Questions tagged [wood]

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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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Minimizing weight [closed]

I'm sure this could easily be a huge topic, but I'm having a hard time finding any resources. It is relatively easy to make sturdy overbuilt furniture. What are some ways of cutting back? For example, ...
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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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How can I secure my shelf to wall?

I searched lots of blogs and YouTube but couldn't find a solution so hope I will find the answer here. I'm building out a pantry in the closet under our stairs. The closet is L-shaped, 39"wide, ...
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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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Repairing a half lap joint in table leg x-bracing

I want to repair the bottom cross bracing that runs between the legs of an oak table, pictured here. Some unknown number of years ago, the top piece sheared off at the half lap joint and pulled out ...
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How to remove and repair a crooked desk leg?

Apologies if I break any rules with this post, please let me know if I do. I am an utter novice when it comes to woodworking but I want to get into it as soon as I have the time/money and I decided a ...
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Using acrylic paint lettering

Good morning. I am making a charcuterie board and want to use water based acrylic for decorative lettering. All of the sanding has been done. Should I use the mineral oil coating prior to putting on ...
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Will a 4x4 be suitable?

I am working on a project that has three 2x12’s supporting a load of 12,000 lbs. similar, but not exactly, to how joists support a house. The 2x12’s are supporting about 6,000 lbs. on each end. The ...
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Looking for the LEAST fragrant wood for storing tea

I am looking to create something similar to a cigar humidor for storing Pu'er tea which requires relatively high humidity and temperature. However, the important difference is I would like a wood that ...
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Help with old beam for mantle

I bought an old barn beam. It doesn’t have a lot of wood character but as a piece I love it and they are hard to come by around here. I wanted it for my mantle. I don’t want to ruin it but I know very ...
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Any tricks for transferring an angle that needs to be pretty perfect?

I'm trying to make some open shelves on my stairs in place of a wall that was removed. It would sit on the piece of wood that runs along side the stairs, which is around 40 degrees. I wanted to join ...
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Filling an old hole to offset it a few mm and put in a fastener, what is the best approach?

Hi everyone I have a large dining chair where the factory drilled a hole that attaches the back 2-3mm off. The idea is to fully close up the hole and re-drill in proper place. The 2 holes will overlap....
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Refinished old door looks awful, nothing like I expected! How to fix?

I had my interior doors dipped a couple years ago and have been gradually staining them (using gel stain and gel varnish). They don't look perfect, but I think they're really pretty (see first two ...
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Advice for repairing shaped glass cabinet doors

Background: I am upcycling a glass display cabinet and have found one of the doors has glass that was broken/cracked so I decided to investigate removing all of the glass from this door and think ...
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Best method of joining these two pieces seamlessly?

I will be creating a floating side table for my wife and am wondering the best way to join two pieces of wood. They will be joined in an “L” shape with the back of the L hanging against the wall and ...
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Can resistance to rot be improved with home heating?

There is a process by which wood is heated several times in the absence of oxygen to improve its mechanical properties and to make it more resistant to rot. See also these questions 1, 2. Would it be ...
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Can I get away with glueing stained wood trim?

I'm working on a large box bench (80 inches long). Based on a family member's recommendation, I stained the wood first before planning to glue the wood trim on. Now that I found out that gluing ...
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Is there any issue using a water based stain then oil based finish?

If there is no issue, what is the proper way to perform this? How long after staining should I wait? I’ve only found answers to the reverse problem. And not sure if it would be the same answer.
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What kind of wood for supporting a heavy TV?

I have a 40Kg TV, which I want to rest on a table. The table is sturdy and can support the weight of the TV. However the length of the table is too short, so I want to elongate it by putting on top of ...
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How to get this colour in pine?

any idea how this color can be achieved? Both the body and top, which seems to be different On top I believe is some sort of black wenge diluted, but the other one im not sure if it is grey and wiped ...
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How to restore small whiskey barrel?

I was gifted a small barrel, maybe a half gallon (guessing) in volume, pictured below. I let it sit for too long, I guess, and now there are gaps between all the staves. I read somewhere that you ...
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Cutting a 2mm wide / 3mm deep groove

How can I cut a groove between say 1.5mm to 2.5mm wide using the Dremel Cutting guide in the 565 kit? The cutting bit 561 is too wide at 3.2mm.
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Can I use softwood for garden furniture?

I have lots of softwood so I am making some garden furniture. I know that this is not ideal in terms of how long it will last, painting and rotting, am I right to be concerned?
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What type of wood can be used for a jigsaw puzzle?

I'm interested in making a planet puzzle for my toddler, and I'm wondering what woods I can use. The plan is to have a relatively large puzzle (3'x1') with large pieces (~20 including the planets). I ...
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Is this burl worth anything?

I have an ash tree with a burl around the base of it. The tree is dying and I have heard that a burl should be harvested green. If I were to sell it what should I aim to get for it. See the attached ...
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Variation in shades of maple wood

I went out and bought some hard maple for my desk. I've already glued the boards together to make the tabletop, but I noticed some variation in color between the boards. Two of them are somewhat dark, ...
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How to tell the correct fit on a mortise and tenon joint?

When making a mortise and tenon joint, it's important for maximum strength of the joint that the tenon fit inside the mortise properly: neither too tight nor too loose. If the tenon is too tight, ...
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How to fix this mortise and tenon joint

I am fixing a bench and came across the above mortise and tenon joint between the foot and the vertical support (2 actually, one on each support). Quite clearly, someone has messed with this joint in ...
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Can I screw in my cable tray into this desk?

So, I've had this desk for a few years now, and I just bought a cable tray that needs to be screwed in. It would go under the desk Desk: https://www.wayfair.ca/furniture/pdp/upper-square-kosmas-...
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What is the best process to create a laminated panel with MDF core, linoleum & veneer faces, and edge banding?

what is the best process to create MDF with linoleum on one side, veneer on the other and edge banding? The result should look like this. Mine doesn't come close and I am unsure about the best ...
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Bottle shaped indent

I'm wanting to make a wine bottle rack where the bottle lays sideways. I've got an image of what I'm after but there would only be one groove and it would be larger to accommodate 2 bottles laid in ...
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Warped Monkeypod Desktop

I purchased this monkeypod piece a couple weeks ago. It is 7.5 ft x 2.5 ft x 2 inches thick. It is composed of two pieces glued together. My plan was to use it as a desktop but I’ve noticed since I ...
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Removing finish and unwarping wood

I picked up two cast iron skillets with wooden trivets from a thrift store. One of the wooden trivets is slightly warped, so that it doesnt lay perfectly flat and wobbles side to side a little. Its ...
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Stabilising wood with Cactus Juice… Hear me out!

Forgive me if I'm missing something but I do not see why you should have to fully submerge the wood to reach maximum penetration of the resin. As far as I can tell, when in a vacuum chamber, air is ...
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Bar top with live edge slabs and 90 degree turn with live edge “round” at the corner

I am working with Eastern White Pine. I have 12' slabs, approximately 2.5" thick, with live edge and I am making a bar top. The final finish is planned to be clear epoxy. This is for a bar in an ...
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IKEA Gerton (solid beechwood) treatment with mineral oil?

So I need a new desk, and preferably something that's solid wood that can support my dual-monitor mount without sagging or bending. I currently have an Ikea desk that's made of particleboard, and it's ...
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Can you apply wood conditioner without staining?

I made a cutting board for my self-healing cutting mat. Would I be able to use just the Minwax wood conditioner and no poly or stain? My first wood project was the craft table. After finishing it I ...
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Rip cutting plywood on my table saw

I'm working on a project where I need to break down some sheet goods and I want to use my table saw to get the best and most accurate cuts parallel to the factory edge. The problem is that my ...
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Wood bit vs Forstner bit for cam connector holes

I am wanting to fix my MDF cabinet together with cam dowels and connectors (I rent, so for ease of moving I want the option to flatpack. Of course I will glue up when I get somewhere permanent, don't ...
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Barrister bookcase needs help

I am looking for some direction about some love I can give to a barrister bookcase I found for dirt cheap. It has some loss at a corner and bottom and I'm thinking it may be best to buy new (real) ...
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Is it dangerous to sandpaper an old wine barrel?

I bought an old wine barrel second-hand. The owners said it was used previously as decoration in a restaurant. I wanted to lighten up the colour so started to use sandpaper on certain parts. It was ...
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How to safely secure tailgate bench to studs

I have a old 1950s truck tailgate which measures 49 3/4 inches wide and 24 inches tall. I want to turn into a bench that will fold up and down that will mount to a wall. The wall has standard 2x4 16 ...
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How to prevent desktop from bowing?

So, this is usually a problem for particleboard shelves, which bow under the weight of books. But my question is actually about the desk, which I built myself: It's a small desk (36x20inch), its top ...

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