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How to I stop Ikea SÄLJAN ADILS desk from wobbling?

Hey I've built the ikea desk attached in the video. Basically it's SÄLJAN ADILS which is super affordable and it has 5 legs, 2 to the sides and 1 in the middle. I've made sure it's leveled to the ...
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Would poplar or alder be good for a desk

I'm planning on building a desk soon and i was going to make the top of it out of 1x6 planks that I was going to join together. Would poplar or alder be strong enough for alot of writing with ...
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How to remove a board that's *really* stuck

I am building a built-in that uses walnut ply boards for the seating/TV area. I tried to position the board you see but now it's stuck. The left side is sticking out 0.25" more than the right. I'...
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Help a novice with warping pine wood boards

First of all, I am a complete beginner! I've recently bought a couple of wood boards(~50cm×50cm×2cm) to make a board game scenery. It needs to be completely straight so that it can be placed on a ...
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Joining 3.5' boards to make a 7' beam, or no?

I'm working on a 7' long hanging bench with no support under the middle. I have 9' by ~6" rough sawn 4/4 white oak. My initial design idea involved making a lamination / beam consisting of 3 ...
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Unstable wood bench

I made a table and two benches for my daughter but because the benches are so skinny and I made the legs going straight down, it tips over pretty easily.... how can I stabilize this without completely ...
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Leather furniture storage - is unheated ok for short term?

Sometimes for work I need to leave leather furniture in an unheated unit for 2-3 days. Temperature at night is around 5c degrees (3-10 range) with moderate humidity. I read somewhere that leaving ...
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How to maintain a straight cutting angle with a tenon saw?

For my first real woodworking project I'm making a desk for my day work. I've roughly cut - with tenon saw and mitre box - the legs to more than the required length, as it's hard to store 4m lengths ...
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How to repair broken spindles on chair?

I have a chair that had it's back broken off (both stiles and two spindles, pic below). Everything broke just above the seat. It's no loss to us if it cannot be fixed, but I enjoy repairing things. ...
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90° notches into side of thick dowel legs

I’m trying to build a fairly simple-looking wooden table with four 3" dowel legs. I don’t plan on using any screws, what I want to do is about 1" down from the top of the dowel I want to ...
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How to accurately drill into end grain of a 20 inch table leg

I have a table leg that was connected to the table top with mortise and tenon and tenon broke off. As part of the repair I'd like to put in a dowel through leg and table top and wood glue the whole ...
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How to stabilize a bar table with hairpin legs

I'm doing a one-off project for a much-needed small dining space in the holiday home. I have a set of 4 hairpin legs at 106cm each that I want to use for a bar table. I want a nice table top but want ...
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I have separate, finished pieces. How to assemble them?

This question is woodworking-related. Recently, I found in the attic (in France) the wood pieces shown on this photo. There are: 1 round, flat, 40-cm diameter disc, with a hand-carved, 5mm-deep ...
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Wood bench legs are uneven at Christmas but even at Thanksgiving

I measured every thing correctly. All the legs of the bench were the same at thanksgiving but now are half an inch different at Christmas dinner. Is there a way to stop wood from expanding and/or ...
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Minimum leg dimensions for pine stool

I would like to make a wooden stool, but I don't know how thick the legs need to be for it to be safe and sturdy. I have 70x35mm pine and I plan on resawing it to get ~30x30mm legs. Is that enough ...
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How do I calculate the weight capacity of my one side supported bookshelf (Spine Booshelf?)

I am planning on building a bookshelf as shown below. Each shelf (maple plywood) will only be supported via a dado cut into the 2x4 (SPF pine), and glued. I am currently planning on cutting 3/4" ...
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Restoring old oak chair but at a loss for something I've never seen

I am trying to restore an old oak chair that was given to me by my mother. It was my great grandfather's and is probably 120-140 yrs old. At the front of the chair seat there is a long ~3/8ths slit, ...
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Repairing a half lap joint in table leg x-bracing

I want to repair the bottom cross bracing that runs between the legs of an oak table, pictured here. Some unknown number of years ago, the top piece sheared off at the half lap joint and pulled out ...
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How to remove and repair a crooked desk leg?

Apologies if I break any rules with this post, please let me know if I do. I am an utter novice when it comes to woodworking but I want to get into it as soon as I have the time/money and I decided a ...
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Options for attaching bed legs at an angle

I'm trying to recreate this bed. Right now I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to attach the back leg which is at an angle. It needs to be disassemblable. The manufacturers assembly instructions ...
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Dresser surface repair

I used hand sanitizer on the top of my dresser, it left milky splotchy areas on the surface. I have a feeling it could be a reaction with a wax or furniture polish that may have been used previously. ...
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Overpainting corner hutch

I would like to refinish the inside of a corner hutch. Below are images of the current condition. Click on image for a larger version of the image. Click on image for a larger version of the image. ...
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Filling an old hole to offset it a few mm and put in a fastener, what is the best approach?

Hi everyone I have a large dining chair where the factory drilled a hole that attaches the back 2-3mm off. The idea is to fully close up the hole and re-drill in proper place. The 2 holes will overlap....
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Tack cloth stickiness

I finished a table using miniwax and tung oil. After three layers of tung oil, I lightly sanded and then used a tack cloth to remove the dust. The top is now sticky. How do I remove the stickiness ...
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Nails plus glue into endgrain vs screws plus glue vs dado (for shelf)

I'm building a hutch/book shelf for a small desk (2'x4'). Width of hutch is 48", depth 9.25", height about 18". Wood is nominal 1" thick "appearance boards" from a big ...
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Is rotted wood used in the construction of a dresser going to cause issues in the future?

it is on the back of the dresser on the corner 2x2. It is about 3 inches long and 1 inch. There is no finishing in that part of the hole.
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Adding a “plank” like section to the edge of a table to allow for monitor stands/ mic stands

I am using an Ikea dining table as my work table. It works wonderfully, is made of quality pine and looks good. Recently, I was considering adding a VESA table clamp monitor stand but the table has a ...
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What kind of wood for supporting a heavy TV?

I have a 40Kg TV, which I want to rest on a table. The table is sturdy and can support the weight of the TV. However the length of the table is too short, so I want to elongate it by putting on top of ...
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Stop my drawers from blocking caused by a layer of paint

I built a wooden cupboard with drawers. When the woodworking was finished, the drawers could be pulled out smoothly but I then applied stain onto the drawers and the cupboard, which now makes the ...
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How bore out a shallow sink into a 2x10"?

I have a set of standing shelves that are built from standard home store 2x10"s. I wanted to repurpose the shelf as a place for my houseplants. When I water the plants, there is a lot of drainage ...
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Half-lap joints for day-bed build?

I'm building a 30"x80" daybed with a simple rectangular structure for the frame. I plan to use 2x6 pine cut to length for the frame. Please do not try to talk me out of the pine, I already ...
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Adding finish to a painted wooden table

So I have a table made and I was told that they applied a water based paint over it because I requested it to be black. The wood they used is either palochina or mahogany. As of right now, it isn't ...
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How to make a joint between two pieces of wood look good?

I’m building a counter top and I had to join two pieces of boards with some glue in between. The countertop looks pretty okay, but the joint is very obvious and when I clean it with a bit a water, it ...
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Screws vs. Pocket Holes vs. Traditional Joinery

I have been looking at many websites for woodworking and while I have been an advocate for "proper" woodworking as my late father who was a bench-joiner professed, I have seen many profess ...
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Strength of plywood walls for built-in bookshelves

I am planning on building built-in bookshelves that would span the length of a wall. Each unit would consist of a cabinet base ~2' across with a set of bookshelves mounted on top. The depth of the ...
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How to decide upon leg placement

I have prepared a 7.5 ft x 2.5 ft piece of monkeypod wood that is approximately 2 inches thick. It will serve as a computer desk. The heaviest object on it will be my desktop tower (~25-30 lbs). You ...
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How thick to make toddler bed slats

I'm building a bed for my toddler out of pine, and wondering what dimension wood I should use for the bed slats, and how many. Toddler mattresses are generally on the order of 52" x 27" or 28", so I'm ...
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IKEA Gerton (solid beechwood) treatment with mineral oil?

So I need a new desk, and preferably something that's solid wood that can support my dual-monitor mount without sagging or bending. I currently have an Ikea desk that's made of particleboard, and it's ...
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Do I need to treat or finish lumber if I want to use it for a bed

I'm trying to build a platform bed using 2x4 lumber from Home Depot. I'm wondering if I need to treat the surface somehow if I want to put the mattress on top of the platform. Will a 2x4 surface be ...
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What's the polishing method to achieve/maintain this smooth, reflective finishing

I bought this set of 30-year old dining table and chairs from Craigslist, and the owner indicated that they would polish them every year. I was stupid not to follow up with a question about their ...
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Choosing wood for long 11'x2' (double) desk top

Options other than butting together two long plywood panels to make the desktop? Working remotely and need a double desk for my wife and I. We have a great wide window at the end of a room that is ~...
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Custom risers for bed without legs

My bed sits on a frame, so there are no legs to put off the shelf raisers , I am thinking of cutting a lap on 4x4 to the width of bed frame and fastened it with two bolts, for good support I am hoping ...
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How to attach dowel legs to make a side table

I want to make a few small mid century modern style triangle side tables. It's too expensive to buy the shaped legs. My husband can cut the board for the tops. I thought of making legs from round ...
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Stabilizing wobbly hardwood table

Our beautiful old table has taken some damage the last two times we moved. As a result its legs are now somewhat wobbly. It is a teak table and it is entirely held together by wooden pins. I intend ...
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Add backing to wood rocking chair?

What alternatives do I have to make this rocking chair usable once again? I was considering cane webbing, but I don't think it would work here. I was also thinking of using a cheap rug, but I have ...
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How can I distinguish between mold or wear in teak?

I was given a teak patio set that has some damage that I cannot identify as mold or wear. In either case I don’t know how to fix it. I’ve read a bunch of articles about how to clean with a ...
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Does water-based polyurethane affect paint color?

I recently painted a dresser. I originally painted it a darker gray than I wanted so after putting the initial two coats on I took the paint back to Home Depot and had them lighten the rest of the ...
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How to fix Lysol damage to furniture?

I was cleaning wooden bed with Lysol. Then noticed weird Grey marks after it. Now I can't remove them. Is there any way to fix it?
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Turned-leg bench: splayed or straight?

I want to build a bench with legs that go through the top that is similar to this: I have two main questions. I am thinking of doing the legs straight up and down for a more minimal, easier ...
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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 ...