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Should I build basement shelving so it's square with the wall or with the floor?

Another solution you did not list would be to go ahead and build the shelf to be square itself, then shim underneath it to level out the floor. That way you can move it anytime but also make it look ...
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2x4's are not really 2x4. How does this affect the integrity of a structure?

The strength of wood is established for various species based upon the actual cross section area of material. Industry standards set over 50 years ago established the actual dimensions of a nominal ...
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How to bind wooden pieces together, but detachable

You could try Lincoln Log™ style A nice DIY write up at Lumberjocks At least they are still made of wood. You could use round magnets like those found here. You'd want to make the hole with a ...
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Folding table issue

I suspect that the middle is sagging because it is not adequately braced. Most of the folding tables that my parents own (that we use for family reunions as eating tables) are similar to the one ...
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Mortise and tenon joint proportions for 3 wooden beams corner

This doesn't make a lot of sense in my situation, because one third of 60mm is 20mm and 5 times that is 100mm, which is longer then the beam width. I think it's important to remember that these, as ...
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Is this frame design sturdy enough for a window seat?

In terms of compression strength, I wouldn't want to park a big car on top of it - but even a couple of drunken teenagers jumping up and down should be fine. As others have commented, racking side-to-...
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Mortise and tenon joint proportions for 3 wooden beams corner

I would try to keep the geometry of the tenons as simple as possible. The important thing is to maximize the contact surface between the side grain surfaces in the glued joint. Since your making a ...
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Can I use half-lap joint for table breadboard?

Can I use half-lap joint for table breadboard? Yes of course you can, the picture you included shows that, the real question is whether you should :-) That there are very few other tables with ...
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Unstable wood bench

how can I stabilize this without completely ruining the aesthetic of the bench? Assuming that you don't want to fasten it to the floor or install powerful magnets or a massive flywheel, you need to ...
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Plywood Bunk Bed

I do not recommend simply screwing this assembly together. There are a variety of ways to attach the members such as glueing, glue and screw, metal angles with screws, specialty hardware etc. Before ...
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What is a "shadow line"

A shadow line is exactly that -- a line of shadow created by the shaping/alignment detail of the woodwork. It makes the object more 3-dimensional, and more interesting to look at, than a flat surface ...
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Making a stone sieve out of wood

Here's one I made a few years ago from scraps. I believe this is what you're trying to make. It's 2x4" for the main walls, with a 1/4" mesh grill acting as the actual sieve. The mesh is stapled to ...
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Cherry wood for dining table - Strong enough or should I consider Walnut?

Cherry wood for dining table - Strong enough or should I consider Walnut? SPF (spruce, pine, fir) would be strong enough! That should pretty much tell you all you need to know here :-) People ...
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Why keep gaps in siding of outdoor furniture project?

Can anyone tell if eliminating the gaps between the boards on the siding might somehow hurt the integrity of this patio prep cart? Yes there could be a pronounced effect without specific steps being ...
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Why keep gaps in siding of outdoor furniture project?

What I would like to do is implement some Tudor house design features since he just bought a Tudor home to start his family in. For those unfamiliar with the Tudor style of house (as I was), here's ...
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Building a wooden arcade stick case

When drilling screw holes for acrylic should I make it slightly larger than the actual diameter of the screw hole so that it does not crack? Very much yes. You're not drilling pilot holes here, you'...
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Can I use half-lap joint for table breadboard?

The main purpose for the breadboard feature is cover the end grain edge of the top and to keep the top surface from curling across its width by locking it into the plane of the breadboard edge piece. ...
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Should I build basement shelving so it's square with the wall or with the floor?

Expanding a bit, perhaps, on rob's answer, cabinetry (including shelving units) should be level and plumb (so aligned with the earth's gravitational field) and shimmed or scribed/trimmed/fitted as ...
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Suggestions on improving an elevated-bed project?

This design is NOT ready for prime time! Wedging the main column from the floor to ceiling is not adequate. Every structure has movement and changes size a bit as the seasons change. What is a ...
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What strong options are there to join these pieces?

OK first off I don't think you need to redesign the overall leg assembly, there are many tables somewhat like this out in the world. And it should be borne in mind that this is just the base for a ...
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Angle to Inches Calculator

Here is a site for solving triangles. The user interface doesn't show a right triangle by default (assuming that's what you're after), though the solved triangle does appear to be drawn to scale. Here ...
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What is this part?

Well that didn't take very long, I emailed the artist and he responded..... in three minutes!! What is this part? They were homemade from curtain rails. I know you specifically didn't want anything ...
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Making a thick door not catch on a drawer front

Because the leading edge of a door travels in an arc instead of a straight line, in instances where the door fits tightly or a door is thicker than usual, you need to cut the leading edge of the door ...
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Building a wooden arcade stick case

When drilling screw holes for acrylic should I make it slightly larger than the actual diameter of the screw hole so that it does not crack? If you're planning to have the screws thread into the ...
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Why do the plans for this bench require a side panel oriented on an angle from a larger piece of wood?

Without seeing the rest of the design it would hard to explain why the angled rails need to be present. The mortises that would partner with this board are not directly opposite of each other for ...
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Wobbly table - maybe an easy fix

Based on a wobble going toward the black chair, then yes, the triangular braces between the table top and the legs will resolve the wobble. Smaller braces would be better from a design perspective, ...
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Is making a breadboard table top using just pocket joinery asking for future problems?

Expansion/contraction-wise, I do not believe that securing of the five boards running end to end will cause a problem. This is basically the same condition as if they were glued together, their ...
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Cherry wood for dining table - Strong enough or should I consider Walnut?

The short answer is that all three woods are similar in strength and woodworkers use all of them for projects similar to your proposed project. I would choose the wood based upon the appearance ...
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Choices of contrasting wood for laminated table mat

Nearly any hardwood you desire should work since the exposure to heat and water is moderate. Go for what looks good to you. Although some woods are more porous than others, the applied finish will ...
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Looking for non-threaded inserts

The name for hardware that has a metal shaft sliding through it is bushing: However it will be difficult to find one long enough to go all the way through a 2x4. So like scanny suggested, you might ...
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