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Fixing items made from wood that has been damaged in some way, shape or form.

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Reuse screw holes in wood [oak]

I have a finished oak board, and I'm buying metal legs so it can be used as an end table. The legs will be secured with screws. If later we want to replace the legs, and the holes end up in the same ...
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Chair repair advice

I have a vintage Rock'n'Rest chair that has met with an unfortunate perch...a family member sat on the arm and now one of the rear joints is loose. It is a mortise & tenon joint and it all appears ...
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Honey locust disc cracking

I have a 4 inch cookie of honey locust I purchased from a local dealer. Kiln dried and moisture between 8 and 10. I had done all the crack filling on this piece and sanding it up. Left it in garage ...
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Advice for repairing thin fragile, irreplaceable Pella window trim pieces

Seeking advice for the repair of two identical (mirror image) trim pieces from the base of Pella casement windows. Each piece is cracked through its thinnest portion, which is only about 1/4" ...
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How do I fix a hairline crack in a hollow core door stile?

I'm installing a door knob and latch in a hollow core door. While screwing in the latch faceplate, I noticed a long hairline crack that starts at the latch bore and runs maybe 8 inches up the stile. ...
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Have a chunk of a lacquered guitar that got ding'd out, can I use wood filler on it?

I haven't worked with lacquered wood before, so I have a guitar where there's a chip/chunk that came off (part of a larger crack repair). Is that something I can use wood filler to fill up? Would I ...
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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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Is my grandfathers table repairable?

Recently came across a table my grandfather made about 50 years ago. Clearly hasn’t been stored properly but I would love to save it. I’m not sure where to start or if it’s possible. Would love ...
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How to fix this mirror frame that is coming apart?

I have an old dressing table, and the mirror frame is coming apart. How best to repair it? I am thinking carpenter glue, but I'm not sure.
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Repair a crack on the side of an oak table

My oak table shows a split at the side of it. Is there a way I can address it? What would you do? I have plans of refinishing my oak table with a darker wood stain.
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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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Fixing a cracked breadboard tabletop

Over a decade ago, my father made a breadboard-style kitchen table for my mother and I have since inherited the table. It was his first (and only) table of that style and so the breadboard joinery ...
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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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Proper way to re-oil a wood swim deck?

I’ve had the swim deck pictured below on my boat for a few summers now and the finish is getting pretty faded. I bought some teak oil to re-oil (right term?) it, but I’m unsure if I should just apply ...
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How to fix warped wood in cane chair hiding weaving

I've taken on some simple restoration projects in the past with some success (to me anyway) and I have a new one that I'd like to take on. I was given a cane chair that has been sitting in the ...
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Best way to fix broken wooden pendant?

I have a small carved wooden pendant of an owl with its wings outspread, unfortunately one of the wings snapped off in a clean break. What's the best way to put it back together without worrying that ...
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Options for repairing this children's staircase?

We recently acquired a children's castle that was custom made originally. It seems to be completely made of MDF. The stairs are only held together by nails and they are coming apart in certain ...
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How do I keep my folding bed side rail up?

I have made a platform bed with protruding bedrails. (All 3 sides except headboard side) I have made them foldable by placing hinges between bedrail and bedframe. So it flips up and comes down at 90 ...
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How do I disassemble this metal sliding-interlocking fastener on this chair?

I've recently got two lovely wooden chairs, and I wanted to disassemble them to fix their wobble issues and to revamp some dings that the wood in the wood. I'm stuck on figuring out how to detach ...
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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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Repairing a damaged chair frame

I have a few novice questions about repairing a wooden frame for a chair (upholstered recliner type, not a kitchen chair although it does not recline) that arrived damaged. Two of the corner pieces ...
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How to re-do the treehouse support which is failing

So I built the treehouse with plans from a book and after about eight years one of the support beams is bent and some of the joins have come apart. The plans called for using nails but like adumbass I ...
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Screws back into a splitting pole

The pole in this image holds up a regular mail box. You can see where the 4 screw holes are. This pole is cemented into the ground and has been untreated for over 10 years. This is in Phoenix Arizona ...
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Repairing splintering line in 115 year old pinewood floor

We are renovating the hallway floors in my old apartment, and am running into a splintery patch I am not sure how to deal with appropriately. The floor boards are pine, 115 years old, about 30 cm (12&...
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How to repair broken spindles on chair?

I have a chair that had it's back broken off (both stiles and two spindles, pic below). Everything broke just above the seat. It's no loss to us if it cannot be fixed, but I enjoy repairing things. ...
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Marquetry pictures

I have 2 old (?100 years) marquetry pictures where the wood is drying out. Many years ago I applied linseed oil but this darkened the pictures. Is there something I can use to prevent this drying out ...
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Peppermint oil damaged table finish

Recently I put a cup that had a bit of peppermint oil on the bottom of it on my table. It must have dissolved and adhered the finish because the cup was firmly stuck to the table. After removing it, ...
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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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How to repair a warped kitchen tabletop?

I guess that over the years I (ab)used this 1¼-inch-thick kitchen table top, by, for example, not using place-mats. The finish was initially extremely good. I palm-of-hand applied the varnish (which ...
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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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How do I repair chipboard for screws?

The bracket in the first image is holding a frame onto the bottom of a (Stiga) table tennis table. The other one (and some others) have broken off the table. I need to repair the chipboard as shown in ...
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Filling screw holes in cutting board

I took the legs off a cutting board because I want to use both sides of it. That has left four screw holes about 5mm (0.2") in diameter. Would it be OK to fill these holes with Titebond III glue ...
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Can I un-warp a warped bed post?

I have a decorative post from a piece of furniture which has become warped -- the top has moved by something like 2 inches, at the top of a ~3foot long tapered and carved post segment. It is finished ...
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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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Remove and replace inset wooden handle

I have acquired a Danish vintage teak sideboard with distinctive inset wooden handles that the designer used on a range of pieces. Unfortunately, one of the handles has been damaged over the years and ...
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How to prevent wood checking and how to save already checked piece? [duplicate]

A branch fell off a walnut tree and I cut a section to turn into a bowl or something, because the grain is beautiful. I thought it might age better if I removed the bark, so I did that, but other than ...
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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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Replacing cutout in oriented-strand board (OSB)

I cut out a small 4" x 5" piece of oriented-strand board out of a wall. I saved this cut out piece so I can re-attach it. When I put the piece back in the hole I cut, what do I use to re-...
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Unremovable white powdery residue after wet sanding wood

I'm new to woodworking and know very little, so apologies if this is an extremely basic question or I'm doing something completely wrong. Recently I've tried to sand away a few imperfections on a ...
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How to take care of an antique wood cabinet

I have an antique cabinet that my grandfather built decades ago and I want to preserve it. I don't think he has done anything to preserve the wood so I should probably do some work on it. I would ...
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How do I repair winter/water damage and protect against future weathering problems?

Last year, I built my first piece of outdoor live-edge furniture: What are the potential issues with this bench design? and What should be done to treat decorative wood for outdoor use?. I expected ...
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I made a pepper mill. The top is not concentric with the bottom. How do I correct this?

The mill is rough turned to 2 3/8 inch diameter. I drilled the hole for the body first, then parted the top and drilled the top for the shaft. When I put the top tenon into the bottom hole there is no ...
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What is the correct size screw of a 8.3mm countersink bit

The screws I have are 10g..does this countersink bit work or should I refund and what is the correct size countersink bit
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Removing a chemical or food stain on oiled wood table

I made a kitchen table from oak wood, and oiled the surface. It's a great looking piece and I'm very proud of it. Yesterday I must have stained it with a cleaning product, I unfortunately do not know, ...
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Chopstick repair?

I have a nice pair of custom red wooden (cedar maybe?) chopsticks I took home as a gift from an event last year and about one inch completely broke off of one. I have both pieces, as it was a clean ...
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Stabilizing wobbly hardwood table

Our beautiful old table has taken some damage the last two times we moved. As a result its legs are now somewhat wobbly. It is a teak table and it is entirely held together by wooden pins. I intend ...
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Can this end-grain cutting board be saved?

I bought this 15x20x4" maple board for my husband to hack up meat & bones for our dogs. It's been on the granite counter, near our Berkey (water filter), except for cleaning. When I filled the ...
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