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Used motor oil on treated pine

Depending on where you live, this may not even be legal. Used motor oil, where I live, must be collected in leak-proof containers and periodically picked up and taken to a depot where it is ...
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How do I correct extreme crossgrain cupping?

You can get this flatter certainly, but you may not be able to get them totally flat or to get them to stay that way permanently — wood that has bowed can show a tendency to want to return to that ...
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Best method for drilling thousands of holes?

The most basic step is making a jig. Clamp the jig to your drill press table and you can just put in the blank press it up against the stops and drill down and put the piece on the result pile. You ...
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Used motor oil on treated pine

but rather whether this is inferior treatment to another treatment option that is still affordable and won't require more maintenance over the coming years. It's certainly something that people do -- ...
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Best method for drilling thousands of holes?

Are you set on manufacturing these yourself? Because really, "best and most efficient" is to get a company with either large industrial machines or low cost labour to manufacturer this part for you. ...
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How do I fix blotchy grey stain that was not absorbed evenly into pine?

Pine is a wood that is notorious for not absorbing stain evenly. To begin with the lighter and darker portions of the grain have very different absorbencies (the existing dark parts of the grain are ...
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Best method for drilling thousands of holes?

The key to efficiency will not be how many parts you can stack, but rather, how quickly you can set up the next part for drilling. Set up a fixture with appropriate stops so it only takes a second to ...
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Does MDF warp less than pineboards?

MDF is practically purpose-made for this application. It is very dimensionally stable, one of its prime selling points. And while it's not as stiff or strong as ply it is as a rule more stable these ...
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What is the yellow stain on the end of this pine I bought?

The paint isn't only used to identify the wood boards by lumber yards, but it's also used to seal of the end grain to slow down the drying process. Because exposed pores or tracheids on the end-...
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finish for a very large pine dining table --- is beeswax crazy?

I'll preface my comments by saying that finish choice is a very personal thing, what one person is comfortable using and living with (in terms of upkeep and periodic maintenance) another would not. ...
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Is wood glue enough to hold a pine serving tray together?

Wood glue will do just fine. If the surfaces are properly prepared, a glue joint can be stronger than the wood. Depending on what you want to use the tray for, you might want to consider one of the ...
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What is the yellow stain on the end of this pine I bought?

Lumber mills mark their boards with different colors to quickly identify them. Generally you'd cut off the end of a board after ripping it to get a nice square end. Sanding works too but is a lot of ...
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Harden soft pine

There is a product called "Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealant", or CPES for short. It is basically a very thin 2-part epoxy. It is typically used for stabilizing rotten wood, but it can also be used as ...
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How can I avoid tearout when using a belt sander on pine?

Belt sanders are rough tools and the end result is never going to be good enough for polyurethane. Use your sander carefully to get the tabletop as flat as you can, then switch to either a random ...
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Is wood glue enough to hold a pine serving tray together?

In short: Yes. But... While glue alone is a perfectly good joint if done properly (you will most likely rather totally anihilate the pine wood than break the glue!) working with "just glue" can be a ...
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How long would it take to rot for untreated pine box

Local conditions will strongly influence this so it's impossible to give a reliable answer, but certainly you should be able to get more than one season from something like this regardless of the ...
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How do I correct extreme crossgrain cupping?

Adding to Graphus's answer, you can also cut the board down the middle run them through a jointer and reglue them back together. If you can flip one side over for the join, you will reduce the max bow ...
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Does MDF warp less than pineboards?

MDF is much more likely to be flat and is relatively dimensionally stable - however it's not overly strong when running long unsupported distances. If the pelmet is attached at its top along the ...
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Cutting dressed pine to make it narrower

What will the edge look like? It'll look like a sawn face usually looks, based on the wood type (the original cut of the board as well as the species) and the type of saw used. The second point is ...
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Shelf made of 1x2 pine boards. Stable?

Each shelf is capable of holding the load that you are intending with shearing or sagging. Where this design fails is in racking, both front to back and side to side. Traditional shelves are built ...
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Shelf made of 1x2 pine boards. Stable?

The weakest part of the design is how your substantial load is being carried to the uprights. There's not that much you can do for those joints as drawn... I'd suggest you add actual 1x2 members ...
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Pine plywood (project panel) looks quite different than pine boards (select)

Pine plywood (project panel) looks quite different than pine boards (select) This is quite normal, and unfortunately unavoidable, even with much higher quality plywood like Baltic-birch ply if the ...
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Harden soft pine

I was wondering if there is some penetrating finish that will harden up the outside a little bit. "Danish oil" and other mixed oil-and-varnish blends will do this, but you'll only get a modest ...
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Cutting dressed pine to make it narrower

this is in response to the question clarified in the OP's comment: it's hard to know what "dressed" means without seeing it, but it most likely means machine planed and/or jointed and/or sanded to ...
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Building a table for aquarium

Judging by the pictures and the movie, I'd say the problem is just warping of the pine boards. The fact that the boards are straight at the center (where they are screwed to the vertical legs) and ...
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Best method for drilling thousands of holes?

You can find multiple spindle drill press attachments which may suit your purpose. http://www.hypneumat.com/multi-spindleheads.html More expensive models are adjustable. This page has some adjustable ...
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Treating pine for partial burial

You might want to consider non-toxic alternatives: You could use plastic edging, possibly reinforced with stakes. You could choose thin, untreated lumber that you are willing to have rot. This would ...
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Treating pine for partial burial

Buy pressure treated lumber. It's going to cost more than plain pine, but it will last significantly longer in direct contact with the ground, as that's what it's intended for. There's a reason that ...
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How to fix white splotches on pine from wood filler?

Now that I've finished sanding, there are quite a few spots that have white splotches from the wood filler That looks like something you get almost always when sanding wood that isn't absolutely ...
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Let pine dry or use it right away for building a work bench?

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 sense for a huge slab of ...
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