Questions tagged [wood]

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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 ...
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Wooden bread dough proofing box -- high humidity

I'm thinking about making a proofing box for bread dough. I will need high humidity, and perhaps even a heating element to keep water vaporized. I'm wondering how something like shop-grade birch ...
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How can I protect my teak table while maintaining its raw and unfinished look?

I have an outdoor teak table that I want to be protected against the weather without altering the way it looks too much. I put clear spar urethane on my chairs and was unhappy because they ended up ...
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Can timbermate be used in a wet area?

I'm repairing a poorly designed area behind the kitchen sink which pools with water. I've coated the existing timber with a waterproof membrane, and then plywood over the top, as the existing benchtop ...
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which direction does wood expand?

I know that wood expands due to seasonal changes in humidity and temperature, but that's the extent of my knowledge about it. In which direction do wood boards expand? In the same direction as the ...
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Strongest sliding dovetail angle

I am putting two halves of a round tabletop together by way of a Full Blind Tapered Sliding Dovetail... I just need to know what is going to make the strongest or most durable joint between a 7 degree ...
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Bullnose router bit 1/4"shank is there a max radius (can't find 1" radius on 1/4" or 8mm shank)

I'm looking to finish my woodworking project by rounding the edges of the surfaces with a bullnose routing bit. Like other furnishing in our home. I'm working with 22mm MDF and don't want the straight ...
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How to paint a piece of wood with spray

I've tried looking arround but posts are usually about giving a piece of furniture a certain color and such. I wanted to know if there is an accessible method for a newbie to paint (I was thinking ...
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Does the waterfall side of my table design have a strong joint?

Is the waterfall side of my table design joined in a stable way to the top and frame? Plan is a hidden spline at the miter joint, and dowel to the frame. Shown as brown in the images linked. First ...
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Looking for help to design my own board game

I would like to ask for help for an idea I have for a gift. I have no experience with carving wood or similar things but I feel I can follow directions, and recently I’ve done a few small things that ...
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Lansky System, Help!

I bought this Lansky system. In the instructions it says that Arkansas stones need to be oiled while using. Diamonds need to be cleaned with water and others may need a drop of oil or two after use to ...
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How to construct roof correctly covering walls corners?

I'm trying to create a 3d model of the house which should resemble medieval one. It's not aiming to be perfectly aligned nor have strict measures; I'd like to learn how roof would be constructed if ...
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Profile straight edge to a skew wall

I've made a small frame with a 'front door' to cover an electrical fuse box. I went to great pains to get the frame flat and square. However when I came to fix it to the (plastered/stucco) wall it ...
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Is it hopeless to glue together two parts of oiled butcher block countertop?

I just got this oiled butcher block counter top yesterday, and I'm planning to on one end glue it to a another part of the same wood, cut shorter. I have heard that glue won't stick well on oiled ...
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Sawdust all over house and furniture from old house modifications - toxic?

Can sawdust be toxic if you're breathing it a lot and it's all over your house and furniture? Vacuuming does not seem to get rid of all the sawdust on the couch, bed, comforters, in computers (!) etc.,...
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Best way to attach metal legs to corner desk? Do I need extra support?

I'm making my own office desk, I'm 2m04cm so the height and depth are appropriate. I've made the desk top from reclaimed floorboards. It's 1 inch thick, the supports underneath are from the same ...
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Why S4S boards sold at Home Depot aren't straight?

I am planing to build a picture frame with walnut. Since I am still very new to woodworking, I need boards which are as close as possible to the final dimension. I found a 1 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft. walnut ...
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What is the name of this joint?

I'm looking to make a table with a removable panel, which would require a joint something akin to a dovetail joint. My question is, what is this called, and can I buy wood precut with it? I've ...
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Advice on making wood hinges

I am making some wood hinges for a table that will have a box in the back and simply open up. I did find a good design for making a wood hinge. The only question that remains: How should I cut the ...
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Cutting dressed pine to make it narrower

Is there any issue with cutting along the edge as shown in the image in order to change the dimensions to 110 x 19 x 2400? What will the edge look like? Different to if I cut the long edge (2400mm)? ...
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Tacky/ gummy Danish oil surface on stained, Tasmanian Oak

I'm a newbie to woodwork and surprised myself by successfully creating an even Black Japan stain on some Tasmanian Oak. I then decided to finish it with Danish Oil. Somehow I decided to brush on a ...
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Thick tabletop movement

I'm going to build a large table and my customer wants the top 3" thick. My plan is to use wide boards(8"+). So I have some concern about cupping but figure that might not be as much of an issue with ...
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How much weight can these wood bedside drawers support? [duplicate]

This is less of a showcase display of fine woodwork and more of a question on the stability of certain drawers. I intend to place a cabinet on top of a bedside drawer, I'm worried that the drawers I ...
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Removing spots of tempera paint from rough sawn cedar board ceiling

I've read the thread on removing paint from rough sawn wood but it doesn't exactly address my situation. My daughter painted some designs on the ceiling of her room with some kind of tempera-based (I ...
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How to cut round corners on a 4x4?

I have some ~36" 4x4 pieces that need to have round corners with a radius equal to the width of the board. (Each end of the 4x4 will have a 1/4 circle connecting the top and bottom of the board.) The ...
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How do I stop the table I built from wobbling/shaking side to side?

I got a wood cut and bought adjustable table legs, secured the legs to the wood, but the table wobbles/shakes horribly side to side, and sometimes even the other way when i even only write something ...
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This was my first attempt to making a coffee table. I have some issues where stain didnt take

Pine wood, miniwax pre conditioner, Miniwax honey stain This has not been poly'd yet. At this stage, I made sure I wad pretty careful and sanded really well. I also made sure that glue was ...
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How might I design a "quick-breakdown" feature to allow easy assembly and disassembly of this floating beds frame supports?

I have built a couple floating beds now and assembly and disassembly is very time consuming. I've tried researching possible braces to allow the person who is assembling the frame the quickly connect/...
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Is it safe to keep the bark on a fresh/green slice of tree trunk?

I just got a freshly cut slice of a big tree trunk from my friend. Thinking of using it as a table. Sanding it down etc. Now I know there's all the drying etc to consider, but the first thing I need ...
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Ideas for converting dining table to adjustable height coffee table

I have an old 3'x5' dining table sitting in the garage. I think it would be perfect to go in our den as a large coffee table so my wife can do her huge 3000 piece puzzles up there. The legs are ...
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Drying Wood Methods

What are the main ways of drying wood whether it be wood you milled into boards or just cut into turning blanks? I have heard of sealing the end grain and then just leaving the piece to dry on it's ...
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How can I carve out an inset in butcher block?

I am trying to create a topper for my subwoofers to turn them into an end-table/subwoofer. My plan is to get a piece of 1⅜" butcher block and take about ½" out of the middle so it will ...
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Storing a tree trunk for furniture

We are cutting down a large hardwood tree that we would like to use for table tops. Can we store the tree trunk before cutting it into pieces for drying and if so, how should it be stored? Or... do ...
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How to fix a wooden floor

I'm making some reparation to the house I recently moved in. The floor is in a terrible state and I'd like to bring a new life to the floors. The wood has been painted in red/brown with some kind of ...
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What are recommended angles for different wood-turning tools

I am going to make a jig for sharpening my lathe tools and I want to mark on the jig where each tool should be sharpened to. Like the roughing gouge to the skew and stuff. So for each of these ...
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What finish can I apply to mixed end-grain/cross-grain bowl that's sanded to 7000?

I'm new to woodturning. I've made a small bowl from layered woods. I don't know what these woods are as they're reclaimed, but it's a red-coloured wood sandwiching some pale wood. I think the red-ish ...
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Large Scale Woodburning

Has anyone tried to do woodburning on a large scale with a branding-iron stlye tool? Looking to make about 100 coasters with same wood-burned image. Since I have foundry equipment, my thought was to ...
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Stabilizing and colouring poor quality wood

I am thinking of getting some Stick Fast resin for stabilizing poor quality woods like spalted beech and buckeye burl. What sort of things can you add to the resin to stain/dye the wood that won't ...
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Wood Staining is blotchy and black...HELP!

I've searched and searched but I cannot find anything on the internet that looks close to my bad stain job, so here's the low down: I'm finishing my dining room tabletop and chair seats. I'm using oil ...
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Attaching t-slotted channel to the underside of a desk top

I have a Jarvis adjustable desk frame and an Ikea Gerton table top (1.125″ thick). I also have a CPU holder that I intend to mount under the desk. It's meant to be mounted flush under the desk, but I ...
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Building a simple table base with these materials?

I recently bought a table top similar to the picture below; it's 22 inches in diameter. I wanted to build a simple table base, similar to the mockup below. For this, I bought three 36-inch 1"x1" ...
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Where to get bow saw 42 inch?

I cannot find anywhere bow saw frame for 42 inch blade. Could you advise? Many thanks, Martin
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What is this dark part of the end grain on this wood called?

I found this wood on the side of the road. It was big, thick, and heavy, so naturally I took it home. When I cross-cut it, I noticed this star-like pattern. It's throughout the wood and seems to be ...
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How can I recreate this wine rack (ovular holes, proper angle, etc.)?

I have a tall, narrow alcove in my home where I would like to recreate a single "plank" of this wine rack (apologies for bad lighting, was in a dark restaurant): I will very likely have a local ...
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Type of Wood to make Burr Puzzles

I have found this really interesting site about wooden puzzles. It offers puzzle designers for free and from what I read Anyone can reproduce these puzzles for his/her own personal enjoyment... So,...
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Building a wooden poker bag [closed]

I am very knew to working with wood. What I am trying to do is a "poker suitcase". My question is how I would do the dovetailing (hope it is the right word). I have never done one so I don't know how ...

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