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Issues related to the design phase of a woodworking project.

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What kind of woods can I use to make a wooden model car?

I'm looking for some guidance, I am making a model/toy car for my school project and I am not sure what woods are suitable to use.
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What is the purpose of a fireplace mantel?

The fireplace mantel or mantelpiece, also known as a chimneypiece, originated in medieval times as a hood that projected over a fire grate to catch the smoke. The term has evolved to include the ...
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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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Questions about making mirror frame

I am trying to make a frame for a smart mirror, I have only made the inner frame(in the picture, the sides are 12 inches, and the top and bottom are 28 inches, the monitor is slightly smaller than the ...
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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 material is suitable for a children's desk/furniture?

I want to build a children's desk for my wife's two nieces. I have some very nice oak but I don't feel like using something like that would be smart because it will be beaten up, painted over, and let'...
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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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Replace porch boards (2x6) with composite

In 1993, my front porch was built using 2x6's for the decking, mounted perpendicular to the front of the house. After too many years of painting, replacing porch post's and rail balusters, I'm ready ...
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Need help with design of entryway bench joinery

I'm designing a bench for the entryway of our home that will have a place to sit, have two drawers and a bottom shelf for shoes. I'm designing it in Blender, but would like some help confirming the ...
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Will a tabletop bolted to slotted angle brackets have problems with wood movement?

I’ve been planning to build a farm style table for our patio. If I join the top boards using pocket screws + titebond III and attach the top to the base using angle brackets with wide slots, will I be ...
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Desk with hidden space underneath

Im designing a long desk with a section that has hidden working space underneath. There will be an space (like a drawer) then you can remove the desk surface and access the space underneath. There I ...
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Design: Adjustable/Collapsible Wooden Table Leg

I'm looking to make a wooden table that has collapsible legs. My current idea is just to have the leg basically fold into itself but I'm unsure how sturdy this would be. This also means that the legs ...
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Hinge Identification, Usage, and Limitations

I'm currently attempting to make a table that folds in order to be easily stowed away. I'm currently looking at either a Self Supporting Sewing Machine Hinge, a Folding Flap Table Hinge, or Adjustable ...
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Solid wood furniture faces expand at different rates?

I'm a "weekend woodworker" (boxes, small shelves/cabinets, stuff like that). Now I'm thinking about replacing one of my wardrobes, and was thinking about doing it myself. The problem is: in Romania, ...
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Design: Creating a table with removable center/top

I'm hoping this question is okay to ask here! I'm trying to build my own table and am stuck figuring out a safe/sturdy way to create it so that I will be able to unfasten some screws or something and ...
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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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Which way of joining is stronger?

I have to build a box to extend the length of a projector bracket: The projector bracket weighs 7kg and has an arm of about 500mm. The projector weighs another 5kg. The box has a depth of 140mm. ...
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Solid wood top to solid wood sides

I'm looking to build an entertainment center that is 48” wide by 24” deep by 32” tall. I understand that I need to plan for wood movement for the top as it is solid wood (1 11/32” black walnut, grain ...
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Suggestions on improving an elevated-bed project?

I have my bed in a corner of the room and I want to elevate it. I don't like any of the IKEA solutions and the like because I want the corner of the bed that is away from the walls to be free. So I've ...
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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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Which weight bearing knockdown joints

I'm building a Murphy bed with 18mm plywood. I would like to use knock-down joints for the sides of the base (outer-frame). My research led me to cross dowels (see below) When doing some tests ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 can I design a large cherry table with no aprons?

I am trying to build a cherry table. I will be creating the top out of multiple 8/4 boards using standard techniques. The table will be 42" wide by at least 68" long. I have come up with the idea ...
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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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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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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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How do I stop the table I built from wobbling/shaking side to side?

I got a wood cut and bought adjustable table legs, secured the legs to the wood, but the table wobbles/shakes horribly side to side, and sometimes even the other way when i even only write something ...
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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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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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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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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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Where should the trademark be placed on a baseball bat?

As a kid during the days of Little League (my last close contact with baseball), we always admonished one another not to hit the ball on the trademark of the bat. You'll break it! Well, ...
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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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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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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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Is making a breadboard table top using just pocket joinery asking for future problems?

I like pocket holes as it is a simple and easy method of joinery. I ran into plans for a farmhouse table that is nearly solely built with pocket holes. The following is the step where the table top is ...
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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 ...