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Issues related to the design phase of a woodworking project.

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Arm for heavy TV

I have a TV here which weighs around 15 kg. It fits perfectly into the alcove next to my chimney breast, but that's not a convenient viewing angle. So what I want to do is build an arm which attaches ...
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base for “standing table” strong enough?

Hi, I'm trying to raise my work desk to use as a standing desk to help with back pain and concentration as cheaply as possible with minimal cutting. I'd like for it to last at least a year. Expecting ...
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What supports do legs need on a very short workbench

I'm in the process of building a knockdown workbench, following the general design of a short bench (similar to roman bench seen here). Most of these use dowel style legs, which I am not confident in ...
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Endgrain screw withdrawal force

The engineering toolbox has a screw withdrawal strength calculator but it assumes the screws are perpendicular to the grain. I could not find a calculator for screws installed parallel to the grain, ...
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Can you use smaller dimensions of hardwood than softwood and have the same strength?

I am planning on building some furniture which has to support 2 aquariums. I have found many examples online of a simple design which uses 2x4s constructional softwood to build a box for the aquarium ...
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Can breadboard ends hold together a tabletop without glue?

I'm in the planning stages of building a simple workbench, and I'm a bit stuck on the bench top itself. One of my goals for this bench is to be able to disassemble it as much as possible, to make it ...
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Monolithic wooden boards vs joint wooden boards

We are going to make modular kitchen and wardrobes for our home using pure hard wood like teak wood. The depths of the shelf vary from 1 feet to 1 and half feet. For shelves, can we use planks of ...
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Thickness of back-panels, horizontal planks and vertical planks

Our walls are made of Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) with a thickness of 15 cm. The walls have 15mm gypsum plaster on both the sides. We are doing interior design - installation of wardrobes and ...
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How big should you build cabinets?

I'm building custom walnut cabinets for my kitchen and normally I see cabinets built in separate units then basically screwed together on site (e.g. a 24" screwed to a 36" sink cabinet). I was curious ...
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How likely is it that my kids will break this bench?

I need a bench for our kitchen table, and am trying to teach myself basic joinery, so I'm attempting to build one from some scrap pallet wood. The wood is nominally 1x4 and I think is probably pine, ...
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How do you pick a joint?

For a novice working on a design, picking a joint seems a very daunting task. There are many different kinds and it isn't easy to pick the most appropriate one. How to position the different elements, ...
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Is this frame design sturdy enough for a window seat?

Hope that this is the right forum for woodworking design critiques. I'm experienced with plywood but this is my first time attempting 'sturdy' furniture. I'd like to make sure it's going to be strong ...
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Is stain an acceptable final finish?

I am planning to put wood beams on my tall ceilings and I don't have much time to do both a stain AND a finish on the beams. If I just stain the beams, will this be acceptable? Or do I have to coat it ...
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Monkey Bar / Play structure design question

I am trying to make a monkey bar for my daughter with Bamboo stakes I got from craiglist. I have a design like this in my mind. There are two parts of this design, 4 Vertical support beams. 2 ...
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What are the potential issues with this bench design?

I am building a memorial bench out of live edge slabs. I liked the idea of the 'legs' matching the form and style of the seat and seatback slabs, so I decided to cut them out of my scrap slabs. ...
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What are some tricks to draw long arcs along a table apron

I'd like to cut an arc along a table's apron, like in the image below. To scribe an arc circle for a gentle curve, e.g. 1" in height at the apogee and spanning a 48"-long apron, one would need to ...
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Can a short tusked tenon be reinforced (with dowels)?

For a craftsman-style table, I'd like to shorten the stubs to refine the look of the table. Would driving one or two dowels (blue outline in image) across the tenon allow for a smaller, but equally ...
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Square corners in CNC-cut plywood

I'm thinking about making a workbench out of CNC-cut plywood with the legs as several layers of plywood. I'm thinking about attaching the legs to the skirt (top frame to make rigid or whatever it's ...
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Workbench out of plywood, will it deform significantly with humidity changes?

Thinking about making a workbench (80 cm long, 60 cm wide, 85cm high) out of 21 mm plywood, CNC-cut. Gluing 10cm by 10.5cm legs out of 5 layers and making the tabletop out of 2 layers. Will this be ...
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Securing the cable chain on a CNC gantry

I have laser cut the ends of a bicycle brake cable cable chain platform on a CNC I am building. I have looped the bicycle brake cables around one end and tucked the end of the cable through the loop. ...
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Board Gaming Coffee Table?

I'm trying to design a board game coffee table and really bashing my head against the wall with this one. Some features I'm looking to get: Smaller foot print ~3'x3' (this is lax) Expands to 6'x'4 ...
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Will table base hold granite top

I am building a trestle style farmhouse table base out of cedar for outdoor use. The tabletop is 3/4 inch granite on 3/4 inch plywood subbase. The dimension of the base is 33 x 72 and the table is ...
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Creating gaming dice from wood

I have been considering creating a set of gaming dice. I would need to create 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 20 sided dice. The problem is I have no idea what would be a good way for getting the dimensions/...
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Double Dutch Pull-out on the same side of the table

I'm thinking of a way to hide a open "drawer" under a desk without actually implementing a drawer: I would have an open space under the desk, along with plane sections I can "remove" to access the ...
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What knock down hardware can I use on this platform bed frame?

Basically, I want to be able to make the platform of this bed easy to take apart, because I'd like to be able to easily move it by myself. I'd like knock-down fasteners to be used in a way that the ...
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Tabletop inlay design sources

I am planning in making a tabletop, with rounded corners, and want to decorate the top with some grooves that I could make with the router using the edge guide. Something like this (excuse my drawing ...
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Repurposing Round Dining Table

I just acquired a 42” diameter solid pine kitchen table. I would like to cut and hinge each side parallel to the center cut where the leaf extension goes. It seems pretty straightforward but haven’t ...
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What is the minimal spacing between edge of leg pommel and mortise and tenon apron (intersected by tusk tenon)

I would like to balance aesthetics and strength for a craftsman-style tusked tenon table frame. Are there rules of thumb to determine how close to the leg corner an apron should be? (as a preamble, I ...
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Which wood dimensions can bear X kilos at Y meters long?

I'm making a bed frame, the edges are 2 meters long, each edge should carry 100Kg at the middle point. Wood type is pine, how do I calculate the minimal dimensions that can bear that weight? Is ...
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What are the best ways to glue thin edges?

I'm in the planning stage of building a bookshelf with cabinet doors. I'd like to use alternating vertical strips of woods of contrasting colors for an art deco look. The obvious way to do that is to ...
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Copycat furniture legs

Looking for advice on achieving copycat look of the metal leg X-base; gold and marble table pic. My skill set and budget doesn't allow for welding or purchasing custom base. Hoping to achieve the ...
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Should I build basement shelving so it's square with the wall or with the floor?

I want to build some basement shelving units but my basement floor slopes away from the wall for drainage purposes. I'm not sure if I should build the shelving so it's square with the wall or with the ...
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Building a kitchen table to hold a fishtank

I have a fishtank with the following dimensions: Length: 4 ft Depth: 1 ft Height: 1.5ft Total volume: 170l The tank is fairly hefty glass, and has a flat base (Which means the weight will be evenly ...
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How can I figure out how much weight this span could support?

I'm designing an outdoor bench. It will be made out of 1in plywood and pressure treated 2x4s. I'm wanting an 8ft length (give or take). The seat will be 7 2x4s. Can I get away with an open span? or do ...
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Embedding/Inlaying a gem into wood

I am making a couple of purpleheart earrings. I want to embed an amethyst gem into each one. I have a couple of concerns though. The wood is so dark that I feel it will make the gem seem dark once it'...
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Adding Stacked Cabinets to Existing Frameless Cabinets

We would like to add stacked cabinets on top of our existing frameless cabinets, but the cabinet maker I'm working with says they would look like an after thought because it would be very difficult to ...
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Canopy bed frame design supporting a suspended adult?

I'm in the process of designing a canopy bed with a few kinky features. Most of them aren't too problematic, but I lack the knowledge about structure and weight support to calculate this: I want a ...
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Questions around designing and building an indoor climbing frame

As the winter is coming, we're planning with my wife to build a simple, indoor climbing frame for our small children and ourselves. We're also thinking of doing it ourselves as we can't afford to pay ...
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Trim / Casing and Baseboard choices between rooms

I understand this is partially design, however I think it's part of the art of fine trim carpenters. This is my second floor sitting room which has routed 1x8s as baseboard and 1x6 with the same ...
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How to add bookshelf to a desk without doing any permanent damage?

The college provides a desk for my kid but it does not have a bookshelf on top; single student desk with drawers below. I would like to build something nice, sturdy, functional and stable for ...
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When do I need to support the center of a horizontal, load-bearing board?

I am going to make a low platform for my washer/dryer. Its sole purpose is to provide a level surface; my basement floor is scary uneven. I'm envisioning something like this: The leveling feet are ...
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Adding an angled back to a bench

I'm planning to build a bench for my in-laws. This is the basic plan: (it's 150x70x40cm). The body will be made from 2.5cm by 12.5cm wood and the legs are 10x10cm. I want to make an angled back (so ...
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Joining Thin Angled Wood

So I am working on a project that requires me to join multiple thin pieces of wood (10mm in thickness) together to form 45 degree angles (examples below). We would like to avoid brackets as this is a ...
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How to paint a piece of wood with spray

I've tried looking arround but posts are usually about giving a piece of furniture a certain color and such. I wanted to know if there is an accessible method for a newbie to paint (I was thinking ...
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How thin can a large dovetail tail be?

I'm building a small (12"D x 24"W) workbench for doing woodwork in my apartment. I want to dovetail the legs to the top, but the tail on the end will be about 1/2" wide on the narrower end. Is this ...
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Looking for help to design my own board game

I would like to ask for help for an idea I have for a gift. I have no experience with carving wood or similar things but I feel I can follow directions, and recently I’ve done a few small things that ...
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Farmer Table Legs

Starting on a farmer's table and have it all how I want it designed, but I'm looking for assurance on my method of attaching the legs. I don't have a bountiful workshop, but I do have a table saw and ...
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how to design and install full length (floor-to-ceiling) built in bookcase?

I'm planing on using live edge boards for the sides of a floor to ceiling bookcase, and I would prefer not too use a "header" board (for lack of better term) or any sort of trim around the top or ...
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2x4's are not really 2x4. How does this affect the integrity of a structure?

2x4's are about 1.5" x 3.5" in reality. How does this affect the integrity of a structure? Or do the engineers just do their math with 1.5" x 3.5"?
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How to make large table less springy in the middle

I needed a workbench for working on stained glass (so no heavy pushing like with hand planing). I took a spare sheet of 3/4" particleboard with melamine finish on the faces and cut it to 6x3', rounded ...