Could You Be A Woodworker?

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Working with your hands relaxes you. You've got great hand-eye coordination, and you're not too shabby at measuring things, either. You love the garage. You're detail-oriented, and you don't have any problems with concentration.

You're happiest when carving wood, and maybe you've even done some amateur woodwork in the past. So you think you'd make a good woodworker, and maybe you "wood"! Get out your tools and get ready to get your hands dirty, because this quiz is no joke.

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1. Careful! Make a pilot hole to ensure...

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  1. You don't split the wood
  2. Your wood is wet enough to use
Using screws in wood is not always the easiest thing. There is a chance that it may split the wood. Pilot holes ensure that this will not happen.
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2. In which direction should you sand wood?

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  1. With the grain
  2. Against the grain
It's best to sand in the direction of the grain to reduce scratching. This is especially important for projects you will stain.
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3. Where should you use pressure-treated wood?

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  1. Wood for indoor projects
  2. Wood for outdoor projects
Pressure-treated wood is great for outdoor projects because it is better protected and preserved.
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4. How can you make your own wood filler?

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  1. Sawdust and clear shellac
  2. Concrete and epoxy
Sawdust and clear shellac are all you need to make your own filler. Just mix the two together to get the consistency you want.
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5. Low-grit sandpaper, such as 40-grit, is for...

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  1. Extremely smooth surfaces
  2. Rough and built-up surfaces
40-grit is for course surfaces. Sandpaper with 200-grit is for fine surfaces.
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6. When working with green lumber...

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  1. Let it air-dry first
  2. Wash it first
Green lumber is high in moisture content. Air-dry it before using it in construction projects.
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7. Identify this joint:

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  1. Box
  2. Mortise and tenon
It's a mortise and tenon joint. What's this? A rectilinear tongue that fits firmly into a slot.
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8. Use a crosscut saw to...

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  1. Cut with the grain
  2. Cut against the grain
A crosscut saw is designed to make fine cuts against the grain. Its teeth cut in both directions, whether you're pushing or pulling.
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9. What kind of joint is this?

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  1. Tongue and groove
  2. Alternate foxtail wedging
You're looking at a tongue and groove joint!
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10. What kind of joint is this?

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  1. Finger
  2. Hand
You're looking at a finger joint! This joint is made out of a set of interlocking profiles.
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11. To cut your angles properly, use a...

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  1. Framing square
  2. Framing octagon
You'll need a framing square. In reality, a framing square is made up of two rulers at a 90-degree angle.
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12. To shave rough surfaces, use a...

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  1. Saw
  2. Chisel
Chisels are perhaps the most versatile woodworking tool. Use them to cut mortises, shave rough surfaces, and scrape off glue.
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13. When using a sabre saw, remember to...

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  1. Change the blade every time
  2. Never force the cut
Never force the cut. The motor should do all the work for you. Saber saws cut both with and across the grain of the wood.
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14. What determines the size of a hammer?

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  1. Its handle weight
  2. Its head weight
Hammers with head weights of between 16 and 20 oz. are good for DIY purposes.
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15. This property of wood accounts for its high insulating value:

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  1. Its color
  2. Its weight
Its weight! The thicker the wood, the better it will insulate.
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16. When painting wood...

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  1. Sand your surface first
  2. Use a water-based paint
If you're going to paint wood, a good rule of thumb is that you should paint your surface first. Remember, apply a white alkyd undercoat and a wood primer before your topcoats.
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17. What causes wood to shrink or swell?

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  1. Wind
  2. Humidity
Woods shrink and swell according to the moisture content in the air, or extreme changes in humidity.
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18. Identify this softwood:

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  1. Spruce
  2. Hickory
Softwoods come from evergreen and conifer trees. Spruce, pine, and cedar are all examples.
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19. What should you consider when choosing wood for outdoor furniture?

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  1. It should be dense
  2. It should be porous
Choose a wood that's denser so that it's harder for insects to bite through. Dense wood is also less likely to be affected by moisture.
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20. Which of these finishes holds up best for outdoor applications?

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  1. Water-based finishes
  2. Epoxy
For outdoor finishes, pick either exterior oil, exterior varnish, or epoxy sealers. Epoxy is the strongest of the three.
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21. This wood is NOT suitable for staining.

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  1. Oak
  2. Cherry
Don't try staining pine, cherry, birch, and maple. You may end up with blotchy areas.
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22. What is this special saw called?

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  1. A coping saw
  2. A circular saw
It's a coping saw! What's special about it? It makes turning cuts on wood.
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23. Plywood is strong because it's made of woods with grains stacked in...

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  1. Same directions
  2. Opposite directions
Plywood is made of thin layers of wood stacked in opposite directions. It's not always stronger than solid wood, but it usually is.
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24. What tools do you see in this picture?

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  1. A chisel and a hammer
  2. A screwdriver and a scythe
A chisel and a hammer! These are among the most basic tools you'll need in your toolkit, along with a level, a speed square, measuring tape, a table saw, and a circular saw.
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25. What tool is Fred using?

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  1. A router
  2. A power jointer
Routers are handheld tools that hollow, round out, and create grooves in materials like wood and plastic.
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26. What is Sam doing?

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  1. Using a wood planer to reduce thickness
  2. Making plywood
Wood planers reduce the thickness level of wood so that it is better suited to the carpentry project at hand.
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27. What kind of joint is this?

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  1. A comb joint
  2. A brush joint
It's a comb joint. You can also call comb joints "box joints" or "finger joints".
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28. What is Daniel doing to this piece of wood?

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  1. Carving
  2. Sanding
He's carving wood! Did you know that carving is believed to be more than 11,500 years old?
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29. What kinds of projects are dovetail joints good for?

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  1. Wood floors
  2. Cabinets
Use dovetail joints when making boxes, drawers, and cabinets. Use glue to strengthen the joint.
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30. Do NOT apply Epoxy resin...

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  1. To wood
  2. On humid days
Epoxy resins bond to all woods, aluminum and glass. But don't apply it during humid days!
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31. Why is Chris using a planer?

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  1. He wants his surface to shine
  2. His wood surface is rough
In addition to thinning wood, planers make surfaces smoother.
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32. Use a bandsaw to...

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  1. To cut simple shapes
  2. To cut complex shapes
If you want to cut curves or complex shapes, bandsaws are your tool of choice. If you're looking to make long, straight cuts, go another route.
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33. What is Chris using?

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  1. A whole saw
  2. A hole saw
Chris is using a hole saw. What is a hole saw, exactly? A metal, circular saw attached to a drill. Use it to cut holes between .5 - 6 inches wide.
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34. What is Fred using?

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  1. A paint gun
  2. A nail gun
Fred is using a nail gun. If you want to add one to your arsenal, look for a 15- to 16-inch gauge.
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35. Rabbet joints are good for...

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  1. Setting backboards
  2. Woodcarving
Rabbet joints are rectangular recesses along the edge of a piece of wood. Use them along the edge of cabinet doors to set backboards or to set mirror glass into frames.
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36. The bubble in David's level is...

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  1. To the left
  2. There is no bubble
  3. To the right
  4. In the center
In the center! That means he's working on a straight, horizontal plane.
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37. What kind of hammer is Jason using?

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  1. A riveting hammer
  2. An embossing hammer
Jason is using a riveting hammer.
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38. Invest in a hammer drill...

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  1. To drill into hard surfaces
  2. To drill into soft surfaces
You can use hammer drills to drill into hard surfaces -- like stone, concrete, brick, or mortar -- but you can also put it on "drill" mode if you want it to operate like a normal drill.
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39. Is mature or green wood better for construction?

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  1. Green wood
  2. Mature wood
Stay away from green woods if you're looking to construct. You don't know how it will dry, which could warp your structure.
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40. Always cut...

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  1. Against the grain of the wood
  2. From the center of the wood out
As a rule, cut against the grain, it will give you greater control of the wood.
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41. What is the biggest threat to wood damage?

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  1. Moths
  2. Termites
Termites! Carpenter ants are also a danger. To prevent them, simply prime and paint the wood.
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42. When looking for wood that is high quality, look for...

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  1. Solid wood
  2. Sandwood
Solid wood is of high quality. It is more durable than other woods. If you buy plywood, look for nine layers or more.
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43. One problem with a wood veneer is that...

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  1. It blisters over time
  2. It isn't waterproof
Veneers are cheaper than solid woods, but they can blister over time, or start to peel up.
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44. What is Steve measuring?

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  1. The length of the wood
  2. Moisture content
Steve is using a moisture meter to measure the wood's moisture content.
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45. If you need to clean woodwork, do it with...

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  1. Distilled white vinegar
  2. Soy sauce
Distilled vinegar is a great way to clean woodwork. Half a cup of vinegar and a gallon of warm water, plus a couple of drops of coconut oil, are all you'll need.
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46. Looking to carve? Choose these woods...

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  1. Black walnut
  2. Ironwood
Black walnut, basswood, aspen, butternut, and black walnut woods are all good choices for carving.
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47. Why is your wood rotting?

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  1. Moisture and fungi
  2. Caterpillars
Moisture and fungi is probably the reason that your wood is rotting. Your wood is probably in a consistently humid setting because fungi will not grow on damp wood.
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48. Why are the floor boards coming up?

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  1. Humidity
  2. Cold air
Careful! Your wood doesn't need to be overly damp for this to happen. Wooden floorboards can come up as a result of small spills and changes in humidity.
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49. These holes are due to...

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  1. Worms or beetles
  2. Overzealous drilling
Worms or beetles! Why do wormholes form? Larva burrows into the wood.
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50. What is one advantage that wood has over concrete and steel?

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  1. Wood is more durable
  2. Wood is lighter by volume
Wood is lighter in volume, making it easily adaptable to the construction site when compared to concrete and steel.
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