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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to fix Lysol damage to furniture?

I was cleaning wooden bed with Lysol. Then noticed weird Grey marks after it. Now I can't remove them. Is there any way to fix it?
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Are there industrial standards for wood screws?

Piggy backing on this question about wood screws, are there any industrial standards to define quality in wood screws? When I purchase machine screws I usually look for which standards are adhered to. ...
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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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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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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 long until setting Waterlox sealer vertical

I am building a speaker box (cube) and finishing 5 sides. Normally I lay the box flat and do one side then rotate and do another side. Waterlox requires 24 hours between coats. Does that mean it’s ...
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Is Rubio Monocoat appropriate on red oak furniture?

I am making a bunk bed out of 8/4 red oak. It has very open grain/pores in some places and I'm concerned about my finish process. I'm basing my design on plans from the Wood Whisperer. He finished ...
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Screws that are larger than wood itself [closed]

I have a piece of wood that's about 3cm thick and I'd like to put some screws with hooks on it but I just can't find small screws. Can I
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What is this happned to my furniture

I have a closed room where I keep some furniture which is made up of engineered wood. By closed, I mean I dont keep windows open. Also in that room, I keep wet cloths to dry on cloths drying stand ...
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Tear out when plate making w/ a router

Material is hard maple, though this happens a little bit with cherry and not at all with walnut. I've been making plates with my router, and with almost 100% consistency I end up having to spend ...
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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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Outdoor gate build - should I treat cut surfaces (half-lap joints) before gluing together?

New to woodworking and doing first project which is a garden gate. I am using pressurized 2x4 timber for the frame. To join the vertical and horizontal timbers together, I am using the half-lap joint (...
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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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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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How to fix a crack when bending a veneer

I’m trying to Re-veneer a part of my cars console and the piece has a bend of about 80 degrees. I’ve glued the veneer down with contact adhesive, but around the bend it has developed a crack. Is there ...
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Water-based polyurethane

I had my floors refinished. They won’t tell me what they used. I picked out Bona stain and asked for water base polyurethane. They applied the stain at 4 PM. The next morning they supposedly applied ...
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Cordless router in router table [closed]

Are cordless trim routers compatible with any router tables?
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Threaded inserts

I have a pedestal dinette table and the top is held in place by 4 threaded inserts into wood the screwed in place. My problem is the threaded inserts will not hold and before you know it the table ...
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When is using melted wax filler preferred over wood putty?

Melted solid wax as a filler seems like it can provide a good color match and apparently a sufficiently strong/hard surface for a lot of repairs. Is it a good general substitute for drying/curing wood ...
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Swing Door Distance

I am trying to build my own furniture using MDF(medium density fiberboard)boards. I want to open my box pulling up the door(see below), but the door flap is too tight. Since the door jams, I have to ...
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Turned-leg bench: splayed or straight?

I want to build a bench with legs that go through the top that is similar to this: I have two main questions. I am thinking of doing the legs straight up and down for a more minimal, easier ...
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How to prevent short off-cuts from flying everywhere?

I am mitering some 21" boards for picture frames using a tablesaw. The first cut leaves a small off-cut to the right of the blade. Sometimes it goes flying, or even gets caught between the blade and ...
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What strong options are there to join these pieces?

I'm planning to build this table base which consists of 4 legs, 2 leg-to-stretcher pieces, and 1 main stretcher. The leg and leg-to-stretcher shapes will be cut on the bandsaw, and will support a ...
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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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What kind of sander is best to refinish polished, hardwood table top?

I'm refinishing my dining room table. I'm really asking about the type of sander - whether a square finishing sander or a circular sander or ... . You are welcome to share some pointers.
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How to smooth out final polyurethane coat? [duplicate]

first time posting here and first time doing any sort of woodworking. I purchased the Gerton table top from IKEA and it came pretty scratchy. So I sanded it with 120 grit sandpaper and applied 3 ...
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Do I need to sand off old finish completely before applying polyurethane?

I want to add polyurethane to wood floors to protect them from wear. The floors were already finished and looked fine. I sanded one floor with 120 grit sandpaper, and now the finish looks patchy. I ...
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2-part dust collector, loss of CFM or not?

So I'm about to order a Grizzly G1028Z2 1-1/2 HP Dust Collector rated at 1300 CFM. I'm unsure if I should get a super Dust Deputy to go with it. Will I lose a lot of my CFM's if I do this? Also, a ...
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What kind of woods can I use to make a wooden model car?

I'm looking for some guidance, I am making a model/toy car for my school project and I am not sure what woods are suitable to use.
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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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Is it feasible to use furring strip to create a large frame?

My first woodworking project. I've completed a large puzzle, dimensions ~ 62" x 42", and I'm interested in creating a "frameless" frame to mount it on the wall. This would involve cutting and securing ...
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How can I darken a stained finish without sanding/stripping?

My current maple cabinets have a brown stained finish and I would like to darken the stain a bit more. What can I do to accomplish this WITHOUT needing to sand everything down and start from scratch? ...
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How to calculate the angle for the legs?

I want to build the table on the photo, but can't figure out how to calculate the angle to cut the legs. Table should be 2 m X 1 m x 75 cm (height) Thank you
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dark stain for a mantle

I have a client that has me stumped. We installed a lovely new stone facade for a client, but their vision for the mantle has me at a loss. They like Minwax Carbon color stain, but want a deep color, ...
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Strength of board from squared branches as opposed to trunk wood

I have a lot of well-dried branches and I was wondering whether it was possible to turn them into constructional lumber by gluing them together as follows: cut them into equal length parts of about ...
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Safe to make a cable organisation box out of wood?

I have quite a tangle of cables leading between the internet router, television, A/V reciever and Xbox. Was thinking about building a box to dump the power bars and cables into. (UK plugs) Was ...
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Can I remove existing wood finishes using a jointer or planer without damaging the cutting knives?

From time to time I get hold of a piece of a salvaged wood stock that has been previously finished. If it is a good species, I would like to reuse it, but have always been concerned about removing ...
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Should I use a router before or after my finish is done?

First time poster so forgive me if my question is worded poorly. I have a wood art piece that I'm coming close to finishing. I plan on routing out the back of the piece to lay in some LED lights to ...
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How to re-seal a kitchen chair seat

Long story short here of several rookie mistakes that have led me to this question...I have a couple of kitchen chairs that I refinished recently. I chalk-painted everything but the seats, and left ...
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Is it possible to reinforce my plywood table?

I've "made" a table with plywood. Plywood thickness was 15mm. Here is a model (one remark - the 30mm distance is 85mm actually, but it doesn't matter at all for now). I've used 40mmx40mmx2mm corner ...
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What is the purpose of a fireplace mantel?

The fireplace mantel or mantelpiece, also known as a chimneypiece, originated in medieval times as a hood that projected over a fire grate to catch the smoke. The term has evolved to include the ...
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Removing shiny poly from Aromatic Cedar to restore natural appearance

I recently purchased some beautiful bedroom furniture which is all solid aromatic cedar. The exteriors of each piece (such as drawer faces and the visible surfaces of the bed frame) are all covered ...
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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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Table top attachment with aprons on only two sides

I'm building a small computer/writing desk. It will have a solid top, so I'm figuring out how to attach it to the frame to allow for wood movement. I planned on using tabletop fasteners (Z clips), ...

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