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Can I hammer 25.4mm x 300mm oak dowels into a 25mm hole?

On a small scale wood is highly compressible, so the basic answer here is yes. As a joke goes, you might just need a bigger hammer ^_^ Is that normal? Yes it's quite normal for shop-bought dowel to ...
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Repair a crack on the side of an oak table

There are several things that can be done, and it depends on how much effort you want to put into it (and what tools you have). The 'best' way of actually 'fixing' the problem is to run it on a table ...
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Repair a crack on the side of an oak table

A basic crack in wood is very easy to fix as long as the crack surfaces are clean, you can thoroughly coat the surfaces with glue (various tricks can help with that), and then can clamp nice and ...
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How to remove a 25mm drill bit stuck in oak sleeper

It seems that your pieces of wood have shifted somewhat since you started drilling. If you can eyeball the 3 pieces to see which one(s) seem out of line, use one or more clamps to persuade the wayward ...
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Making red oak look more like white oak

There's some terminology confusion here. In conventional parlance you don't "stain" wood light. Stain only alters the basic colouration of wood1 or makes it darker, or both. Although there ...
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How to remove a 25mm drill bit stuck in oak sleeper

Thanks for the comments and suggestions all. I fed some linseed oil down the auger bit and using an adjustable spanner (with a long handle for leverage) was able to turn the bit anticlockwise. The ...
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Advice for retouching old oak/maple furniture at home [finish losses]

I suppose I should preface this by saying there is no TL;DR here! What is the best way to go about with the touch up? As always there is no one way to go about this. There are basically two options ...
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Can I touch up old oak chairs and tables using Howard's Restor-A-Finish?

I was wondering if using Howard's Restor-A-Finish in Golden Oak will be sufficient? Read what Restor-A-Finish is actually for and you'll see that this isn't it. The key point being: blending out ...
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Oak edge-glued panel desk small cracks along the pores

Have I done anything wrong? Not that I can see. The simple truth is that a commercial product made from kiln-dried wood should basically never exhibit cracks after it is installed in its final ...
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DIY "white wash" from thinning latex interior paint?

You can do what you want by merely thinning white wall paint with water1. It's not a perfect way to do this2 but it works. However the adhesion of the diluted paint may end up highly compromised, and ...
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Painting deep grain in oak

Wood filler will stick to primer just fine. Fill the places that need filled, sand, prime again if you think it's needed, and paint. It will take quite a few coats of primer or paint to even out ...
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Is Rubio Monocoat appropriate on red oak furniture?

Will Rubio alone give me a good seal and finish? These are really two separate things. The finish is about aesthetics — how do you think it makes the wood look? So nobody can answer that for you. ...
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Fresh sawn oak sleepers deck

Green oak at 2 inches will move 'a lot' as it dries out. If you constrain it with coach bolts or whatever, then it will split - it may well do that anyway, all dependant on the grain of the original. ...
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