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Questions tagged [hardwood]

wood from dicot angiosperm trees, generally leafy trees.

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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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Filling gaps/seams in a new cherry tabletop

I've created a tabletop for a desk. It's made of 4/4 cherry boards of different lengths and widths that I've laminated together on the edges. This was then glued onto a plywood top. I've never made ...
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What steps should one take to avoid spalting when drying timber?

I am interested in taking steps to ensure that some timber that I am drying does not develop spalting. My specific scenario is as follows: Recently felled Maple (1-2 months ago), Whole logs with ...
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What are good reasons to return hardwood boards selected by a lumber yard?

I am building a fence with hardwood facing. The lumber yard (not a big box store) selected the lumber, batu decking boards, and delivered it. These are fairly expensive, 1x6 x 8' and 1x4 x 8' boards. ...
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Do I need to seal the ends of hardwood fence boards?

I am building a small horizontal fence. The facing is batu and matches my front entryway deck. I put penofin penetrating oil on the fence boards. Do I need to seal the end of the hardwood fence ...
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Should you always use Pre-Stain?

I've read that wood conditioner (also known as pre-stain) helps prevent blotching, but it 'designed' for use with soft or porous wood. I've got an 80x36x1" red oak panel that I think I'm going to ...
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What is the difference between hardwood and softwood?

I never really thought about it until after reading some of the questions in this forum. What is the difference between hardwood and softwood. To clarify I am not interested in their applications ...
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Respirator: do not use for hardwoods?

I've got 3M Power Tool Respirator (product page). It has a sander tool icon on the cover yet it reads "Do not use for hardwoods". From the wikipedia it seems as hardwood refers to all kinds of trees ...
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How do I make a table top from oak 1“ x 4”

I have some decent lengths of oak 1"x4" leftover from another project and would like to create a table top out of the pieces. The table I am looking to create is not large, it will be a bedside ...
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Would sandwiching MDF between two layers of hardwood make an acceptable workbench table?

As I was considering my bench dog question (linked here) I had a thought and I'm wondering if it is realistic. The problem that I am most concerned about with bench dogs in a workbench made of MDF is ...