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How can I remove small, paint brush marks off rough, natural wood interior beams?

Our post & beam house has paint marks on the posts and beams from a past owner. They were repainting the drywall and did not tape off. Since the wood is rough cut my concern is sanding will stand ...
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How to mitigate a crooked banquette bench structure

I started building a dining seating bench. This is the plan that I created in SketchUp: The first part is to build the carcass which supposed to look like this: I am using construction grade 5x10cm ...
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Patchy and blotchy wood! HELP

Hi all! This has been my first experiment into restoring furniture and so far it hasn’t been a success. I started out by using wood stripper and I did a few coats and it was very hard to get off and ...
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Best use of old growth redwood stock [closed]

I have been renovating an old coastal home which was originally built primarily of redwood. Although we have tried to return as much of the demo materials back into the home, over time I have ...
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Tung Oil vs IKEA STOCKARYD

I bought IKEA GERTON Beech Wood Tabletop. The instructions say to use STOCKARYD wood treatment oil. It seems to be quite simple. They said in IKEA to use K 400 or K 500 sandpaper, when I asked them. ...
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How do I support a free hanging long board without a post at the end?

Here is the design idea I have in mind and I want to avoid putting a post at the end. I'm planning to lay down a lightweight flat rain roof on top of the boards - roughly 20 lbs. I thought of going ...
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Using 4 boards to fill a gap [closed]

I’m stuck with two box springs that are 90cm wide, 200cm long. I need them to fully support a mattress that is 190cm wide, 200cm long. My thought is to attach two 1.8 cm wide, 200 cm long boards to ...
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What sizes of wood do I order from the timber yard?

If any of you make toys (cars trains ships etc) what do you ask for in terms of timber dimensions when you go the timber yard please? I assumed I would ask for 1” x 2”. Or 1” x 3” in 4’ lengths But ...
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Can you separate a biscuit wood joint?

I have a two person desk that was made years ago from 16mm wood, PG bison boards. The top is a 32mm top. It is attached to the legs and mid-section with biscuits where wood glue was applied and the ...
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Can I use pine and poplar together in trim?

Is it safe to use pine and poplar interior trim pieces together or will I have trouble later from things expanding/contracting differently in the future? Specifically, I have pine door jambs and ...
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Drying window shutters after stripping

I've just received my window shutters back after a company stripped years of lead paint off with caustic soda. The shutters are still quite damp, i'm wondering whether they need to be dried flat or ...
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Need help getting stain out of wood table

I unknowingly overfilled a plant on my wood table. It left a water mark. I looked up how to get rid of it and tried using an iron with a towel and that didn’t seem to work. I have also tried Vaseline ...
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Reuse planks of an old garden house

In my allotment garden there is an old garden house, which needs to be torn off. The house is approximately 30 years old and the planks are varnished. The wood varnish is already peeling off. I don't ...
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How to rip long planks without causing them to deform?

I may want to rip down a stain-grade pine 1x5 plank to about 3-3/4 width. I have a number of these planks that have been sitting indoors for over a month so any movement should have settled already. ...
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slat widths rebuilding park bench

I am rebuilding a park bench - the kind that has a cast steel piece at each end and a dozen or so wooden slats running in between the ends. I plan to use "red grandis" nominal 1-by from a ...
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Wood grain direction vs. strength

I'm cutting some shelf supports, and am curious which grain direction is optimal for holding a screw + load. (Of course this is negligible in the given context, but I'd like to know for reference) I'm ...
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Why applying a high gloss Acrylic Clear Coat on our oil-based wood stain has created an inconsistent topcoat

I have a raw wood table where I did the following steps: Sand the wood Applied a linseed oil and let it dry for 3 days Applied an oil-based wood stain (semi-gloss) and let it dry for one day. The ...
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Are household items made from cherry wood poor taste, against tradition, or sacrilege in Japanese culture?

The cherry tree (sakura in Japanese) is one of the symbols of Japan. The yearly sakura viewing is a nationwide event with special forecasts on when the trees will bloom in each prefecture. Both fiscal ...
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Best tool to create notches (custom pull-up bar)

I would like to create a custom (hallway) pull-up bar. Example: Question I'm wondering what the best tool would be to create the notches? I'm thinking of either a Hole Saw or a Jigsaw? Or do I need ...
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Design considerations for garage storage shelf

I am considering building garage shelves based upon a design I found online. The shelf will hold storage bins and boxes. This is the design plan: DIY Garage Shelves [Freestanding] | Ana White https://...
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Best way to reduce the depth of this wooden box with hand tools?

What is the best way to reduce depth of this wooden box using hand tools only (I don't have any woodworking facility, like electric tools)? I would like to remove the area outlined in red. The box is ...
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What are some good ways to finish smoothing a wood carving after you have the general form roughed out?

I am relatively new to wood carving and don't have anyone to mentor me or to ask advice from. I am making a handle for a machete out of red oak. The bottom of the handle is hooked like a hanger and is ...
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What is a good choice for wood to build painted vanity cabinet doors?

I'm going to build paint grade shaker style vanity cabinet doors. I will use 1/4" plywood for the panel. I haven't loooked, but I'm guessing I can find 1/4" Birch plywood. I'm not sure what ...
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Wood over LCD monitor

I've seen projects on Instructables and elsewhere where people have placed wood veneer over LEDs to create clocks, and other devices, or they might drill thicker wood down so that the LED has only ...
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Floating bed design review

First time here. I've decided to make my own floating bed, I've watched a few videos, but one feature I'd like to include is storage, and for that, I've added a sort of a lid in the middle of the big ...
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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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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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