Questions tagged [wood]

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Live wood coffee table [duplicate]

Going to use a prestain, then perhaps golden oak to even out the dark and light variations. Question what do I protect it with against red wine etc. I already have a red wine ring 😡. I have ...
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Artistic ideas to include metal feature on leg corners (old cot legs) metal legs from garage shelf [closed]

My first full building project. I'm looking for ideas to industrialize a cabinet/table for on my covered deck. I will be using recycled wood ... an old cot, metal legs from garage shelving. I also ...
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Is this a professional furniture refinishing job?

When I got married and bought a house, my parents gave me their old dining set— the one I grew up with. It’s seen a lot of abuse from my kids at my house and I decided to get it and the chairs ...
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Colouring applied wood filler

I’d like to preface this question by stating I am a complete novice when it comes to woodworking and this is in fact the very first time tackling anything like it. I bought a 1920s oak desk chair ...
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2 3/4" x 1 1/8" board?

Lumber question for any professional homeowners / handyfolks out there: I'm replacing a piece of rotted wood on each side of my garage door frame (piece circled in the image). The actual dimensions ...
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What is the difference between MDF and MDO?

What are the differences between Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) and Medium Density Overlay (MDO)? In woodworking circles, MDF seems to be much maligned, yet MDO seems to be rather highly praised. ...
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How To fasten rubberwood desktop to electric motorized steel base, in easy detach/ knock-down way using Fasteners? e.g. Wood inserts?

How To fasten rubberwood desktop to electric motorized steel base, in easy detach/ knock-down way using Fasteners? e.g. Wood inserts? I'm designing & putting together a workstation desk with the ...
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Can I use a hardening wood filler over softer wood putty on a walnut island?

I have a large walnut island in my kitchen. It is not end grain and we do not cut directly on it. It was made and installed 12 years ago. The few knots holes and cracks were filled with either wood ...
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What if a half-lap joint isn't actually "half"?

I'm making half-lap joints in 2x4, but they're not at a 90° angle. Therefore, I need two jigs, one angled 10° from square in each direction. Due to poor planning on my part, I made one jig out of one ...
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Filling Hole with Sawdust & Glue

I gouged out a rotted section on my outdoor deck rail surface approximtely 12" long & 2-3" deep. Advised to fill with sawdust/glue mixture. Should I fill all at once, or build-up/fill ...
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How to highlight imprecisions?

Using only hand tools, I made a groove for a wedge and the wedge does not fit tight and perfect. How do I highlight where the exact point is that needs to be reworked? I've seen someone using carbon ...
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Options for drilling 12" long x 1.5" diameter holes through logs

I want to create long - about 12" or longer and about 1.5" or greater in diameter - holes in some logs. I found a lot of info online about how to create short holes that are wide, but not ...
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Is unfinished pine colour loss due to steaming permanent?

I have an unfinished pine bed frame, which is very susceptible to dents and marks. I recently steamed a minor toenail dent out of one of horizontal panels. I did this by dipping a microfibre cloth in ...
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Create places of closure for a necklace

I need to safely make places of closure for this necklace. The necklace has one place of closure at the neck and another one in the middle of the necklace, bottom (needs 3 places of closure). The ...
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Preparing a futon for outside use

We have a futon which we would like to use outside as summer seating(It will move outside permanently). I believe the wood is either rubber wood or some sort of pine. How should I go about preparing ...
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Most ethical red-colored wood to purchase?

Red-colored woods such as padauk, bloodwood, etc. I want a red-colored wood for a future project, but I do not want to contribute to unsustainable deforestation or exploitation of the local community. ...
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Natural pine wood bed has strong chemical odor, why is this and how to stop it?

I threw out my old bed since it was falling apart and this is when it all went downhill. First I got a new bed (upholstered, unfisnished MDF board) that had such a strong odor, it invaded all the ...
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Smoothing an uneven piece of wood

What are the best ways to smooth out shallow cuts in a piece of wood that is "mostly flat" but definitely a little warped, and has no requirement to be made flat? This came from trees a ...
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making or buying a wooden tap?

I've purchased a second hand die from ebay but it's missing the tap portion: What is the best/recommended way to make or purchase a matching tap for this?
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Why do 2 screws on wooden fence cladding not cause wood movement problems?

Wooden fence cladding is common here, they're the fences between neighbors that use horizontal wooden cladding attached to a fence post. Douglas fir is a popular choice, which can expand a lot during ...
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Help me design a support structure

In short...I need to build a exterior wooden support structure that can hold a sand filled box 3'tall x 4' wide x 13" deep...weighing roughly 1400lbs. The support structure needs to be at least 1 ...
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Does wood truly not have any movement to speak of longitudinally?

I'm curious about this mainly because i saw it being mentioned on woodworking.SE's posts, and some other sites. Essentially, I always thought that wood could have "wood" movement, especially ...
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Building a rectangular pyramid

I have made a set of Yahtzee™ dice from a 4x4 post. We have been using a bucket as the 'shaker cup'. I would like to construct a wooden 'cup'. My concept is two use two identical rectangular pyramids, ...
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What power tool is best suited to use for small straight cuts?

Hi guys I am wondering what is the easiest consistent way to cut small pieces of wood. Here is an example I recently recreated and it was a pain the butt. That piece is around 2 inch long. So first ...
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Produce long, strong, flexible shavings

Ainu people (indigenous to Japan) use long wood shavings as a material to weave or braid into headpieces. The movie Ainu Mosir includes a scene that demonstrates the process of shaving down a green ...
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Help with cracks in spalted maple

I'm making a spalted manitoba maple dining table. It ranges from 5 to 11 percent moisture so pretty dry. Each slab is 5 1/2 feet long 2 1/2 inches thick and between 20 and 21 inches wide. Now to the ...
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Building a sideways bookshelf

I am trying to build a sideways bookshelf. The space I have to fit the bookshelf in is: Depth: 13.7 inches Length: 87.5 inches Height: 35.5 inches When I looked online for store-made bookshelves, none ...
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Keep a rectangular frame from racking

I have a rectangular frame that I want to keep from flattening into a parallelogram. The frame is 8' x 4' and the members are 4 7/8" high by 2 5/8" thick. There isn't a particular load that ...
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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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Tool handle wood - Which to cut?

I need to make some handles for chisels, mallets, and hatchets. I have a polesaw and plan to cut branch wood. Available suitable species are: apple, hawthorn, dogwood (Florida and kousa), locust (...
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Excess wood filler left dark spots on oak wood

I'm building a desktop using oak wood. I used tongue and groove joints to join four planks together, gluing the planks along the joints with Titebond III, but there were some small gaps between the ...
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Help a novice with warping pine wood boards

First of all, I am a complete beginner! I've recently bought a couple of wood boards(~50cm×50cm×2cm) to make a board game scenery. It needs to be completely straight so that it can be placed on a ...
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Joining 3.5' boards to make a 7' beam, or no?

I'm working on a 7' long hanging bench with no support under the middle. I have 9' by ~6" rough sawn 4/4 white oak. My initial design idea involved making a lamination / beam consisting of 3 ...
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Unstable wood bench

I made a table and two benches for my daughter but because the benches are so skinny and I made the legs going straight down, it tips over pretty easily.... how can I stabilize this without completely ...
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Screws or L-brackets to build a drawer unit?

I'm refurbishing my room and I have gotten to the point of building my new drawer unit/shelving units. My old ones hold themselves using wood f4 50mm screws, two on each joint. I'm debating if I ...
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Finishing options for naturally looking wood flooring

I have sanded my wood flooring and I want to put a protecting finish on it. I want to keep it looking as natural as I can and not shiny. Any help please
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How do I size and select wood for French cleats?

When making French cleats for hanging cabinetry (or other wall-hanging things), plywood (1/2" or 3/4") seems to be an ideal choice as it's strong, stable and, generally pretty straight. If I ...
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Advice for cutting a thick, wide, poplar board

I have a 4" thick, 10.5" wide by 120" long poplar board (read heavy) that I was originally going to saw into workbench bench legs but now want to saw into a handrailing. Any ideas on ...
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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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Expansion of wood countertop with built in bookshelves resting on it

We are installing some cabinets with built in bookshelves and like the look and durability that a hardwood countertop would provide. Our question is how to replicate the example installation above and ...
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Grid pattern made out of thin wood slats or MDF

Can the wood slats or MDF be purchased pre-cut ready to assemble? If available does this product go by another name? I have read the article detailing how to make this using carpentry equipment but I ...
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How to stabilize a bar table with hairpin legs

I'm doing a one-off project for a much-needed small dining space in the holiday home. I have a set of 4 hairpin legs at 106cm each that I want to use for a bar table. I want a nice table top but want ...
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pocket hole joint Vs. cam lock joint - What's sturdier?

what is the strongest joint between using such fasteners https://www.core77.com/posts/27725/Death-to-Cam-Lock-Nuts-Flatpack-Hardware-That-Will-Hopefully-Become-Obsolete (ikea furniture ones), and the ...
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Wood bench legs are uneven at Christmas but even at Thanksgiving

I measured every thing correctly. All the legs of the bench were the same at thanksgiving but now are half an inch different at Christmas dinner. Is there a way to stop wood from expanding and/or ...
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using two different types of woods for outdoor pergola

Is it okay to use two different types of woods for building a pergola? I was thinking about using 6x6 pecky cedar for pergola posts and use redwood for beams and rafters. Is this considered Ok?
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Curved Dome shaped wood

I am trying to build a wood structure with the domes at top. I need some suggestion on how to build the domes at the top. Can you please let me know how they are built ? They look curved. How can I ...
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Is a Pre-Stained Surface Food Safe?

I’m using Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. I’m trying to find information on whether, after drying, my surface will be safe to prepare food on. I plan to follow up with Minwax Wood Finish (Oil based)...
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Is this a good way to highlight a laser engraved design in wood?

I'm making a signboard for a coffee bar. It's made from three glued together pieces of douglas fir tongue and groove floorboards that were installed in 1945. The engraving is done and I want to keep ...
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How to seal and treat wood when building a wooden kitchen sink?

I'm planning on building a kitchen countertop made out of joined wood, and I would like to build the sink out of the same type of configuration. So far, I have built the top (see picture below), and I ...
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Restoring old oak chair but at a loss for something I've never seen

I am trying to restore an old oak chair that was given to me by my mother. It was my great grandfather's and is probably 120-140 yrs old. At the front of the chair seat there is a long ~3/8ths slit, ...

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