about repeatability. Get the Domino, it is cheap for what it does.
  3. Go to the Wood Whisperer Guild site, Marc has a free ‘sample guild project’ with different detailed instructions on building picture frames. As a bonus, Matt is in the video too!
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    You can also rub chalk into the line left by the marking knife/gauge.
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    Walking Stick

    I don’t think dry wood would be a problem if you pick out sraight grained blanks. Check carefully, flatsawn boards often have very straight grain on the sides that can be cut off. You could laminate ash, oak or hickory with a purple heart center strip, each strip 3/8” by 1 1/8” and however long you want, then shape by hand. Put on a crutch tip or wrap the tip with a brass band, and drill a hole for a leather strap and you are good to go.
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    Woodworking without woodturning

    That is a great looking desk. The turnings are not super complicated, but getting four matching legs does take some work. You could turn it on just about any lathe with a bed long enough, and do it with carbide tools. I’d suggest following up on the suggestion of finding a turning instructor at a Woodcraft or similar shop.
  7. Screws from the bottom. With the rounded edges of the table top, aligning the organizers is a bad idea. If you look at the photo the top of the organizer aligns with the desk top, and mirrors the rounded edge of the desk top. It’s a really nice design.
  8. In the base build he uses pocket screws, but recommends figure eight clips. Z clips would also work. I like the look OK, but veneer over plywood or mdf would be my choice.
  9. You could do it with a router and edge guide, but the easy plywood router table suggestion is a good one. Use your router base plate to mark the holes in a piece of 3/4 ply, drill and counter sink, plus drill a hole in the center for the router bit. Clamp the “table” to your bench and clamp a straight board to act as a fence, and route away. You my need longer screws to hold the router to the table, but this set up should work fine.
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    Gap fix

    I would leave it alone. It looks like cherry, and if so, as it darkens with age the gap will be less noticeable to anyone but you. I can’t see any fix that would look better than leavening it as is.
  11. How fast does he want it? If you have the time, buy the straightest, lightest boards, then let dry indoors for a couple of months. Then build and finish the exterior. Once dry, pine doesn’t move much. It would be more work, but buy 2x12, then. Cut I nto 2x4 boards, round over the edges and build. 2x12 are often the best boards in the store.
  12. I’ll put in another vote for hide glue. You can buy bottles. At the big box stores, and it holds well and is reversible. I also think that wrapping the dowel with thin plane shavings is a good idea. Hide glue is also easy to clean up. Good luck.
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    Bark removal on Redwood slab

    Redwood is pretty resistant to termites, most older houses in Hawaii were built with it for that reason.
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    RZ Mask

    I like mine. I have a short beard and it seems to work better than others I have tried.
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    How to attach leg to this desk?

    Why not cut small spacer blocks that fit in between the rails, screwing up through the rail and spacer, making allowances for wood movement. I would be more worried about the unsupported top on opposite the leg.