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Making a “behind the couch table”?

table legs are 6 pcs. ea.@ 2x2 30"long placement to be on ea.corner w/1 in the middle on ea.side lengthwise ; table-top is a 2"thick 10"x6' (nominal length WxL). It wasn't until after making that ...
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Checking squareness of a T-square

There are well known ways to self-prove a straight edge, combination square, or machinist square, to the accuracy needed in woodworking. Those methods only need the tool itself, a pencil or knife, a ...
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Drilling through 3/4" MDF?

I want to drill 48 dog holes through 3/4" MDF. I tried Forstner and spade bits. The Forstner did fine but heated up and became dull. The spade bit left a jagged edge on hole top. What bit would be ...
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Getting pine to look like this

I have some retro style furniture made out of pine, and need to get it to the color of the table in the picture. At first glance, it looks like some kind of oil over varnish, but can't figure it out. ...
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Emerald Ash Borer: pesticide safety concerns?

I've been working with ash lately, turning several bowls and using for jaws in a workbench. A fellow woodworker was explaining some of the effects of the emerald ash borer to me and how it's affecting ...
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How would I test the stability of my (bed) design before building?

I have been designing a plywood bed. I have an idea for legs with two or four angled plywood pieces (not parallel) attached to a big plywood sheet top with beefy L-brackets. I've thought of a few ...
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How can I prevent cracks from opening up in moldings?

In going around my house I notice that not infrequently the miters between moldings around doors and other places have opened up into a crack. If I am putting new moldings in, how do I avoid this ...
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What are some proper ways of doing rabbets in plywood using hand tools?

What are some proper ways of doing rabbets in plywood with hand tools? I tried using a plough plane but it tore out the fibers too much. What other manual options are there?
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Let pine dry or use it right away for building a work bench?

Woodworking newbie here. For fine woodworking, I understand you should let wood dry and get accustomed to your shop (or ideally wherever the finished product will live). Okay so of course that make ...
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Is it possible to use a mortiser bit without a mortiser?

My project requires about 60 precise square holes, 14mm on a side. I don't have a mortiser but a mortiser bit is fairly inexpensive. Is there a way I could use that bit by hand to cut those holes? ...
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Identify if table is solid wood?

I saw a nice console table at a department store (Marshalls) that’s supposedly 100% acacia wood. How can I make sure this table is actually solid wood?
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Wood glue curing vs drying time

The glue I’m using says it dries in an hour but cures in 24 hours. What is the difference and is there benefit in leaving clamps on for the full 24 hours? Assume strength is important.
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Varnishing my tiller without runs or dry spots

I am trying to varnish the tiller of my boat with a marine PU varnish (International Compass - Datasheet). I have hung the tiller from the ceiling (in a spare room at room temperature) using a screw ...
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How can I secure a depth stop on a mitre saw

I have a Metabo double tilt sliding mitre saw with a depth stop. I've been using the depth stop on the saw and a hand chisel to create lap joints. Although this has not been very successful as the ...
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Stabilizing wobbly hardwood table

Our beautiful old table has taken some damage the last two times we moved. As a result its legs are now somewhat wobbly. It is a teak table and it is entirely held together by wooden pins. I intend ...
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Feasibility of unframed doors

I am designing a cabinet and the original design had an unframed raised panel as doors. The millworkers said it was impossible because an unframed panel will warp over time. However, I am in a hotel ...
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Reversed Foldable Carpenter Ruler?

My mother used to work in home decoration (in Switzerland we have a dedicated name for this: courtepointière) and she always used her Hultafors CONTACT meter (559-2-10) which differs from my regular ...
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Cutting shallow-angle bevels with a circular saw - is it possible?

Is there a way in which I can make shallow-angled bevel cuts using my circular saw? I am wanting to create something such as this: I have seen this Youtube video, but I'm not entirely sure what is ...
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Trouble with sharp turns on scroll saw. Is my problem technique or equipment?

I watched a couple videos where, to cut a 90 degree angle with a scroll saw, the wood worker simply twisted the wood 90 degrees very quickly. I tried this and it just ruined my blade by bending it out ...
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Difficulties using a marking knife

I have gone deeper into manual woodworking and marking gauges and, in this case, marking knifes are essential in accuracy, especially for joinery. I do have a problem though, I keep running my ...
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Can this end-grain cutting board be saved?

I bought this 15x20x4" maple board for my husband to hack up meat & bones for our dogs. It's been on the granite counter, near our Berkey (water filter), except for cleaning. When I filled the ...
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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels

I will be making my first cabinet out of MDF, taking inspiration from a product I have seen, also made out of MDF. It won't be anything fancy, as you can see from the simple diagram of the join below....
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Perpendicular Hanging Bracket?

I'm building a saddlebag type of kayak rack on my dock walkway where the load-bearing cross beam travels under the walkway (vs on top as saddlebag implies). The walkway stringers are comprised of two ...
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Blotchy finish on stain job

I sanded the western pine with 80 then 160 , I admit I put too much stain on at first to make it darker , now I have I have clear blotchy spots on it , any advice is greatly aprreciated! Thanks ...
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Colouring a Kitchen Countertop

For financial reasons I have de- and reassembled a used kitchen in my apartment. Said kitchen - as I arranged the elements differently than before - needs a new countertop and I can't really see ...
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Fixing table crack and ridge

I have a 5' square dining table made of teak. The tabletop appears to be made of glued-together boards 3" - 5" wide. A couple of these boards have come apart, and now I have a gap almost 1/8" running ...
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Submerge entire table saw in Electrolysis

I just recently purchased an old, 1945 era, cast iron craftsman table saw off Craigslist for $25 with the intent to clean it up and restore it. You get what you pay for and it’s heavily rusted. I’ve ...
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Preventing splitting in a thick blocks of wood (over 6 inches)

I had some 6" oak beams cut and even though I put sealer on the ends, they still split. I assume this is because they are still absorbing moisture somehow? How can stabilize thick beams like this? ...
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How complex is it to craft a wooden horn?

I was thinking of crafting a wooden horn (like those used to blow, crafted from natural animal horns). I'd like to know how hard would it be to take a trunk piece and make a horn, drilling a hole ...
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Lacquer/polyurethane over paint?

I am painting cabinet doors using Dulux waterbased satinwood. It does seem to remain in a state where things touching it tend to stick. I have found this to be the case on other doors even after many ...
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Painting cabinet doors

I'm going to paint my MDF kitchen cabinet doors and want a professional finish. I'm testing on some MDF offcuts to perfect the finish. I have used a paint sprayer using Dulux satinwood, finish does ...
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Handle cutouts safely using a router

I'm new to using a router and have been experimenting with basic cuts on a table. I have not tried a handheld or freehanded on the table. I recently did all the cuts to make a serving tray and I want ...
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Which Advanced 3D design software can be used for woodworking?

As per the title, which advanced 3D modeling software can be used for designing projects/pieces? For the moment I am using Sketchup Free but it is lacking in the complex shapes, i.e. compound cuts, ...
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Fix parts of wood where polish has faded

I have tried using wood cleaner and ring away. But honestly the stains (I think by water) have got worse. How can I get rid of them?
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Which shelf holds the most weight

I am new to this forum so please bear with me. My wife wants a "retro" shelf in the kitchen and wants it as figure B on the image. Is there a difference in "strength" (i.e., able to hold more or ...
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Black “dots” on wooden stair treads, can't sand them away

I am quite a beginner as far as diy is concerned and I'm in the process of refurbishing the old wooden stairs in our new house. Never done that before. It was carpeted so I removed it and there were ...
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Simple, Outdoor Standing Desk?

I'd like to make a simple, outdoor standing desk using minimal materials. My intended use case is to carry my laptop, monitor, and keyboard (and their ...
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How to get flush molding joints?

I have difficulty getting mitered moldings to have a flush surface. Typically they get nailed into the underlying structure of the house, so any uneveness, which there inevitably is, translates to ...
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Are these blotches supposed to be there? If not how do I remove them?

I’ve got a river table I’m working on made out of MonkeyPod and black epoxy. I’m sanding it and noticed that there are blotchy looking areas. (I’m calling them blotchy, I don’t know what they are.) ...
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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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How to fix fix/repair a board that has minor planer snipe?

I got a new planer and ran a board through it without properly leveling it first. This board now has minor planer snipe on each end. (No more than 1/8th or even 1/16th inch) I've since properly ...
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How to salvage a poorly designed project?

I've been working on a fairly involved project as a Christmas gift for a friend for the past few weeks. I'm building a Dungeon Master's screen for use in Dungeons & Dragons games. I'm having a ...
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Lacquer. Perfect Round Holes. Wood Glue. Etc

I'm a hobbyist. I'm building a guitar cab. This is my first touch of a table saw and first try and box joints. A couple of Q's: 1. I sanded the heck outta this thing but apparently not enough to get ...
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Designing legs for large larch tabletop

I want to make a wide table. For this purpose I bought a larch tabletop with dimensions: 40 x 800 x 2000 millimetres (1.6" x 31.5" x 78.7"). This tabletop according to my computations is about 50kg (...
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Best way to source a lot of sub-1× lumber

I am making T&G boards for a roof. Cost is a big consideration. 3" wide (with tongue) and I need 3000 lineal feet of it. It is for a roof that will ultimately be covered with EPDM rubber. The ...
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Mounting method for tabletop

I'm working on designing a table for my kitchen (no A/C for moisture control) and I'm not entirely sure what the best method for securing it would be, and if I should even bother accounting for ...
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Possible to fix cupped end-grain cutting board?

I had two end-grain cutting boards that cupped about 1/16 inch after gluing. So one side is concave and the other side is convex. If I let it sit, it stays the same. If I plane it flat, then it cups ...
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Procedure to measure for jamb width?

I have a bunch of doorways to make jambs and casing for. These are not going to have actual doors hung, just trimmed out. These are standard 2x4 framed walls with finished gypsum board surfaces. I'm ...
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Alternatives to edge banding for painted plywood?

I'm considering some 3/4 plywood for a project where a small portion of the edge will be visible. Hiding the edge with banding is one option but I'm wondering if there are simpler alternatives that ...
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Termite treatment for non-treated lumber?

Yesterday I found a great deal on 3" x 12" x 12' non-treated lumber (pine). I bought several pieces, but before using it for an indoor table, I want to add a termite-resistant treatment. Once I add ...

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