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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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Cut out a rectangular region, with rounded corner of certain radius, of thick plywood

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 to get an even sheen with wiping varnish?

I am making my own wiping varnish by following Bob Flexner's recommendation of mixing polyurethane varnish (in my case, Minwax semigloss) with odorless mineral spirits. Everything seems to be going ...
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How to whittle drumsticks with a swiss army knife?

I would like to know how to make my own drums sticks, with a swiss army knife. Thus I would like to know which wood to use, how long they should be, how to whittle the tips correctly. My goal is to ...
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Darken Danish Oil

I have a red oak board and I want to darken it pretty substantially to be more walnut color. I put on some Black Walnut Danish oil and it’s still too light and slightly red (I don’t expect the red to ...
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Turning indoor stain furniture into outdoor stain using sealer / oil or sanding and restaining

Sorry if the title isn't very good - feel free to edit, Looking for advice on stain / sealant / oil, Basically our supplier of our children's outdoor wooden play furniture for pre-school has messed ...
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Which acrylic paint to choose

I'm planning to paint a wooden ship model with acrylic paint, but the variety of different paint types makes me embarrassed. So I'm asking for an advice which one to choose. First, I'm planning to ...
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What's this substance that was found fully-enclosed in a eucalyptus blank?

This glassy, opaque item was deep inside a eucalyptus blank. There was no indication from the outside of the wood that there was anything inside, so it must have been grown over while the tree was ...
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Which try-squares have acceptable accuracy?

The question is about specific producs or lines by brands. This is meant for hobbyist use - but if there just isn't anything in a roughly "hobbyist price range", then so be it. I attempt to make this ...
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Thicknessing and planing wide hardwood boards

I have some 600x1200mm (24"x47") hardwood (iroko) boards at just over 27mm (>1") thick that used to be old work tops from a school. I would like to clean them and use them for a kitchen worktop as it'...
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How to tighten up a miter joint in a casing

I am planning on building a block that is about 16" square to mount an exterior light. The block is rimmed with a 4" casing (sometimes called a "molding"). The casing is 3-7/8" wide and 1" high at the ...
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10 inch blade instead of 12 in

I could use some insight, please. I have a 220 craftsman table saw. And trying to find a 12 in blade with a 5/8 hole, is a arduous task. Can I use my 10 in blades on it? Your help is much appreciated.
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Does wood generally lose color / go gray in sunlight?

I had been under the impression that wood was always going to fade in sunlight. I've seen plenty of examples of this from regular SPF framing lumber to unfinished siding going gray. Even freshly split ...
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Japanese plane blade seems to taper the wrong way

I purchased a secondhand japanese plane blade and chipbreaker off ebay, and I was attempting to make a dai for it following Toshio Odate's instructions in his book. I realised on trying to set the ...
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Stabilizing and drying a burl

I have a small elm (?) burl that I'm hoping has something nice in it. I'm not sure how to prep it for drying. In my experience milling elm, the sapwood shrinks significantly more than the heartwood ...
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How to build an effective steam box?

I have built a steambox as shown above, out of plywood. I'm trying to bend some Pinus elliotii (slash pine) as a test with it, but it has not been effective. I have left it on for thirty minutes with ...
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Staining an old desk - patchy finish

hoping someone can help! I'm new to woodworking and I thought I'd start out by restoring an old Ducal desk. It was previously varnished and seems to be made out of pine possibly. I sanded it all down ...
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Birch interior door sealer?

I recently bought beautiful hollow core paint grade birch skin interior doors. I do not want to paint or add a gloss/sheen to them. I want to maintain the colour, texture and authenticity of the wood ...
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How can variable speed be used on a random-orbit sander?

I see some models of random-orbit sanders have a variable speed control. Under what circumstances would I need variable speed while sanding? It's not clear to me what benefit it offers.
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Planing end grain - cheap vs more expensive wood

I am trying to plane the end grain of some relatively cheap and soft (pine) timber (2x6s) with a no.4 Stanley Bailey hand plane. I've sharpened my plane to a degree which I think should be more than ...
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How to handle sharp edges on bevels

I am having some millwork done and the carpenters are reluctant to put knife edges on the bevels because they feel it would be fragile and the edges could get easily chipped in handling. They ...
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How to keep frat bench from racking (photos)

The slanted 72 inch boards are not screwed into anything, but I would like to add them to keep the bench strong side to side. I don't want to screw into the back bottom joint as it already has 4 ...
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How to cool hole saw

I am currently trying to work on a project that involves piercing a lot of large-diameter (~38mm) holes in rather thick (~5cm) bamboo board sheets. For that, I am using a hole saw. However, I ran ...
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Removing Spilled Paint and Staining Table

A clumsy contractor put a paint can on a table of mine (no stain, varnish, 100% fresh wood) and a ring of paint got left behind on the table. What is the best way to remove the paint so that I can ...
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Can I use glasses-cleaning leather to make a strop?

I am having difficulties finding some scrap piece of leather in order to make myself a strop in order to aid the sharpening process for my plane blades and chisels. I was thinking to use this kind of ...
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Exposure to a lot of oak sanding dust when didn’t know the harm…advice please!

I got into rustic oak furniture making a few years ago and used a belt sander and detail sander outside on the pieces (about 20 days solid in total spread over 3 years, but covered in dust). I also ...
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Why is there a perfectly straight line at the edge of this knot?

This is a bit of a cheat because I am not a 'woodworking' enthusiast, but our company does make furniture. My question is simple. In the photo .. why is there a really straight line (that looks almost ...
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is it better to use more blade or just enough blade?

Super novice question! The blade speed at the points is the same regardless. Only the angle of attack changes. What are the pros and cons? I'd like to minimize chip out most of all since I'm working ...
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Planer/jointer/thicknesser worth it?

I have recently been using a table saw to rip cheap 2 X 4 pine for projects. However, it takes a long time to sand these down to a nice finish, and trying to keep them square is difficult. I'm ...
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How do you cut a 4x8 in half without a panel saw?

One challenge of working with sheet goods is doing a really wide cut, for example cutting a 4 x 8 sheet into two 4x4 sheets. The problem I run into is that I can't reach across a 48" board or panel, ...
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Metal lathe tool post on a wood lathe

I’ve been wanting to try and use a chisel holder tool post like on a metal lathe on a wood lathe for a while now, I’ve looked a bit online but didn’t find any tool holders that are made for wood ...
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Why is 48" too deep for a workbench?

One article on workbench design said the following was a basic mistake of first time builders: Building the DIY workbench too deep There are many reasons that workbenches plans aren’t 48”...
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Can I leave indoor wooden furniture unfinished or will it grow mold?

I purchased some furniture that has wooden elements to it that ended up being unfinished. Should I be concerned about this? During the more humid months, will these elements grow mold on them? For ...
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Help getting Delta fence accurate

I bought a Delta 36-725 on Craigslist after seeing a lot of really positive reviews on it, especially about its fence. However, I can't get my fence to lock down accurately at all. When the fenced isn'...
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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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Pocket Hole Butt Joint

I'm building a cart to hold my 60 lbs mitre saw. I'm using 3/4" Sande plywood. I plan on building the box using glued, pocket hole butt joints illustrated below. Keep in mind that I do plan on adding ...
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Laminating Small Wooden Objects Together

I use a laser cutter to create intricate shapes out of 1/4 inch thick re-sawn pine, then laminate them together to form 1/2 and 3/4 inch thick structural elements in small boxes, corbels and ...
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Protect wood furniture legs from damage

I have wooden furniture (bed and more) with feet which look like this: There are thin weak parts which get chipped away easily. I have a vacuum cleaner like this one: Which is old and with ...
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How can I distinguish between mold or wear in teak?

I was given a teak patio set that has some damage that I cannot identify as mold or wear. In either case I don’t know how to fix it. I’ve read a bunch of articles about how to clean with a ...
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Forstner Bits without Brad Point?

I'm trying to drill holes most of the way through a block of wood to mount magnets which will be attracting metal through the solid face of the wood. Because of how quickly magnetic attraction falls ...
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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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Avoiding saw burn in hardwood crosscuts

Blade rookie here. I have a 1.5HP table saw with a 10" blade. The blades I have been using are fairly new higher tooth finishing blades, such as the Diablo 1060X. To avoid the friction burns when ...
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Does water-based polyurethane affect paint color?

I recently painted a dresser. I originally painted it a darker gray than I wanted so after putting the initial two coats on I took the paint back to Home Depot and had them lighten the rest of the ...
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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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Tabletop offcut for cutting board, finishing

I bought a Gerton top for a desk and it is great. I bought a second one and made some shelves from that. I am very happy with this product. My question is, I have some material left and would like ...
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How do I cut a circle with “stepped” edge in a countertop?

How do I cut out a circle in exsisting wooden counter top and use the cut out piece as a lid (flush) so it doesnt fall through? e.g. a "stepped edge? Obviously I am not using the correct terminologly,...
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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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Removing multiple layers of paint on oak decorative door frames

I'm making headway. I keep re-applying, scraping (plastic and steel wool), and wiping with mineral spirits. I have all low voc, etc., chemicals but how much can the little grooves in this wood really ...
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Can a large bandsaw side table be useful for rip cuts?

I want to make furniture. Therefore, whether I'm cutting a roughly cut piece of plywood or cutting a "solid wood" piece made from a gluing up smaller boards, I will certainly need to make wood panels ...
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I put a heavy coat of linseed on a project I didn't wipe off excess. It didn't dry completely and left a sticky surface. How can I clean this off?

How can I take linseed oil off wood that has dried sticky? It tried thinner, denatured alcohol, nothing works.

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