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How to fix this mortise and tenon joint!

I am fixing a bench and came across the above mortise and tenon joint between the foot and the vertical support (2 actually, one on each support). Quite clearly, someone has messed with this joint in ...
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How to make a joint between two pieces of wood look good?

I’m building a counter top and I had to join two pieces of boards with some glue in between. The countertop looks pretty okay, but the joint is very obvious and when I clean it with a bit a water, it ...
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Additional finish I can use over Linseed oil to maintain natural feel while protecting it more from water?

I recently finished a pine table with 100% polymerized linseed oil (tried and true), however would like to protect it more from water and abuse, without losing the natural feel of the wood, that I ...
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2-3'' inch hardwood edge banding for finger pull?

Are there any concerns about using 2-3'' hardwood edge banding on MDF? The reason for using 2-3'' would be to create a finger pull like the one in the picture. The maximum size of the doors would be ...
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Glueing Together Thin Strips of Already Stained Wood

I have hundreds of 1/4" x 1/4" strips of wood. I would like to stain these a rainbow of different colors. Each strip would be stained a single solid color. Then glue the strips together. ...
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Which way does spring washer go on the Ryobi circular saw

I just purchased a Ryobi 7 1/4 circular saw. Model CSB125. I am attaching the saw blade and I can’t remember which way to put the spring washer back on. It is beveled, shaped like an umbrella. The ...
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Implications of gluing a panel made of hard and soft woods

Are there any problems that may arise due to mixing softwood and hardwood in making a glued up panel work piece? I made this test panel last night with scrap pine and hardwood salvaged from a piece of ...
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Black Walnut logs - comparing value as a unique feature in home vs. cash

About a month ago, I had a black walnut tree felled in my back yard (downtown Lansing, Michigan). The tree had to come down for many reasons: juglone from the roots was poisoning the neighbors' yards ...
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Joinery method for 3/4 Hardwood

I want to build a desk tabletop with the surface being maple, but 8/4 maple was quite expensive so I'm opting for half the thickness. However, this narrows down the options for joining the boards to ...
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Do I need to glue doweled joints in MDF?

I am making a cupboard unit using melamine faced MDF. The joints will be made using wood dowels. My question is do I use glue as well and if so which sort?
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Wood type and size for a tabletop

I'm watching this video as a guide on how to build my new desk tabletop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USx0Pc6grZ0. I'm very new to woodworking and have a question about structural integrity: Are ...
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What is this part shown in this video?

I'm watching a YouTube video about making an armchair, and at the 01:27 mark they show this metal bits that looks like short hollow nails with tiny throwingstars for a head. They're hammered into the ...
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How to keep the thread of a vice clean?

I'm finding that a lot of debris is falling onto the thread of my vice and sticking to the grease that's on there to lubricate it. What techniques are there to keep either (1) keep this from happening ...
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How do I smooth a cross section of a tree?

There are already 2 questions on here that deal with this but they both deal with this at large/massive scale: Smooth tree trunk cross section Flattening the face of a board without using a jointer I'...
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Good joints for a floor to ceiling cat tree?

I'm going to make a all-wood floor to ceiling cat tree,which looks like this or so And here comes the problem The commercial ones use pine to make the base and pads, but the pillar is often made of ...
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Screws vs. Pocket Holes vs. Traditional Joinery

I have been looking at many websites for woodworking and while I have been an advocate for "proper" woodworking as my late father who was a bench-joiner professed, I have seen many profess ...
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Can I screw in my cable tray into this desk?

So, I've had this desk for a few years now, and I just bought a cable tray that needs to be screwed in. It would go under the desk Desk: https://www.wayfair.ca/furniture/pdp/upper-square-kosmas-...
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Why offset biscuits

I was reading "Illustrated Cabinetmaking" and came across this: "Where a horizontal board tops an upright, the biscuits should be offset". It does not explain why. Does anyone ...
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Kobalt Router Depth Adjustment Skips

I just got this Kobalt router and router table combo from Lowe's. Since I am new to using a router, I thought this would be a good place to start. When I started using it to made some rails and ...
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What are the less commonly discussed must-haves in your woodshop first-aid kit?

I was talking with a relative who is an EMT. I asked them what thing I should have in my first aid kit that wouldn't be obvious to me (or that would not come in a typical store-bought first aid kit). ...
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Will my table top hold 300 lbs?

I have never made anything out of wood before. This is all new to me. I want to build a computer desk table top. My goal is to just make the table top right now and then purchase some electric legs ...
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What is the best process to create a laminated panel with MDF core, linoleum & veneer faces, and edge banding?

what is the best process to create MDF with linoleum on one side, veneer on the other and edge banding? The result should look like this. Mine doesn't come close and I am unsure about the best ...
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Bottle shaped indent

I'm wanting to make a wine bottle rack where the bottle lays sideways. I've got an image of what I'm after but there would only be one groove and it would be larger to accommodate 2 bottles laid in ...
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Are small garage floor concrete chunks bad for my new dust collector?

I just purchased a 1.5 HP vortex cone dust collector (with a canister) and was vacuuming sawdust up from the floor. Small chunks of the crumbling concrete were in the mix and made a racket going ...
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Strength of plywood walls for built-in bookshelves

I am planning on building built-in bookshelves that would span the length of a wall. Each unit would consist of a cabinet base ~2' across with a set of bookshelves mounted on top. The depth of the ...
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DIY “white wash” from thinning latex interior paint?

I'm looking to paint a red oak commission piece and the client asked about a "white wash" type finish instead of purely opaque white paint such that the grain shows through. I was wondering if there ...
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Warped Monkeypod Desktop

I purchased this monkeypod piece a couple weeks ago. It is 7.5 ft x 2.5 ft x 2 inches thick. It is composed of two pieces glued together. My plan was to use it as a desktop but I’ve noticed since I ...
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Design: how to assess table sturdiness?

I live in an apartment in a big city and have no access to proper outdoor space or a shop, but I want to build a simple, big table as easily as possible. My plan is: 1.5" x 3 ft. x 8 ft. Baltic birch ...
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How to deal with blotchiness on wood veneers

I have two old solid wood dressers covered with two different veneers. One, I think, is "zebra stripe." I stripped a dark stain off of them. Since I wanted a lighter wood color, I experimented with ...
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Removing finish and unwarping wood

I picked up two cast iron skillets with wooden trivets from a thrift store. One of the wooden trivets is slightly warped, so that it doesnt lay perfectly flat and wobbles side to side a little. Its ...
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How to decide upon leg placement

I have prepared a 7.5 ft x 2.5 ft piece of monkeypod wood that is approximately 2 inches thick. It will serve as a computer desk. The heaviest object on it will be my desktop tower (~25-30 lbs). You ...
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Stabilising wood with Cactus Juice… Hear me out!

Forgive me if I'm missing something but I do not see why you should have to fully submerge the wood to reach maximum penetration of the resin. As far as I can tell, when in a vacuum chamber, air is ...
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When coping baseboard do I cut the top edge square?

I'm replacing the baseboard, having laid new flooring, and am coping the inside corners. However, I'm finding I tend to break that very thin "point" on the top - either while cutting it, or when ...
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How to take care of an antique wood cabinet

I have an antique cabinet that my grandfather built decades ago and I want to preserve it. I don't think he has done anything to preserve the wood so I should probably do some work on it. I would ...
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Varnish in contact with skin for outdoor material

I'd like to "re-fresh" a balance bike. According to the constructor, its laminated body is made of Simply superply™. Nothing but hand-picked, grade a veneers bonded with the finest marine ply "WBP"...
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What plane should I get for planing an antique end grain butcher block

I have purchased an old butcher block that has extensive damage to the top. I want to flip the block over and plane the other side smooth to be the new top. The butcher block is constructed with the ...
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Bar top with live edge slabs and 90 degree turn with live edge “round” at the corner

I am working with Eastern White Pine. I have 12' slabs, approximately 2.5" thick, with live edge and I am making a bar top. The final finish is planned to be clear epoxy. This is for a bar in an ...
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Bookshelf with cutout

I've built a bookshelf that is basically just glued wood with notches cut in: With the vertical struts 50cm apart, this is ideal for just about anything: it nicely fits 40cm Euroboxes and 19 inch ...
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Is there such a thing as a standard sized track for mitres/fences etc?

Is there a standard or common size or sizes (width/depth/profile) for tracks in machine beds and jigs for fences, mitre gauges, feather boards etc? If there are a few common sizes, do they vary from ...
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Cut down a veneered table top

I'm new to this, so thanks for your patience. I have a maple-veneer dining table that is about a foot too long for the space I have but it is otherwise about perfect and a gorgeous maple and design. ...
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How do I repair winter/water damage and protect against future weathering problems?

Last year, I built my first piece of outdoor live-edge furniture: What are the potential issues with this bench design? and What should be done to treat decorative wood for outdoor use?. I expected ...
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Fixing cedar pocket hole failure

I built a cedar above ground planter last summer for my mother-in-law, and one of the sides didn’t hold well. I used pocket screws to secure the sides to the posts - but one broke out (pic below)... ...
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How do I ensure that the bottom of my shelf project is level?

I'm very new to woodworking, and for my first project I decided to make a very simple shelf out of reclaimed pallet wood. If you can imagine the pallet standing on it's side, with the planks vertical,...
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How thin a blade in plunge saw

I have recently purchased a plunge saw and a blade. The saw is a Mac Allister MSPS1200, which is a rebranded Titan in UK, similar to many cheap ones. The blade is a good Freud 1.7mm kerf. I have now ...
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Proper way to dilute water based oil-modified polyurethane?

What is the proper way to dilute water based oil-modified polyurethane? I know for oil based poly, to use mineral spirits. Water based poly, use water. I couldn't find any details on how to dilute ...
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Chisel paring technique

When paring waste from dovetails with a chisel I often slice up my fingers on the back edge of my chisels. This forum thread discusses this topic with two recommendations: Just let your hands ...
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Why does my router change depth while I work?

I am making some one-piece shaker style doors out of MDF. To cut the inset, I'm using a 1/2" collet router with a 2" surfacing bit. I was using a trim router with a 3/4" straight bit but I was having ...
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How thick to make toddler bed slats

I'm building a bed for my toddler out of pine, and wondering what dimension wood I should use for the bed slats, and how many. Toddler mattresses are generally on the order of 52" x 27" or 28", so I'm ...
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What is the mimumum bend radius for 6 mm Medite Tricoya Extreme MDF?

What is the minimum radius that 6 mm Medite Tricoya Extreme MDF (an MDF for outdoor use) can be bent to? If possible I want to bend it to a radius of 2500 mm, without kerfing. It will be fixed with ...
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Was there a better way to make this template?

I'm making a small end table out of plywood, and I decided to make a template out of MDF and then shape the actual plywood pieces with a router. The photos below show the basic shape of the leg pieces....

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