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When applying wax to wood to give it a nice shine, make sure the surface is clean, dip a rag in wax and apply it in a circular motion. Go with the grain when applying wax to wood with help from an independent contractor and carpenter in this free video on applying wax to wood. Expert: Jeremiah Fox Bio: Jeremiah Fox is an independent contractor, carpenter and handyman with over 20 years of experience in home repair and remodeling. Filmmaker: Steve Anthony

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Tape measures come in many different colors and sizes, but they all use inch and foot increments. Discover how tape measures use red numbers every 16 inches to note the distance between studs with help from an independent contractor and carpenter in this free video on tape measures. Expert: Jeremiah Fox Bio: Jeremiah Fox is an independent contractor, carpenter and handyman with over 20 years of experience in home repair and remodeling. Filmmaker: Steve Anthony
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Jason Cameron shows how to use power tools to carve a Halloween pumpkin. This video is part of DIY Pumpkin Carving show hosted by Jason Cameron . SHOW DESCRIPTION :D IY has Halloween costumes, decorations, crafts and pumpkin-carving templates for the home haunter. Ghoulishly-good videos and step-by-step instructions guarantee a hauntingly crafty Halloween holiday. So scare up some pumpkins and Ghoul it Yourself!
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Cement board is a panel of cement that has lattice in the back to hold it all together, and it is often used in bathroom and sink areas in home repair and remodeling. Discover how cement board is used as the foundation for tile with help from an independent contractor and carpenter in this free video on cement board. Expert: Jeremiah Fox Bio: Jeremiah Fox is an independent contractor, carpenter and handyman with over 20 years of experience in home repair and remodeling. Filmmaker: Steve Anthony
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George asks…

Woodworking at Summer Camp- What tools will be used?

I am looking into what tools and equipment most summer camps have in their workshop. Are they quite basic tools? If anyone can let me know what there is it would be much appreciated.

Denny answers:

Use the fletching tools [e.g. Carving tool]

Good luck!

Charles asks…

Woodworking at Summer Camp- What tools will be used?

I am looking into what tools and equipment most summer camps have in their workshop. Are they quite basic tools? If anyone can let me know what there is it would be much appreciated.

Denny answers:

Contact the summer camp for information./

Ken asks…

Woodworking Information?

I’m just trying to find all the information I can for now. I can’t find much with google or yahoo. I’d love to see some videos. For example, I’d like to know techniques, tips, how to’s, what tools are need, ect ect. I don’t know the first thing about woodworking except how to nail and screw it together. I’m wanting to build a large computer desk for starters.

Denny answers:

Your best resource may seem a bit inconvenient, but other than having a handy man teach you one-on-one, you should head to a used book store.

Look for either a handyman book, or a general woodworking book. Inside will be basic tool instruction, (tools really haven’t changed since the ’80s, just are safer and better, same general set up though.) and starter crafts.

Build a smaller project first before you start on a computer desk so you get familiar with how things ACTUALLY work. It will come out a lot better, plus you can draw from the woodworking book projects for joint ideas and better plans for your desk.

Sharon asks…

Good Woodworking Projects?

I’m looking for a woodworking project to do.

I want to give my girlfriend something, like for Christmas. Something saying “Home is where the heart is.” or something similar, would be preferable.

It needs to be something I could make without requiring power tools, except maybe a drill. If you can help me, that would be great.

Denny answers:

Well a router would be preferable but if you really have to go without it then the only other solution in my opinion would to either use a hammer and chisel ( being less accurate than I think you’d want for a project like this ). I would suggest getting a carving kit to get the quality that would please most easily.

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George asks…

Anyone know how to make a Pea Shooter?

Im really bored and I want something to do. I have basic woodworking skills and tools adn i wanted to know if anyone knew how to make one.

Denny answers:

Duct tape a straw to the front of an air canister and shoot away. If you use a twisty straw you can get weirder angles when you shoot.

Jenny asks…

ok. so its almost christmas time and i need to get gifts for my mom, dad, sister sisters friend. ?

i also want little gifts for my friends but it’s not as important as my family’s gifts. my sister and her friend are 13 and there kinda girly and my dad likes woodworking and tools, and th montreal canadians. my mom likes disneyland. and magazines.
i picked those things because thats what i want to get them but anything would help please. i need the gifts before december 25th so please hurry
merry (almost) christmas

Denny answers:

Your sisters girly huh?? Let me think a gift card to claire’s you know that store at the malls that sell makeup and cute earrings and girly stuff like that they have gift cards from 15 to 25 dollars or you could just buy her something from there? Does ur dad have a favorite baseball or football team? Cause you could just buy him something with there logo on it
. Your mom?? Buy your mom a pair of miney mouse earrings or something like that at the Disney store or online I’m sure you don’t have any problems shopping for your friends…right? Lol

John asks…

Woodworking shop tips or ideas?

Hi everyone!
I’ll be getting a woodworking shop built soon, (sooo excited!!) and I want to know your favorite idea or tip for setting up a wood shop. Storage, benches, power tools, safety… you name it!!
Thanks:)

Denny answers:

If you are looking for numerous good woodworking ideas, plans and patterns for your next projects, check this site

http://www.bestwoodworkingideas.org/

Mandy asks…

Is it impractical to build a large table out of real ebony wood?

I love the look of gabon ebony, but I don’t know much about it or woodworking. I guess I’m asking if money or tools aren’t an issue, is it still impractical? Are there other factors I don’t know about, ie weight or hardiness?

Denny answers:

It is very impractical. The size of ebony lumber is very small requiring a great deal of glue ups. It is very expensive and currently controlled because of environmental considerations. Finally, it is very, very hard and difficult to work. It eats up tools like you are cutting concrete.

Http://www.woodworkerssource.com/ebony_gaboon.html

You can get a 4 by 8 foot sheet of veneer for about $550. See the link below

http://search.woodworkerssource.com/search?keywords=gaboon+ebony

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A compound miter saw is a power tool that is essentially a tool that evolved from the chop saw, except that the miter saw can cut at more angles. Learn how a blade guard keeps the user of a miter saw safe with help from an independent contractor and carpenter in this free video on power tools. Expert: Jeremiah Fox Bio: Jeremiah Fox is an independent contractor, carpenter and handyman with over 20 years of experience in home repair and remodeling. Filmmaker: Steve Anthony

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A table saw is a saw built into a table that can be raised and lowered, and such a saw comes with a number of safety features, such as a saw guard. Find out how to lock down the adjustable fence of a table saw with help from an independent contractor and carpenter in this free video on power tools. Expert: Jeremiah Fox Bio: Jeremiah Fox is an independent contractor, carpenter and handyman with over 20 years of experience in home repair and remodeling. Filmmaker: Steve Anthony
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Paul asks…

What’s the best method to replace dry rot wood?

The front fascia board on my home, where the rain gutters attach, has some soft, dry rot areas that I need to replace prior to installing new gutters. Can I just cut out the bad areas and splice in some new lengths of wood or is there a better method?

I have construction and woodworking skills/tools, so ability isn’t an issue. I just want to make sure I do it properly.

Dusty answers:

When Wood Rot gets a gets into your boat timbers not only does the rotten wood need to be cut out but the surrounding timber needs treating to kill off the spores.

Types of Rot.
There are two main types of rot that infect wooden boats.

Both are caused by fungi growing within the wood tissue.

Wet rot is grows when unprotected timber is in constant contact with moisture.

If the worst has come to the worst and you have found some wood rot there is only one cure, cut it out and replace it with new wood.

Don’t be tempted by the products that promise to restore rotten wood, they cannot rebuild the damaged structure and therefore the strength, of the timber.

But before you replace it you need to kill off any wood rot fungus and spores in the surrounding, apparently sound, timber.

The infection can exist well beyond the obviously rotten area.

To treat this you will need a fungicide, a toxic substance to kill any fungi that may still be in the wood.

There are ready made products available. Just check that they kill the fungi and are not just preventative.

One inexpensive remedy is ethylene glycol which is found in the antifreeze used in cars.

This is toxic to most wood rot organisms and will penetrate quite deeply.

Or you could use a borate solution, Sodium Octaborate (Sodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate) can be bought either as a solution or as a solid which is mixed with water.

Any white residue left by a borate solution can be washed off with water.

Wood treated with glycol or borate can be finished or glued once it has dried completely.
Dry rot occurs when the unprotected timber has repeatedly been wetted and then dried out.

However the wood won’t rot just because it is wet but because the rot fungi have the ideal conditions in which to grow.

They need moisture, oxygen, stable temperature and food in the form of the wood fibers.

Given the right conditions they can grown and multiply rapidly.

However, even if the conditions change enough for the fungi to die out their reproductive spores remain and become active if the right conditions return.

Just like the dreaded teredo the fungi will take the easiest route along the grain of the wood. It can also spread, via contact and sometimes, the spores can travel through the air.

Boats are particularly vulnerable to both types of rot because of the damp environment, though salty water does go some way to slowing it down.

Sandy asks…

Is there islands that you can live primitively on?

You’ve seen the movies like the blue lagoon and such, but as modern times move in, are there any tropical / sub-tropical islands where you can still do this. Obviously there will be other people on the island because that’s how it is, but are there places like this? Use woodworking hand tools and live on like it is still the 1600′s? Even a place on the mainlands that is on a coast. Also deep in a forrest or something?

Dusty answers:

Look at some of the more remote parts of French Tahiti for example. There are also remote islands off the coast of Nicaragua for another.

Susan asks…

Is there islands that you can live primitively on?

You’ve seen the movies like the blue lagoon and such, but as modern times move in, are there any tropical / sub-tropical islands where you can still do this. Obviously there will be other people on the island because that’s how it is, but are there places like this? Use woodworking hand tools and live on like it is still the 1600′s? Even a place on the mainlands that is on a coast. Also deep in a forrest or something?

Dusty answers:

There are certainly such people in Panama. Http://www.tampabay.com/features/travel/article1120508.ece

http://www.gonomad.com/tours/0908/panama-tribes.html

http://www.focuspublicationsint.com/focuspanama/en/indigenous.htm

http://www.birdingpanama.com/ecotourism.html

Mary asks…

what tools would i need to start a hobby in basic woodworking?

Hi, I was hoping someone could make a list of tools & supplies that i’d need to start woodworking. I’m going to try to build bookshelves, toy boxes, etc.. also we’re on a tight budget so just a list of the basic stuff would be appreciated, Thanks!

Dusty answers:

Woodworking as both a vocation and a hobby predates power tools, so you don’t need to invest much at all to get started. Shop for bargains and the hand tools can all be yours for under $100. For small projects, you can do an awful lot with the most basic tools. Here’s a list:

– Hammer. Rip (straight) or curved claw, it’s up to you. The 16-oz size is the most basic size.

– Crosscut saw. Most saws you see at Home Depot are crosscut saw; most manufacturers assume that if you have to do any rip cuts (cutting with the grain), you’re going to use a power saw to do it. For short rips you can get the job done with any old saw, no problem. If you have the money, spend a little extra to get the excellent Japanese-style pull saws. They cut on the pull stroke instead of on the push stroke like European and American saws. The blades are thinner and it’s generally easier to use and control so you stay on your cut line better, and the quality of the cut is much finer.

– Coping (or fret or scroll) saw. For cutting curves and internal cuts. Frustrating to use, do as much as you can with straight cutting implements, and use the coping saw to make the curvy bits. If you have designs (on toys, for instance) that use constant-radius curves, do as much as you can by finding the exact center of the curve, and use a drill bit or even a hole saw to do the curves. Life’s easier that way.

– Plane. If you aren’t doing a lot of fine work, you can skip this. But I build furniture from time to time and the plane is pretty important. It lets you take a board’s width down in very fine increments, much finer than you can do with power tools.

– Chisels. Chisels are useful for lots of stuff, as you get further into the hobby you’ll see more and more places where the chisel is so handy. Get one designed to be bonked with a hammer, but don’t ever bonk it with anything but a wooden mallet. Spend a little time to make your chisel bonking mallet. Take good care of chisels, keep them sharp.

– Drill. Don’t skimp on this, get a good one. Cordless are extremely nice to have around but be sure you have an extra battery and the moment that battery gets soft, switch to the fresh one from the charger. The new 12v lithium battery models are startlingly good, you can snap the head off screws with them just like the big boys, but they tuck into tight spaces for close work, and fit into your pocket when you’re moving around a lot.

– Bits for the drill. The 1/4″ hex bits are very convenient in that they don’t slip when they’re chucked in. Get the quick-release chuck and switching bits is a tug-and-pop maneuver, great when you’re drilling pilot holes and driving screws.

– Square. Furnishings need to be made square. Houses are never square and level after a winter or two, but that’s life. You can make your bookshelves absolutely square-and-plumb, no problem. In my shop at home I have a large 24″ aluminum (can’t rust in my unheated shop) square and a very nice adjustable square.

– Clamps. There’s no such thing as too many clamps. I have about 30 in various sizes. You can get started with just 2-4 of the 2″ hand clamps, and 4 of the 24″ bar clamps. When you need longer, make an extension from scrap lumber, a piece that hooks on the far end or the workpiece and reaches up to hook on your clamp.

– Screwdrivers. Phillips #1 and #2; slotted 3/16″ and 1/4″ ought to cover 95% of everything you do. When driving screws with the drill, it’s easy to overdo it and bury the head; often you don’t want that, just bring it down snug and flush with the surface, and stop. Doing the last turn by hand is the ultimate control.

– Measuring tape. That’s pretty obvious.

– Level. I don’t use this much in the shop while I’m building as a level, but as a reliable straightedge it’s very convenient.

– Sandpaper. Some people would file this under “shop supplies,” but it’s a necessary tool in my opinion. If you do a lot of small projects you can almost skip the plane if you have a wide array of sandpaper and a good sanding block to protect your hands.

– Paint brush. A good finish needs good tools. A really good paint brush isn’t going to make a great finish, but it’s so much nicer to use. Take good care of yours. I have paint brushes that cost as much as $20 each, but I’ve had them for years. You can get a cheap “chip brush” and use it for one job and it cost you $1.00 for the job, and it was a pain in the butt to get a smooth finish and hold that dinky handle…or the brush I have I’ve used on literally 100 different projects, it’s got a nice big handle that’s easy to use, and so far my brush cost per job is about $0.20.

For shop supplies, the essentials: mineral spirits (very handy for wiping down a project to remove dust before finishing, and brush cleaning), glue, pencils, screws and nails, other hardware.

Good luck with it.

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Mark asks…

Woodworking Software?

I’m building a page for my website and was wanting to get some of your
suggestions.

1. What is a good cabinet design software program for a small to
medium sized (home) woodshop?

Are there any other woodworking software programs you would personally
suggest?

Thank you for your input.
Jeremy
www.woodworking-machinery-and-tools.com

Dusty answers:

Are you looking for a program that does the design automatically? If so, you’d better get a bank loan, that sort of thing isn’t going to be cheap.

If you are looking for a CAD type program that is affordable but effective, I suggest you try this:

http://www.woodmagazine.com/wood/search/indexSearchResult.jsp?_requestid=136919

As as matter of interest I use TurboCad. A very powerful but easy to use program that can also do 3D if you want to. It isn’t really that expensive.

Jenny asks…

Do you have a lathe in your home shop?

If you do, how much did it cost and how old is it? Do you have the woodworking tools for it? What have you made with it?

Dusty answers:

>This must be a real tough question for the DIY type people who should know how to use power tools. Yes, I have a lathe in my shop, and the tools and I turn things mainly to make furniture, like tables and chairs. The lathe cost me like about $5000, here it is, the Powermatic 42″x24″ Lathe, Model 4224

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2060036/23329/Powermatic-42×24-Lathe-Model-4224.aspx

This is a real good deal if you want a PROFESSIONAL one like I have.

Daniel asks…

Woodworking shop tips or ideas?

Hi everyone!
I’ll be getting a woodworking shop built soon, (sooo excited!!) and I want to know your favorite idea or tip for setting up a wood shop. Storage, benches, power tools, safety… you name it!!
Thanks:)

Dusty answers:

Build a wood rack for your different size wood, you probably all ready know not to store wood standing upright huh. Make a shelf for glass jars with screw type lids, screw the lids to the bottom of the shelf, so you just have to unscrew the jar without messing with the lid. Store screws,nails,nuts,bolts,washers, etc. Hope this helps!

Sandra asks…

Tools needed for a motorcycle kit?

So I’m interested in buying a motorcycle kit since everyone says they come with everything you need to put them together. I’m kinda hesitant to get one since I don’t really have any metalworking tools. I’ve never done any welding or anything like that. Just woodworking. Do I need to have welding tools or anything if I buy the kit to put it together?

Dusty answers:

Just buy a good set of open end and box wrenches,with a socket set. And a set of tire irons. Also there is a nifty little gadget to lube cables without taking the sheath off.[cable luber] along with those tire irons a 55 gallon drum with inner tube around the open edge. [tire changing station.] Motion Pro makes a carb synchronizer that You could get. Pretty much the same as a car with some specialty tools added.

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