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    You want to determine the stair rail height...

    You want to determine the stair rail height independently from the flat rail. This is typically done off the stair nosing(s). The desired rail height is plumbed up from the nosings. Since the flat...
  2. I would start simple to minimize variables. It...

    I would start simple to minimize variables. It does appear that your track has a bow along the edges, butÖwhat happens when you make two cuts and mate them together?

    Iím not talking about square,...
  3. Plywood used in structural applications must be...

    Plywood used in structural applications must be rated and stamped as such, as far as I know. If youíre looking at the HD product labeled as Marine Ply (AB) exterior), it has no stamp for use as...
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    Guys who have worked for me pry them up with a...

    Guys who have worked for me pry them up with a pick mattock. Leverage is great. They even pull screwed in boards this way. Put the flat end under a board and pry. Better yet, use two and work your...
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    Iíve had a GLM 100c for a few years. Iíve found...

    Iíve had a GLM 100c for a few years. Iíve found it to be accurate. I just measured a window frame in the shop. GLM says 7.744í. Tape measure says about 92 15//16, maybe just shy. Thatís within a 32nd...
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    Joe, how do the thick veneers hold up? I would...

    Joe, how do the thick veneers hold up? I would think that old wood will absorb and release moisture fairly easily, especially without a finish. Any issues with the glue bond over time?

    Beautiful...
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    It doesnít sound like youíre missing anything. If...

    It doesnít sound like youíre missing anything. If you want to keep the patina and need to clean up the board, try a wire brush. Iím not clear on what youíre building, but board selection is...
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    I would flatten/square one face and edge on the...

    I would flatten/square one face and edge on the jointer, then run the opposite face and edge through the planer. That way you, hopefully, just have one face on each resawn board to run through the...
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    I have had the barrel grip Carvex for quite a few...

    I have had the barrel grip Carvex for quite a few years. Iíve not noticed it getting hot, but also probably never run it for long periods. Itís a bit of a finicky machine and overpriced when you add...
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    I do what John does. Heights vary depending on...

    I do what John does. Heights vary depending on use. A grill plug will sit lower than one thatís going to be used for a low voltage transformer or irrigation controller, for example. Other...
  11. Check out the Dewalt track saw bag. It has an...

    Check out the Dewalt track saw bag. It has an extra pocket for accessories. Itís fairly long, but you may need to put the long guides in the main pocket.
  12. The easiest route seems to be to get the 5 1/4Ē...

    The easiest route seems to be to get the 5 1/4Ē and rip it down. What seems like the downside of this option?

    Youíre likely going to need to modify some of the grooves to stitch the new flooring...
  13. As a point of comparison, try a steel tooth blade...

    As a point of comparison, try a steel tooth blade in the 1/2-3/4Ē range. My guess is you will see significant improvement in the ability to tension these blades on that saw, which will lead to a...
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    What Kevin is saying has been my experience....

    What Kevin is saying has been my experience. After some difficult Birch, I reworked my setup for certain woods.

    For clamping, I use a Kreg right angle clamp. Push the two pieces firmly on the...
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    Personally, I would try to skip the removal and...

    Personally, I would try to skip the removal and replacement. Instead, I might try to refurbish in place. I have a similar staircase and have worked on others. Old Fir is brittle and the nail heads...
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    Steve, in principle you make a good point....

    Steve, in principle you make a good point. Whether it makes sense to work with commercially milled stock, depends largely on what weíre building, however.

    I do a lot of laminations and panel glue...
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    As youíve discovered, there is not much joy in...

    As youíve discovered, there is not much joy in thickness-ing boards. Hard enough work to get a face and edge flat and square. Then to have to do it again, but with more accuracy...yeah a planer will...
  18. Thread: Drill Bits

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    I buy from two local suppliers. One sells...

    I buy from two local suppliers. One sells primarily Champion and Triumph, the other Fuller and Norseman. All excellent bits. Drilling in steel quickly separates the average from great.

    I picked...
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    I run full kerf blades on job site saws; table &...

    I run full kerf blades on job site saws; table & miter. One of my saws, a Dewalt compact, has been in service for about 7 years. Itís never had a thin kerf blade on it. I gave another away last year...
  20. The relatively new soft open/close will also...

    The relatively new soft open/close will also assist in keeping the door where itís supposed to be in open or closed position. They are also quite nice if you have a house full of door slamming...
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    I don’t think you’ll have trouble with 15g...

    I don’t think you’ll have trouble with 15g nails or medium crown staples. I’ve driven both into the tongues of softwood (and hardwood) without issues.

    Given the amount of weight you’re adding...
  22. That is a strange change, to eliminate the wood...

    That is a strange change, to eliminate the wood filled steel studs. I can go with the need to screw the split jambs in, but the casing seems odd. Does make me wonder what folks are using on steel...
  23. How large of pieces? And what do you mean to do...

    How large of pieces? And what do you mean to do with them once clamped vertically?

    Take a look at Josh Finnís torsion beams in Fine Woodworking (older article). You can build his saw horses or...
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    I do find it interesting that Nilfisk rarely...

    I do find it interesting that Nilfisk rarely makes it into the conversation. I have an Aero that I bought for general use. It does everything from concrete to wood dust as well as a fairly easy...
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    Why not the CT15? Itís presence seems to go...

    Why not the CT15? Itís presence seems to go against the usual simple marketing of Festool, so itís a bit difficult to determine how it differs from the midi. As best I can tell it doesnít offer...
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