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Questions tagged [stability]

Use this tag for questions dealing with whether something will collapse. For questions dealing with dimensional stability use [tag:moisture]

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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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Monkey Bar / Play structure design question

I am trying to make a monkey bar for my daughter with Bamboo stakes I got from craiglist. I have a design like this in my mind. There are two parts of this design, 4 Vertical support beams. 2 ...
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Are there any non obvious (specifically structural) concerns to building a walk-in wardrobe

So, I'm pretty new to woodwork but ambitious. I have an ugly wardrobe space I want to turn into a walk in. So the plan is to pull down the plasterboard wall, create a new one at the end of the ...
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How to increase maximum load capacity of a table?

I've never worked with wood before but would like to create my very first desk. Please let me know if this is a good idea and how to improve upon it! I plan to get a cheap desk from ikea: http://m....
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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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horizontal stability of a table

I'm making a table and I wonder how to improve the horizontal stability so that the table does not wobble/move from left to right. Here are the details: The table width is 160cm, depth 70cm, height ...
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horizontal stablity [duplicate]

I'm making a table and I wonder if it will be horizontally stable. Here are the details: The table width is 160cm, depth 70cm, height 76cm. The table top is 6cm thick and is made out of block-board (...
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How can I fix this table? It flexes both side ways and front to back

The table doesn't wobble; it flexes in any direction you move it. Any slight contact causes this. I'm not sure if it's because the two legs are way too thin. Merged and cleaned up from additional ...
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How do I stop the table I built from wobbling/shaking side to side?

I got a wood cut and bought adjustable table legs, secured the legs to the wood, but the table wobbles/shakes horribly side to side, and sometimes even the other way when i even only write something ...
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Wobbly table - maybe an easy fix

recently I've asked a woodworking professional to build me a table for my living room. It looks good but the problem is: it is wobbly. I can pull and push it on the direction indicated below: I ...
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Structural engineering with wood: determining post size, span, etc, for a timber frame house [closed]

This may be off-topic here, not sure. My college background is math and physics, but I'm hoping to switch gears and build my own home and live off the land. So, I've been studying and reading up on ...
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Building a large dining table and wondering if my design is strong/structurally sound enough

The table is 9' 6" L × 36" W × 29" tall. The frame and the legs will be 1 ½" T. Apron on the side is 2" T, 1" tapering to 1" at the end. The legs are 4" W at the top, tapering to 2" at the bottom. ...
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What is wood stabilization?

Not much meat to this question. What is wood stabilization and why would I want to do it? It think it has to do with turning but are there other reasons that I would want to do it. This question is ...
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Improve on TV Tray Table design for lateral stability?

I'm thinking of making my own tv tray tables set with convenient stowage as a feature, yet the (one) design I've ever seen is highly susceptible (with age?) to lateral instability. Is there a design ...
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How do I secure wheels to a workbench?

As part of my building of a workbench as referenced in this meta post, I attached some wheels to the bottom of the bench by securing some 2x4x4 blocks to the corner of each foot. Over time, the ...