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What are these white fibers emanating from the inside of my lignum vitae lidded box?

Several months ago I turned this lignum vitae lidded box. The first thing I noticed after completing it was how quickly the wood changed color in the sunlight, going from a just-turned honey brown to ...
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What are the hardness ratings for the different types of lacquers and polyurethanes?

I have read a lot of opinions online about the hardness of different finishes, but I cannot find any authoritative numbers for hardness ratings for the different types of finishes in the lacquer and ...
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Routing out recess for base plate - router table

I want to make a mini router table. The base material is a type of birch plywood with 15 layers or so, 21mm thick. Well if the dictionary serves me right, it's actually called "textured coated board" ...
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How should I attached table top to crossed aprons?

The aprons are 1" wide and 3.5" tall. The table is made from 3 1x8 boards. I'd like to figure out a way to attach the top that accounts for wood movement. Would those figure eight washers or cleats ...
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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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dylon material dyed wood and watco oil and wax finish on oak

I have stripped down a 60s oak dinning table and chairs with paint stripper, then washed with TPS as per paint remover instructions. I then dyed the wood with Dylon material dye "deep blue". The ...
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Cutting rabbets with a table saw against the fence

I'm very new to woodworking (I've only just started out in an online course), and I've been trying my best to educate myself on safe practices. Recently, I've been thinking about how rabbets are cut ...
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How to hide base dados behind box joint corners

I don’t have any photos on me so hopefully I can describe this ok. Say I build a box like so: Cut the four sides. Cut dado in bottom of each side, on table saw (I don’t have another good way), which ...
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Lacquer brush marks, and dullness, on wood surface - what to do?

I looked around and didn't see an answer to this question. I have a wood door on my house that was looking a little dull. It had been finished at the factory with a black stain-lacquer combination. I ...
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What is this old brass item?

This was in my grandfather's tool chest and probably dates back to the 1920's or earlier. It does not have any markings on it. It is made of brass and approximately 4 inches long. Notice that one ...
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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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Is there an “Open Source” repository for Sketchup woodworking plans?

Does anyone know of a good repository for woodworking plans in Sketchup format? I'm looking for something like Github, but for woodworking. Currently I just do searches for a specific plans in Google, ...
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Stability/joinery method for melamine

I'm building a book case out of melamine. The drawing below show the normal and exploded view. Dimensions are 110cm wide, 30cm deep, 126cm high (~43"x12"x50")". I'm worried about ...
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Outdoor wood project for hot dry climate

I want to make a wooden mailbox that will be on a pole at the front of my house. I live in Phoenix Arizona so the temperature ranges where this will be sitting, are from 20F (-7C) to 150F (65C). (...
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Implications of gluing a panel made of hard and soft woods

Are there any problems that may arise due to mixing softwood and hardwood in making a glued up panel work piece? I made this test panel last night with scrap pine and hardwood salvaged from a piece of ...
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In what direction should the screws go on corner braces with two 45-degree angles?

I am making a workbench for the shed and cut a couple 45 degree angles on some left over beams to create corner braces for the legs of my workbench. I was wondering in what direction I should screw ...
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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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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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How can I seal/stain white cedar to make look similar to its original light color?

I made this white cedar chest & I want to protect it from rain and graying from ultraviolet (UV) sun exposure. I desire an oil stain or sealer because I have seen skin-peeling from varnish, ...
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New Orleans style Exterior Wood Shutters

What process would you go through to create this style of shutters, with the expectation that they're built for long-life? Specifically, I'm interested in how the back panel is put together: glue or ...
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What solids content does a hardwearing wood / floor stain need to have?

I have read that for paint the solids content indicates something about the quality of the paint in the sense that higher solids probably means fewer coats required. Is this also the case for stains? ...
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CNC-Vcarve: 45° Bevel on 3/4" Board with 1/2 v-Bit

I'd like to put a 45° bevel (miter) on one edge of a 3/4" board with a 1/2 " 90° V-bit I already own. This seems like it should be possible, but I am having issues 1) figuring out myself; or 2) ...
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Formaldehyde in water-based stains

I chose a water-based stain, Minwax Water-Based (https://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-water-based-wood-stain), for my recent unfinished pine shelving project mostly for the lower VOC ...
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Is there a reference for woods similar to exotics?

I support the idea behind the CITES treaty. However it seems that it took all the popular and desirable exotic woods and banned/regulated them to a point where normal schmoes can't afford to buy ...
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Blotching like you've never seen before!

I'm pretty much a total amateur when it comes to staining. My husband hung unfinished pine doors in all our rooms about 8 years ago but never got around to staining (he really is a busy guy so no ...
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Refurbishing Posts & Beams in a Modern 1954 House

I'm trying to refurbish the posts and beams in my house. They're quite beat up in some spots and have water damage streaks in the existing finish(es) in others, so I've decided to strip the existing ...
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Help on choosing box-style hinge for a chess board

I am looking for some nice rectangular hinges for use on a folding chess board. They need to fold 180 degrees and be flush to the bottom. To do that, the knuckle needs to be mortised into the wood ...
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Solvent for Shellac in California

Not quite a duplicate of What are the best substitutes when nothing labelled as "Denatured alcohol" can be found in your area? For my sins, I live in California. California has completely ...
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How to predict stress magnitudes due to moisture changes?

There's lots of published data that characterize dimensional changes to wood as its moisture content changes. But in all of those publications, they seem to use a free-standing piece of wood. But are ...
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How to fix polyurethane finish peeling off furniture

So I recently bought a piece of furniture which (based on my research) has a polyurethane finish. After it arrived I discovered it had scratches, which I believe is polyurethane flaking off (you can ...
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One spot on a plywood does not accept stain. What can I do?

I bought a plywood from lowes for 49 for a table top. It has a smooth finish and has an almost white color. I sanded it with 150. Applied minwax pre stain and then dark walnut stain. All oil based. ...
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What's a good wood to ebonize for a desk top?

I'm making a loooong table top (11 ft) out of a butcher's Block. I'm trying to end up with a black tabletop with hints of gray/blue in the tones of the wood, sort of like this chair: I was told that ...
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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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Dado Shelf Stopper

I want to build some shelves to store trays of dice. The trays are 13.7" x 8.6" x 1.37" and are ~4.5 lbs when completely filled with dice. I want to pull the shelves out far enough to open the tray, ...
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Watco lacquer still gummy after 4 days

I am a jewelry artist who recently started working with wood. I have used a gold stamping ink to lightly cover a few pieces, allowed to dry completely for 24 hours and then started doing mist coats of ...
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How to assess the quality of a plywood

I am into wood working field for for past few years only thing I am always wrong in assessing the quality of the plywood. I mostly get warping of my boards after the pasting of laminates. Can someone ...
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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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How do I use this adapter for a router bit with an M10 internal shaft?

I purchased a Mafell hand router (model LO 65 Ec) and it came with this adapter: The top (narrow end opposite the threaded male) has some sort of female hex socket. Where are female threaded router ...
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How to design a ramp to get a robot vacuum down a step

I have a single step that is approx 200mm high and I would like to build a small wooden ramp to take a robot vacuum up and down so it can reach my whole house. I have basically no woodworking ...
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Plunge router base plate has a bit sticking out - why?

I just got a router and there's a plate on the bottom (required for the dust extractor attachment) which has a hole in it with a raised circular wall that protrudes beyond the level of the base. Is ...
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Problem with walnut finish

A typical finish we do on walnut is staining with Old Masters Natural Walnut stain (sprayed and wiped) and then 2 coats of a waterborne poly on top. A fabulous finish. However a couple of times we ...
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Are lacquer re-coats supposed to dissolve/remove pinhole bubbles?

I am brushing lacquer on 50 small walnut plates. My first coats were a bit of a learning curve and I had produced some small bubbles. My understanding is that new coats of lacquer will dissolve into ...
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35 year old D.R. Dimes windsor chairs need freshening up

I have 12 D.R. Dimes windsor chairs that were finished with some sort of painted crackle effect, dark green with peeks of red. They are approximately 35 years old and the finish is looking dull. I ...
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Knots bleeding through deck sealer

I have a deck that I built in 1986 with treated lumber, that last year we used a stain sealer on and the sealer was bled thru at mostly knot locations. I have used clear sealer many times over the ...
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Long lasting exterior shutters

I'm creating some exterior wood shutters made from Eastern Red Cedar (rails and stiles) and Western Red Cedar (panels). The mismatch really has more to do with what's available locally than a design ...
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Dust collection for Bosch sliding miter saw

I have a Bosch 4410 sliding miter saw. It has a small dust port that I've found to be woefully inadequate as the sole means of dust extraction. My shop also has a 5HP cyclone dust collection system ...
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Looking at attaching metal legs to a table top

Basically I have some standard metal tubing square legs which I want to affix to a table base. Hopefully the pics attached below show my idea but I am thinking of attaching a wood block on the ...
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Would a dovetail key(s) in a beveled (mitered) chest panel be adequate strength for a larger box?

I'm building a hope chest for my daughter out of cherry, and wanted to use dovetails to join the panels. My hand-cutting skills aren't quite up to snuff for a fine detail like through dovetails, so I'...
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Backing oak with fir in cabinetry

I saw some fancy oak paneling which included 14-foot quarter sawn boards and was told that under the paneling was base of fir boards and this was important to stabilize oak and without it the oak ...
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Touching up Guitar Body

I am trying to fix a patch on a guitar, but every time I spray I get this odd fisheye effect: I am trying to spray it with Sunburst Black https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/...

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