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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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Table top attachment with aprons on only two sides

I'm building a small computer/writing desk. It will have a solid top, so I'm figuring out how to attach it to the frame to allow for wood movement. I planned on using tabletop fasteners (Z clips), ...
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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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How do I fix a wobbly bench?

So I just finished building this bench: https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/fancy-x-farmhouse-bench?page=0 I like the bench everything came together really well and everything seems ...
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Extract snapped screw buried in wood (not just stripped head)

One side of our solid oak bed has detached from the leg, as the 4 hardened steel screws on part of the bracket have snapped clean off, leaving the rest of the screw buried in the wood, about 0.5-1.0mm ...
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How do cabinet makers achieve seamless joins

How do cabinet makers achieve a seamless fit when joining panels with dowels to make up their furniture? The dowels obviously help align the panels perfectly, but to avoid a half millimetre gap along ...
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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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Is it possible to repair scratches to this sort of wear?

I recently started using this desk, last used by an old relative I'm very fond of. There's a wide array of scratches and marks on it: I like that it's worn, but I'd like to know if it's possible ...
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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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If I make a stool from this composite (?) wood, will it end in tears?

I want to try making a stool based on this video series by Paul Sellers. Unlike Paul, I will use some power tools (power drill, oscillating tool for sanding/cutting, maybe rotary tool for sanding). ...
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How to achieve a rounded edge on a thick panel of solid, hard wood

I am trying to make a corner shelf that would match some existing pieces of furniture. I cannot understand how the edge was made, or more precisely, how I could achieve something similar. The round ...
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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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How to prevent epoxy from running out of wood voids

I'm building a pair of 3-drawer nightstands and using a slab of cypress for the drawer faces. The final pour of epoxy started out fine, just "proud" of the surface in the major voids, but overnight ...
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Restore to originality

I would like to restore a 1946 lane coffee table to the original. Was the original finish lacquer or shellac? If no one knows I will go with lacquer over a shellac base.
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Calculate the size of furniture which are available in the picture

Is there is any software which can calculate the size of furniture which are present on picture or image For Example I have an image of furniture I want to calculate its length, width , height size of ...
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Edge glued panels vs. plywood for furniture

I'm in the process of designing a Murphy bed (wall bed) and most plans I've found so far recommend the use of 3/4 inch (19mm) thick plywood. While some like the look of plywood, I was considering some ...
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What is the name of this metalwork for decorating furniture?

I'd like to decorate a cabinet with metalwork, but I can't search for this item of metalwork because I have no idea what it's called. It looks like a brass boob and nipple (sorry, but it does) and is ...
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What should be done to treat decorative wood for outdoor use?

I'm building a live edge bench in memory of a loved one, and would like it to last as long as possible while weathering the elements year round. I live in Pittsburgh, PA, which means we get ...
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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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dylon material dyed wood and watco oil and wax finish on oak

I have stripped down a 60s oak dinning table and chairs with paint stripper, then washed with TPS as per paint remover instructions. I then dyed the wood with Dylon material dye "deep blue". The ...
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How do you tell whether a piece of furniture is veneered?

What are good telltale signs of solid wood vs veneered furniture that you can identify from a picture? For example, the hutch below?
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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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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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Resources for wooden furniture projects without glue, nails or screws

I am looking for resources (mostly books) on how to build wooden furniture without glue, nails or screws (preferably with only hand tools). I would like to learn the techniques involved in this as ...
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Wood movement with L-shaped mitred leaning shelf

I'm doing a built-in for a closet. The closet is over the stairs so its front is sloped. I created an L shaped front and shelf from solid maple. The bottom foot or so is up against the wall that I can ...
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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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Would a threaded insert placed in or near the seam of a biscuit joint affect its strength?

Hopefully the question is clear. The threaded insert would be about a 1/2" long, and the lumber would be 8/4. The insert would be for a leg or a headboard bracket. If it would compromise strength, I ...
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How can I fix this wobbly desk

I have built a very simple desk out of laminated panels; two legs connected with a back board held by L brackets. Problem is it is still quite wobbly horizontally and I was hoping the back board ...
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How can I paint furniture so that it can be stripped later?

We have an old cherry table that my wife wants to paint. I'm not keen on painting stained wood, but I want to keep her happy. Is there a way to paint stained wood to make it easier to strip again ...
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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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Wooden cabinet for Personal Computer UPS and Micro ATX slim tower

Region: West Bengal; India. I am getting a wooden cabinet built by our local furniture guy. System: UPS;Weight 4.7 kg/10.3617 pounds(as per brochure). Micro ATX slim case; Weight 10 kg/22 pounds(...
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Type and thickness of ply for converting van

I'm converting a (high roof, LWB) panel van into a camper, and want to use ply both for walls/ceiling/floor and for furniture. What type (hardwood/softwood) and thicknesses should I use for: The ...
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What kind of finish does this need to be weatherproof/durable?

I'm not sure what type of wood this is, only that a Star Jasmine is responsible for killing the tree this branch came from. If I can prepare this without you needing to know the wood type, what sorts ...
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Hanger bolts on chair legs keep coming loose

I have a dining room set consisting of a table and 4 chairs. I bought them used, the only indication of brand is a "Made in Taiwan" stamp. I'm under no impression that these are anything fancy, but ...
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What is a good non-yellowing finish for maple?

I am in the process of building a bench for indoor use out of hard maple. It will only get indirect sun when it is complete. This is my first project with this light of a wood (I've worked primarily ...
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Do I have to treat the wood before I assemble it?

I am planning on making a sofa. I have my tools and my wood. Do I have to apply any type of treatment to the wood before I assemble it? I mean at the end I'm going to be stapling textiles on it and ...
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Replacing a 1/2 dowel with a 3/4 dowel

A number of years ago one of the legs on our sofa broke off. The dowel holding the foot to the framed snapped. Now that I've got my hobby, I'm looking to affix the leg. I've drilled out most of the ...
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Is there a better way to join these two boards for a platform bed?

I'm pretty sure I have a good idea of what I'll be doing for the rest of the bed. For those curious. I'm wanting to make my own version of the DWR American Modern bed. The two boards in question are ...
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Would 4 post legs work on an 8' x 40“ x 1” table?

I just finished (ok, I still need to poly it) a dining table top. I have not decided on the type of legs I will be attaching to it yet. One of the two leg types I was considering was 4 "post" legs (3"...
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Is it necessary to cover all veneered particle board ends?

Visible/accessible edges are trivial - we cover them for pleasant looks, durability and to avoid getting splinters. What are the benefits/needs of covering unseen ends of veneered particle boards ...
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Is cedar dangerous for your health when used in indoor furniture?

I'm concerned about the health risks of using the cedar as indoor furniture. Had no idea about the toxicity of cedar before making a bed with my friend out of cedar from Home Depot. Apparently the ...
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How to reinforance purchased sitting bench with 250 load limit to 500 load limit

Purchased OPS Coventry storage bench which I love. Now find the load limit is 250lbs. Using as dining bench and need to increase load limit for two persons at least 500lbs.
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How can I protect my teak table while maintaining its raw and unfinished look?

I have an outdoor teak table that I want to be protected against the weather without altering the way it looks too much. I put clear spar urethane on my chairs and was unhappy because they ended up ...
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Help get me a grand piano Hi Gloss Finish please [duplicate]

Hi everyone My carpenter friend has made me this mini grand piano shell for my one keyboard and I want to get it painted or sprayed like a grand piano finish. I'm a complete novice here and need ...
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Where to buy and how to replace missing piece antique french hunters cabinet? [closed]

I have an Antique French Hunters Cabinet in which the top molding is missing. See picture below which shows the piece before the top piece of molding was lost. Where would I buy a piece of wood ...
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furniture spring support

(If the question is not 'woodworky' enough, apologies.) We have an old couch. Springs are supported on webbing. I've re-webbed a couple of times over the years (as best I could). Now, it needs it ...
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Best way to join pieces of L shaped desktop

I am building an L shaped office desk from pipe, structural fittings. The top will be in two pieces cut from a 4x8 sheet of Baltic birch plywood. I'd like the desk, including the top, to be ...
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Why are bed slats not attached?

Planning a wooden bed frame. I am considering why bed slats I've seen seem to always just rest loosely on top of the frame rather than join to both sides. I know wood expands and contracts with heat/...
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How to stabilize a table with hairpin legs?

I screwed these hairpin legs https://www.hcstore.net/Hairpin-Leg-Triplo-75cm to a simple wood board to make a dining table, but the table is too unstable. I know that tables must have this framing ...