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Restoring the finish on linseed oil-finished cabinetry

Thirty years ago I built two bookcases from an unknown tropical hardwood. I was in a tropical environment, but knew the cases would end their lives in the Midwest. Given that, I chose to finish the ...
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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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Drying European hornbeam for knife handles

I have a piece of hornbeam wood which was cut green. I plan to make a couple of knife handles from it. Now it's extremely wet. Does it make sense to try to force dry it? If yes then do smaller pieces ...
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Cracked Hardwood Desk

So I'm a bit of an novice woodworker who's taken a class only done one or two small projects from there. I recently bought a desk from a seller online and it arrived with a small crack in it. They ...
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Can you use a jointer and planer on hardwood with gnarls?

I am trying to smoothen an oak board with a huge gnarl. I just put in brand new knives and set the difference between the infeed and outfield tables to 0.25 mm, which I think is quite small. Even so, ...
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Sanding woods of different hardnesses perfectly flat

I'm making a chess board from jatoba and maple. I made a mistake in my planning stage, and mis-interpretted the max width of my planer. As such, the board top is now just a bit to wide to go through,...
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How to smooth out an inside cut?

I found this image online (https://www.tattootribes.com/multimedia/110/Ilaria-BE-heart-tattoo.jpg) that I have traced onto a piece of oak about 1 3/8" thick. I used a bandsaw to carve the outside ...
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How to fill 2”x12” gap in hardwood floor with something that looks nice

I have a 1-2" gap in my hardwood floor after I needed to swap a larger register with a smaller one. 1 I need to replace a 12" x 10" supply register grill with a 12" x 8" ...
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How To fasten rubberwood desktop to electric motorized steel base, in easy detach/ knock-down way using Fasteners? e.g. Wood inserts?

How To fasten rubberwood desktop to electric motorized steel base, in easy detach/ knock-down way using Fasteners? e.g. Wood inserts? I'm designing & putting together a workstation desk with the ...
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Plywood or Pine for bed base sub-structure

I'm planning on building a base for a queen-sized mattress, and need to decide on a material for the base's sub-structure frame. I am planning on covering/cladding this frame with a hardwood like ...
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Connecting a 2x4 to hardwood floor.. without screws?

I would like to put up some glass walls in a rented space that has hardwood floors. The issue is that the hardwood floors were replaced right before our lease and management is reluctant to allow ...
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What is a good US Wood to repair some Jarrah furniture?

We have a table and set of benches in the garden, made of Jarrah wood. The only treatment they've had is regular coating with Jarrah oil, so they are nice and dark. Some of the benches have recently ...
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I'd like to make 3" thick table legs using 3/4" oak veneer core plywood. Will this design work?

I'm designing a red oak table with 3" thick legs. I haven't found anywhere local where I can source 3" thick red oak boards, and the cost would probably be prohibitive anyway. So I thought I'...
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I want to know the total wood requirement for my sofa set [closed]

I want to make one three seater and 2 single seaters. the dimensions of the same are attached.
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Expansion of wood countertop with built in bookshelves resting on it

We are installing some cabinets with built in bookshelves and like the look and durability that a hardwood countertop would provide. Our question is how to replicate the example installation above and ...
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Dewaxed shellac under polyurethane

I'm building a table (first time with hardwood!) and was wondering if there's anything 'wrong' with using the following combo: Danish oil (or similar), then de-waxed shellac, and then General Finishes'...
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Stain drastically changed color as it dried

I have a customer who removed a wall. I patched the floor with red oak and applied the Minwax stain he said was used on the old floors. It matched almost perfect when applied but within an hour ...
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Wood movement on solid wood drawer with plywood/MDF bottom

I know this topic has been discussed a lot but I couldn’t find a clear answer to my question. Or I am lost in too much content without clarity on my particular question. I am building kitchen drawers ...
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Adding finish to a painted wooden table

So I have a table made and I was told that they applied a water based paint over it because I requested it to be black. The wood they used is either palochina or mahogany. As of right now, it isn't ...
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Is Khaya more durable and a better flooring choice (based on quantitative hardness, density, etc.) than "genuine mahogany"?

I am having a hard time placing Khaya/African mahogany. An article states: Varieties of mahogany include Honduran, South American, Peruvian, Bolivian, Cuban, Big Leaf and True. All of them are ...
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Cupped fingejointed hardwood Birch panel

I'm in the process of building myself a workbench. Up until now, I've been using the floor as my workbench. I ordered an untreated, but planed fingerjointed hardwoord Beech counter to serve as my ...
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Unremovable white powdery residue after wet sanding wood

I'm new to woodworking and know very little, so apologies if this is an extremely basic question or I'm doing something completely wrong. Recently I've tried to sand away a few imperfections on a ...
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Black Walnut logs - comparing value as a unique feature in home vs. cash

About a month ago, I had a black walnut tree felled in my back yard (downtown Lansing, Michigan). The tree had to come down for many reasons: juglone from the roots was poisoning the neighbors' yards ...
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Glueing hardwood

Good day, I'm trying to fix a small table, using cold glue. It seems the glue doesn't want to "take" on the hard-ish wood. I've cleaned it with a damp cloth. The glue lasts a few months and then the ...
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Stabilizing wobbly hardwood table

Our beautiful old table has taken some damage the last two times we moved. As a result its legs are now somewhat wobbly. It is a teak table and it is entirely held together by wooden pins. I intend ...
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Planing end grain - cheap vs more expensive wood

I am trying to plane the end grain of some relatively cheap and soft (pine) timber (2x6s) with a no.4 Stanley Bailey hand plane. I've sharpened my plane to a degree which I think should be more than ...
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Avoiding saw burn in hardwood crosscuts

Blade rookie here. I have a 1.5HP table saw with a 10" blade. The blades I have been using are fairly new higher tooth finishing blades, such as the Diablo 1060X. To avoid the friction burns when ...
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Are lacquer re-coats supposed to dissolve/remove pinhole bubbles?

I am brushing lacquer on 50 small walnut plates. My first coats were a bit of a learning curve and I had produced some small bubbles. My understanding is that new coats of lacquer will dissolve into ...
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Fresh sawn oak sleepers deck

I'm planning to make a deck (~18m2) using oak railway half-sleepers (50mm thick, 200mm wide). They are fresh sawn, so they are pretty rough with splinters, etc. Is this a good idea at all? Can I sand ...
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Threaded wood insert for Beech Hardwood

I'm currently working on building a desk from a sheet of Beech hardwood (27mm thick) with Hairpin Legs (https://www.thehairpinlegcompany.co.uk). I was thinking of using threaded wood inserts to allow ...
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What finish would work for a bathroom basin table?

i have cut up an old 'brown furniture' table to use as a basin stand in a bathroom and am wondering what the best product is to use on it to protect it. Not sure what the wood is, but seems to be a ...
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Tips and Ideas for Hand Planing a 11,950 N board keeping it simple

I'm trying to build a dining table out of two pieces of Jatoba wood (Hymenaea courbaril) which has: Density - 57 lbs/ft3 (910 kg/m3) Hardness - 2,690 lbf (11,950 N) info taken from https://...
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oak has vinegar smell, action needed?

As I was planing a board of oak, I noticed an acidic vinegar-y smell emanating from the newly exposed surface and the shavings. I read this might be due to natural acids present in the tree. I didn't ...
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Replacing hardware store 2x’s in plans with hardwood

I’m looking to build a bed soon. We both liked the farmhouse bed from Ana White, so wanted to go with that general design, but we’d like it to be made from hardwood. I picked up a load of rough sawn ...
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Building a Dimensionally Stable Panel Using MDF and Plywood

Can one laminate an MDF panel to plywood and still maintain dimensional stability? I'm building a 4' x 2.5' desk primarily out of maple (I intend to use either cherry or walnut for trim) and for the ...
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Purpleheart sustainability and environmental responsibility

My local hardwood retailer has a ton of purpleheart for sale. It's gorgeous and I'd love to play with it. (Ha.) But, I've been told, and online research semi-confirms, that this stuff comes from ...
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Should I use spacing between boards on a chunky oak table?

I am building a solid oak (dried) table of 4 boards of 180 x 20 x 5 cm. This will stay in my home office in UK so temperature ranging between 18-28 degrees and humidity 40-60%. This is going to be a ...
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What happens if I put wood sealant on top of wood finish by accident?

Today we were supposed to do a second coat of finish on our hard wood floors. But accidentally we started with the sealant we used before we did our first coat of finish... we noticed about 25min in ...
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What are some good ways to cut 1/8" strips of hardwood?

Considering quality of cut and safety, I'm looking for suggestions on good tools/methods for cutting 1/8" knife blanks. The other dimensions would be 6-8" and 1.5-2.5". I make straight razor scales ...
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Stains on Hardwood Floor

I am a newbie here and have already done some research about this, no luck yet. I am trying to get rid of the stains on my hardwood floor. Two -almost exact- stains. Trying to get rid of the original ...
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How to remove paint in dent of guitar

I've sanded the body of my guitar but there are still some dents with paint in it. It's ash wood. My question is how I can remove the paint in these dents?
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White spots on ash wood

I'd just sanded down the lacquer from my guitar, which worked pretty well. After a control of the surface I saw some white rough spots as you can see in the following pictures: As far as I know it's ...
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What's the best approach to cutting dry walnut with a hand saw? [closed]

so, it may seem impractical to cut really hard woods with hand tools, but i know it can be done with the right tools...i generally assume for really tough woods and cross-cuts it's best to use a bow ...
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How are bubbles avoided when brushing on Polyurethane?

I have used polyurethane a few times. Each time I've tried to be more careful about creating bubbles, but the finish was still riddled with bubbles. Just the act of dipping the brush in the can and ...
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Walnut drawer sides: Is it wise to glue-in the plywood base?

I'm making 6 large drawers (514x720x150mm) for the bedroom, with 20mm thick walnut sides (didn't realise quite how expensive that timber would be...! ) and 8mm plywood for the base. The drawer sides ...
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What's a reliable measure of wood hardness?

The terms hardwood and softwood are often used, but I struggle to find a reliable definition. Is the wood's density sufficient as the distinguishing feature? Is it the only one? As oil is known to ...
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Should I use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove pencil marks from unfinished wood?

Just got bed slats made by someone who repairs furniture. The slats are made of maple wood, have been planed, and are unfinished. However, he made a bunch of pencil marks on the slats and I want to ...
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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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How can I dye my hardwood inside deeply so I can laminate something like this?

I found someone used the recycling skateboard for making great creations. So just what kind of oil or paint I can use for dyeing on hardwood inside deeply(for laminating)!? Not just coated on the ...
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Creating a hollow, seamless box; CNC needed?

I'd like to create a seamless box from nice wood, which is hollow and has rounded corners. It should be comparable with the clock on the left, but with rounded corners like on the right. It needs to ...
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