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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://imgur.com/a/inY202M
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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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Table top attachment with aprons on only two sides

I'm building a small computer/writing desk. It will have a solid top, so I'm figuring out how to attach it to the frame to allow for wood movement. I planned on using tabletop fasteners (Z clips), ...
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Glue-up for butcher block-style countertop

Background I am working on a butcher block style countertop / tabletop, and am wondering how best to glue the wood together. The countertop is unfinished maple hardwood floor, with the tongue / ...
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Sap problem on the top and shelf of an outside bar

About a month ago I built and painted an outside bar. I used wood planks from Lowe’s for the top and shelf. I sanded, painted, and then used poly acrylic on the top and shelf. Now the sap is coming ...
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Looking at attaching metal legs to a table top

Basically I have some standard metal tubing square legs which I want to affix to a table base. Hopefully the pics attached below show my idea but I am thinking of attaching a wood block on the ...
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Filling crack in walnut table top

I'm building a table with the walnut top shown below. (Sorry for the blurry photos). I think I should fill this 8" long crack. I need to decide how. I'm considering cleaning up the edges and ...
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Support for solid wood tabletop with galvanized tube frame

I need to build a few workbenches for my office at work. They won't be used for true "shop" work but will need to be fairly strong, as there will be equipment and tools on them. I am planning on ...
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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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Repair / Restore Veneer Covered Table

Context: I own a small couch table with a pattern made of veener on top (picture 1). As far as I can tell, the tabletop consists of at least three layers: Massive wood A layer of thin veneer An ...
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How to Joint a board [duplicate]

Here's the conundrum: I have 5 3.6 meter boards I'm trying to make a long worktop bench out of and I want to glue them up side by side. This is rough construction grade spruce with loads of knots. ...
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How might I fix wobble in my studio desk build?

This is my first major woodworking projects and I'm having a bit of trouble. I have built this custom music studio desk and it keeps wobbling side to side. It does have a lot of weight on it so it ...
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Reinforcing chipboard

I'm not a woodworker of any kind but I am building a desk from a laminate kitchen worktop measuring 3000x600x38mm (L x W x T) but I only want the legs on the side. I don't want to have to put an ...
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Wood expansion vs. steel

I am contemplating a design for a tabletop which would be made up of a series of oak strips, bolted from end to end using long threaded rod. It might be approx 10' (3 m) long. Using several rods, ...
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Finishing Red Cedar Tabletop

I'm currently in the process of building a red cedar tabletop with laminated live edge slabs. Thickness should be around 7/4. However, I'm unsure what to use for finishing it. Given the wood is so ...
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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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Caster/slide for tabletop tray

I'm in search of ideas on this one. I'm looking to build a unit that sits on my electronics workbench that will hold a keyboard, mouse and monitor. I want the unit to easily slide off to the side of ...
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Does a "butcher block" glue-up behave like quarter sawn?

I'm building a new workbench and bought some maple for the top. I plan to rip the boards into strips and glue the face grains together so that the edge grain is exposed up top. This allows for a very ...
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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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Polyurethane finish

I have an oak coffee table with several coats of polyurethane. It has cured for several months. When I rubbed out the finish I can still see surface scratches in bright sunlight. How do I get rid ...