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Can I leave indoor wooden furniture unfinished or will it grow mold?

I purchased some furniture that has wooden elements to it that ended up being unfinished. Should I be concerned about this? During the more humid months, will these elements grow mold on them? For ...
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Rule of thumb for Power Tool Durability

We all know the basic rule: If you use a tool rarely, buy a homeworker quality power tool or a cheap one. If you use a tool often, buy a pro or semi-professional power tool. Allow me to summarize ...
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Submerge wood in a barrel to improve it - Is my wife right that this is a bad idea?

I was about to submerge fresh pieces of wood of various types in our barrel filled with water - to let the saps come out and after some time get good wood. These pieces will be used for small objects, ...
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How can I harden soft woods?

I want to build a coffee table out of cedar planks treated with the Shou-Sugi-Ban method. The problem is that cedar is too soft for regular use and will get notched and scratched very quickly. How ...
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Materials and finish for an office chair mat?

I want to build a chair mat for the desk in my home office which has high pile carpet. It gets heavy use and I'm tired of buying a new plastic one every year or so. The last one I got was from Costco ...
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Lightest woods that would be strong & stable for 2 components of DIY Wall Stall bar?

Lightest woods that would be strong & stable for components of DIY Wall Stall bar? Maybe this list can help you help me in shortlisting. Reference list of possible woods available but may ...
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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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Are spline joints inherently stronger than a standard butt miter joint?

I have always liked how spline joints look, but I was unsure whether it would help or hurt the joint strength. Are splined miter joints stronger than other types of mitered joinery?
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Should I do many shallow quick cuts or a single deep slow one with my router?

Most cutting tools have a certain removal rate of material at which they should operate. You don't want to go too slow because it takes forever. And if you go to fast the tool heats up too much. ...
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Unobtrusive ways to protect plywood corners?

I'm building a bunch of cabinets out of 3/4" plywood. The corners are beveled so there's no ugly plywood "end grain" showing in the joints. While the joint looks fantastic, I'm concerned that the ...