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How many 6mm dowels to support a shelf of a given weight?

I’m building a bookshelf out of MDF (18mm thick) using 6mm dowels (Silverline brand like the dowelling jig). Each shelf will be dowelled in place at the back and on both sides. I’m concerned about ...
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Planer/jointer/thicknesser worth it?

I have recently been using a table saw to rip cheap 2 X 4 pine for projects. However, it takes a long time to sand these down to a nice finish, and trying to keep them square is difficult. I'm ...
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Can I apply wood oil stain over a surface treated with water base polyurethane?

A wood column have been coated with water based polyurethane over the natural surface and I would like to stain it with oil based wood stain. How can I do so?
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Why is there a perfectly straight line at the edge of this knot?

This is a bit of a cheat because I am not a 'woodworking' enthusiast, but our company does make furniture. My question is simple. In the photo .. why is there a really straight line (that looks almost ...
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How do you cut a 4x8 in half without a panel saw?

One challenge of working with sheet goods is doing a really wide cut, for example cutting a 4 x 8 sheet into two 4x4 sheets. The problem I run into is that I can't reach across a 48" board or panel, ...
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is it better to use more blade or just enough blade?

Super novice question! The blade speed at the points is the same regardless. Only the angle of attack changes. What are the pros and cons? I'd like to minimize chip out most of all since I'm working ...
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Changing bar & chain on Husqvarna chainsaw

The original bar and chain that came with the chainsaw had 38cm length, 0.325" pitch, and 1.5mm gauge. Can I change them with a 45cm length, 0.325" pitch, and 1.3mm gauge? I know the length is ...
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Why is 48" too deep for a workbench?

One article on workbench design said the following was a basic mistake of first time builders: Building the DIY workbench too deep There are many reasons that workbenches plans aren’t 48”...
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Metal lathe tool post on a wood lathe

I’ve been wanting to try and use a chisel holder tool post like on a metal lathe on a wood lathe for a while now, I’ve looked a bit online but didn’t find any tool holders that are made for wood ...
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Laminating Small Wooden Objects Together

I use a laser cutter to create intricate shapes out of 1/4 inch thick re-sawn pine, then laminate them together to form 1/2 and 3/4 inch thick structural elements in small boxes, corbels and ...
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Help getting Delta fence accurate

I bought a Delta 36-725 on Craigslist after seeing a lot of really positive reviews on it, especially about its fence. However, I can't get my fence to lock down accurately at all. When the fenced isn'...
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Can I leave indoor wooden furniture unfinished or will it grow mold?

I purchased some furniture that has wooden elements to it that ended up being unfinished. Should I be concerned about this? During the more humid months, will these elements grow mold on them? For ...
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What is the difference between “curing” and “drying”?

When learning about different finishes, some resources talk about the finish's drying time, such as this Zinsser Shellac. The shellac dries to the touch in 15 minutes and can be re-coated in 45 ...
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Can I puddle a little 2 part epoxy to fix a problem with a flood poly coat

I want to put the final coat(s) of wipe on poly over a gloss poly next to last coat of material. I previously applied many coats of Gloss polyurethane, but now I need to finish this project today. Can ...
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Protect wood furniture legs from damage

I have wooden furniture (bed and more) with feet which look like this: There are thin weak parts which get chipped away easily. I have a vacuum cleaner like this one: Which is old and with ...
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How to glue hardwood to plywood core door?

I'd like to create a modern interior door. No rails/stiles. Just horizontal stacked panels stained. I plan to use maple or birch. I don't want to use a paper-thin hardwood veneer plywood. I've read ...
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Veneering over inlaid metal

I'm making wall-mounted bottle openers with magnets below the opener to catch the bottle caps as they fall after they're removed. The magnets are "rare earth" magnets with a metallic surface. The ...
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Pocket Hole Butt Joint

I'm building a cart to hold my 60 lbs mitre saw. I'm using 3/4" Sande plywood. I plan on building the box using glued, pocket hole butt joints illustrated below. Keep in mind that I do plan on adding ...
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How can I distinguish between mold or wear in teak?

I was given a teak patio set that has some damage that I cannot identify as mold or wear. In either case I don’t know how to fix it. I’ve read a bunch of articles about how to clean with a ...
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Finish Baltic Birch plywood with water-based polyurethane finish

So, I'm in the process of making a cabinet/working surface to store my tools/work on. My cabinet will look something like the one in the picture below if all goes well :P Concerning the finish, this ...
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Avoiding saw burn in hardwood crosscuts

Blade rookie here. I have a 1.5HP table saw with a 10" blade. The blades I have been using are fairly new higher tooth finishing blades, such as the Diablo 1060X. To avoid the friction burns when ...
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Forstner Bits without Brad Point?

I'm trying to drill holes most of the way through a block of wood to mount magnets which will be attracting metal through the solid face of the wood. Because of how quickly magnetic attraction falls ...
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Strategy for coating a built table with polyurethane?

I built a simple table. I stained each piece before final gluing and construction. I am not sure how to polyurethane the table. I am concerned about both getting an even coat that doesn't run and ...
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Remove old oil stains from oak table before refinishing

I've bought an oak table to give it a second life as our dining table, our plan is to refinish it with (hardwax) oil. It was quite stained and originally treated with some kind of oil. So my ...
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Does water-based polyurethane affect paint color?

I recently painted a dresser. I originally painted it a darker gray than I wanted so after putting the initial two coats on I took the paint back to Home Depot and had them lighten the rest of the ...
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Is working with MDF going to kill me?

MDF is pretty cool stuff. Been around for a fair amount of time now. Stuff is used lots now and days. Dimensionally stable and cost effective for a great deal of projects. Problem is that MDF is made ...
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How can you stabilize green wood after turning it on a lathe?

I've turned a few things green on a lathe and I expected them to to do odd things, and they warped and/or cracked. But what useful techniques are out there that this could be minimized or even ...
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How to add a consistent chamfer across a non-linear edge using hand tools

I am beginning to really like using hand tools as opposed to power tools and I can see a lot of use cases for them. However I don't understand how can you apply a consistent chamfer on a non-linear ...
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Height-adjustable base for monitor

I want to build a wooden base for a PC monitor which I can elevate or lower infinitely variable. The height of the base/platform should be between 5cm and 10-12cm. What kind of mechanism can I use? ...
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How do I cut a circle with “stepped” edge in a countertop?

How do I cut out a circle in exsisting wooden counter top and use the cut out piece as a lid (flush) so it doesnt fall through? e.g. a "stepped edge? Obviously I am not using the correct terminologly,...
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How do I temporarily attach two pieces of wood together for machining?

How do I temporarily attach two pieces of wood together, face to face, in a way that's strong enough that I can, say, run it through a saw, but that doesn't leave marks on the wood or get in the way ...
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Tabletop offcut for cutting board, finishing

I bought a Gerton top for a desk and it is great. I bought a second one and made some shelves from that. I am very happy with this product. My question is, I have some material left and would like ...
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Are sharpening jigs reasonably universal?

I'm considering buying a new sharpening system, either the Axminster Ultimate Edge Reverse or a Sorby Pro-Edge. And I'm wondering about sharpening jigs, I've got chisels and woodturning tools, but I'...
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seem to be allergic to unfinished wood in the drawers of my new bedroom set [closed]

The smell of wood is causing my throat and nose to swell when I lay down at night, I had to move to another room. How can I eliminate this odor, or at least mellow I out?
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Extending wood studs or adding wood to cover over the studs [migrated]

So the problem is this. I bought a house and it has this super awesome movie room. When I moved in, I took my stud finder out and it wasn't working on that side of the wall, but it was working on ...
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Are there square-taper drill bits larger than 1-1/2" for hand braces?

A project description instructs to bore 1-3/4" through-holes into a benchtop to insert round tenons from legs. ("Herculaneum Workbench", book: Ingenious Mechanicks, Chapter VI, p106, by C. Schwarz) I ...
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Cigarette-proofing outdoor furniture

I built some benches, they're pressure treated lumber currently finished with oil based stain and oil based satin finish spar urethane. Some of them have shellac between the stain and urethane because ...
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Removing multiple layers of paint on oak decorative door frames

I'm making headway. I keep re-applying, scraping (plastic and steel wool), and wiping with mineral spirits. I have all low voc, etc., chemicals but how much can the little grooves in this wood really ...
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Can I use #0000 steel wool for final polish of water-based polyurethane?

I'm finishing my first woodworking project — a tabletop that I hope to mount on a sit/stand desk mechanism. I've stained and applied 4 coats of Varthane water-based polyurethane in matte finish. I ...
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Can a large bandsaw side table be useful for rip cuts?

I want to make furniture. Therefore, whether I'm cutting a roughly cut piece of plywood or cutting a "solid wood" piece made from a gluing up smaller boards, I will certainly need to make wood panels ...
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What wood for inexpensive door casing

I'm replacing the door casing for our old, small house and plan to do a simple craftsman style using boards, probably 1x3s, possibly 1x4s. I plan to paint them white. I have a table saw, router, ...
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outdoor preservative

A neighbor has outdoor sculpture (an owl) carved from a tree trunk left at just the right height for the purpose when the tree was felled. It's several years old and well maintained. It's time to ...
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Prepping new, very rough, pressure-treated pine fence for staining

Our new 6' privacy fence is very rough, shaggy, almost furry. We've been told it's best to get the surface smooth before staining both to allow for better absorption and to prevent unevenness when the ...
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Outgassing of oil-modified polyurethane

We recently (a month ago) had our oak floors refinished with Precision Oil Modified Polyurethane. The odor has diminished substantially, and I hardly notice it at all any more, except sometimes when I ...
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Consistent cutting of pencils

I'm trying to cut some coloured pencils into small chunks or slices, less than 8mm I'm getting good square cuts when the stars align but the key is consistency. My small rotary cutting tool is fixed ...
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Worried about pre-stain conditioner results

I sanded a door to the bare wood. And before I went to stain it I pre-conditioned it, but the results were not what I expected. The color after the conditioning is darker than I expected. I used ...
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What is damaging this finished oak surface?

I have a lovely oak table; most of its surface looks as pristine as the day I got it, e.g.: Parts of the table surface are getting damaged -- the finish is wearing off and the pores of the grain are ...
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Wooden desk, finish against urine

I'm repairing a used desk made from black carob (it's harder than white oak to give an idea) which only had a wood wax finish. It's been damaged all around its base by dog urine. The old owner of the ...
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Gradual upgrade of dust collection ducting

My question is simmilar to Will this setup severely reduce the CFM from my dust collector? I have 2" ducting for a shop vac and a small dust deputy. I want to upgrade to a dust collector and 4" ...

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