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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 ...
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Should I seal my bed slats, and if yes, with what?

I hired someone to put together bed slats for my new bed. The bed frame comes with center support for the slats that he's building and the slats will be screwed down onto the center slat and the side ...
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Tips for Jointing Reclaimed Barnwood Table Top

Finally broke down and decided to give this current fad a try. For anyone that is experienced in working with reclaimed wood, do you have any tips for edge jointing and getting a decently flat top? I ...
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Farmer Table Legs

Starting on a farmer's table and have it all how I want it designed, but I'm looking for assurance on my method of attaching the legs. I don't have a bountiful workshop, but I do have a table saw and ...
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Leg basics for stools, chairs, table

I hope this question is not too general. I would like to make this table: http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/moravian-stool-2 It mentions the dimensions : 1-5⁄8″ square at the top and 1″ at ...
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How to build a double X table leg

I'm looking to build some table legs with a double X design. The top is about 40" wide (round) and weighs 120lbs. I should think that 4x4 posts should do it, but maybe they need to be bigger? I can ...
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Best way to attach metal legs to corner desk? Do I need extra support?

I'm making my own office desk, I'm 2m04cm so the height and depth are appropriate. I've made the desk top from reclaimed floorboards. It's 1 inch thick, the supports underneath are from the same ...
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“Presanding” wood, before assembly?

I am new to woodworking. I recently completely my first job (a small bookshelf/toybox). After it was all put together, I spent a while sanding it, although it was difficult to get into the corners, ...
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How to make large table less springy in the middle

I needed a workbench for working on stained glass (so no heavy pushing like with hand planing). I took a spare sheet of 3/4" particleboard with melamine finish on the faces and cut it to 6x3', rounded ...
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What kind of wood is thin enough to cut with a knife, but strong enough for doll furniture?

I am a beginner in woodworking and I'd like to create doll furniture (1:6 scale). I would prefer however not to use any sawing equipment because of the small size, and I do not have the option to use ...
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Looking for non-threaded inserts

I am designing a chair that has an adjustable length. I want to have 1/4" steel pins that go through a hole in a bracket, through a 2x4, and come out to go through a hole in the other side of the ...
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cutting opendesk parts with fretsaw

I'd like to make opendesk for home use. I'd go with this project https://www.opendesk.cc/lean/studio-desk?config_id=9244#get-it-made First I'd print the design plans on sheets of paper than transfer ...
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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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Replacing top on particleboard desk with solid wood - allow for movement? Bad idea?

I have a (now-discontinued) Jonas desk from Ikea that is several years old: The desktop has gotten kind of worn and is a little small for my current needs, so I've been considering replacing it with ...
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How might I design a “quick-breakdown” feature to allow easy assembly and disassembly of this floating beds frame supports?

I have built a couple floating beds now and assembly and disassembly is very time consuming. I've tried researching possible braces to allow the person who is assembling the frame the quickly connect/...
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Is it safe to keep the bark on a fresh/green slice of tree trunk?

I just got a freshly cut slice of a big tree trunk from my friend. Thinking of using it as a table. Sanding it down etc. Now I know there's all the drying etc to consider, but the first thing I need ...
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Ideas for converting dining table to adjustable height coffee table

I have an old 3'x5' dining table sitting in the garage. I think it would be perfect to go in our den as a large coffee table so my wife can do her huge 3000 piece puzzles up there. The legs are ...
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How can I carve out an inset in butcher block?

I am trying to create a topper for my subwoofers to turn them into an end-table/subwoofer. My plan is to get a piece of 1⅜" butcher block and take about ½" out of the middle so it will ...
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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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How can I be sure my workpiece feet are level, when my workshop floor isn't?

I'm building a coffee table with four feet and have realized that my workshop floor is not level at all. It is not sloped, but rather has an uneven surface. While it doesn't make a difference for ...
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No rear clearance spring assisted lid hinge system

I'm building a bench/coatrack for my entryway, and I'd like the bench to have a flip top lid that stays open and possibly has a soft close (soft close not a deal breaker). I'd like the rear of the lid ...
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Are barrel nuts strong?

I'm designing/building a bunk bed for my toddler boys. Given that I am working under small constraints in their bedroom, I was thinking about using barrel nuts to piece together the two long sides ...
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Load Bearing of Legs and Wood Movement on TV Console

I'm a relative neophyte to woodworking and just sketched the first project I'm looking at approaching My dual questions are: are the 1 1/1 inch legs enough to support the structure as drawn? How ...
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Attach fastener into glue joint of two face-glued boards

I'm going to be building a bed for my daughter and my design calls for a larger piece of wood for the legs. I could use a 2x3 or 2x4, but am wondering if I could create the larger piece by gluing two ...
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Painting a kid's bed frame

I'm going to be building a bed frame for my daughter and would like to paint it. I want the finish to be durable (no chipping, and be able take some abuse from toys being hit against it), so am ...
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What are these wooden posts?

I am starting a tinker group for kids. I have seen these wooden posts pictured in a number of tinkering setups, since they have pre-drilled holes and can be connected relatively easily by young ...