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Non-permanent side-by-side assembly of boards

I am very new to woodworking, and I'm planning on building a table for my living room, from boards that are roughly 4x7 cm (1,6 x 2,6") and with metal legs. The table should look like this: but ...
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Can I use paracord to prevent a Large desk from racking?

I plan on making a large l-shaped desk out of an ikea counter top and a desktop then making legs out of 2x4s. I was planning on integrating shelves onto the desk legs as regular drawer unit can get ...
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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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Are 1.5“x1.5” poplar legs strong enough to support a 3'x2' hardwood top?

I'm building a mobile (not on wheels) kitchen island for my partner in our new apartment, as a first woodworking project. A 3'x2' top is about right for the space, and she'd like an overall height of ...
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Advice on table joinery

I have some images of a dining table. The table has four legs at the corners. I like the joint of the leg to the table and would like some tips on how this can be done.
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Clear varnish for textured coat

A while back I built a pinewood drafting table for myself. The mechanism works great but I find that papers, books and my laptop sometimes slide down the table. I don’t want to coat the table with a ...
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Best type of wood for making a small table

I am trying to build a small wooden table to rest my guitar amplifier ontop of and hide my pedal board underneath. I need the table top to be around 30'' x 10'' and about 12'' high. What type of wood ...
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How to coat and finish a fresh cut end grain cookie stop it from drying/cracking? [duplicate]

First timer here (to forum and woodworking). I have two, 2" thick tree slices ("cookies") that have a diameter of around 20". I'm trying to turn them into end tables as a gift for ...
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thickness table no apron

I want to make a dining table with no aprons ("mid century modern" style), out of oak planks (first time doing tables, and something this large in general). Basically I want to copy this one:...
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How do I calculate a miter angle?

See the image below: When I lay this out in Fusion, I can get the angles but I can't figure out how to calculate it mathematically. The goal is to have the angled stretcher fully contact the upper 45&...
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Structural recommendations for a farmhouse table with a lapped, crossed legs

I'm considering building a farmhouse kitchen table similar to this one: I like the "appearance of simplicity", but in truth, I'm not sure it would be all that simple. all 5 of those joints ...
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Is rebate/rabbet joint with glue only strong enough?

If I use a rebate to joint 2 boards together, is it mandatory to use screws/nails to support it or will the glue alone hold just fine? My main concern is the fact that (to my knowledge) end grain ...
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Wood type and size for a tabletop

I'm watching this video as a guide on how to build my new desk tabletop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USx0Pc6grZ0. I'm very new to woodworking and have a question about structural integrity: Are ...
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Warped Monkeypod Desktop

I purchased this monkeypod piece a couple weeks ago. It is 7.5 ft x 2.5 ft x 2 inches thick. It is composed of two pieces glued together. My plan was to use it as a desktop but I’ve noticed since I ...
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Design: how to assess table sturdiness?

I live in an apartment in a big city and have no access to proper outdoor space or a shop, but I want to build a simple, big table as easily as possible. My plan is: 1.5" x 3 ft. x 8 ft. Baltic birch ...
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How to decide upon leg placement

I have prepared a 7.5 ft x 2.5 ft piece of monkeypod wood that is approximately 2 inches thick. It will serve as a computer desk. The heaviest object on it will be my desktop tower (~25-30 lbs). You ...
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Wood legs, steel frame and glasstop design

I have a lot of space and want neat design for a glass table. I have designed a table which will have: legs- 4 oak\beech, 3" x 3" frame on top of the legs - 8' long of 40mm (1 9/16) steel angle ...
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Where to get a brace like this?

I took two from an old table I bought retail. Need two more though. No idea where to get something like this. https://imgur.com/a/inY202M
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How to attach dowel legs to make a side table

I want to make a few small mid century modern style triangle side tables. It's too expensive to buy the shaped legs. My husband can cut the board for the tops. I thought of making legs from round ...
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How many pairs of legs necessary for butcher block table?

Will 90" L x 25" W x 1.5" thick butcher block table need additional pair of legs mid span, or is it stiff enough to be ok w beefy legs on ends only? Not concerned about strength of legs, just whether ...
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Are these blotches supposed to be there? If not how do I remove them?

I’ve got a river table I’m working on made out of MonkeyPod and black epoxy. I’m sanding it and noticed that there are blotchy looking areas. (I’m calling them blotchy, I don’t know what they are.) ...
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Designing legs for large larch tabletop

I want to make a wide table. For this purpose I bought a larch tabletop with dimensions: 40 x 800 x 2000 millimetres (1.6" x 31.5" x 78.7"). This tabletop according to my computations is about 50kg (...
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Mounting method for tabletop

I'm working on designing a table for my kitchen (no A/C for moisture control) and I'm not entirely sure what the best method for securing it would be, and if I should even bother accounting for ...
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Height-adjustable base for monitor

I want to build a wooden base for a PC monitor which I can elevate or lower infinitely variable. The height of the base/platform should be between 5cm and 10-12cm. What kind of mechanism can I use? ...
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How to calculate the angle for the legs?

I want to build the table on the photo, but can't figure out how to calculate the angle to cut the legs. Table should be 2 m X 1 m x 75 cm (height) Thank you
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Is it possible to reinforce my plywood table?

I've "made" a table with plywood. Plywood thickness was 15mm. Here is a model (one remark - the 30mm distance is 85mm actually, but it doesn't matter at all for now). I've used 40mmx40mmx2mm corner ...
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Design: Adjustable/Collapsible Wooden Table Leg

I'm looking to make a wooden table that has collapsible legs. My current idea is just to have the leg basically fold into itself but I'm unsure how sturdy this would be. This also means that the legs ...
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Hinge Identification, Usage, and Limitations

I'm currently attempting to make a table that folds in order to be easily stowed away. I'm currently looking at either a Self Supporting Sewing Machine Hinge, a Folding Flap Table Hinge, or Adjustable ...
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Design: Creating a table with removable center/top

I'm hoping this question is okay to ask here! I'm trying to build my own table and am stuck figuring out a safe/sturdy way to create it so that I will be able to unfasten some screws or something and ...
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Edge joining three 6' 2x10" and 4 sturdy hairpin legs for a dining table, is it sturdy enough?

I'm planning to do my first dining table. I know most of my research tells me that well clamped glued edges can support the table. The thing is, I plan to use hairpin legs so the weight will be ...
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Strength of oak versus maple

I am planning to build a heavy duty work bench from a custom end grain butcher block table. The maker offers five different woods: maple, oak, cherry, walnut, and industrial maple. I know that oak is ...
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Metal framed wood table, will expansion be an issue?

I've got a good deal of wood scraps from other projects laying about and am thinking of making a colored epoxy table, something like this: Where the blocks are my scraps, the area between will be ...
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Does the edge profile of a tabletop really matter?

I'm building a dining table and I try to follow the "form follows function" philosophy. I need to decide what type of edge to put on my table (round over, bullnose, ogee, beveled, etc). I know I at ...
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How should I attached table top to crossed aprons?

The aprons are 1" wide and 3.5" tall. The table is made from 3 1x8 boards. I'd like to figure out a way to attach the top that accounts for wood movement. Would those figure eight washers or cleats ...
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Board Gaming Coffee Table?

I'm trying to design a board game coffee table and really bashing my head against the wall with this one. Some features I'm looking to get: Smaller foot print ~3'x3' (this is lax) Expands to 6'x'4 ...
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Is wood-glue enough or should I use extra support?

I am building a 2' x 2' bar table, which will be either supported by a single metal base (like this) or by wooden legs at the corners. For the table-top, I'm planning on using Poplar from Lowe's in ...
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Can these tree tunks be used for a small table?

The other day I found these two sections of a tree trunk in the street. So I'm wondering, can they be prepared to be used as some type of rustic stump table?
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What is the minimal spacing between edge of leg pommel and mortise and tenon apron (intersected by tusk tenon)

I would like to balance aesthetics and strength for a craftsman-style tusked tenon table frame. Are there rules of thumb to determine how close to the leg corner an apron should be? (as a preamble, I ...
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Building a kitchen table to hold a fishtank

I have a fishtank with the following dimensions: Length: 4 ft Depth: 1 ft Height: 1.5ft Total volume: 170l The tank is fairly hefty glass, and has a flat base (Which means the weight will be evenly ...
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Are these work desk joints strong enough?

For my first woodworking project I'd like to build a polygon shaped, heavy duty work desk. I've modeled the desk with all necessary pieces in Fusion 360. I wanted my mortise and tenon joints ...
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Guess How much Weight the table can hold

i am new to wood working and just made my first wood table. I was trying to calculate how much weight will it hold on its top but i cannot reach any conclusion. So if any of you have any experience ...
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Designing and Building a Through-Leg Table

A popular, modern style of table has the legs going through the table top, so that the end grain of the leg is exposed. Of course, the problem with this design immediately becomes the expansion and ...
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Food safe and weather/rot resistance

Looking for a wood sealer that I can put on a grill table that will protect from the elements and is food safe. The table is made out of a bunch of scrap pine and 2 × 4's, Any ideas?
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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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Is standard box joinery sturdy enough for a hollow table leg?

I'm planning to make a desk with adjustable height. I want the legs to be two pieces: a lower, thicker leg from which a thinner upper leg can telescope. This means that the lower legs will essentially ...
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Panel Flatness During Table Top Glue Up

I recently attempted a panel glue up consisting of 7 2"x6"x6' planks of reclaimed yellow pine. The boards were planed flat on one side and edge jointed. All went well it seemed during the glue up (i.e....
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How to stabilize a table with hairpin legs?

I screwed these hairpin legs https://www.hcstore.net/Hairpin-Leg-Triplo-75cm to a simple wood board to make a dining table, but the table is too unstable. I know that tables must have this framing ...
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Installing a solid wood tabletop on this steel frame

I would like to screw this solid wood tabletop (the long one in the back, it's beech wood) onto this steel frame. The slab's dimensions are going to be 200 x 80 cm. I read that "wood moves", so I ...
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Prevent warping but allow planing

I'm getting ready to make a desktop by gluing up thirty 72"H x 1.5"W x .75"D boards of alternating Maple and Mahogany. I'll be gluing the boards on there faces for a final desktop that's ~6' wide and ~...