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I'm clueless when it comes to epoxy, how do I get the finish I want?

This is my first time on this forum, I tried to search for some questions similar to mine, but there aren't any, or I'm searching wrong (which is likely my issue, haha!). I have made many live edge ...
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Will splotchy bleached wood stain evenly?

I’m trying to refinish an old oak table. I stripped it with Klean Strip™ premium stripper, two rounds to get all varnish off. Sanded with a 150 grit. Then I cleaned with mineral spirits. Then let it ...
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Noticed a small crack on new dining table. Should I have it replaced?

I just got this mango wood dining table. There is a small crack on the side. I was thinking about replacing the table, or possibly accepting a 20% discount. Could this crack get worse?
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Deflection calculation for overhanging tabletop - assessing need for support

I'm planning the construction of a table I want to build in the near future. I'm pretty new to calculating beam and plate deflections, and I can't seem to find the information I'm looking for. In ...
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Strategy for making faux double thick topper

I have some cabinet units that I am wanting to put a topper on. [top down view] I am planning on using 18mm Birch plywood, however since this is relatively expensive I am wanting to make the most out ...
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Know if a round is right for tablemaking?

Due to city code, I cut down this massive tree, which was used for a tire swing. I happen to need a coffee table so I want to select a round to turn into a resinated coffee table. But I am worried I ...
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Prep for refinishing shellacked dining room table

I was gifted with a dining room table whose top is now worn enough that it's probably worth refinishing. Current evidence is that it's finished with shellac, though I need to make sure I'm not just ...
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Recommended coating to use on top of epoxy to help resist scratches

I have a dining table that I refinished with a tabletop epoxy product. I have one layer on it now and it is very glossy and I'm planning on putting another layer on top of it soon. I've been using ...
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Advice on dining table supports for bamboo 5-ply on steel legs?

I am planning on using a 1.5" deep, 5-ply bamboo board (sample pictured) as a dining tabletop attached to a pair of steel legs (pictured, width 20", height 29", length 2"). The ...
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DIY- how to build a long desk tabletop with solid wood planks that are large but shorter than the length of the desk

I am trying to build a desk for the home office area in my attic room. I would like to make a long wall-to-wall desk by gluing together a few big solid wood planks. The total length of the desk should ...
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Why are table legs attached to the edge of tabletop so rare?

The most straightforward way to attach legs to a table is from the edge: Only perpendicular drilling. Tabletop face remains intact. Legs are further apart so the table is less likely to tip over. I ...
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Will the center have enough support for my custom desk/table?

I'm trying to build my first large desk for my computer setup. My plan is to set a 74" × 42" laminate counter top on top of four Alex drawers and I am concerned about the center of the table ...
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Tung Oil vs IKEA STOCKARYD

I bought IKEA GERTON Beech Wood Tabletop. The instructions say to use STOCKARYD wood treatment oil. It seems to be quite simple. They said in IKEA to use K 400 or K 500 sandpaper, when I asked them. ...
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What causes yellowing of clear finish under vinyl placemats?

I had a new table top made of solid wood as my old one was veneer that was wrecked by scratches & white marks by hot pads not being used. So I asked for a strong protective clear coating so wood ...
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Support needed for "butcher block" cart top?

Building a wheeled table or maybe better called a cart/bench that will slide back and forth over my washer and dryer. I can leave in place to fold on, or pull it out to have an additional table in the ...
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Aligning Table Top Veneer With Solid Wood Frame

I'm thinking about making a table top with a veneer surface and then framing the edge with eight segments of solid wood. For discussion's sake, the idea is to have a circular table with a plywood ...
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How might a tabletop be joined to this kind of frame?

I stumbled across a table here which has a rare view of the underside of the table. Similar designs can be found by searching for: "組子テーブル". Some photos: The table seems to have effectively ...
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Staining dining table advice

I would like to stain this tabletop (I think it is oak, though could be wrong). I have stripped the varnish and sanded it down to the wood. My first attempt at staining was blotchy (see attached ...
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Is it possible to mount SOSS hinges with no gap?

Given the below image represents using one of these SOSS-style hinge to hang doors, showing a gap between pieces such that the door can open without hindering itself. Is it possible to mount the ...
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What to do about cupped table top

I am in the process of building a dining table out of solid walnut. I don't have the skills or equipment to make the tabletop myself, so I got my wood supplier to do it for me. The tabletop is 6/4 ...
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Suggestions to attach these coffee table legs

I was 'gifted' this coffee table from my dumpster-diving father and am currently in the process of refinishing it. It's made of some nice, very hard and heavy wood I'm not familiar with; teak or ...
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Mechanism for locking together two pieces of plywood for modular table topper

The project I'm working on is creating a (roughly) 4'x4' table topper that breaks down into two 4'x2' pieces. This topper will be placed on top of my 3'x3' dining table for things like board game ...
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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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First time painting furniture - top coat, polyurethane yellowing?

I've built a small office desk and a shoe rack out of pine and now plan to paint both. The most used parts, i.e. table top of the desk and the shelves of the shoe rack are going to be black, the rest ...
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How to I stop Ikea SÄLJAN ADILS desk from wobbling?

Hey I've built the ikea desk attached in the video. Basically it's SÄLJAN ADILS which is super affordable and it has 5 legs, 2 to the sides and 1 in the middle. I've made sure it's leveled to the ...
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Would poplar or alder be good for a desk?

I'm planning on building a desk soon and I am going to make the top of it out of 1x6 planks that I am going to join together. Would poplar or alder be strong enough for a lot of writing with something ...
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Swaying table when I write on it with even small pressure

I made the wooden study table myself. The top is flat 1200 mm board and added wooden legs with the top flat board. The legs have been joined together at the bottom as well like a rectangular U shape. ...
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Planing to correct cupping in panel (desk top)

I have a desktop that I recently glued up that cupped. I was planning on hand planing the table top flat but want to be certain its not too cupped. When I balance a jointed board on the table top (see ...
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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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DIY Desk - Pipe Z-Frame dimensions issue

Hopefully this is the right exchange for this. Recently I started a DIY desk project in which my goal was to build a ~8ft long desk that could support a large load (~150-200lbs). This desk would serve ...
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What kind of wood for supporting a heavy TV?

I have a 40Kg TV, which I want to rest on a table. The table is sturdy and can support the weight of the TV. However the length of the table is too short, so I want to elongate it by putting on top of ...
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Ruggedizing eating table for dough-working operations

I've built this table as well as quickly sanded and lightly stained the top. It works well for a platform to eat from but is mostly unsuitable for preparing food, particular dough kneading (and ...
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Flexing in middle of 3/4" walnut table top

I am building a table made out of 3/4" walnut. Right now, I have it on saw horses but will soon be attaching legs via cleats. The problem I am having now is that I'm noticing a bit of flex in the ...
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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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Joinery method for 3/4 Hardwood

I want to build a desk tabletop with the surface being maple, but 8/4 maple was quite expensive so I'm opting for half the thickness. However, this narrows down the options for joining the boards to ...
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Will my table top hold 300 lbs?

I have never made anything out of wood before. This is all new to me. I want to build a computer desk table top. My goal is to just make the table top right now and then purchase some electric legs ...
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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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Cut down a veneered table top

I'm new to this, so thanks for your patience. I have a maple-veneer dining table that is about a foot too long for the space I have but it is otherwise about perfect and a gorgeous maple and design. ...
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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://i.sstatic.net/fVcL4.jpg
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How to Fix Wood Tabletop (Finish stripped off by bottom of bug spray can left on overnight)

After leaving a bug spray can on my wooden table overnight, I went to remove it the following morning. When I did the wood seemed stuck to the bottom of the can. As I removed it, the finish was taken ...
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Removing a chemical or food stain on oiled wood table

I made a kitchen table from oak wood, and oiled the surface. It's a great looking piece and I'm very proud of it. Yesterday I must have stained it with a cleaning product, I unfortunately do not know, ...
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Why does my teak dining table have splits?

My dining table has a split, for which I recently posted a question asking how to repair it. I received a number of suggestions to post details of the table's construction, especially how the top is ...
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Herringbone maple tabletop warped

I flopped a tabletop glueup. Clamped only from above, table saw was .5 degrees off. And the 32 pieces on each side create a "bowl" in the middle of about 1/4in. Ouch. What can I do , if anything, ...
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Fixing table crack and ridge

I have a 5' square dining table made of teak. The tabletop appears to be made of glued-together boards 3" - 5" wide. A couple of these boards have come apart, and now I have a gap almost 1/8" running ...
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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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How to correct water based stain dried streaky

I am staining a wood table which I believe might be oak. The table has been sanded to 150 grit and pre-conditioned with water based Minwax product. Last night we applied water based Minwax stain. ...
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Can I use #0000 steel wool for final polish of water-based polyurethane?

I'm finishing my first woodworking project — a tabletop that I hope to mount on a sit/stand desk mechanism. I've stained and applied 4 coats of Varthane water-based polyurethane in matte finish. I ...
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Threaded inserts

I have a pedestal dinette table and the top is held in place by 4 threaded inserts into wood the screwed in place. My problem is the threaded inserts will not hold and before you know it the table ...
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