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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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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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Sharpening Stones for Chisels and Planes (the 1000th time)

A form of this question has, no doubt, been asked a 1,000 times, but I need some specific guidance. As and early Father's Day present, my wife bought me a Veritas Mk. II Honing Guide. Maybe this ...
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how do you transfer diameter from caliper to cylinder?

I'm trying to transfer a caliper diameter to the end face of a cylinder on my wood lathe. How do I determine that the caliper is centered in order for that diameter to be transferred? For example I ...
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Is making this picture frame do-able?

My wife would like me to build her a picture frame, but she has some requirements. She wants it to look like metal. (She apparently found a spray paint that makes it look metal). She wants the ...
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performing routing with drill chuck

I have a Shopmate radial arm saw with a router outlet spindle. I can not find a collet chuck attachment to perform routing. Is it possible and save to attach a normal drill chuck to perform routing ...
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How to enlarge a hole behind metal bracket?

Despite very accurate measuring and drilling I've ended-up with slight hole misalignment wile building a wooden structure. While the holes in question have been drilled a bit oversize, that isn't ...
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How is this engraving obtained?

I thought it could be laser but the wood is exposed raw inside the letters. Could this be obtained with a router and a template? This is done on several tables in the very same way so it is ...
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Why is metal avoided when joining wood?

I've seen dowels, dovetails (and other joinery techniques), glue and many more used for joining pieces of wood but metal screws, brad nails and metal, in general, is usually avoided. Why is this?
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How do you create an organic or chiseled edge on a wood slab?

I am working on a live edge coffee table. The two long sides are the live edges and look great, and organic, and natural. The other two sides are boring, flat cuts. I want to make the two short ...
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Cross cutting narrow stock using a track saw

I have (very) limited working space and I intend buying a track saw in order to do rip cuts, cross cuts, beveled cuts. I cannot fit a table saw unfortunately. I was wondering, can I cross cut 2x4s ...
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What are some tricks to flatten twisted and warped lumber boards without removing any material from them?

I live in Lithuania, Eastern Europe. Throughout the years, I have bought lumber from more than 20 lumberyards all around the country, trying to find at least a single one that could sell me straight, ...
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What is the best tool for cutting into a hardwood floor?

I am cutting out a hole in my old oak hardwood floor where I am installing a laundry chute. I'm a newbie at woodworking and power tools so bear with me. The one tool I have that I think would work ...
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Repurposing Round Dining Table

I just acquired a 42” diameter solid pine kitchen table. I would like to cut and hinge each side parallel to the center cut where the leaf extension goes. It seems pretty straightforward but haven’t ...
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What's the best clamp for a hex shape?

I was using a round punch to pound a nail through wood in a confined space, and tried using a locking wrench or vise grips on the hexagonal steel handle of the punch, to keep from hitting my hand, but ...
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What technique is used to give new wood the distressed white color only in cracks and holes?

Have a brand new piece of pine wood and would like to distress in this fashion, as best as possible: Already made indentations, cracks, cuts and holes and it came out similar to the markings in the ...
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How to accelerate pine ageing

I put a cheap plank of almost white new pine in the garden a couple of months ago - the grain is now far more visible (while not being raised) and the base colour has darkened. I would like to ...
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Copycat furniture legs

Looking for advice on achieving copycat look of the metal leg X-base; gold and marble table pic. My skill set and budget doesn't allow for welding or purchasing custom base. Hoping to achieve the ...
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Embedding/Inlaying a gem into wood

I am making a couple of purpleheart earrings. I want to embed an amethyst gem into each one. I have a couple of concerns though. The wood is so dark that I feel it will make the gem seem dark once it'...
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Technique for mitering X or Cross onto door

I hate asking this here as I am sure it is a silly question for most of you, but I am new to woodworking and I am unable to find the correct combination of words in my google search to get the answer ...
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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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Threaded inserts alignment methods

How to check the alignment of these inserts as shown in attached pictures? Also in my company we have a go-no-go gage to test the inserts alignment. How ever we cannot do 100% inspection with the gage ...
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Finishing a wooden piece by oiling instead of varnish/paint/lacquer

I have just been making my first guitar over the last few days from scratch and I have just gotten to the point of needing a finish for it. It is a solid body slide guitar. I was wondering if anyone ...
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Questions around designing and building an indoor climbing frame

As the winter is coming, we're planning with my wife to build a simple, indoor climbing frame for our small children and ourselves. We're also thinking of doing it ourselves as we can't afford to pay ...
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Differences Between Bolts Used in T Track?

I use a T track router bit that is meant to create a path for 1/4" hex bolts in wood. Its a really nice feature to have for DIY projects, but occasionally, the hex bolt rotates and causes friction ...
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I calculated the recommended number of clamps required for my table top and the answer seems insane

According to the article in fine woodworking on gluing up joints: The formula for number of clamps required is (square inches of glued joint x PSI for the wood in question) divided by PSI of the ...