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How to make a joint between two pieces of wood look good?

I’m building a counter top and I had to join two pieces of boards with some glue in between. The countertop looks pretty okay, but the joint is very obvious and when I clean it with a bit a water, it ...
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When coping baseboard do I cut the top edge square?

I'm replacing the baseboard, having laid new flooring, and am coping the inside corners. However, I'm finding I tend to break that very thin "point" on the top - either while cutting it, or when ...
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Was there a better way to make this template?

I'm making a small end table out of plywood, and I decided to make a template out of MDF and then shape the actual plywood pieces with a router. The photos below show the basic shape of the leg pieces....
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'Wood glue doesn't stick to wood glue'. Could this conventional wisdom be wrong?

I've noticed something unexpected while testing PVA glues for strength. Glues tested: Titebond Original, Titebond III Ultimate. Wood species: Beech and Pine (and other unknown hardwood species). ...
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Flush fitting to an uneven surface

I'm building a kitchen cabinet into a concrete wall that has been rendered imperfectly (over concrete blocks that weren't perfect either). In some places, the front of my plywood cabinet box is flush ...
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Smooth round over on large pieces of wood

I'm thinking about building a country kitchen table. The link below is the design I'm considering for the frame. What I'm trying to figure out is how the woodworker got those large round overs so ...
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Chamfering medium diameter holes in birch veneer plywood

I've got a project coming up that involves a lot of medium-small holes in several 4x8 sheets of 5/8ths baltic birch veneer. (I don't have the plans in front of me, but I recall that the holes are ...
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Why is my simple garden box warped?

So I attempted to make a simple raised garden bed out of box store 2x12s and 2x4s. I cut the pieces to length and square (using a circular saw) and went to attach the pieces with butt joints secured ...
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What is patting on poly, What material is needed and how do i do it and is it better than using a brush?

I'm working on redoing a 3x3 butcher block and turning it into a craft table for my granddaughter and she wants a nice finish on it. What is patting on poly?
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Watco lacquer still gummy after 4 days

I am a jewelry artist who recently started working with wood. I have used a gold stamping ink to lightly cover a few pieces, allowed to dry completely for 24 hours and then started doing mist coats of ...
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Custom risers for bed without legs

My bed sits on a frame, so there are no legs to put off the shelf raisers , I am thinking of cutting a lap on 4x4 to the width of bed frame and fastened it with two bolts, for good support I am hoping ...
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Trying to fill gaps with liquid nails?

Basically I am making a wooden tick tack toe toilet paper holder. I'm wondering how to make my gaps look seamless before I paint. This is my first time ever attempting something on my own, (at 40 yrs ...
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How to cut a pull out slat bed from a single piece of plywood?

I know the simple answer is to cut the slats separately and making an assembly, I've done that before. This time I want to cut it from a single piece of 3/4 plywood. It will be approx. 3.5ft x 4ft ...
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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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Cutting a pattern the same on two sides of a board

I'm a bit new here, and I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but it seems like woodworkers are probably the best people to answer a question like this, so here goes: I'm using a ...
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Making a “behind the couch table”?

table legs are 6 pcs. ea.@ 2x2 30"long placement to be on ea.corner w/1 in the middle on ea.side lengthwise ; table-top is a 2"thick 10"x6' (nominal length WxL). It wasn't until after making that ...
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Trouble with sharp turns on scroll saw. Is my problem technique or equipment?

I watched a couple videos where, to cut a 90 degree angle with a scroll saw, the wood worker simply twisted the wood 90 degrees very quickly. I tried this and it just ruined my blade by bending it out ...
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Laminating Small Wooden Objects Together

I use a laser cutter to create intricate shapes out of 1/4 inch thick re-sawn pine, then laminate them together to form 1/2 and 3/4 inch thick structural elements in small boxes, corbels and ...
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Strategy for coating a built table with polyurethane?

I built a simple table. I stained each piece before final gluing and construction. I am not sure how to polyurethane the table. I am concerned about both getting an even coat that doesn't run and ...
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How do I cut a circle with “stepped” edge in a countertop?

How do I cut out a circle in exsisting wooden counter top and use the cut out piece as a lid (flush) so it doesnt fall through? e.g. a "stepped edge? Obviously I am not using the correct terminologly,...
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How to add a consistent chamfer across a non-linear edge using hand tools

I am beginning to really like using hand tools as opposed to power tools and I can see a lot of use cases for them. However I don't understand how can you apply a consistent chamfer on a non-linear ...
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Turned-leg bench: splayed or straight?

I want to build a bench with legs that go through the top that is similar to this: I have two main questions. I am thinking of doing the legs straight up and down for a more minimal, easier ...
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How can I darken a stained finish without sanding/stripping?

My current maple cabinets have a brown stained finish and I would like to darken the stain a bit more. What can I do to accomplish this WITHOUT needing to sand everything down and start from scratch? ...
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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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Suggestions for finishing a pine/mahogany sword

I just finished shaping a sword out of some pine and mahogany scraps I had lying around. I like how it turned out, so I want to finish the bare wood in a way that will enhance its appearance and ...
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Is support on three sides of a long poplar bookshelf enough?

I'm hoping to install a 94" wide, 8" deep, 1/2" thick bookshelf made of poplar in a location surrounded by three walls. Thanks to the three walls, it would be painless to support the shelf on boards ...
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Best way to hide counter sunk screws

How can I best hide these screw heads? Wood filler probably will crack...
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Router, how make a deep plunge cut?

I am really new to woodworking and I'm out of ideas on how to accomplish this. I am making a magnetic knife block. The stock is 11" long x 3" wide x 1 12/16" deep. I need to cut a 1 1/4" wide by 1 11/...
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Doweling technique - can they be applied in two stages?

I am planning to build a custom box to fit in my car's trunk on one side, as tall and long as the trunk and as wide as little as possible. This would hold my tools, emergency gadgets etc. Since I ...
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What can cause cracks in painted pine?

I'm taking an online woodworking course (The Weekend Woodworker), and built a small patio table a few months ago. I made it out of select pine (kiln dried), spray painted it (~2 coats), and put in on ...
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How to prevent joint gaps after applying glue

The joint between these two boards was very nice, snug and barely visible before gluing. It's about 20" and has three small biscuits. However, when I applied Titebond and waited about 30 min, when I ...
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How to cut a parallel groove on three dimensional profile

I'm trying to build a replacement for a coffee table drawer that went missing years ago. I remember the drawer front matched the profile of the skirt on the table, so I was able to make a template ...
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How to saw wood without the final splitting?

Except for being more careful, are there any tips or tricks for preventing the final splitting when using a handsaw?
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Can one apply dark shellac over light shellac (satisfactorily)?

I’ve darkened the color of my shellac by adding dye. I’m quite satisfied with the new color. I have a piece brushed with several coats of the same shellac flakes without dye, and i thought i’d be ...
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Best way to glue two finished surfaces

What would be the best way to glue two surfaces which have already been finished with Danish oil and then wipe-on poly? One surface would be the cut edge of ply, the other surface would be solid wood....
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How to clamp very thin wood for planing

I have some 1/8" plywood that I use to make small boxes, organizers etc. Since it is rough, a fast and neat way to smooth it is with a smoothing plane. Only a few light passes, of course. Using ...
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advice for glue-and-screw butt joint

I am an amateur, building a set of kid’s beds. I have prepared side rails, headboard and footboard; I am ready to attach everything. I intend simple end-to-face butt joints with glue and screws. I ...
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Create a recess that nearly traverses the wood

I would like to start with a box-shaped piece of hardwood and make a (probably cylindrical) recess in it that nearly traverses the wood, leaving only a very, very thin, uniform layer of wood on the ...
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Table saw setup - calibration?

I am planning on a few different projects around the house for the new year, including some bookcases for the bedroom, a couple of shelf units, a new aquarium stand, and possibly built in closet ...
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Multiple cross cuts

I make crosses for my ministry to hand out at various events. Up until now I have cut these out individually using a band saw. This is very time consuming. Recently I had the idea of using a dado ...
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How to achieve a rounded edge on a thick panel of solid, hard wood

I am trying to make a corner shelf that would match some existing pieces of furniture. I cannot understand how the edge was made, or more precisely, how I could achieve something similar. The round ...
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Oiling and sanding

Would it make sense to apply linseed oil before sanding and then sand the piece and then eventually apply the oil again? In order to create less airborne sawdust. Or it wouldn't make much difference?
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How to cut 2“ wide x 1/2” deep slot in 3“ x 1” x 1" soft maple?

I'm a newbie woodworker and the struggle is real. My current project needs me to cut a 2" wide by 1/2" deep slot in a 3" wide by 1" by 1" piece of soft maple. A 2" wide piece of 1/2" plywood will be ...
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Carving long curved recess

I'm trying to create a curved coffee table leg - I'll bandsaw the profile, but then I'd like to give the face (the face created by the wood exposed by the bandsaw cut) a long concave recess. It'll ...
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Joint types for very thin plywood

I have some sheets of very thin plywood (beech). By very thin I mean 1/8 inch (3.00 mm). I need to make some small boxes out of it (movable compartments in drawers etc.). What would be a good way to ...
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How to hide base dados behind box joint corners

I don’t have any photos on me so hopefully I can describe this ok. Say I build a box like so: Cut the four sides. Cut dado in bottom of each side, on table saw (I don’t have another good way), which ...
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Joint all sides square?

Can you use a jointer, using the fence, to plane all four sides of a wood piece, into four, plane, square and parallel to each other? I mean each side square to the adjacent and all sides parallel to ...
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How do I carve an inset circle?

I have a circular piece and wood and want to carve a circular 'inset' in the middle - roughly 1-2cm deep (so that there are 'raised' edges all around a 'depressed' middle). What tool would I use to ...
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Feed direction on a planer/thicknesser

In Europe & the UK a planer / thicknesser is a combination machine which does the jobs of a jointer and a planer (In US terms) I've used two kinds of these machines but am unsure whether the feed ...
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Cutting sawdust relief in sled

I have a sled that I want to add a sawdust relief slot to: That’s an unsurprising side view. It’s about 24” wide. I want to cut a slot at the red thing. The shape doesn’t really matter as long as one ...

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