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How do I ensure my drill is perfectly vertical before cutting a hole in my desk?

I want to cut a hole in my desk (3/4" furniture grade plywood with an oak veneer) to run cables through. I'll be using a hole saw and my cordless drill. Since this is going to be very visible, I want ...
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How can I attach a solid table top to perpendicular cross rails?

I plan to build a coffee table following plans in Fine Woodworking. In the article, the author uses a plywood top, but I already have solid lumber that I'd like to use. Source: me, based on plans in ...
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At what stage of basic furniture making should I “finish” the wood?

I have purchased wood in order to make some basic furniture: One of these will be placed outside (simple table), One inside the bathroom, (basic chest of drawers) And another in the hall way (shoe ...
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What is the name of the corner joint with grooves on this chair?

I removed the seats from dining chairs I just bought but have never seen this type of construction. What is it called?
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What type of joint should I use for building a piece of furniture that will be assembled and disassembled?

I am working on a large piece of furniture that cannot fit into my home fully assembled. I must carry the smaller pieces through the door and assemble the item in its final resting place. What ...
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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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Choosing wood and finish for outdoor furniture

What qualities should I look for in woods to be used in outdoor furniture and what are some examples of woods which have those qualities? What finishing options do I have for weatherproofing wooden ...
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How can I deal with wood from DIY stores that is crooked and may or may not be dry?

I've been meaning to build a desk for a while now. I made a design with millimeter accuracy, but when I went to the home improvement store, I found that all the beams they had were crooked! Some more ...
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What are some guidelines to consider when determining the thickness of boards to use?

Assuming one has the necessary tools to mill their own boards, what are some guidelines to consider when determining the thickness of boards to use in the various parts of a project? For some context,...
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Is it a good idea to apply lacquer over shellac?

I have an antique coffee table that I am planning to restore. It is elaborately carved, and appears to be made out of solid mahogany. The existing finish is in pretty good shape, except for the top of ...
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How to repair missing chunk of wood from cabinet door?

I have a nice wood cabinet that lost a small chunk of wood from the front door in a recent move. (Photos below.) Naturally, that chunk of wood was on the exterior where it's plainly visible and where ...
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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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What is the best way to install full extension drawer slides in a cabinet?

I have built a large cabinet with some two columns of drawers. I am using 28" full-extension, 100 pound, side mount drawer slides. I want both columns to have the same spacing on the drawers. The ...
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How to protect worn wooden outdoor furniture?

I inherited some wooden patio furniture from a previous owner that looks like it's been through a lot: I love the raw, unfinished look of this stuff, but I'd also like it to last another dozen years ...
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How thick do slabs need to be in a slab bench?

My cousin's fiancee is looking to build a bench for their kitchen. From his description, it sounds like what I would call a "slab bench." Just three thick slabs of wood, two for legs and one long one (...
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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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What type of tree to use for branches as dinner table legs?

I want to make a dinner table with crossed table legs made of tree branches with the bark still on (raw, no stain/finish/veneer). What type of tree would be best to use to make it stable and won't ...
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Can veneer be patched or do you have to peel it off and start over?

When trying to refinish a piece of furniture, a lot of older pieces had/have veneer and more often than not (in my experience) the veneer is damaged and chipping around the edges. Is there a good way ...
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How to can I repair/mitigate rot in the center of a Western Cedar tree round?

I want to turn a large western cedar tree round into a low table for a covered outdoor area. The round is from a 100-ish year old cedar tree. It was freshly cut (one month ago), is roughly 4 feet ...
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Best sander for rustic wood

I want to build a rustic wood chair. My first rustic wood furniture ever. Doing rustic wood is really complicated for me because the wood is very uneven like this: What sander should I use for ...
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Is there a procedure or equation to calculate optimal height of a seat based on a given person?

I have a really bad back, and I find that sitting on hard surfaces is preferable to soft surfaces. I'd like to figure out what the optimal height is for a seat for me so that I am not cutting off ...
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Type of wood glue-up used in some Ikea furniture?

Some Ikea furniture, such as the Norden table series, uses a distinctive type of striped wood for the large flat surfaces. These surfaces appear to be many pieces of approximately 1–⅜ &...
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Building A Table - Help With Wood Selection and Joints

I am wanting to build a table that will hold a Large Big Green Egg grill. I've created a mock up using SketchUp (Just learned how to use it today, so it is kind of rough) My design is based on a ...
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What kind of finish should I use inside dresser drawers?

I'm building a chest of drawers out of reclaimed barn wood. For the drawers I've used 1/2" sanded ply for the sides and 1/4" for the bottoms. They're pretty darn smooth but I'd like to put a clear ...
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How would I go about achieving a curve in wood?

I'm looking for a way to build this table. I'm having trouble figuring out how I would achieve this type of curve as seen in this picture with wood. Any suggestions, guides, methods would be greatly ...
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How to find out what kind of finish is on a piece of furniture

I have several old pieces of furniture that have issues with the existing finish. I would like to do a gentle restoration of these pieces while maintaining the original look. I am not sure if the ...
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What techniques are there to find the optimal wood cutting list for a project?

When I've designed a piece of furniture, I need to source the wood for it. The wood is often sold in plank form that I need to cut to length when it's too long and glue together when it's too narrow. ...
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What are strong methods to secure a stripped wood screw in hardwood?

I'm working to repair the pictured round wooden table. It has a wood screw insert that's completely stripped out. In addition, the center post has cracked: Inserting the metal stud into the hole ...
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Curved wood pealing away from table edge

I've recently acquired an old oak table from my parents. I'm going to refinish it, but I have a problem to deal with first. I doubt I can describe it better than the pictures, so without further adieu....
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Do pocket hole screws allow for proper expansion and contraction in planked table tops?

I am learning furniture building. I started by building tables using pocket hole screws to attach the planks together and also to attach the table top to the apron/base. I am now converting to using ...
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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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Attaching Legs to a Table

I decided build a table out of 2x4s and such for Thanksgiving. I figured it would be a cool first woodworking project. The top went pretty well I think, but now it's time to attach the legs and I feel ...
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What options do I have to repair this chair?

I have a 100 +/- year old oak dining set with chair seats that have become quite brittle. Over the years planks on the chairs have split and I have glued them back together. At one point I added ...
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How do I remove a watermark?

I have a lot of wood furniture in my home. Unfortunately, they have watermarks (rings) on them from sweating cups/glasses. It is very unattractive to me and my guests. Is there a way to remove it?
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What is causing this poor refinishing result and how do I fix it?

I followed the procedure of stripping, sanding, staining and then polyurethaning the top of two antique, about 75 years, dressers. The one came out beautifully. The other has questionable results. ...
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Options for sanding this type of bandsawn woodwork

I recently discovered Seth Rolland's furniture website and unique technique /style. The fan shaped top is cut from one piece of wood using a bandsaw alternating cuts from opposite sides that stop ...
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Best surface for a workbench / desk?

Tl;dr - durable, affordable desk surface. I want to build a large (9ft x 2.5ft) workbench/desk. I'm planning on doing a lot of soldering and building on it, but I also want to be able to do ...
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How can I match a finish on furniture when re-finishing?

I have two pieces of maple furniture, a desk with a large water stain, and a kitchen table with minor scratches an exposed wood. My problem is my wife loves the finishes on these pieces of furniture, ...
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Why is this yellow colour coming through the finish

I made a coffee table out of pallet wood. If I had to guess there is at least 3 different kinds of wood here and I don't know for sure which they are. The white you see is home made chalk paint made ...
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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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Make a bunk bed v2

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk. I made a first design in this thread Make a bunk bed But I realised that all the strength would be on the angle brackets ...
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How do you use a 2D template with a lathe?

I was watching another Roy Underhill video where he showed us making a Shaker round stand. He explains the original table was built by the Shakers and how he has been wanting to replicate one. He ...
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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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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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Furniture name for waist-high floor-sitting shelf cabinet thing

I'm working on this thing (60" wide x 41.75" high [elbow height] x 14" deep) (shelves on left and right are adjustable, I might ditch the little border thing on top): It's purpose is general storage ...
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Is there a generic reason to mark work with Roman numerals?

Over the weekend I did some basic repairs to a now lone nesting table. It is about a foot and a half by two feet wide if it matters. A leg's dowels had all broken and it was hanging loose. Also ...
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What joining methods would be best for the legs and other areas of a height adjustable desk?

I am working on building my first piece of furniture. I decided to go a bit big and went with a height adjustable desk. I have the linear actuators and the electronics figured out. Today I purchased ...
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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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How to deal with wood expansion when combining with a steel frame?

Are there good general techniques to deal with wood expansion when combining it with a steel frame? For the sake of argument, say we're building a metal and wood box where the metal comprises the ...
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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 ...