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Levelling cabinet base plinth on carpet

I'm planning on building a plinth base for some cabinets that will go on top of carpet (I'm not at the stage for ripping out carpet just yet). From my experience it can be a little bit fiddly getting ...
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Box with 3/4" plywood with screws not joined

I would like to make a small wall mounted cabinet for an audio receiver that I would like to be of specific dimensions. Can I use finish grade 3/4" plywood but join it at the edge using trim ...
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How to use a book press for veneering?

I've been experimenting with veneering for box-making and other small scale items. I'm not having much luck with the "PVA glue + iron" method. Based on a few experiments it seems to work ...
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Box to cover consumer unit flush with wall - Backless with cutouts possible?

I have a consumer unit that is perfectly flush in the corner of my hallway, and I am wanting to build some kind of full height storage cupboard around it from 18mm melamine chipboard. I was initially ...
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Kitchen/Workshop unit design

I'm wanting to add some storage and organisation to my workshop shed and my initial idea was to basically build some frameless kitchen units. My depth will be 400mm and my total available length is 2m....
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How can I attach hardwood backing panels to a frame?

Preface: I only have access to hand tools. I am a novice at design and drawing perspectives, I unfortunately only have technical abilities right now because I've only copied other people's work to ...
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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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Attachment method for heavy duty plywood box

I'm looking to make some relatively large boxes for tools (currently one for a bunch of air tools, and one for a router, plunge base, and bunch of bits) out of 1/2" (~12mm) baltic birch plywood. ...
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Gluing veneered panels together to make a box

I'm trying to glue two panels of wood together at a 90 degree angle (the project is to make a box). I have veneer w/ adhesive on the back that I can iron on. My question is, what is the best order of ...
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Make a Street Library

I'd like to build a streetlibrary.org.au. About 50cm square from the front, a shelf, with a peaked roof, 20cm deep, glass door, mounted on a post. I'd use solid pine or Tas oak (local eucalyptus), ...
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Doweling technique - can they be applied in two stages?

I am planning to build a custom box to fit in my car's trunk on one side, as tall and long as the trunk and as wide as little as possible. This would hold my tools, emergency gadgets etc. Since I ...
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Removing excess key from Inside of box

I'd like to try an effect where corner keys for a decorative box show on both outside and inside (typical approach is the cut does not go all the way through the corner with the key only showing on ...
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How to account for wood movement in a curved chest lid

I have found various guides and plans for building a box or chest with a curved (coopered) lid that involve gluing the sides of the lid to the slats forming the top, which are themselves glued ...
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Joint types for very thin plywood

I have some sheets of very thin plywood (beech). By very thin I mean 1/8 inch (3.00 mm). I need to make some small boxes out of it (movable compartments in drawers etc.). What would be a good way to ...
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Styling dovetail box - tails or pins on front side

I am building a box to hold some of my router bits and will use dovetail joints for the vertical sides. I am not sure what to put in front, the tails or the pins. Aside from mechanical considerations,...
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Easiest joints for 3/4" plywood step?

I'm making a rectangular box that will act as a floating step. 9" deep x 7" high. The top will be hinged as there will be storage inside, so only one edge of the top will be glued to the box. What ...
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How to make a case with walls+top as a single piece and bottom as only separate part?

I would like to build a case similar to what in the past was used for portable sewing machines, but it would be used to carry a 3D printer. The sides and the top+handle should be connected/glued ...
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Strong method for bottom of a box

I want to make a box for a sewing machine. I can make dovetails or more likely simple box joints for the four vertical corners, but what's a good sturdy design for fitting a bottom so the weight of ...
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Cutting a 45 degree bevel on all 4 sides of a small piece of wood

I am trying to cut a piece of wood that will be the top to a ring box. The box is 2.5"x2.5" and 1" thick, I am trying to cut a 45 degree bevel on each side but I am unsure of how I should do this. ...
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Minimising Kerf on deep opening doors on box project

See attached image, which is a draft plan for a sewing machine box I'd like to make for my wife. Notice how the doors are quite deep (they'll have shelves inside). I'm wondering what the best way is ...
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Is standard box joinery sturdy enough for a hollow table leg?

I'm planning to make a desk with adjustable height. I want the legs to be two pieces: a lower, thicker leg from which a thinner upper leg can telescope. This means that the lower legs will essentially ...
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Proper grain orientation for a box

I'm making a small box that will be used to hold mail, and I came up with the following design, with keyed miters on all the outside joints and dados for the dividers: I've been reading recently ...
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Cutting curved box legs

I'm a fairly amateur woodworker, and I'd like to make a particular box, a picture of which I keep seeing floating around. It seems reasonably simple, but I'm struggling a little with the legs. Two ...
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How to make a box with rounded corners

I've stumbled on this beautiful piece of design. And I'm wondering how they constructed the wooden part of the box. I have some questions: Which type of wood they use, because the nerves are really ...
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What is an easy way of putting together a mitred box?

I am putting together some boxes that have been mitred all around, they are sliding around and it takes me a lot of effort to put them together to stay and glue correctly. Anything I could do to make ...
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How can I hollow out a square hole in a solid piece of wood to make a box?

I recently made the main body of a box by taking a solid piece of wood and drilling out the inside with the largest drill bit I had. I used the drill over and over until I had a squarish hole inside ...
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What's the best joint when exposing to weather (specifically for a beehive box)

I'm thinking of starting a beehive this spring and I want to make my own beehive boxes. I realize that there are kits you can buy and assemble, but I like woodworking and have most, if not all, of the ...
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How to deal with wood expansion when combining with a steel frame?

Are there good general techniques to deal with wood expansion when combining it with a steel frame? For the sake of argument, say we're building a metal and wood box where the metal comprises the ...
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Wooden box expanding mechanism

I'm planning to build a wooden box project for my Raspberry PI, plus speakers. The layout / configuration that I'm thinking of is a three box system; one for the Raspberry PI (plus joystick, buttons, ...
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How are seamless, inset secret compartments created?

Here is the example that got me thinking: How could they inset those pieces? I examined one of these in real life and it was very convincing. I couldn't find seams or joints or anything.
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What is the simplest joint for a non-experienced woodworker to start with?

I would like to start designing some boxes based on an idea that I have. But I've never worked with wood before and I have no woodworking tools so I would need to purchase whatever tools are required. ...
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