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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When coping baseboard do I cut the top edge square?

I'm replacing the baseboard, having laid new flooring, and am coping the inside corners. However, I'm finding I tend to break that very thin "point" on the top - either while cutting it, or when ...
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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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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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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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Sealing a Stained Poplar Bed Frame

I'm putting together a KD Frames poplar bed frame. I've already stained it with Minwax Wood Stain (I really wanted a black wooden look) but I'm unsure how to finish it. When I bought the stain at ...
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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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Food stain on polycrylic cabinet

I just finished painting my cabinets white, and to finish it off I put three coats of polycrylic on top to make them more durable. I placed the cabinet doors back on yesterday. Today, while making a ...
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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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Is there too wide a board to use for an end grain cutting board?

I'm making a 1.5" thick end grain cutting board with the attached design. Using maple, walnut, and cherry. The wider maple portion on the end could be done using a 6" wide piece of maple, or I could ...
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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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Sanded and stained a pine window shelf… water damaged areas too dark. How to fix?

I am prepping my house to sell. We sanded and stained a window shelf under a Bay Window and the water damaged areas came out too dark. So how should I fix this? Sand again or stripper, or just cover ...
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Flattening Warped Table Leaf

We bought an old oak table that came with 2 leaves each 2' x 5' x 1". One is bowed slightly on one end. Is there a way to flatten that end?
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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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How do I keep the natural colour on wormy maple?

I have some beautiful wormy maple barn doors that I want to finish. I've tried Minwax oil-modified polyurethane clear satin and tung oil separately on a small corner and both turned the wood slightly ...
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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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Anyone with experience using “Sansin Purity-Glacier”?

My local lumber store stocks and sells the Sansin line of finishes. I am planning to finish a maple countertop soon, and want a hard, durable finish that maintains the "whiteness" of the ...
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Curing no-VOC finishes indoors?

I started some furniture projects with Baltic Birch plywood this summer. I've been using low-VOC Varathane gel stain (clear) and their Diamond Wood Finish (Semi-Gloss) to finish the pieces, and I do ...
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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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Wood movement on solid wood drawer with plywood/MDF bottom

I know this topic has been discussed a lot but I couldn’t find a clear answer to my question. Or I am lost in too much content without clarity on my particular question. I am building kitchen drawers ...
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Polycrylic getting sticky and peeling/wearing off

I coated a bare wood acacia table for a computer desk with Minwax polycrylic about 4 months ago and made sure it was dried the recommended 24 hours before regular use. 4 months later, I noticed the ...
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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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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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How strictly should I follow temperature guidelines for brushing lacquer?

I'm trying to finish a small piece with brushing lacquer, which I have not used before. The can says that I should not apply it if the temperature is below 55F (13C). The temperature in my area has ...
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Aligning screw head slots

Looking at the hinges on my piano I can see that all the screw slots are aligned horizontally. If I was to screw a piano hinge onto anything the slots would be all over the place. So what is the ...
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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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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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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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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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