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Large Half Lap Joints For "L" Shelving

Fairly new to woodworking and building some pantry shelves that go on two walls, forming an 'L.' See pictures below. My question is what is the best way to rout these fairly large half laps? The half ...
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Looking for a recipe for a clear oil+wax finish that doesn't change the colour of the wood

Can someone share a recipe for a clear (non-yellowing) oil wax wood finish? I’ve made paste wax from 1 part wax to 4 parts boiled linseed oil before but I’d like an option that doesn’t change the ...
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Polyurethane Outside [closed]

I'm thinking about using polyurethane on an outside cabinet. is it worth it getting the hardened outside versions or are you just going to need to reapply every other year anyway?
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Newbie to oil based stain and oil based clear gloss

I'm redoing my mother's 50yo porch roof ceiling as the old finish has darkened and the gloss is peeling badly. I've sanded and cleaned the ceiling (pine) and left it to dry (if 50yo wood has any ...
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Cutting recess on a wood [closed]

I'm designing a ludo game but I don't know how to cut the recess on a wood to insert the background photo and the glass
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Could there be lead in the finish of a mid-century piano?

I have an old british piano from the 1950s with some kind of varnish/lacquer/shellac finish. I wasn't thinking and sanded it down (which messed it up but that's another story), and now I'm worried I ...
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How to fix this water damage in what seems to be particle wood?

The cabinet on my bathroom had some water damage on one of the sides. I sand it and also used a chisel to remove the damaged area. The material that I removed looks like . This is how it looks the ...
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How to find service to flatten plane?

I know how to flatten a plane, but I've got one that's a little too uneven for me too care to spend the time fixing it. Are there any kinds of shops that have machinery to do this easily for a ...
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Used paint stripper on interior trim, wood now looks stringy. Is this repairable?

This trim is 60 years old and had at least 6 different layers of paint which resulted in it being difficult to see the delineation between the multiple layers of trim. I used smart strip. It worked ...
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Sliding dovetail expansion

I am making a bookshelf. There are going to be 3 fixed shelves attached with sliding dovetails. The top shelf is 1/4 inch from the top of the side. The bottom and middle shelves went in fine, but the ...
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Is wood putty an appropriate way to fill a miter saw slice that went too deep?

I decided my miter saw would be the most convenient way to cut some dados on a 2x8. I have a set screw to adjust how deep the saw will go, however there is a tab with a hole that can be shifted in ...
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Dimensions of DeWalt Table saw DWV9470 Hose

I have a Record Power Dust Extractor with a 4" inlet pipe. https://www.recordpower.co.uk/product/55l-1000w-medium-extractor-4-inlet#.Y3bGMS-l2L0 Looking to hook this up to a DWE7485 table saw ...
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Do I need any support for 2x8' shelves jointed with dados?

I'm want to make some 8 foot shelves with 2x8s. I want to set them in a 2x8 on each side with dados. It's my understanding that an ideal depth for the dado is 1/3rd of the thickness, so I would cut ...
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How can I avoid tear out and get a smooth side on a circular plywood cutting board where the grain runs in various directions?

*UPDATE: For those interested in how I achieved the design, skip to 'CONSTRUCTION'. I've constructed the following circular cutting board out of hexagonal sections of plywood and I'm trying to get the ...
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My question is will application of Anchor seal on a daily basis after doing some carving (for a 30" red cedar mask) provide any likely benefit?

My 30" cedar round is 3years old, cut down the middle for 3 months. All sides coated with Thompsons water seal for one year. Split round had zero checks until one week ago, now several 1" ...
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Hardwood or Softwood screw threads for Baltic Birch plywood?

Would Baltic Birch fall into the "Softwood and Plywood" (coarse thread) or "Hardwood" (fine thread) category when it comes to screw threads? The application is putting threaded ...
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Identifying a natural stone?

Someone gave me a very good natural stone, he said it was expensive but not so expensive; I know he had a $1000 stone if that helps. I am not sure what type/material it is and I'm looking for help ...
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Why does my miter saw cut 45 degree angles differently?

I am a very amateur woodworker that's just getting started using my DWS 779 miter saw. My recent projects have been making bird houses with flat bottoms that have a 2" wall surrounding the floor....
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Why would my pulleys not move when I turn the blade wheel of my bandsaw by hand?

Recently purchased a craftsman tilt head 2 speed bandsaw and when I turn the top blade wheel by hand, the pulleys don’t move. However, when I turn the pulleys by hand, the blade wheels move. Could ...
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How can I protect the part of my piece I don't want painted when painter's tape won't stick?

I'm building a dog house for my backyard and have put a water seal on the floor and porch, since those will be most exposed to the elements. Now I need to paint the walls and went to put painter's ...
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Sanding down hardwax finish, how to seal it as close as natural?

I'll preface this by saying that I don't know much about wood finishes but I was hoping to get some help to recover what I've done sor far... I got a butcher block style countertop slab to use as a ...
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New Pine Farmhouse Dining Table Cracking

We had a farmhouse pine table made by a company. It’s beautiful and we love it. However, two of the planks have developed some cracks. We’ve only had the table 2 or 3 weeks. We were warned that it ...
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What are some easy types of wood to start woodcarving?

I found some posts with tools to start with but now I am trying to figure out what type of wood to start with. I imagine a soft, easy to carve wood is best and probably cheaper?
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Can I add white primer to danish oil to keep birch countertops light color?

New birch butcher block counter that I’d like to keep as light as possible. I’m thinking of whitewash with diluted primer, oil or water base, and either danish oil top coat or a wipe on poly. Can I ...
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Fixing a crack in a thin layer of bent wood

I recently bought a wooden lamp which is made from thin bent wood. Unfortunately it arrived with a large crack. Now I wonder what is the best way to fix it so that the crack is not or at least only ...
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Why won't my my band saw's blade move?

I recently purchased a used 12” Craftsman tilt head 2 speed band saw on Craigslist. It worked when I tested it at the previous owner’s place, but when I set it up at home and turned it on. The blade ...
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How big hole can I drill in edge of plywood?

I want to glue two 3/4" (11/16" actual) sheets of Baltic Birch plywood together to make a 1.5" (1.375" actual) thick sheet. I then want to add two "legs" coming out of ...
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Drying Fir Rounds for Outdoor Table

I have a couple rounds cut off a 42 inch (107 cm) diameter Douglas Fir log that I'd like to turn into tables for use outdoors on a covered porch. The rounds are about 4 inches (10 cm) thick. I'm ...
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Screw Placement for Wall Hung Top Cabinet

I have to fix a top cabinet with no floor support to the wall. What is the difference if I were to place the screws which hold the cabinet to the wall at the 4 corners inside the cabinet (diagram 1) ...
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Making shaped legs with varying diameters

I'd like to build a table which has these antique-style legs. However I'm still a beginner in woodworking and have no idea how I could create legs like these. Which tools and techniques would allow me ...
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Weight capacity - TV Stand

Trying to get a better sense of how much weight this old TV stand can hold. I'm considering putting a 75 gallon aquarium on top which can push 850+ lbs once full. By the look of this, do you think I ...
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Need help identifying a set of Japanese bench chisels

I ran across an auction of a set of Japanese bench chisels, and there wasn't a lot of info provided (and yes I bid because I'm an easy mark), so I'm trying to gather some details from the photos. The ...
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Coating / waxing / oiling old wood without darkening it

I make sculptures (well, I try to, anyway) with old wood that I find in the forest. I strip and sand them heavily until I reach the "good" wood underneath the bad parts, but the remaining ...
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How to determine drawer weight capacity?

I am fitting my pantry with custom drawers, and I am worrying a bit about the weight capacity of one drawer in particular. The drawers are 14" wide and 21" deep. I've constructed them with ...
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Tung oil makes wood look moldy

I started making some end-grain cutting boards recently, and my first attempt came out far better than I'd imagined. The most recent one, I decided to use Tung Oil instead of mineral oil as a finish, ...
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Joints for 105 degree angle?

I am making a dodecagon (12-sided) garden planter. The 12 pieces are LHW 100mm x 63mm x 38mm. The angle of each is 105° I'm looking for suggestions on what joint I can use.
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light sanding of poly coated gel stain removes gel stain?

I bought a Jarvis/Fully bamboo desktop and am trying to darken the finish. To do this, I started on the bottom of the desktop and tried out the steps on a small portion by: first sanding away the ...
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How to fix a twisted cabinet door

I made some kitchen cabinet doors (1x3 maple boards on the outside, t&g joints, 1/4" plywood center panel glued into the groove). The doors are stained and finished in poly. Then I installed ...
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Can I oil wood if the pores are full of epoxy?

I turned a mesquite bowl to near final dimensions on my lathe, then filled some defects with epoxy. The defects were in end grain areas. After turning it flush and removing enough wood that there are ...
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Should I build cabinets out of 1x4s?

I want to build some kitchen cabinets after my house flooded a few years ago and the old cabinets were removed. The fear of another flood coming makes me want to build them from from solid wood ...
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How do I use the oval screw holes in drawer sliders?

I am beginner/intermediate in woodworking and I am busy replacing my drawer sliders and hinges in my kitchen cupboards. I have noticed that the hardware I'm using has got oval screw holes in addition ...
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How to fix Ikea wooden lamp

The wooden legs of my Ikea Lauters lamp came loose and I need some advice how to fix it. This is how the lamp looks like - you see the wooden legs: The 3 legs each have a wooden "peg" that ...
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Cutting curved recess

I am an amateur level woodworker, looking to cut a curved recess into a piece of wood, which I will then be using as a "back" to display a drinks bottle, in a similar style to the picture ...
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Can you make rip cuts using the rip fence and sliding panel at the same time?

Consider the following sliding panel table saw: I usually clamp the piece to the sliding panel and then smugly push it into the cutting disc with one finger. However, when making rip cuts, it is ...
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Epoxy inlay on gel stained desktop [duplicate]

I am building a small desktop for my son. He wants it gray so I am using poplar with a General Finishes gel stain. I am going to CNC his initials on top and then pour an epoxy in there for an inlay. ...
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Should I pick the darker colored wood at the lumber yard?

When I compare softwood like douglas fir, I try to pick wood that is straight and doesn't have too many knots. When I find several pieces of wood, should I then go for the darker colored wood? I ...
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Simple MFT base (that isn't a workbench)

I've made the plunge to buy a CNC'd MFT top, but it's just a sheet of MDF. I don't currently have my shed set up to have any sort of proper workbench, so I'm thinking of making some sort of low base ...
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Why do they sand pine plywood

Why is pine plywood known as "sanded"? To my touch, it doesn't feel any more sanded than other species of plywood veneers. And in any case, what would be the benefit of sanding plywood at ...
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Is there a known solution to the arbor nut on my DeWalt jobsite saw coming loose?

Found this site searching for "loose arbor nut." A couple of years ago several subscribers mentioned that the arbor nut on their DeWalt jobsite saw (DWE7491) repeatedly came loose. Unaware ...
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How to solid-edge plywood and hardboard for top of workbench?

I am building my workbench, and I have a couple of Arauco softwood plywood that I glued together. On top of them, I want to place a hardboard that I can remove when its beat up. I am considering ...
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