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  1. I've got a 4" and a 6" one. Using the little holes to mark lines works pretty well but when using an odd distance I have to count up or over to a reference point so I can go back in the same place when I need to advance the lead on my mechanical pencil. I've had a Veritas saddle square for years and still use it in certain circumstances. But the longer edge and shorter lip makes the Woodpeckers version more useful. Plus the Veritas square is uncomfortable in my pocket. I've had the 4" WP square in my pocket all day sometimes. Anyone got the longer ones ?
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    Cabinet drawer slides

    Most undermount slides ,even the ones without soft close have a self close, that's what holds the drawer shut. Usually undermount slides have a pin or hook that goes into the back of the drawer. This means that the drawer length is fixed by the slide you choose. I've gotten 26" Blum concealed slides. There are also heavy duty versions for big drawers. Some ball bearing side mount slides can also be used as undermount. 100 lb rating side mount is maybe 40 lb or less when undermount did.
  3. Sometimes the big framing square doesn't fit inside a cabinet or I'm reluctant to take it out to jobsites. They offered up this oversized precision speed square when I had just gotten paid on a big project so decided I deserved a treat. I even opted for the MDF case. Then I completely forgot I had ordered it. They shipped earlier than promised and when it hit my credit card I wasn't expecting it. Forgot how much it was and had a little sticker shock. I've got 6" & 12" speed squares but the edges aren't that flat & precision. This 18" square works great with a circular saw onsite. It gets more use than I thought it would. Its not as heavy as the framing square and it stands up inside a cabinet on its own quite well. That lets me have both hands free to apply a diagonal clamp when a case is a bit out of square during glue up. Its kind of a luxury sometimes you just have to indulge.
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    18" precision square

    I got the 18” one the first time it was offered. I’ve used it to guide my tracksaw on crosscuts , layout work & checking large cases . It’s useful but overpriced. I bought it as a reward for completing a profitable job.
  5. Take it to the dump and practice frisbee !
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    Diving into the Festool rabbit hole.

    I found some O rings that fit between my ETS 150 sander and the Fein vac hose that I already had. Worked great that way for many years. Eventually I knuckled under and got a CT26. I had a bunch of onsite work to do and the HEPA filter plus the much lower noise made the choice easier. I reuse the bags a few times just to keep costs down.
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    Ah, honeycombs...

    I bet lots of companies are flexible, if you are pleasant about the situation instead of being demanding the results could be much better. Glad it worked out well for you.
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    Coffee table design

    Underneath an office waiting room coffee table might not be the best place for a weapon. You could put a webcam under there but that also doesn't seem to be a wise idea either.
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    Ah, honeycombs...

    The lumber mill I've been buying from for 45 years is usually very accommodating on problems like this. Especially if you buy FAS grade hardwoods. Common grades your supposed to expect even hidden flaws. However I'm not sure they are going to be as liberal with occasional buyers of small orders. Of course I usually buy 20-30 % extra to allow for waste, mistakes and flaws. I only fuss about issues like yours when it shows up in several boards or makes a single large plank unusable.
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    Breadboard countertop question

    Leaving a gap at the wall underneath a backsplash like tile or whatever and then use a really flexible caulk like Lexcel . It comes in clear and white plus its paintable. It cleans up with mineral spirits. Might need a couple days to cure but unlike silicone it stays put & remains flexible for decades. This approach will let you use a center fixed breadboard and hide half of the movement underneath the backsplash. When the backsplash was just a thin layer of plastic laminate I have cut the face of the drywall and dug a 1/4 deep recess in the gypsum to conceal the movement.
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    My spoon cracked after 1 use what did i do wrong?

    Cherry pitch pockets, those dark black areas, are notorious for causing problems. If you dry it out for a week or so and saturated the area w epoxy then sand & reshape before re oiling it should be possible to save the spoon.
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    How could i flatten my table top?

    Well Ireland is a bit far for you to bring your top by my shop in Atlanta to run it through the drum sander ....... but you would be welcome to do so.
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    Disappointing fail for Octogon table

    If the boards in the base went sideways movement shouldn't be a big problem. Wood moves in width and slightly in thickness but very little in length. If the top was made of 8 strips with angled butt joints movement wouldn't hurt much there either. Dowels, dominos, biscuits or even lap joints could work. Getting all 8 joints to fit as perfect miters can be tricky, angles and lengths must all match quite accurately. Otherwise veneer might be a better choice.
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    live edge coffee table build

    Wire brushes and flap sanding wheels work great on live edges.
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    Drawer slides

    There is a kit of a drill jig and some bits that make installing that kind of slide much easier and more accurate. It is possible to make your own jig but time and accuracy are likely to suffer. Building a test drawer from scrap and doing a trial run of the install is a good idea. The drawer sizing has to work with the specific slide. Don't jump the gun and build the drawers first. Strongly consider clearance issues if a door doesn't completely swing fully open..
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    Shipping vs Traveling with Tools

    Shop & insure plus take photos of each tool as packed just for documentation .
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    Arts & Crafts Bookcase

    I have achieved the backless look in some of my bookcases by adding a loose 1/8" or 1/4" MDF sheet painted with the matching wall paint. Take out the shelves and the back fits with a 1/16 gap , this approach lets you switch from a matching wood back that's a permanent part of the bookcase to the backless look.
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    Coffee table for my nephew

    Beautiful results! Damn lucky nephew !
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    Hello from Middle GA

    And here I was about to post that you hadn't been online since August ! Welcome back !
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    So this happened today... New SawStop.

    So if a SawStop has seen too many hotdogs is it a higher risk for viruses ..... ?
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    Making a corner desk - first major project.

    Also store bought 4x4 construction lumber isn't square sometimes. Plus it might be wet in the center too.
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    (Sigh)....Roubo time

    Only left handed people are in their right minds .... woodworker OCD should be mixed 50/50 with " close enough for government work " to retain sanity.
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    Some File Questions

    Nicholson is ok. I use "Plasticut " files for laminate work. Just spin the file end for end,voila Japanese pull cut ! The angle you hold the file at, the speed of your stroke and the amount of pressure you apply greatly affect the quality of the cut. Cheap files aren't worth the effort. Acid to sharpen works but not well. I tried it 20+ years ago and it wasn't worth the cost, time and effort. I use Bostick " Bladecote" teflon type spray on my laminate files to reduce loading of the contact cement & dust in the teeth. The spray cans aren't cheap but when you file about 1/2 mile of edges inside a 2 week period every little bit helps.
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    Now what - what to get after Lathe?

    (D) = all of the above !
  25. If it’s sitting on the floor then all you need is to add a couple brackets/ties/whatever attached the top outermost studs and a couple spacers w ties/ screws /etc to the baseboard on each side . Adding cushions/bumpers/rubber feet is only needed if it’s a smooth floor.