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Safe Glossy Non-Toxic Finish for Wood Shifter Handle?

I'm considering getting a custom wood shifter handle and they can either do a raw finish, a semi-glossy finish or glossy polished. Just wondering what the safest and least toxic glossy finish would be ...
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How to cut a straight 10cm section out of a 20cm post

I want to cut a cuboid section out of a 20cm post. My only thought is to make lots of cuts and then go to work with a chisel. Are there any alternatives? Update... Went as far as I dared with a ...
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What is the name of the brace?

I have a chair that broke and I need to buy two of these to replace them. I took the chair to a wood repair place or furniture repair place and he told me he would charge me more than the whole set is ...
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Making very small mortises/grooves in wood

I'm wondering if there is a best way to make such holes in wood, size 2mm x 10mm. Should I use small chisels or any other approach you recommend?
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Deck/platform over hot tub

[enter image description here] Hope it's okay to post here. What I'd like to build is kinda like a deck. We have a hot tub (6.5 ft x 7ft) that we don't use. Currently, doesn't work (might fix it ...
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What size jaws?

I have a Nova G3 chuck which by default comes with the 50 MM jaws. 50 MM is just a bit less than 2 inches but fully contracted will not fit into a 2" hole. I bought the 31 MM jaws and they will ...
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Noticed a small crack on new dining table. Should I have it replaced?

I just got this mango wood dining table. There is a small crack on the side. I was thinking about replacing the table, or possibly accepting a 20% discount. Could this crack get worse?
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Can my 70” tv stand hold 330lbs

Trying to see if my 70” TV Stand would support a 29 gal fish tank - about 330lbs? There is no weight capacity in the specs but it’s very sturdy. My concern is that there is no support in the middle ...
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Sealing wet wood?

I recently purchased a slab of black walnut and am needing to make a desk out of it sooner rather than later. Am I able to just finish the top side of the table and leave the bottom of it unsealed so ...
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What are the downsides of using Home Depot whitewood (spruce/pine/fir) for a sawhorse?

I would like to build a sawhorse and see Home Depot has those cheap “whitewood” 2x4’s. Would it be a bad idea to build a sawhorse with this wood? Here’s the wood https://www.homedepot.com/p/2-in-x-4-...
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Guidance on building a ladder, but not just any ladder

I'm seeking advice on the best way to go about building a full scale replica of the Immovable Ladder [wikipedia], a late 17th/early 18th century wooden ladder that rests against a second story window ...
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Can anyone identify this variety of plywood?

So, I've been at the craft for decades, and I've been stumped about this ever since I came across this. A few years back, I saw a Facebook Marketplace ad for exotic lumber for sale, and the prices ...
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How to build this wooden box

I am open to all your thoughts and suggestions! I want to build a wooden box that looks like this (measurements are in inches): The idea is to have a 5 boards: floor, ceiling, back, and two walls ...
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How can I find the center of an imperfect circle for a clock face?

I have a piece of thin redwood that I am turning into a clock face for a Christmas present. I need to be able to drill a hole in the center. But the wood is not good circle. It's circular..ish. ...
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Back of broken wooden chair

Can you please advise the best steps to fix this chair?[two edges are cracked
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Flattening a maple woodblock by hand for fine art woodcut printing on a press

I have had considerable problems trying to flatten maple woodblocks by hand for printing on an etching press. I often print with a jig below the block to allow me to register multiple colors -- the ...
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Table top uneven stain [duplicate]

I am refinishing a table top. I started by using a wood stripper. Followed by sanding the entire table down with various grits. I then vacuumed the surface and used mineral spirits to prep for stain. ...
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Are pocket-hole screws stronger than 90° screw joints for building these garage shelves?

I am a novice when it comes to working with wood, however I would like to learn more. Please accept my apologies in advance for asking technical questions for such a basic project..... as this is not ...
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Seemingly odd exterior door jamb size

I am going to replace a rotted piece of a exterior door jamb for a friend. The best I can measure, it seems to be, 2-3/8" (or 2-1/2"?) x 1-1/4". I probably need to do some taking apart ...
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Bad smell from varnish

I had my wooden floors refinished and the contractor did three coats of oil based varnish. It's been 6 months and there is still a strong smell. How do I get it to go away? It's giving me a headache ...
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How can I increase the resistance in an adjustable scissor-lift?

Recently I built a scissor-style laptop raiser and book lectern. It works fine, but the weighty laptop requires much tightening of the wingnuts, making me fear that over time the wood will crack (they'...
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How to position pocket hole jig for 35mm thick plank?

I've just got myself a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig, but I'm stuck because the measurements are imperial. I have a 35mm plank, but the jig only has 13, 19 and 38mm. I understand that 35mm is only a few mm off ...
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How to strip varnish off wood cabinets?

Link to imgur album with pictures So my wife and I recently bought a nice starter home and now we are planning to remodel parts of the house. We are interviewing a few General Contractors to explain ...
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Tension of twisted beams

if a wood beam or rafter is twisted, is there a way to un-twist it? Does clamping it down for a certain period of time straighten it? If not, is it a good idea to bolt it down to force it straight, or ...
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Using only MDF or Plywood to make all furniture

Real timber is expensive. Making long sheets requires joining smaller planks using glue with dowel or biscuits. It also suffers from deformations due to humidity. Engineering woods like MDF and ...
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Sticking two desktops together to make an L-shaped desk. Will this pattern for legs support the weight?

Sorry for the terrible paint drawing. I'm looking to stick two desktops together to create an L-shaped desk. I honestly have no clue what I'm doing, I've barely done any woodworking in my life, if you ...
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Making a modern chaise on two cylinder legs stability issues

I'm currently trying to build a modern chaise with only two legs. I will attach a link to it below. Steps I have done: Plywood 3/4" cut them into dimensions of the chaise and created a frame and ...
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Box to cover consumer unit flush with wall - Backless with cutouts possible?

I have a consumer unit that is perfectly flush in the corner of my hallway, and I am wanting to build some kind of full height storage cupboard around it from 18mm melamine chipboard. I was initially ...
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What is the difference between 1/4" birch ply handy panel and 1/4" G1S plywood?

Seen at home depot. They look exactly the same to my eyes but they are labelled different and at slightly different price points, so I assume there must be a difference. What might it be? Handy ...
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What is a commonly available wood that will be strong enough for this thin piece?

I am trying to make a center console for my car. The piece in question looks like this: You can see that one side of the smaller cupholder hole was broken just by the activity of handling the piece ...
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Solid Wooden Wall Panels Warping [closed]

We recently had an issue with wall paneling warping after installation on our wall. We live in Anaheim, California which isn't super humid and were wondering what may have caused this. The panels were ...
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What is the difference between "wood veneer" and "plywood" wood?

Both wood veneer and plywood both use layers of nautral wood stuck to engineered wood. What is then the difference between them?
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Epoxy table exposed wood cracked

I have purchased an epoxy table. The design was very unique, but the guy who sold it said its not highest quality, so it was discounted. It consists of many pieces of wood covered in epoxy with some ...
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Chair refinishing advice

I got these beautiful cane backed chairs off a local buy nothing group. At some point in their lives someone decided to paint them with a cheap white paint that felt sticky to the touch. I decided to ...
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Extremely blotchy stain - advice needed! [duplicate]

I'm genuinely at my wit's end. I'm using a dark oak oil stain on beech, and tested it on a spare bit of wood. I sanded the piece down to 240grit with an orbital sander before applying the stain. It ...
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"Box generator"-like software for laser cutting this shelf from MDF

I'm thinking of building this shelf out of 1/4" thick MDF: Now knowing how slow I am in the most basic of woodworking, I want the job to be speedy & easy. So I decided laser cutting it & ...
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How can I order wood which won't warp?

NB I am in the UK. The situation could be significantly different in other countries. I currently want to build some simple bookcases. I loathe MDF and want to make these from solid wood. Many years ...
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Not leave scratches in poly to begin with?

I see many, many threads about fixing scratches in poly. And the directions on most finishes is to sand with fine (220) before applying the next coat of finish. How do I not leave scratches with the ...
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New Pine Farmhouse Dining Table Cracking

We had a farmhouse pine table made by a company. It’s beautiful and we love it. However, two of the planks have developed some cracks. We’ve only had the table 2 or 3 weeks. We were warned that it ...
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What are some easy types of wood to start woodcarving?

I found some posts with tools to start with but now I am trying to figure out what type of wood to start with. I imagine a soft, easy to carve wood is best and probably cheaper?
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Can I add white primer to danish oil to keep birch countertops light color?

New birch butcher block counter that I’d like to keep as light as possible. I’m thinking of whitewash with diluted primer, oil or water base, and either danish oil top coat or a wipe on poly. Can I ...
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Fixing a crack in a thin layer of bent wood

I recently bought a wooden lamp which is made from thin bent wood. Unfortunately it arrived with a large crack. Now I wonder what is the best way to fix it so that the crack is not or at least only ...
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Coating / waxing / oiling old wood without darkening it

I make sculptures (well, I try to, anyway) with old wood that I find in the forest. I strip and sand them heavily until I reach the "good" wood underneath the bad parts, but the remaining ...
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How to fix Ikea wooden lamp

The wooden legs of my Ikea Lauters lamp came loose and I need some advice how to fix it. This is how the lamp looks like - you see the wooden legs: The 3 legs each have a wooden "peg" that ...
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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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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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