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Questions tagged [wood]

Specifically for questions about wood, the "raw" material itself (not to be used for questions about processing wood).

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How to finish a section of log for outside?

A tree surgeon just took down a sycamore that had been growing in my neighbour's garden (and probably underneath my house), and I kept a section of it to use to make a front door sign. My current ...
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Wood Conditioner

I had put wood conditioner on an oak piece I need to stain but I had something come up and now the piece has sat for a few weeks. Can I go ahead and stain it or do I need to repeat the process with ...
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Should I strip and re-varnish Velux windows when they still look ok?

I’ve got Velux loft windows with a varnished pine wood finish. The Velux instructions recommend stripping and re-varnishing them every 2-4 years: VELUX roof windows However, they look perfectly good,...
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What kind of wood is this? [on hold]

Would you be able to identify this wood? Please find enclosed a couple of pictures of the tree that it comes from, and some pieces of a fallen branch.
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Splotchy sheen on wood after staining

Help! First time using pine project panels (I know pine is notorious for splotching) and wood has a splotchy sheen, almost like a rash or fingerprints, after applying wood stain. Is this normal? I ...
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Shelves inside cupboard, how to attach to legs?

My bathroom has a small cupboard/closet built into the wall, and I'd like to put some shelves inside it. Since I don't own the property, I'm thinking of building a free-standing set of shelves that ...
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Should I apply wax on all sides of a table when building one to protect it?

I am building a solid oak rustic table from 4 oak beams and I want to know if I should bother to wax boards on the bottom face in order to protect them (like keeping humidity and avoiding woodwork ...
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How to be sure that there are no live woodworms in my oak boards?

I discovered few 10-15 holes on one of my oak plans I use to build a table. How can I assure that there are no worm left alive to ruin my future table. I cannot plane them.
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Should I use spacing between boards on a chunky oak table?

I am building a solid oak (dried) table of 4 boards of 180 x 20 x 5 cm. This will stay in my home office in UK so temperature ranging between 18-28 degrees and humidity 40-60%. This is going to be a ...
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Wood to be used for Christmas Colored Flame Yule Logs? [closed]

What type of wood and its' thickness would be get the best results for making Christmas colored flame yule logs? I would like to try and make colored flamed yule logs this year. What type of wood ...
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Where can I buy custom cut wood sections for my project?

I'm working on bathroom vanity unit project. I don’t have any advanced cutting tools, so getting the pieces cut would be a great help. I am thinking of using Ash, are there any other woods/materials ...
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What tool can I use to cut/plane a lot of dowel rods?

I made a piece of sculptural wall art out of pieces of wooden dowel rod, joined together with epoxy glue. It looks similar to these: Example 1 Example 2 Though I tried to keep the bottoms of the ...
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Identification and maintenance of cutting board counter

Our place has a cutting board built into the countertop by the stove. We've been using it as a cutting board, but someone pointed out to me that I need to make sure it's unfinished (for safety) and ...
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Bevel, Chamfering after holesaw cut

I would like to cut a hole that is wider on the bottom of the sheet than at the top. So for example using a 60mm holesaw gets me the same diameter on both sides of a 21mm thick sheet. How can I get ...
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How do you tell whether a piece of furniture is veneered?

What are good telltale signs of solid wood vs veneered furniture that you can identify from a picture? For example, the hutch below?
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Chisel not cutting through grain

I'm a 15 year old boy who likes to do basic woodworking. I got an old chisel that I sharped using an old wetstone. It's pretty sharp but there is a small problem. If I try to (I don't know what it's ...
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Sanded and stained a pine window shelf… water damaged areas too dark. How to fix?

I am prepping my house to sell. We sanded and stained a window shelf under a Bay Window and the water damaged areas came out too dark. So how should I fix this? Sand again or stripper, or just cover ...
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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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Tools needed for drilling holes into the wood?

I just need to drive few holes into the wood to make a DIY bathroom storage. But I am facing some problem to do that without any tools. Can anyone sort out the required tools for that?
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Splotchy staining on cherry veneer

Based on a 14 x 17" sample the contractor showed us, we bought cherry veneer bathroom cabinets with a cinnamon finish. Most (not all) of the drawers have splotchy staining (see photo). The ...
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Help creating simple wood table? [closed]

I am learning about wood-working, and I want to start by building something relatively simple like this to hold a TV. I will be using 2" x 6" wood. What particular tools do I need for the joints? It ...
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Cut list basics

What format should I write my cut list in? Should I add up the total amount of wood, or should I try to pick it up piece by piece?
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Is my 44" Diameter 12' Long Black Oak Log with Wind Shake still usable?

We just had our huge black oak tree cut down because it was inches from our roofline. Ever since we first bought our house, we had planned on turning it into our dining room table. Being new to ...
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Bleeding bubbles through stain

Okay I saw another question about bleeding through paint but this is stain so it may have a different solution. I sanded, used prestain conditioner, and minwax stain on a desk I’m attempting to ...
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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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Border looks strange after grinding floorboard

We had in Germany a red color on our floorboard called oxblood (Ochsenblut). This is how it looked: We asked someone to grind our floorboard. Although we like the outcome, the border looks somehow ...
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How can I rotate a wooden ring and still be able to sand the inner/outer surface by hand?

I'm sanding some wooden pull up rings by hand, and I'd like to know of a technique to sand them so that the ring can rotate about its center, but still allow me to grip it with some sand paper in hand ...
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How to divide bookshelf evenly?

I am building a recessed bookshelf. The width is 83 inches and I am trying to divide this into thirds with two two x fours added in. So it will be 83in minus the 1.5 inches per board which gives me ...
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Black spots and streaks on new (painted) cedar siding

I have black spots and streaks on some cedar siding that was replaced last summer. The new siding (right side of photo) was primed and painted with a stain (2 coats). (taken from: https://www.flickr....
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Cabinet Stain Issues

I have an issue with some areas on stain absorption in my birch cabinets. We sanded, pre-conditioned and stained the cabinets but now have some odd issues with the way it is setting. Not sure what the ...
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After stripping paint and applying wood stain, item is looking very blotchy… now what?

I am in the process of restoring an item of furniture that had been painted black, back to a wood finish. I started off by stripping off the paint with Citri-strip and sanding it until it felt ...
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How would I attach feet to my product?

For my GCSE Design and Technology coursework, I am making an MP3 docking station: basically a speaker. My design features a plywood box that sits on a base, which is the same shape as the box but ...
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How do I know if the wood I picked up on Craigslist is treated?

I picked up some cheap wood that someone was getting rid of. He said it was used for a deck, and I can see it is painted red. How do I know if it is treated? (Also, anyone know what kind of wood it is?...
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Finish for hand painted/lettered wood sign

I've just started cutting, sanding, and staining premium pine craft wood from Lowe's to make my hand painted signs. I do hand lettering and use water based acrylic paint pens and sometimes gel pens. I ...
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What is round firewood called?

I'm looking for the name of this type of firewood. These are mostly made from limbs or small trees, about the size of a softball or smaller. Here is a link to a youtube video that shows two folks ...
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1/16 bit to cut through 1/2" MDF

I need to use a 1/16 router bit to cut through a 1/2" piece of MDF. Is there a bit with a long enough shank that will allow me to do that or what are my options? I am curing small letters with a cnc ...
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Can I attach a hinge to click laminate flooring?

This may seem like a strange question. Basically, I have some few click laminate floorings present with me and I would like to make a ping pong table from those leftovers. I was following this ...
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How to learn woodworking

I've recently got into the woodworking. So, basically I have to learn from A to Z. I don't know things about woodworking safety too. Now I have two options: Go to the woodworker, pay up the money ...
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Is a natural edge actually natural, or is it a man-made feature?

In the past I've seen many beautiful pieces making use of a "natural edge", such as this: https://www.houzz.com/photos/44117627/Live-Edge-Conference-Table-rustic-dining-tables. Other examples: The ...
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What kind of finish does this need to be weatherproof/durable?

I'm not sure what type of wood this is, only that a Star Jasmine is responsible for killing the tree this branch came from. If I can prepare this without you needing to know the wood type, what sorts ...
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Tongue and Groove Scraps - Can you create a floor with them

I'm just finishing installing tongue and groove wood planks on my walls and ceiling. I have quite a few leftover small end pieces, especially at 45 degree angles (pitched ceiling). Can anyone think of ...
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When do I need to support the center of a horizontal, load-bearing board?

I am going to make a low platform for my washer/dryer. Its sole purpose is to provide a level surface; my basement floor is scary uneven. I'm envisioning something like this: The leveling feet are ...
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Drilling through fiberboard

I bought some beautiful porcelain knobs for my kitchen cabinets and drawers. The"wood" is impenetrable. I was only able to drill a tiny bit in. Then I smelled burning. Any suggestion on how I can ...
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Best way to attach a curtain pole finial with a 25mm recess to a 35mm curtain pole

I have a curtain pole (made of some type of softwood) with a 35mm diameter. I have some finials with a 25mm recess that I would like to attach to the pole. I am a DIY noob and have very little in the ...
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Best method for making segmented rings for wood turning?

I am a wood turner, and like to do larger bowls. For segmented bowls, where you glue of rings of say 10 or 12 segments, then stack and glue segments to make the rough bowl blank, what is the best ...
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How to calculate board feet for project I'm working on [duplicate]

The whole board feet deal is a little confusing to me. If I have a 2" x 2" x 36" board, how many board feet does that add up to? Is it 1 board foot? Trying to figure out how much to order for a ...
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How long after cutting wood can I wait to glue?

I am building a dining room table and it has taken me several months to cut all the pieces. Will the glue have any problems sticking to the edges that have been jointed/cut several months ago? I am ...
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Should I apply my stain/varnish before or after drilling hundreds of tightly packed little holes

I have a small project during which I drill hundreds of little holes (the largest of which is 1/8 in.). Typically, I have always started with this process, then added ornamental carvings/burnings, ...
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What wood type is suitable for a childrens toy?

I'm a GCSE student and for my exam I have to design a children's toy and I wanted a durable, non toxic and cheap wood for some of my designs that could be thrown around and be put into children's ...
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Is cedar dangerous for your health when used in indoor furniture?

I'm concerned about the health risks of using the cedar as indoor furniture. Had no idea about the toxicity of cedar before making a bed with my friend out of cedar from Home Depot. Apparently the ...