Questions tagged [design]

Issues related to the design phase of a woodworking project.

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Dado Shelf Stopper

I want to build some shelves to store trays of dice. The trays are 13.7" x 8.6" x 1.37" and are ~4.5 lbs when completely filled with dice. I want to pull the shelves out far enough to open the tray, ...
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How to design a ramp to get a robot vacuum down a step

I have a single step that is approx 200mm high and I would like to build a small wooden ramp to take a robot vacuum up and down so it can reach my whole house. I have basically no woodworking ...
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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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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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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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Ideas for converting dining table to adjustable height coffee table

I have an old 3'x5' dining table sitting in the garage. I think it would be perfect to go in our den as a large coffee table so my wife can do her huge 3000 piece puzzles up there. The legs are ...
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Bar top with live edge slabs and 90 degree turn with live edge “round” at the corner

I am working with Eastern White Pine. I have 12' slabs, approximately 2.5" thick, with live edge and I am making a bar top. The final finish is planned to be clear epoxy. This is for a bar in an ...
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How would I test the stability of my (bed) design before building?

I have been designing a plywood bed. I have an idea for legs with two or four angled plywood pieces (not parallel) attached to a big plywood sheet top with beefy L-brackets. I've thought of a few ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Bookshelf with cutout

I've built a bookshelf that is basically just glued wood with notches cut in: With the vertical struts 50cm apart, this is ideal for just about anything: it nicely fits 40cm Euroboxes and 19 inch ...
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laminating cherry to pine or ash

I want to make bedposts about 6" square. I want to laminate cherry to the outside and wonder about the core. I thought I would use pine or ash as a core. worried about the expansion of the inner core ...