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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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DIY table saw installation

I am resurfacing my workbench with 25mm hardwood ply. I am inverting an up/down router and tablesaw into it (between tracks). I want to use thinner insert plates (for the zero clearence saw and so ...
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Considerations for using smaller diameter blades on table saw?

I need a 1/16" kerf for a project. All the 10" blades I can find that thin are into hundreds of dollars. Meanwhile, I see thin-kerf 7.25" Freud Diablo blades selling for under $15. These say they'...
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Can uncut wood be treated for a pergola?

I’m a complete novice with no woodworking experience so apologies if this is a dumb question. Would it be possible to use uncut wood to build a pergola like the one in the picture and still treat it ...
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Use of carpet tape for turning a bowl

I'm learning to use an inherited wood lathe, and would like to turn a basic bowl. I have a couple of face plates but no three-jaw chuck (and no funds to buy one right now). I have read you can use ...
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What is the name of this way of Joining?

I am working on a piece where it would be really interesting if I could regulate the distance between two pieces (in order to achieve a better securing of the piece). By scouring the internet I found ...
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Help with understanding what went wrong

Kitchen table and benches: I used all solid Birch from the same lumber yard picked up at one time. Everything was sent through the same planer. Used an orbital sander up to 220 grit + sanded ...
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What is the impact of cold temperatures on glue joints?

I'm about to start construction of a shop cabinet, and it will involve a fair bit of gluing with standard yellow carpenter's glue. Unfortunately, my garage/shop is unheated and only partially ...
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Can you store a synthetic waterstone in water permanently? [closed]

Can you store a synthetic waterstone permanently in water? Will it degrade the stone? When I was last doing woodwork classes the school had a water cooled rotary grind stone/wheel, and I remember that ...
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How to stabilize a table with hairpin legs?

I screwed these hairpin legs https://www.hcstore.net/Hairpin-Leg-Triplo-75cm to a simple wood board to make a dining table, but the table is too unstable. I know that tables must have this framing ...
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Respirator / Dust mask for hand tools?

Whats the safety regarding hand tools and dust masks? My hope is that in general hand tools will not produce fine enough dust to be concerned with. My assumptions are that using hand planes taking ...
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What is the best way to cut pergola ends?

I want to cut some of those decorative ends in a pergola that I'm making. I know that I can trace a pattern onto wood, cut with a jigsaw, rinse and repeat. I'm looking for a way to speed it up, and ...
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90° notches into side of thick dowel legs

I’m trying to build a fairly simple-looking wooden table with four 3" dowel legs. I don’t plan on using any screws, what I want to do is about 1" down from the top of the dowel I want to ...
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What's a “Brad” and What's a “Lip” When Talking About a Wood Drill Bit?

With regard to the difference between a wood drill bit and a metal drill bit, the respondent talks about a wood drill bit having a "spar/brad" and a "lip," but doesn't point to (or show such) in the ...
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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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Miter saw slightly hits plastic kerf when cutting at 45°

I got my first miter saw yesterday and have been getting familiar with using it. I was going to do a 45° miter cut when I realized that the blade slightly hit the plastic kerf as it came down. Also, ...
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Dewaxed shellac under polyurethane

I'm building a table (first time with hardwood!) and was wondering if there's anything 'wrong' with using the following combo: Danish oil (or similar), then de-waxed shellac, and then General Finishes'...
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Do I need the front apron piece in a desk with a 3/4" plywood top?

I'm planning to make this desk for a person who has asked to leave off the front of the apron. She's very short and has difficulty with most desks being too high, and the ones that aren't too high don'...
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Identification of vintage wood lathe tail stock with 1/2-20 threaded arbor

I have inherited a wood lathe (Spiegel "Precision Bilt" Model 87B630). The tail stock uses an 0.81" (assuming this is 13/16") diameter keyed shaft, and the live center screws into ...
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Is there any issue using a water based stain then oil based finish?

If there is no issue, what is the proper way to perform this? How long after staining should I wait? I’ve only found answers to the reverse problem. And not sure if it would be the same answer.
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I have a new pine floor finished with 2 coats poly. What should I use to fill in some countersunk nail holes before 3rd coat of poly?

I have a new pine floor with 2 coats oil based poly (no stain). I want to fill in numerous countersunk nail holes that were left unfilled. I will be putting down a 3rd coat of poly after that. ...
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Killing Borer in Wooden Coasters

Sorry if this question already has an answer somewhere, I couldn't find it online or within this community. As my first foray into woodworking, I'm making relatively simple wooden coasters from red ...
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How to accurately drill into end grain of a 20 inch table leg

I have a table leg that was connected to the table top with mortise and tenon and tenon broke off. As part of the repair I'd like to put in a dowel through leg and table top and wood glue the whole ...
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Stain drastically changed color as it dried

I have a customer who removed a wall. I patched the floor with red oak and applied the Minwax stain he said was used on the old floors. It matched almost perfect when applied but within an hour ...
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Is there an average depth that works best for book shelves?

I am planning on building a bookcase and some previous attempts have resulted in shelves that are too deep for most books. Is there an average depth that would work best? For example would a 9-inch ...
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Will my tacky polyurethane eventually cure when average air temperature rises?

So, for lack of a proper shop, I was applying a first coat of undiluted Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane (oil based) to a plywood box using my dining room table under a plastic drop cloth as a work ...
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Is it important to minimize volume of duct in a dust collection system?

Edited To Add: The main thing I am asking here is whether it is beneficial to have blast gates that close off as much of the unused dust collection branches as possible. I will already have blast ...
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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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Options for attaching bed legs at an angle

I'm trying to recreate this bed. Right now I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to attach the back leg which is at an angle. It needs to be disassemblable. The manufacturers assembly instructions ...
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Is it better to mill boards before or after drying? (And does it depend on diameter?)

I just cut a log that I want to mill into boards. (In case the best technique depends on the size, the log is only about 4 inches in diameter, and I want to mill one or two small boards from it, just ...
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Best type of wood for making a small table

I am trying to build a small wooden table to rest my guitar amplifier ontop of and hide my pedal board underneath. I need the table top to be around 30'' x 10'' and about 12'' high. What type of wood ...
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How to make a stronger butt joint where two panels meet

I'm designing a project where two hardwood 3/4" panels will be joined at a 90 degree angle and the aesthetics call for a butt joint, but I'm thinking that it would be better to strengthen it in ...
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How to stabilize a bar table with hairpin legs

I'm doing a one-off project for a much-needed small dining space in the holiday home. I have a set of 4 hairpin legs at 106cm each that I want to use for a bar table. I want a nice table top but want ...
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How can I hollow out a square hole in a solid piece of wood to make a box?

I recently made the main body of a box by taking a solid piece of wood and drilling out the inside with the largest drill bit I had. I used the drill over and over until I had a squarish hole inside ...
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Correct angle for a bull-nose rabbet plane (Record 76) blade

I have a Record 76 rabbet plane. The plane is bevel side up, and the primary bevels as ground by the manufacturer appear to be 45° or close to it. (If I apply pressure to the bevel whilst bevel side ...
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How can I fix smears after wipe on gel finish?

I have a problem with the gel topcoat that I applied on my kitchen table. I decided to restore our old kitchen table so I sanded it down, used General Finishes gel stain and applied General Finishes ...
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Is this mask sufficient to filter polyurethane fumes?

I'm learning how to apply polyurethane and am very bothered by the strong fumes. Is this mask from Harbor Freight sufficient protection for health purposes and will it help to filter out the smell? ...
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Will tung oil be enough waterproof / water resistant finish for this mahogany/sapele bathroom piece?

What you can see in the pic is the dry fit of this mahogany piece into my bathroom. It fits very snug into the wall pocket. In the pic is just bare wood, no finish applied yet. I've already treated it ...
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I am about to stain a new Redwood deck. Does anybody have first hand experience with a good stain for Direct/Heavy Sunlight?

I am about to stain a new redwood deck. Does anybody have first-hand experience with a good stain for Direct/Heavy Sunlight? I live in a hot and arid part of Colorado and we have used a few different ...
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Tips and Ideas for Hand Planing a 11,950 N board keeping it simple

I'm trying to build a dining table out of two pieces of Jatoba wood (Hymenaea courbaril) which has: Density - 57 lbs/ft3 (910 kg/m3) Hardness - 2,690 lbf (11,950 N) info taken from https://...
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How to level plywood/OSB shed floor

We recently purchased a barn-style 8 x 24' pre-assembled shed. When it arrived, the plywood floor was not even. The edges weren't aligned, so the floor is 1/8 inch higher in some places. I'm wondering ...
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DIY “white wash” from thinning latex interior paint?

I'm looking to paint a red oak commission piece and the client asked about a "white wash" type finish instead of purely opaque white paint such that the grain shows through. I was wondering if there ...
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What are the advantages of coping a joint vs. mitering?

I've generally mitered joints and very rarely coped them in trim or molding, and have been able to achieve an appearance I was satisfied with. But "traditionally," coped joints seem to have ...
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Number of polyurethane coats before I can polish?

My first post on WoodWorking Stack Exchange so please forgive me in advance if my question has been answered before. I am new to woodworking and have read a lot of information regarding working with ...
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How can you design a solid wood floor that allows for expansion without gaps between the boards?

If every board is nailed down on one side of each board, then gaps would open between each board when they shrink. Dust and debris would fall into cracks and any liquid spills would get between the ...
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What are the standard dimensions for biscuit joints?

I recently acquired a Ryobi biscuit jointer and purchased some Freud biscuits. They didn't fit the slots made by the biscuit jointer very well. I am aware that the biscuits are made to swell when wet, ...
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Joining 2x4 and 4x4

really sorry for a posting a noob question (I did try to specifically see if this was answered somewhere else and couldn't see it). Anyway, I'm doing a simple home DIY project to build a squat rack in ...
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Why shouldn't I shake my can of polyurethane?

I was going to ask this question after getting some misleading information from my can of poly, other questions and answers here and from my own experience. What I never understood was why should I ...
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I have separate, finished pieces. How to assemble them?

This question is woodworking-related. Recently, I found in the attic (in France) the wood pieces shown on this photo. There are: 1 round, flat, 40-cm diameter disc, with a hand-carved, 5mm-deep ...
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How to get consistent glossiness in shellac finish repair

I've been repairing the shellac finish on paneling in my home, and some spots are coming out way too flat when dried. In this photo you can see how the glossiness isn't consistent, even though I ...

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