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Is making a breadboard table top using just pocket joinery asking for future problems?

I like pocket holes as it is a simple and easy method of joinery. I ran into plans for a farmhouse table that is nearly solely built with pocket holes. The following is the step where the table top is ...
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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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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 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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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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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 put wheels on a bunk bed? [closed]

I can't find any information about safety related to having caster wheels (the kind that can swivel) on a bunk bed. The only concern I have is if the child leans against the wall while on top and the ...
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Plastic wrap finished furniture piece for long term storage?

I'm having to store a hardwood, well made, finished furniture (bed) in a utility space of my finished basement for a while (5 years currently projected). In order to protect it, I'm planning on using ...
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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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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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Is the wood worm active or not?

I live in India [tamilnadu]. Recently we are building our new home with wooden frames for the windows and doors, but the wood being used contains strange markings. When asking the carpenter about it, ...
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Squaring wood with limited available tools [closed]

Living in an isolated neck of the woods and need to square some planks for a table project. Don't have a bench, or a table saw. Have a rip saw a straight edge and limited power tools (Jig saw and a ...
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Follow up, camber extendable table with the rack and pinion

In my last question of camber I was in the dark. Through WW.SE I got good answers, now I know what it is, and why it's needed in extendable tables. Now my question: is it necessary to put camber on ...
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What is a camber exactly?

I was reading about extendable tables I saw the word camber. What does it mean? What steps do I need to take to avoid it. I tried looking it up but the information was about aligning tires of a ...
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Wood coat stand help needed

I want to build/recreate a design that I like on the internet. Sciangai Coat Stand I can't figure out what mechanism I have to make to hold the woods and been able to screw them and maintain their ...
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How can I create a wood-like pattern in white-painted furniture?

I have some furniture painted in white. I would now like to paint, on top of the current color, a wooden like pattern. Which technique can I use to achieve this?
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Attaching Legs to a Table

I decided to 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 ...
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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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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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What material is suitable for a children's desk/furniture?

I want to build a children's desk for my wife's two nieces. I have some very nice oak but I don't feel like using something like that would be smart because it will be beaten up, painted over, and let'...
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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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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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Finish after using chalk paint

I am making a pallet style table. I am going to be using home made chalk paint that is a mixture of latex and drywall mud/compound. Now, on the advice on several websites and my friend you cannot ...
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Are oils sufficient for the last step of finishing?

So I have stained and oiled my project (well... oiling is ongoing right now for me buts lets pretend!). Is that it? Am I done? Assuming it is fully cured my project is complete? This is not a question ...
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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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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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How can I turn a couple of logs into stubby legs for a outdoor tree round table?

I want to create legs for an outdoor cedar tree round table. I'd like the table top to be 18" to maybe 20" high. How might I securely attach these legs to the tree round? The tree round is 4' ...
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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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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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how can I make a cedar tree round into an outdoor table? [closed]

How can I turn a large western cedar tree round into a low table? I now have a large western cedar tree round. It's from a 100-ish year old cedar tree that a neighbor cut down. My wife would like ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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?