Questions tagged [assembly]

Assembly questions pertain to issues dealing with the joining of project parts.

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Reusable Desk design: how to join pieces?

I just saw this question about how to join pieces of a bed frame in order to dispose and reassemble it without damaging the wood. I want to pose a similar question about a registration studio desk. ...
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Drill holes for bookshelves before or after paint?

I am building a set of built in bookshelves with floating shelves set on pins. The bookshelves will be painted, so I'm assuming 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of finish. Should I drill the holes for ...
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When working with maple, do I need to seal the wood before assembling the furniture?

I am working on building the legs to an adjustable height desk for my home office. And I have purchased Maple wood for this part of the project. Recently I was discussing this with a coworker and he ...
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How could I have designed this cabinet to avoid assembly and alignment problems?

I built this wall-hanging cabinet with a door on the front that opens upwards (plain old hinges on exterior face, not installed yet) (there's space on the back for a cleat, not super apparent in ...
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Attaching Legs to a Table

I decided build a table out of 2x4s and such for Thanksgiving. I figured it would be a cool first woodworking project. The top went pretty well I think, but now it's time to attach the legs and I feel ...
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Should I finish before, during, or after assembly? [duplicate]

I'm building some pretty basic bookshelves. I intend to assemble them with glue. I also intend to sand them, apply stain, shellac, and polyurethane. Should I: Dry fit, glue, sand, finish? Or dry fit, ...
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Space between assembly

I'm designing wooden speakers with MDF using Sketchup. How much space is taken up by the glue between two pieces? 1mm per side? Less? I'm using biscuit joining and white wood glue. Explanation with ...
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Taking apart a wood cabinet that has been glued together with Gorilla Glue

Is there away to take apart a wood cabinet that has been glued together with Gorilla Glue without destroying the wood?
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How to assemble kitchen base unit cabinet?

I am building a kitchen base unit (frameless type) out of melamine plywood. Regarding the assembly of the "box" is it OK for the side panel to rest on top of the bottom panel, where the screws will go ...
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At what stage of basic furniture making should I “finish” the wood?

I have purchased wood in order to make some basic furniture: One of these will be placed outside (simple table), One inside the bathroom, (basic chest of drawers) And another in the hall way (shoe ...
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How to hinge a piece of wood for an up/down configuration?

I'm making a simple sit/stand base for a monitor and keyboard--something similar to the one this guy made. A few questions: Are there any other hardware options besides two rods bolted to the wood ...
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How to make proper pilot holes

This is related to the question about Replacing small drill bits without buying new sets (or preventing breaks) but I wanted to expand on this. I think I'm just using cheap bits and much like the OP ...
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Stain then glue, or vice-versa?

After you've fabricated your pieces, is it better to "glue-up", then stain? Or is it better to stain first, then glue? What's a good rule-of-thumb?