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post #21 of 24 Old 08-20-2018, 11:14 AM
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A couple years ago CPO had a good deal on a Porter Cable 20V combo kit, they were refurbished, for either $65 per set or$85 I can't remember but I g`ot it. When I first looked at the impact driver I was thinking what good it it, then I started working with it and damn I love that thing, whit a little practice you can drive #2-4 screws with out stripping, just be easy on it and let go of the trigger


Much quicker and easier then a drill in my opinion. Hell it will even loosen the lugs on my pickup, but it will also twist off the 1/4 hex fitting real fast if you hammer too long

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I'm going to order the Wood Owl 18" auger bits. I'd like to use them to install 1/2" and 3/4" wooden dowel or threaded rod. Do I order 1/2" and 3/4" drill bits or do I need to buy bits one size larger than the dowel/rod (9/16 & 13/16)?
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I'm going to order the Wood Owl 18" auger bits. I'd like to use them to install 1/2" and 3/4" wooden dowel or threaded rod. Do I order 1/2" and 3/4" drill bits or do I need to buy bits one size larger than the dowel/rod (9/16 & 13/16)?
I'd order the exact size. Going bigger wouldn't hurt with threaded rod but it would screw you with dowel rods. If it's too tight, you could always sand the dowels down to fit. When I built my pergola, I bought a 3/4 bit and 3/4 pegs (which the company advertises they turn them 1/64 over) and it went together great.

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AH - thought so.

If you have resaw facilities, then of course you could convert 4x6 into something more appropriate for furniture - a refectory table and benches, say.
If you're staying with outdoor structures = green wood framing and suchlike, then I'd sugest you stay with trenails for fasteners - they will last as long as the timber. whereas ferrous products will not. If necessary, you can always wedge them for a clean finish.

My problem would be what to use such great timbers for!

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