Questions tagged [wood]

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Identify if table is solid wood?

I saw a nice console table at a department store (Marshalls) that’s supposedly 100% acacia wood. How can I make sure this table is actually solid wood?
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Blotchy finish on stain job

I sanded the western pine with 80 then 160 , I admit I put too much stain on at first to make it darker , now I have I have clear blotchy spots on it , any advice is greatly aprreciated! Thanks ...
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How complex is it to craft a wooden horn?

I was thinking of crafting a wooden horn (like those used to blow, crafted from natural animal horns). I'd like to know how hard would it be to take a trunk piece and make a horn, drilling a hole ...
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Termite treatment for non-treated lumber?

Yesterday I found a great deal on 3" x 12" x 12' non-treated lumber (pine). I bought several pieces, but before using it for an indoor table, I want to add a termite-resistant treatment. Once I add ...
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Using PT lumber indoor if covered with polyurethane?

Earlier today, I posted a question about building a small table with pressure-treated wood. A few people chewed me out for using PT wood indoors, so I deleted it. So just now I called a lumber store ...
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Difficulty level in restoring wood bench?

For a while I've been looking for someone to restore the furniture in the picture. Without the caning, the cheapest I found was $350. They would take the furniture apart, sand and repaint, and then ...
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Can I use douglas fir to make cutting boards and how thick should I make them?

Can I use the other surgery cutting boards and how big should I make them?
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Add backing to wood rocking chair?

What alternatives do I have to make this rocking chair usable once again? I was considering cane webbing, but I don't think it would work here. I was also thinking of using a cheap rug, but I have ...
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Back nail or face nail. Which is stronger?

Say you have the opportunity to nail a piece of trim in from the back with an 16-18ga finish nail on a barn door (so all wood construction). You were smart about it and made sure it wouldn't bust ...
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How do I finish-off pine wood after issues?

I'm trying to finish a pine dresser. Here are the steps I have taken so far: Sanded 1 layer pre-stain wood conditioner (Varathane) 2 layers of wood stain (Varathane Classic) 1 layer of water-based ...
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How to whittle drumsticks with a swiss army knife?

I would like to know how to make my own drumsticks with a Swiss Army knife. I would like to know which wood to use, how long they should be, how to whittle the tips correctly. My goal is to make a ...
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Does wood generally lose color / go gray in sunlight?

I had been under the impression that wood was always going to fade in sunlight. I've seen plenty of examples of this from regular SPF framing lumber to unfinished siding going gray. Even freshly split ...
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Exposure to a lot of oak sanding dust when didn’t know the harm…advice please!

I got into rustic oak furniture making a few years ago and used a belt sander and detail sander outside on the pieces (about 20 days solid in total spread over 3 years, but covered in dust). I also ...
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Removing multiple layers of paint on oak decorative door frames

I'm making headway. I keep re-applying, scraping (plastic and steel wool), and wiping with mineral spirits. I have all low voc, etc., chemicals but how much can the little grooves in this wood really ...
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Can I apply wood oil stain over a surface treated with water base polyurethane?

A wood column have been coated with water based polyurethane over the natural surface and I would like to stain it with oil based wood stain. How can I do so?
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What kind of woods can I use to make a wooden model car?

I'm looking for some guidance, I am making a model/toy car for my school project and I am not sure what woods are suitable to use.
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dark stain for a mantle

I have a client that has me stumped. We installed a lovely new stone facade for a client, but their vision for the mantle has me at a loss. They like Minwax Carbon color stain, but want a deep color, ...
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How to re-seal a kitchen chair seat

Long story short here of several rookie mistakes that have led me to this question...I have a couple of kitchen chairs that I refinished recently. I chalk-painted everything but the seats, and left ...
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Questions about making mirror frame

I am trying to make a frame for a smart mirror, I have only made the inner frame(in the picture, the sides are 12 inches, and the top and bottom are 28 inches, the monitor is slightly smaller than the ...
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True up small piece of wood

I want to mount this piece of plywood in such a way that it is reasonably removable. I first need to true up the edges of the wood and that is difficult because of its small size, 8" x 12". I have a ...
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Stabilizer or hardener for handmade wooden canes

I have been using a wood hardener and so far that has been working. Should I be using a stabilizer instead? More generally put: when fabricating a walking stick or walking cane what is the best ...
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How to fix white splotches on pine from wood filler?

total newbie here. First wood project is turning a live edge piece of pine into a kitchen island, but I think I've run into a problem. I wanted to fill holes with this wood filler, but I covered ...
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What is the material that goes over Bathroom cupboards to give it a plastic shine look?

I am assuming it is some sort of laminate but I as the question states I am wondering when the material is that looks like a hard white plastic that goes over wood and tends to be used in bathrooms/...
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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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Question about yellow stain around wood plugs

I have solid poplar floors with wood plugs to hide the screws. Recently I noticed this yellow stain around many of the plugs. The floor is finished with polyurethane. What might be causing it and what ...
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how to make a new drum [closed]

I have hand made one drum. I carved it from a live poplar tree. When finished it stood 16" tall with a drum head greater than 10", but not much. I hand sanded it inside and out after I burned the ...
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What Screw Should I Use For Fasten a 3/8th Steel Flat To A 4x4?

I have a project where I will be screwing some 11" strips of 3/8th flat steel (this one right here https://www.lowes.com/pd/Steelworks-4-ft-x-2-in-Hot-Rolled-Weldable-Steel-Slotted-Metal-Flat-Bar/...
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Knots bleeding through deck sealer

I have a deck that I built in 1986 with treated lumber, that last year we used a stain sealer on and the sealer was bled thru at mostly knot locations. I have used clear sealer many times over the ...
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How Much Weight Can a 1inch x 11inch Dowel Hold/Support?

I am asking about the 6416U 1 in. x 1 in. x 48 in. Hardwood Round Dowel they sell at Home Depot. I plan to join 3 4x4s and use the middle one as a swivel, the middle one will be under load and the 2 ...
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Turning chisel handle templates?

I'm new to turning and I'm looking to turn some chisel handles, but I want them all to look the same. Are there any printable online templates that anyone knows of? Is there anyway I can create my ...
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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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What about using cedar for toy puzzles and blocks?

Can cedar be used for making wooden puzzles and blocks for children?
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Hot tub lid, use paint or oil to seal wood?

I'm wondering what would be a good choice for sealing a outdoor hot tub cover made from plywood? For example, would an outdoor paint or something like tung oil be better for a high heat and humidity ...
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Making wood filler? - Pine + Glue

I want to make some wood filler for a pine cabinet. Was just going to mix wood glue and Pine sawdust.. Is there any ratio or anything I should do before i go ahead?
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how much teak wood required in cubic feet [closed]

I have to build a stool of height 2 ft, breadth 18 inches, width 21 inches. What I have been told by my carpenter that he needs a cubic foot of teak wood to make the material. I just want to be sure ...
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Flower Press with 1/8" thick plywood

I am making classic flower presses with children. We'll be sandwiching from top to bottom: a plywood sheet, cardboard, paper, flowers, paper, cardboard, and a plywood sheet. Each corner of the ...
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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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Any suggestions on filling gaps in wood flooring? - Pine Tongue Groove

Any suggestions on filling gaps in wood flooring? Pine tongue groove was used that is usually used for wall or ceiling. Have no idea why they put this on the floor? I was thinking cutting wood strips ...
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Does anyone know what this wood wedge is for? Approx 7" Long

Does anyone know what this wood wedge is for?
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What is this antique wood object? Approx 10" long

What is this antique wood object?
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How do I stop cracking noises from my pergola?

I have built a pergola on my own about 1.5 years ago and it doesn't stop making those cracking wood noises (like the wood is cracking). First of all I know I have built the pergola pretty good ...
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How soon should I cut up new wood?

I scored some pretty good logs of cherry from some workers across the street from my house who would rather have given it to me than lift it into the back of their truck. I carted it home and have it ...
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What is this hand tool with handles similar to a spokeshave? It has different selectable profiles around the edge of a disc

Can anyone identify this? Woodworking tool?
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Antique woodwork in 120 year old Victorian

What type of oil is best for caring for antique moldings and banisters in a 120 year old house?
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How do I attach these wooden hexagons together?

I am trying to make a hanging shelf/sculpture out of a bunch of individual wooden hexagon containers. Each hexagon is about 3" across the opening, the pieces they're made of are 1/4" thick, and they ...
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Why do we use slats to make outside swing shutters?

Why do we use slats to make outside swing shutters and not plain boards ? Also, is there any reason those slats always have chamfers ? Why not plain flat shutters without those vertical grooves ?
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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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base for “standing table” strong enough?

Hi, I'm trying to raise my work desk to use as a standing desk to help with back pain and concentration as cheaply as possible with minimal cutting. I'd like for it to last at least a year. Expecting ...
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For how much time are fumes from freshly polished wood furniture toxic and must be aired out & presence avoided?

PS: If needs to be in the DIY SE rather than Woodwork SE please moderators figure where it will get better responses and fit. Thanks. PPS: Found this similar - https://diy.stackexchange.com/...
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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 ...