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How to secure a "basic" butt joint where three pieces of wood intersect? [closed]

I have a sofa that has detachable wooden legs with a bolt attached directly into the legs. Across the length and width of the couch, there are support beams that are permanently mounted to the frame ...
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Can I use a poly finish on unstained wood in cold temps?

Total newbie here. Building a bed frame for campervan. Wanted to seal the wood somehow after sanding. Finally decided just a poly coating would be the answer. Went to apply the finish and read the ...
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Noticed a small crack on new dining table. Should I have it replaced?

I just got this mango wood dining table. There is a small crack on the side. I was thinking about replacing the table, or possibly accepting a 20% discount. Could this crack get worse?
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Freestanding feet for a bookcase

I've bought a pair of bookcases that don't have feet. They will stand in front of a wall that has hydronic baseboard. I don't want to completely block off the baseboard. My plan is to have the ...
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Deflection calculation for overhanging tabletop - assessing need for support

I'm planning the construction of a table I want to build in the near future. I'm pretty new to calculating beam and plate deflections, and I can't seem to find the information I'm looking for. In ...
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Veneer on 1 vs 2 sides of Baltic Birch ply?

I've been building a murphy bed cabinet out of baltic birch plywood (I like the visible layers on the edges). I bought/cut sheets of 4'x8' for this purpose. One side is clear, and the other side has ...
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Extendable outdoor coffee/dining table. Will it be strong enough?

I want to build an outdoor coffee table that can easily convert to a dining table. This table will be under cover and I plan to build it from C24 treated pine. I am a relatively new woodworker and I ...
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How to repair a broken spindle in a French Country dining chair

How can I repair a spindle on a French Country chair, only the top half of the spindle is broken. I don't want to take the chair apart if I can avoid it.
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What are they and how do I remove them? [closed]

Have an old armoire that I'm refurbishing and have come across these... how do I remove these?
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Should I stain/seal outdoor furniture before or after pre-drilling lots of pocket holes?

EDIT: I am using pine wood, and I intend to plug the holes if I can find xl pocket hole plugs. I do not intend for this piece to last decades. Since this is my first outdoor furniture build, if I get ...
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Feedback on Shelf Design

I wanted to get the communities feedback on structural soundness of this shelf design. I'm creating one for my 3D printer (sits on top shelf), books (middle two shelves) and small organizer bins (...
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How can I increase the resistance in an adjustable scissor-lift?

Recently I built a scissor-style laptop raiser and book lectern. It works fine, but the weighty laptop requires much tightening of the wingnuts, making me fear that over time the wood will crack (they'...
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furniture repair

I'm considering buying a used piece of furniture at a huge discount. It has been disclosed by the seller that there is a "split on the right side". I'm not sure if that's the correct ...
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Wood movement in a chair

In a Maloof-style low back chair (https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/low-back-side-chair-34536), the back legs attach directly to the seat and to the back. The grain in the seat runs back to front, ...
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How to apply Rubio Monocoat and Black Bison Wax to white oak

I love the look of black bison wax on oak as a way to really bring out the grain. (see example photo) Until now I've only used rubio monocoat as a finish. It's pretty much impossible to mess up and it ...
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Head board with shelves, what joinery would you use for wood movement?

I made the platform/bed area last year out of cherry and now I'm making the head board section. I am a little perplexed on the correct methods to use. I know when I did the platform end that the ...
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Clamping long glue ups

This is a very basic question and I can't figure out the right Google query: how should you clamp glue ups of long seams? For example, say I'm glueing a pine 2x2 to a 2x6 to make a ledge to support ...
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How can I reattach this ornamental wooden piece back to my upholstered couch?

I have a couch that has wooden decor pieces that are stapled/glued to the couch itself. My hip caught a piece of it as I walked by and split part of it in half. How can I reattach the piece and ...
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How can I reinforce wooden chair

I inherited a c. 1920s dining room table and chairs that my mom grew up with. We’ve stripped, repainted, replaced screws and re-glued them twice. The only problem is that the chair legs wiggle and ...
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Design input needed for sturdy deployable/collapsible head/backrest for a sitting bench

Shown here are plans for my office/bedroom build (bed is a Japanese futon and pillows that fold and fit into the compartment of the 3 benches). As you can imagine, if I need to sleep, I can set the ...
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How to fix a wooden chair leg that was cracked?

I assume some super glue and a nail might hold it together?
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Not leave scratches in poly to begin with?

I see many, many threads about fixing scratches in poly. And the directions on most finishes is to sand with fine (220) before applying the next coat of finish. How do I not leave scratches with the ...
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Could there be lead in the finish of a mid-century piano?

I have an old british piano from the 1950s with some kind of varnish/lacquer/shellac finish. I wasn't thinking and sanded it down (which messed it up but that's another story), and now I'm worried I ...
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Will the center have enough support for my custom desk/table?

I'm trying to build my first large desk for my computer setup. My plan is to set a 74" × 42" laminate counter top on top of four Alex drawers and I am concerned about the center of the table ...
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Is it possible to convert Ikea crib to an adult sofa/couch?

I was planning to buy a second-hand Ikea Crib and turn it into a couch. However, the crib's maximum load is 50lb - which is way too low for any fully grown people to use. Is it possible to add ...
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How to mitigate a crooked banquette bench structure

I started building a dining seating bench. This is the plan that I created in SketchUp: The first part is to build the carcass which supposed to look like this: I am using construction grade 5x10cm ...
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Is it possible to fix a distorted laminated chair leg? [bent-wood lamination]

I have an armchair that, according to the manufacturer, is made of moulded layer-glued wood veneer (IKEA Poang). After several years the chair is tipping to the left. As seen from the picture below, ...
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Tung Oil vs IKEA STOCKARYD

I bought IKEA GERTON Beech Wood Tabletop. The instructions say to use STOCKARYD wood treatment oil. It seems to be quite simple. They said in IKEA to use K 400 or K 500 sandpaper, when I asked them. ...
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How to use Sagulator for Sofa / Bed?

I'm a woodworking novice with the goal of putting together a simple convertible sofa / bed. My goals are to keep it simple and affordable to build. I'm planning to buy a couple sheets of plywood and ...
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Building a sturdy kinda narrow and tall freestanding shelving unit for boardgames

I'm very new at building and working with wood in general. Had 1 project before this one but it was just a bunch of acoustic panelling frames. I want to build a shelving unit for boardgames similar to ...
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Hunting for mystery wardrobe fixings/bolts

I am looking for the bolt fixings for a large (mahogany/walnut?) wardrobe whose fixings were lost in delivery. However I am mystified as to what mechanism was used - looking for guidance on what clues ...
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Bookshelf joints

Anyone familiar with this type joint? Looking to build something similar but worried it will be very wobbly. https://areastore.com/en/products/86375-krisel-estante
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Side effects of varying door and frame thickness

I'm designing a custom wardrobe with doors for my tiny NYC apartment. I am planning to have a 3/4" thick birch frame with 1" full overlay aluminum-framed mirror doors. Are there any side ...
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Can I touch up old oak chairs and tables using Howard's Restor-A-Finish?

I have found a great old oak table and chair set which the neighbours wanted to get rid off. It is well used but in good condition. The photo below shows the wear and tear the set has had over years (...
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Leg placement on L-Shaped Desk

I am building an L shaped office desk from white oak or hickory boards joined together. The top will be assembled from joining multiple boards together with adhesive and sanding them down to make 2 ...
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Thoughts/advice on cantilevered desk leg supports

I am considering a "C" shaped leg/support approach to a standard sized desk I am planning. It's effectively a cantilevered design. Something like this (but bigger): I don't think I'll ...
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New varnish beading/crawling on refinished furniture [poss. silicone contamination]

I am not a woodworker, so forgive me if I am not using the correct nomenclature. I sent a few china cabinets to a furniture restorer to be revarnished. They are really old pieces, between 95 and 100 ...
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Software for generating sewing patterns from 3D model for furniture [closed]

I'm looking for a free (haha) or inexpensive tool to unfold/unroll 3D models to get sewing patterns for fabrics. Think couch or chairs upholstery with foam inside. ExactFlat is a professional tool ...
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Floating bed design review

First time here. I've decided to make my own floating bed, I've watched a few videos, but one feature I'd like to include is storage, and for that, I've added a sort of a lid in the middle of the big ...
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How might a tabletop be joined to this kind of frame?

I stumbled across a table here which has a rare view of the underside of the table. Similar designs can be found by searching for: "組子テーブル". Some photos: The table seems to have effectively ...
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Is this a professional furniture refinishing job?

When I got married and bought a house, my parents gave me their old dining set— the one I grew up with. It’s seen a lot of abuse from my kids at my house and I decided to get it and the chairs ...
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Reinforce bunk bed

I built the below kit bunk bed for my kids and interested in reinforcing the posts to deal with some horizontal sway. It is constructed out of pine and connected with screws, barrel nuts and dowels. ...
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When to finish modular projects [closed]

I’m building a custom loft bed for my son in my garage. The final assembly is too large to make it up the stairs to his room so I’ll need to disassemble it to get it up there. I’m planning to stain ...
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How to fix warped wood in cane chair hiding weaving

I've taken on some simple restoration projects in the past with some success (to me anyway) and I have a new one that I'd like to take on. I was given a cane chair that has been sitting in the ...
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Natural pine wood bed has strong chemical odor, why is this and how to stop it?

I threw out my old bed since it was falling apart and this is when it all went downhill. First I got a new bed (upholstered, unfisnished MDF board) that had such a strong odor, it invaded all the ...
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Does epoxy PSI rating really matter for wood?

I've always used the strongest JD weld epoxy for glue ups rated at something like 5000 psi 'just to be safe' since the only downside was having to wait around 12 hours for curing https://www.jbweld....
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How to sand down wood with metal staple ends?

So I have a situation that comes up all the time working with furniture. a beam cracks and needs to be replaced. What is holding it in place is a joint secured by a few staples. Pulling those staples ...
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Non-permanent side-by-side assembly of boards

I am very new to woodworking, and I'm planning on building a table for my living room, from boards that are roughly 4x7 cm (1,6 x 2,6") and with metal legs. The table should look like this: but ...
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How to put long screws (3-4inch into hardwood)

I am currently repairing table leg pedestal. Legs are pretty snug with the base with a dowel and I cleaned out all the old glue so it should be a very good glue joint on it's own. However I also ...
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Pocket holes for fixing chairs?

Often I find myself fixing a failed rail of an arm chair or a part of a sofa that is inserted between plywood walls and holds the legs. Something like this, those red circles are butt joints where end ...
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