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Issues related to the design phase of a woodworking project.

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Wood to Use for 3ft Sorority Letters

I am currently trying to build 3ft wooden letters for my sorority's recruitment booth. I want them to be sturdy and weather resistant but also lightweight and portable. The letters will be in storage ...
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Is there a average depth that works best for book shelf?

I am planning on building a bookcase and some previous attempts have resulted in shelves that are too deep for most books. Is there a average depth that would work best? For example would a 9 inch ...
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Mortise and tenon joint proportions for 3 wooden beams corner

I'm designing a cabinet with drawers and I would like to use 60mm (roughly 2 and 3/8") wide beams for the frame. The frame with one side panel visible looks like that: I would like to use mortise and ...
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Make a bunk bed

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk. I'm a beginner at woodworking and I need some help. I have made some "plans", I will put 7x2m stakes, 4x1.40m each around ...
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How do I create the decorative/ornamental elements of a picture frame?

I am learning woodworking because I have an interest in making wooden picture frames. I would like to learn what tools and techniques could be used to create some of the highlighted elements below. ...
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Creating my first wooden gaming table

My friend and I are endeavoring to create our own gaming table. With little to no experience working with wood other than youtube videos and the occasional side project, we come to you in need of help!...
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How should I calculate the height of the chair needed for a table?

Suppose the table is of x height and y width. If I have to construct a chair for that table, how would I know what height should it be?
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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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Gluing plywood to plywood for doll's house floor

I am making a small doll's house for my daughter. This is my first project; I am a total beginner at woodworking, basically what I know is remembered from watching my dad 30 years ago :) It's going ...
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Corner butt joint, longer top or longer sides?

When making butt joints for corners, say, for small little cabinets to hang on a wall (think medicine cabinet), structurally is there any difference between longer tops and longer sides (I'm using ...
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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 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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Installing fancy distressed wall hanger knobs

So the other day, I found a wonderful set of large knob-shaped wall hangers from Sheffield home at T.J Maxx, so I bought them all. But when I got home, I realized that there was no hardware included ...
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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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Cherry wood for dining table - Strong enough or should I consider Walnut?

I went lumber shopping for my first wood working project - Pedestal dining table (See picture) I found that the prices vary wildly and am having a hard time choosing one because I don't know what is ...
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Does engineered bamboo require considerations for expansion and contraction?

I'm thinking of making a desk with a top made from engineered bamboo, and I'm wondering whether I need to follow expansion rules (e.g., breadboard ends) when building the tabletop. I'm unfamiliar ...
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Building a wooden arcade stick case

This is my very first DIY project, I am building an arcade stick: Rubber feet will be attached to those 4 holes. Now I do not have tools for any woodwork at home (will buy once I do start doing more ...
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Why keep gaps in siding of outdoor furniture project?

Below you can see a picture of a patio prep cart that I'm building for my brother. I would like to make a few design changes to the plan but I'm not sure if it would have some unforeseen negative ...
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Front and Leg vise

It will probably have to wait until next summer but I am going to build my first woodworking bench soon. I want to have at least one vise on it. I was thinking the front or leg vise. They both clamp ...
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How to make a heptagonal construction set?

I want to make a construction set with rods and nodes similar to Zome or K'nex or Tinkertoys. Mine will be in entirely in the plane and based on heptagonal (7-fold) symmetry. (In fact, I'd like ...
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Arcade Coffee Table drawer

I was wondering if you happen to know what kind of hardware is used on the drawer for this Coffee Table Arcade. Here is a picture of the drawer as it is being pulled out. Then fully engaged You will ...
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How to setup joint proportions?

I am a brand new woodworker and I would like to know how to setup joint proportions correctly. I've watched many videos on various joint techniques, but most won't teach you about the proper ...
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Joining an irregular, detachable modesty panel together and to an irregular shaped desk

I've built an irregularly-shaped desk with irregular, five-sided cabinets. It now needs a modesty panel, but because of the unique angles and circumstances, I'm stumped as to how to attach such a ...
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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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Will these table legs support this table?

Will these table legs be able to support this table design or will they need additional supporting features? I'm specifically talking about the structural integrity of the legs, seeing as how they are ...
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Considerations when making my own threaded dowel for a vise

After looking at the answers for this question I was inspired to make a Moxon vise for easy table top use. This will buy me time until I make my actual woodworking bench. The one I have in mind is ...
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Folding table issue

I currently do projects for other college students and organizations in order to make some easy spending money. I am building a folding 2ft by 8ft table. The overall plans of the table is that I made ...
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Can I get some tips or criticisms of this couch plan?

I drafted this myself in Blender. Dado joints are depicted, mortise/tenon joints and bolted joints are not. This is to-scale, planned with douglas fir 2x4s and jute webbing/coil spring/4 way tie ...
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What strong options are there to join these pieces?

I'm planning to build this table base which consists of 4 legs, 2 leg-to-stretcher pieces, and 1 main stretcher. The leg and leg-to-stretcher shapes will be cut on the bandsaw, and will support a ...
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Invisible wall mounts

I built this wall mount thing (~ 3ft wide, 1/2" poplar) hung with a cleat (oak): The problem is, I don't like the way the cleat looks. I think it looks sloppy. But, I want the piece to be backless, ...
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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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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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Supporting a level box on an uneven surface

I am building some 6' x 2' x 1.5' (depth) cedar planter boxes for specific locations on concrete outdoors. The boxes need to sit as close to the ground as possible, a few inches max. I am building ...
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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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How to bind wooden pieces together, but detachable

I want to bind these pieces together, but not a permanent one. I want to be able to like pop one out whenever I want. Kinda like a Lego bond. I thought of putting magnets on them but couldn't find a ...
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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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Good way to illustrate project / make a template of my small wood phone dock project? (CAD)?

I have not done woodworking much before and a friend invited me to build something... I have it all planned out in my head but I don't know what software is available etc for making a good template ...
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Can I use half-lap joint for table breadboard?

I am building a farm table and it seems that the standard joinery method for the breadboards is mortise and tenon. M&T intimidates me a bit, so wondering if a half-lap breadboard would function ...
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Design considerations for a machinist's work bench [closed]

I am considering hiring a cabinet maker to construct a built-in workbench for machine work and would like to know the key design considerations and recommended jointing options for such a project. ...
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What is a “shadow line”

I saw a reference to a "shadow line" in the context of making a tiny rebate (rabbet for US speakers) in the top part of the bottom half (i.e. not the lid) of a decorative box. What is a shadow line?
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Use 3/4" wood for Adirondack chair?

For the last few years, we had some of those plastic $20 Adirondack chairs in the garden. Well, the sun got to them, and the plastic became brittle.. (my story, and I'm sticking to it!) Now I want to ...
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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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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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How to attach a one inch thick table top to two A shaped frames that are two inches thick

I have a nice desk top that is probably pine? that I want to turn into a desk. I bought two A shaped frames at IKEA to attach to the table top. I have no idea how to attach the table top to the frames ...
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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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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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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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How do I make a wooden garter/captive washer?

I wish to build a tail vise using the Shop Fox D3258 Bench Screw (Link to Amazon). This bench screw comes with the screw itself and the cast-iron mount for moving the block in the table, however it ...
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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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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 ...