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Are questions about antique tool restoration on topic?

I am into restoring antique woodworking tools, mostly for personal use in my shop. Some questions about this topic are clearly within the scope of woodworking.se. For example, how to use a planemaker'...
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Which types of woodworking of woodworking are we focusing on?

From perusing the dreaded 'tube, I've come to the conclusion there are a small number of (often overlapping) "types" of woodworker, and I'll use some of the known youtubers as examples where possible. ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Answering a locked question

This question is locked and it doesn't have an answer that I believe answers the question about how the problem happened. I believe I can answer why it happened which should lead to a proper solution. ...
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Why is this website still in Beta?

After 4+ years and 2,500+ questions? Is this website really still considered being a beta?
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Best way to handle this question/answer

This question was posted recently: What are some techniques you can use for older table saws that lack riving knives? It has problems on two levels. First it posts an answer along with the question. ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Woodworking's first moderator election has come to a closeand the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, and share your assistance ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Should we have tags for Japanese joinery and/or hand tools?

Japanese woodworking has a significant following among hand tool woodworkers. Woodworking.SE already has several questions related to Japanese hand tools and joinery techniques. Would the site ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Woodworking Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on March 18 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta ...
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Are tool fixing questions on topic?

My specific question would relate to a drill press chuck that wobbled and possibly damaged itself while falling out. I'm looking for more knowledge insight into if the chuck is junked and, if not, ...
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Should my recent DIY question go here instead?

I originally posted "How do I get the most out of cracked lumber?" in DIY because I hadn't noticed that Woodworking (beta) existed until after I posted the question. Now that I'm aware of this section,...
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regulating semi-opinion-based responses?

For example, this question is a pretty straightforward question with a few straightforward answers. However, a number of the answers are versions of "don't bother making biscuits/slots by hand, use ...
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What is the procedure for handling poor quality tags created by users?

This question added two new tags "tight" and "squeeze". I believe that these are not helpful categories and edited the question to remove them. They are however still in the list of optional for tags ...
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Does the “table-making” tag serve a purpose?

The "table making" tag used here has 14 uses and no tag wiki. Would it be better to apply the furniture tag and drop usage of table-making? Or should we add a general tag regarding furniture ...
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Should this question be closed?

While reviewing unanswered question I came upon this one. The photo link is lost and there have not been any answers. As a general procedure, should this type of question be identified and closed?
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What is the purpose for the tag “saw”? Should it be replaced on questions?

I just called up the tag "saw" to review info on its tag wiki and discovered that it has been used 13 times and has no descriptive tag wiki. There are also a lot of other "saw" related tags such as ...
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Did @Community make a New Year's resolution?

In the past week of this brand new year three questions have been acted on by @Community. There have been at most a handful during the almost two years of Woodworking beta. Checking out the profile ...
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Why hasn't this question been closed?

I came across this question and wondered why it hasn't been closed. It seems to be both opinion based and too broad (two questions in the post). As a moderator in GIS.SE, I would not hesitate to ...
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Are bandsaw restoration questions on topic here?

I recently purchased a second hand 14 inch bandsaw which is in need of much work before I can start using it. I have several questions I'd like to ask about how to repair/restore certain parts of the ...
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I assume we like hats?

With the ending of the current year, we have the option to participate in the 2016 Stack Exchange Winter Bash. This basically means we'll have the opportunity to earn hats by participating on the ...
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Question about hardware

I've got a question about locks (not door locks, but like gate locks and stuff). It's for a woodworking project (more of a carpentry project) but it's not about the wood itself, it's about lock ...
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How can we salvage the question about USA/North American-made stationary power tools?

Are any big shop tools manufactured in the USA? is attracting poor answers that only mention 1 manufacturer. What is the best way to salvage it? A couple ideas that occurred to me; feel free to ...
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What to do with the milling tag

I just looked through a bunch of milling questions and there is one that stands out. Can I use a CNC router bit specified for metal on wood? While technically speaking the milling in his question is ...
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How do tags and their synonyms work and when should we add synonyms?

So I was browsing through the tags and tried myself on the first tag edit :) (which failed miserably because links shouldn't be in there) I stumbled upon glue and gluing. While admittedly they could/...
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Which do I accept? the answer with more votes or more information?

I asked this question: How do I properly care for my paintbrushes? And the shorter answer has more votes. The other one has more information and it was more comprehensive, is it okay to accept that ...
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Is this question off topic?

This question: What are the name and origin of the woodworking style used for this wooden cabinet with rounded features? is getting downvotes and comments as off topic. The question is for help in ...
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How should we approach “What tools do I need [as a beginner]?” questions?

This question came up and although it's a common type of question, it is not very well-suited to the SE format. I put it on hold as too broad because there are many equally valid answers which will ...
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How can we rate ourselves as a site as of now?

This topic comes up from time to time. I am wonder now that since it has been over a year: How can we rate ourselves as a site now? A current snapshot of Area51 stats is below: Our number of ...
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what is a tag wiki and where are they?

I think I am missing something. At 1500 reputation a user qualifies to edit Tag Wikis. Is this the same as the tag descriptive text found under 'more info' ? I looked at the description of a tag ...
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Should the request for blade graphic question be changed?

This question got a close vote from be as it is asking for external resources it not useful to all users and we want people to stay here. Is there a collection of good reference signage for saw ...
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Appropriate use of tag wikis

I wrote some text for the tag "design" which discusses some basic concepts about the design process. I was active on another stackexchange site and know that people added general knowledge and ...
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Answers requiring opinioins vs. requests for ideas

This question One day projects for wood working fundamentals was put on hold for being opinion based. I understand questions that ask what is the best way to do something as of that type. But this ...
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Posting sketchup drawing for review

Can I post sketchup files (as links) for review. For example, I'm drawing a fold up bench for the garage. Can I post the drawings as a question to get feedback on my design?
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Should We Really Be Using Titlecase in Question Titles?

I don't particularly like using title case in questions but I guess this could be rather nit picky of me. It is reserved for titles of articles, chapters that sort of thing. I wanted to edit the ...
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How is the bracket question on topic?

This question Custom Wood Shelf Brackets is just asking about the brackets themselves. The wood shelf is only part of this that is wood related. That fact is not pertinent to the question. I guess it ...
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to take away a tag that doesn't fit the question

Somebody edited and added a new tag to my question. I think its not the right tag for that question. How can I delete the tag? I am new to this forum, and don't know myself around so good.
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How should I follow-up my question when seeking further explanation?

I asked a question that I was completely in the dark on. I got good answers, and now I know the meaning of the word and why it is used. However, I still don't grasp how it is used. Is it appropriate ...
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We don't need wood species tags do we?

I'm certain the answer is no but no harm in checking to be sure. In this question Will black walnut dull my carving tools there was a tag for walnut. I had removed it from the question in place of ...
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If the person who asks a question finds that it's a duplicate, should they delete it?

For example, I asked a question related to wood glue and the general consensus was that it was a duplicate question. Should I delete the post or just leave it marked as a duplicate?
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Is woodworking history an acceptable topic for this site?

I suggested a new tag called woodworking-history. Is this an appropriate topic for this site? This would not cover any questions related to the "act" of woodworking (such as the typical "How can I......
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Should we limit the range of acceptable finishing questions?

My position is this: we shouldn't allow questions on every finish that can possibly be applied to wood. Obviously every conventional finishing option from stain/dye to wax to oil to varnish to ...
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Enable YouTube embeds for Woodworking

Embedded YouTube videos are possible on a per-site basis. I think Woodworking is a good site to enable them on, for various how-to videos and such, which are plentiful on YouTube. It'll also make it ...
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How far can we take tool fabrication questions

Another discussion of scope for questions. Something like wooden tool handles is in scope I would figure as it is just a matter of turning, carving or cutting wood. What about the metal components of ...
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Are questions about felling trees on topic?

I could see arguments about this being both on and off topic. I (once) have taken down a tree, milled it with hand tools. We have had some question about green-wood but none that are devoted to the ...
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Has someone been removing [sap]?

I was going to add sap to the 160 year old log question. But... I saw it was only tagged on one other question. There are several questions here that talk about sap. Does the community feel that the ...
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How do we get a question unmarked as duplicate?

This question How to oil/treat a solid beech table top that will be used as a computer desk? [duplicate] was marked as a duplicate of How do I prepare and take care of a wooden countertop? While they ...
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rift sawn and quarter sawn tags

I know we have tags for rift-sawn and quarter-sawn. After much research and asking/answering question here it seems easy to conclude that rift sawn milling and rift sawn wood represent two different ...
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It the positioning question a duplicate of the safety question

Simple meta question really... There is my question about positioning: Body positioning while using a jointer Then there is a general jointer safety question: What safety precautions should I take ...
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Do we have to make more [cuts] or just keep [cutting]

Both of those tags are in use: cuts and cutting I figure that they should fight to the death. Between the two which one is more logical to keep? Or is there a reason to keep both? My vote is for ...