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How to design supporting strut for 4-piece rock and roll bed

I am making a 4-piece 'rock and roll' style bed which converts into two opposite facing bench seats when in the upright position. Constructed out of 18mm ply with supporting structural members where ...
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How do I get good glue coverage with a very small, 2-3mm, dowels?

I am building a small wooden box. To ensure the joints are strong, and to compensate for variations in my cutting, I was planning on using through dowels to get a good strong joint. I was also hoping ...
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What causes yellowing of clear finish under vinyl placemats?

I had a new table top made of solid wood as my old one was veneer that was wrecked by scratches & white marks by hot pads not being used. So I asked for a strong protective clear coating so wood ...
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How to clamp a fence for a router on a narrow piece of wood

I have a few dados to make with a router on MDF boards. The boards are 28 to 40 cm (11" to ~15 3/4") wide, and lengthwise they range from 80 cm to 250 cm (~31 1/2" to ~98 7/16"). I'...
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Building a Christmas yard house display

I'm going to build a house for a Christmas yard display that I need to assemble and disassemble each year. Is there a way to connect the display without screws, or nails. I don't want it to wearout ...
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What's a good way to lighten the colour of this chair, returning it to a natural-wood appearance?

I bought these secondhand cross-back chairs and I think they look great. However I think they will look even better if they have a brighter colour. I'm looking to suggestions for easy ways to make ...
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What's the cheapest and easiest way to fix stains from corrosive solution? [migrated]

I have this bathroom/laundry sink that goes on top of a vanity cabinet with what I believe to be a layer of fake veneer. I've had noticed these light stains a while ago, probably from small spills of ...
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Finished shave horse with linseed oil; now it is too slippery to hold work well

I built this simple shave horse following Rex Kreuger plans; it is made from kiln-dried spruce. It worked great (as far as I can tell, first time using one!) once completed. Since I will be storing it ...
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Best dinning table protection [closed]

We have Airbnb property and thinking about what is the best protection to use for our wooden dining table. We're thinking of putting an additional coat and finishing, tempered glass or table pads. ...
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What kind of wood is this? [closed]

We think it’s either birch or maple. Would be helpful to know for sure — apart from the expert eyes here, is there any other way to tell? This is the Pacific Northwest and probably installed in 1991. ...
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Solutions to stop a glued up panel from flexing

I glued up a panel using these 24" long cedar boards and because of the length (56") If I pick up the panel on one side, it flexes and feels like it's going to break on one of the glued ...
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Honey locust disc cracking

I have a 4 inch cookie of honey locust I purchased from a local dealer. Kiln dried and moisture between 8 and 10. I had done all the crack filling on this piece and sanding it up. Left it in garage ...
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Is Odie's Oil worth all the hype... and money?

If you've looked at a woodworking magazine, watched anything wood-related on YouTube, or just browsed anything on the internet related to woodworking, you've probably come across Odie's Oil. It's ...
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How to glue/ laminate a bow (archery)

I always wanted to make a bow (archery) the english long bow was a solid bow, not a laminate. Did anybody ever try to glue up a bow that worked afterwards? If so How pls.
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How to eliminate waviness/ridges on 4" belt-sanded desktop?

I'm making a desk for my son using hard birdseye maple as the material for the top. I've never worked with birdseye specifically before, but I've used hard maple in other projects. The top is 32" ...
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Steaming and laminating for basket/carrier handle

I am making a bottle carrying basket similar to the one in the photo but with a wooden handle and also a higher arc for the handle. The handle is to be an arc with an inner diameter of approx 30 cm (...
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Advice for repairing thin fragile, irreplaceable Pella window trim pieces

Seeking advice for the repair of two identical (mirror image) trim pieces from the base of Pella casement windows. Each piece is cracked through its thinnest portion, which is only about 1/4" ...
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Why is resawing by hand so difficult compared to ripping/crosscutting?

Today I resawed a piece of wood and ripped another board using a handsaw. In contrast to ripping or crosscutting, resawing is very difficult. What is the reason for that? Is it just the volume of wood ...
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How to safely cut old lumber with old nails in it?

A friend gave me a bunch of really old lumber (the late 1800s, early 1900s) and they have a bunch of old handmade nails in them which I tried pulling out but half of them broke off in the wood. I ...
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How do I achieve this edge with a router?

I'm essentially restoring a bathroom in a 1920s house and I'm trying to be as true to the original woodwork as I can (as a novice). I'm using my dad's old router for the first time ever and so far it'...
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How do they join wood in a Japanese Hangiri/Bowl?

I am not sure how familiar people are with a Hangiri - the Japanese bowl for mixing and seasoning rice. It looks like this: It looks like a barrel and it has some copper rings for keeping the sides ...
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How to use Sagulator for Sofa / Bed?

I'm a woodworking novice with the goal of putting together a simple convertible sofa / bed. My goals are to keep it simple and affordable to build. I'm planning to buy a couple sheets of plywood and ...
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What caused these screws to loosen so much (and how to prevent it)?

I built some basic picnic table benches five or so years ago, using what I thought were the proper components - outdoor weather-resistant paint and premium deck screws. I'm surprised at the extent to ...
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Posts on inside vs posts on outside of corner -- is there a difference in strength?

I'm working on a lofted bedframe design. Currently, I'm planning on creating the main frame using some wide boards (10"-12") joined with cross laps, leaving some overhang (from which I can ...
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Building a sturdy kinda narrow and tall freestanding shelving unit for boardgames

I'm very new at building and working with wood in general. Had 1 project before this one but it was just a bunch of acoustic panelling frames. I want to build a shelving unit for boardgames similar to ...
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Store timber as logs or as slabs? [Acacia sieberiana/Vachellia sieberiana]

I recently cut down 3 Acacia sieberiana (Paperbark Acacia) trees. The trunks are around 30-45cm in diameter. The wood is known for being extremely wet. I want to use the stunning timber at a later ...
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Sliding mitre saw doesn't cut at same depth throughout

Hoping there is a simple solution here. Making half lap joints and set depth stop to cut half way through the wood on my sliding mitre saw. I'm find the depth is not consistent across the length of ...
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How to fasten, temporarily, panels at an obtuse angle?

I want to make panels to place around trees to protect them from deer. I'd like to make the panels modular so I can assemble 3 of them in a triangle for a small tree, 4 in a square for a bigger tree, ...
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Using 4 boards to fill a gap [closed]

I’m stuck with two box springs that are 90cm wide, 200cm long. I need them to fully support a mattress that is 190cm wide, 200cm long. My thought is to attach two 1.8 cm wide, 200 cm long boards to ...
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What sizes of wood do I order from the timber yard?

If any of you make toys (cars trains ships etc) what do you ask for in terms of timber dimensions when you go the timber yard please? I assumed I would ask for 1” x 2”. Or 1” x 3” in 4’ lengths But ...
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Hunting for mystery wardrobe fixings/bolts

I am looking for the bolt fixings for a large (mahogany/walnut?) wardrobe whose fixings were lost in delivery. However I am mystified as to what mechanism was used - looking for guidance on what clues ...
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How to bend maple for window sill restoration

We're remodeling a bathroom in a house built in 1920 and we're trying to stay (mostly) true to the original design. The thing we love most about this house is the woodwork. It's simple but very ...
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Material choice for a rigid spacer between a stem wall, floating floor and plaster stop? [migrated]

By design, I have a ~1-1/2" vertical and horizontal gap between the floating hardwood floor I installed and the metal plaster stop at the base of the interior walls, as shown below: . As shown ...
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Chop saw not square after alignment

I just got a new jointer and after aligning it I took a piece of white oak flooring and face planed then edge planed and the faces were nicely square with the edges but the ends were not. So I went ...
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Help getting started building decorative wooden crates

I would like to build some crates like those shown in the attached photos (including the Indy crate!) but I am having trouble getting started because I am not great at coming up with plans myself. I'd ...
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How to make a toy figure as seen in picture?

I'm looking for options to create toy figures as seen in the attached pictures. The figures are wood and between 3/8 and 1/2 inch thick. What type of saw, or would I need a CNC router to do this? I’m ...
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Handrail coming away from wall

I have a pig-ear handrail (I believe that’s what you call it) coming loose from the wall, and I'm looking for some advice on how to make it secure again. I'm unsure if a secure repair is possible. It ...
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Bookshelf joints

Anyone familiar with this type joint? Looking to build something similar but worried it will be very wobbly. https://areastore.com/en/products/86375-krisel-estante
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Can you separate a biscuit wood joint?

I have a two person desk that was made years ago from 16mm wood, PG bison boards. The top is a 32mm top. It is attached to the legs and mid-section with biscuits where wood glue was applied and the ...
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Can I use pine and poplar together in trim?

Is it safe to use pine and poplar interior trim pieces together or will I have trouble later from things expanding/contracting differently in the future? Specifically, I have pine door jambs and ...
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Old table saw stalls under load [Toro]

I got an old table saw, a Toro with 3/4 hp motor driving the spindle with a V-belt. It loses power and almost comes to a standstill when ripping 1/2" pine. I’ve bought a new belt, ensured it’s ...
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Can I span across 22' without support for an outdoor pergola?

We are building an outdoor pergola and foundation work was done by a contractor who built a cement foundation that is 22' by 12'. I have no idea why he made one side so much larger than another. Will ...
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Side effects of varying door and frame thickness

I'm designing a custom wardrobe with doors for my tiny NYC apartment. I am planning to have a 3/4" thick birch frame with 1" full overlay aluminum-framed mirror doors. Are there any side ...
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Drying window shutters after stripping

I've just received my window shutters back after a company stripped years of lead paint off with caustic soda. The shutters are still quite damp, i'm wondering whether they need to be dried flat or ...
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Advice for retouching old oak/maple furniture at home [finish losses]

I am reframing a question from before as my requirements have changed. I have found a great old oak table and chair set which the neighbours wanted to get rid off. The table has a manufacturer label ...
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Can I touch up old oak chairs and tables using Howard's Restor-A-Finish?

I have found a great old oak table and chair set which the neighbours wanted to get rid off. It is well used but in good condition. The photo below shows the wear and tear the set has had over years (...
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Need help getting stain out of wood table

I unknowingly overfilled a plant on my wood table. It left a water mark. I looked up how to get rid of it and tried using an iron with a towel and that didn’t seem to work. I have also tried Vaseline ...
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Difference between basic arrangement and methods of dimensional lumber frames

When I'm arranging dimensional lumber in a frame there are three basic arrangements I can make. Is there a standard for using these arrangements? Below is an image of a CAD design of 2x4 dimensional ...
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Can you suspend a dust collector motor from the ceiling with chains? [closed]

To be clear, I'm not talking about an air filtration unit, which is often suspended from the ceiling using chains...I'm talking about a fan used in one and two stage dust collection systems. Mine ...
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Is the mineral oil sold for constipation the same type of mineral oil used for cutting boards?

I want to make my own mix of beeswax and mineral oil. The mineral oil sold at Home Depot costs over 6 times more than the stuff sold in Walmart for constipation. Are they the same thing?
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