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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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refinishing dining chairs [duplicate]

removed the seats to some chairs I just purchased but have never seen this type of construction. What is it called?
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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