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What are some methods for fixing mis-aligned boards?

The back piece isn't attached yet. I'd like it to line up with the side piece, instead of having that ˜3/32" difference in height. A 43x2x3/32" piece of wood to put under it would be ...
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White spots after sanding off stain

First woodworking project here, sanding a table that had previously been stained to get it to be smoother. I worked my way up from 120 to 220 and then lightly sanded with 320. Now there are these ...
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Why can't I flatten the back of my mortice chisel?

The back of my mortice chisel is not completely flat. Specifically, the corners of the cutting edge are both slightly shallower than the rest of the back face, meaning they aren't honed to form a ...
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finishing maple block toys

I am writing to ask about making maple blocks like these I have checked a few other posts here on stack exchange with regard to wood type and PU varnish, I will be using maple. I live in the EU and ...
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Why does my sliding miter saw go slanted down the line instead of straight?

I have a Chicago Electric 12” compound sliding miter saw, model 98194. Instead of sliding straight, it slants. It veers by about 1/16” going from back to front. It cuts slanted. The fence is square ...
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Flattening a board with a shorter plane [duplicate]

I have read that a plane should be suitable for flattening a board about 2–2.5 times its length. I have also read (in several places) that with skill/care/attention one can extend this ratio. But what ...
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Help with stain on beveled "side" of tabletop [closed]

Background: After stripping I sanded down from 80 to 220 on both the top and the "side" of this table, used tack cloth, then applied pre-stain conditioner (5 minutes then wiped off) and then ...
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Can I handle bows and crooks with a hand plane?

I'm using salvaged wood and my project involves some boards sitting next to each other, so the bowing and crooking are easy to see. I plan to nail 1x1's across the backs of the boards and anticipate ...
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Are these sanding discs defective?

This is the first sandpaper disc I put on my new sander earlier today. The front is not even starting to wear out but as you can see the loop fabric on the back is trashed and it won't stick to the ...
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How to secure a "basic" butt joint where three pieces of wood intersect? [closed]

I have a sofa that has detachable wooden legs with a bolt attached directly into the legs. Across the length and width of the couch, there are support beams that are permanently mounted to the frame ...
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Why won't my chainsaw start? [migrated]

I have a Stihl something-or-other, and it reliably has the same problem: It will start and run beautifully, then eventually it will no longer start, most likely due to too much oil in the mix, as the ...
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Will splotchy bleached wood stain evenly?

I’m trying to refinish an old oak table. I stripped it with Klean Strip™ premium stripper, two rounds to get all varnish off. Sanded with a 150 grit. Then I cleaned with mineral spirits. Then let it ...
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Is there a parrot grade stain?

I have an African Grey Parrot and she goes through colored parrot blocks like crazy. I would like to make my own parrot toys out of wood, but I have no idea what to color the wood with. It seems like ...
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Reinforcing a console

I am building a console as shown below (not to scale). The boards are 5 cm (2 inches) thick pine. The sides are joined to the top using dovetails. I have not assembled this yet but I am concerned ...
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How to make an uneven bandsaw worktable even?

The worktable on my bandsaw is not flat. It's die cast aluminum. I should have returned it when it was still under warranty, but I didn't use it a lot and didn't really realize there was a problem ...
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Can I use a poly finish on unstained wood in cold temps?

Total newbie here. Building a bed frame for campervan. Wanted to seal the wood somehow after sanding. Finally decided just a poly coating would be the answer. Went to apply the finish and read the ...
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Delta Hollow Chisel Moritser [closed]

I have the Delta 14-650 Type 2 dedicated mortiser. The chuck key was lost and had a damaged chisel stuck. I was able to remove the chuck, Now, I need to replace the chuck. What kind and where can I ...
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How do I fix gel stained trim that I failed to sand first?

Total rookie move here. My husband cut baseboard, trim and shoe molding (pre-fab kind from Lowe’s) and asked me to stain it. He had a gel stain so I wiped it on and then wiped off the excess. ...
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Why would Varethane-Premium-Diamond Wood Finish-Water Based-Interior-Satin scratch easy?

I have a problem on a fresh soft cedar wood project, scratching easy with Varathane-Premium-Diamond Wood Finish-Water Based-Interior-Satin. Steel wool & vinegar stain dryed for 24 hours. Shop temp ...
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How do you make construction plywood look better?

I’ve got a 4’x8’ sheet of 5/8” sheathing plywood. It’s got knots and the surface is not smooth. But hey, I got it for a few dollars. I’ve straightened it out. I’d like to make a few boxes for friends. ...
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Staining mid to low quality wood

100% novice zero experience with wood Building a day bed for a campervan... I didn't have the biggest budget for materials. I bought a 5 layer bcx plywood and premium stud 2x4s to work with. I sanded ...
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Tough finish for a painted wooden toy box?

I have made a nice wooden toy box from pine and plywood. I'd like to paint it. It will get bashed around a bit! So I'm looking to achieve a tough finish. I've done some research and am currently ...
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Alternative drawer joints

I am planning to replace two cupboard units of my old IKEA kitchen with one unit with three drawers. I have most of the parts planned, except for the attachment of the drawer fronts. On the existing ...
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Can cupping be prevented when resawing 2x4?

I've tried twice to resaw wood and both times experienced bad cupping. To be clear, the cupping happens immediately. This is NOT a case of moisture causing the wood to cup overnight. I've read up on ...
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Drying cherry wood that was cut and laying in woods 11 months

Cherry was cut last March,went and cut some small 12” cookies off limbs on ground,2”” thick for crafts, put in my dehydrator at 110 degrees, how long will it take to dry, also has a fan blowing on it.
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Is it safe to sand sharp edges off of this manufactured desk?

I bought this desk recently from Amazon. The edge of the desk is a little sharp for my liking so I'm thinking about buying a fine sandpaper (320 grit?) to sand it down a little. Is this safe to do? I ...
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Alternative primers for Sikkens Cetol Filter 7?

I need to coat some exterior timber and have a tin of Sikkens Cetol Filter 7 lying around. There are many references online to using Cetol HLS as a primer. Does anyone know if a primer is essential ...
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Levelling cabinet base plinth on carpet

I'm planning on building a plinth base for some cabinets that will go on top of carpet (I'm not at the stage for ripping out carpet just yet). From my experience it can be a little bit fiddly getting ...
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Plane to produce beveled edges on plywood?

I have this small project of bevelling the edge on a 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" piece of 1/2" plywood. I'm replacing and duplicating a damaged platform on which an audio speaker foot rests. I ...
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Rules of thumb for dimensions on a dining table

I'm planning to build a dining table. Current plan is 8ft x 4ft with two pillars. My goals are to avoid: People sitting down and banging their knee on some out-of-sight component, The table pillars ...
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What would be the best way to unwarp this chess board?

I made this chess board then accidentally left it in a garage for a few months before finishing it, causing a very significant warp presumably due to humidity changes. Things I'm considering: Gluing ...
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How to measure correctly?

I have been measuring and then cutting of course wall panels because I am converting a shed into a bedroom. This is my first time at doing something like this and I have had little to no help. Which ...
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How to recreate this bevel with ledge profile?

I'm wanting to build a display case like the one pictured, however I'm not sure how the 'ledge' at the top of the bevel is done. I initially thought it would be router with chamfer bit and maybe table ...
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How to cut at a precise angle with a router?

I'm trying to make a platonic solid out of solid wood. I've computed that each edge should deviate 31.77 degrees from the vertical. I'm confident that I can produce a set of identical pentagons with ...
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Can I use a flush trim bit with a jig for kitchen worktop joints?

I'm looking to a do a 90 degrees join between kitchen worktops (countertops) and my router only goes up to 8mm bits, but I see most jigs need a 12mm or 1/2inch bit plus a bushing. The moment I saw the ...
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Deck/platform over hot tub

[enter image description here] Hope it's okay to post here. What I'd like to build is kinda like a deck. We have a hot tub (6.5 ft x 7ft) that we don't use. Currently, doesn't work (might fix it ...
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What size jaws?

I have a Nova G3 chuck which by default comes with the 50 MM jaws. 50 MM is just a bit less than 2 inches but fully contracted will not fit into a 2" hole. I bought the 31 MM jaws and they will ...
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Is augmenting shop dust collection and workshop air filtering with a floor-style HEPA filter effective?

In my woodworking workshop I have a cyclone style 2-stage dust collector (Oneida Supercell) and workshop air filtration system (Jet AFS-1000b) but I'm always feeling like I could/should do more ...
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Restoring the finish on linseed oil-finished cabinetry

Thirty years ago I built two bookcases from an unknown tropical hardwood. I was in a tropical environment, but knew the cases would end their lives in the Midwest. Given that, I chose to finish the ...
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Noticed a small crack on new dining table. Should I have it replaced?

I just got this mango wood dining table. There is a small crack on the side. I was thinking about replacing the table, or possibly accepting a 20% discount. Could this crack get worse?
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Should a bandsaw blade lie flat on a table or bench top?

I bought a used 10 inch bandsaw and it came with several blades. When I was putting a different one on I noticed it was twisted. I just took it off and put it on a table top. It didn't lie flat. ...
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Can coiling a bandsaw blade permanently twist it?

I bought a used 10 inch bandsaw and it came with several blades. All the spare blades came coiled. I just put on the 1/4 inch one and it has a twist in it. Looking at some howtos, coiling a blade ...
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Can my 70” tv stand hold 330lbs

Trying to see if my 70” TV Stand would support a 29 gal fish tank - about 330lbs? There is no weight capacity in the specs but it’s very sturdy. My concern is that there is no support in the middle ...
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Why make loose tenons narrower and shorter than the combined mortises?

Many online sources, such as this guide from woodcraft.com recommend making the tenons 1/16 inch shorter and narrower than the space they are to occupy. Where is the benefit? I tried to find an ...
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How do you spray coating on small, light pieces?

Background When I got into woodworking I was making mostly large pieces (bookshelves, desks, etc). This isn't always easy as I get older, and I'm not always having good days with my back, not to ...
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2.7m Oak bench under window - what material? Veneered MDF seems too thin

I am about to embark on building a bench for under a window. It will be about 2.7m wide, 75cm in the window and 45cm deep either side of the window. I was going to build the structure in MDF and then ...
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How to join the broken wooden piece (from a bedside table)?

I have this piece from a small bed-side table. It is 44 cms long. The point it is broken has the smallest dimensions 17 x 19 mms. I want to fix (join) it myself. The best experience working with ...
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How heavy should the drawer front be?

I just finished building plywood drawers that are 60 cm wide x 50 cm deep x 15 cm high. They are made of 10 mm plywood, hanging on high quality soft close slides that are rated 45 kg per pair or per ...
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Sealing wet wood?

I recently purchased a slab of black walnut and am needing to make a desk out of it sooner rather than later. Am I able to just finish the top side of the table and leave the bottom of it unsealed so ...
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Design for Disassemblable Corner Joint for Guitar Speaker Chassis [closed]

I am working on the design for a very large speaker chassis (approx. 9' H x 6' W x 2' D). Based on this very large size I'd like this to be able to disassemblable into panels for storage. The chassis ...
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