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Finishing a desk or tabletop?

oiling and applying something like polyeurethane which seems to be used in all the youtube tutorials OK need to run though a number of basics first. Firstly a general caution, lots of people who ...
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which direction does wood expand?

Wood is made of fibers. Think of wood as a bunch of soda straws or flexible rubber tubes bundled together. When you add water, the fibers expand to hold the extra water. When it dries, they ...
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Why S4S boards sold at Home Depot aren't straight?

The boards did have 4 smooth surfaces, all perpendicular to each other, and were straight. That was when they came off the mill, though. Since then, they've been exposed to the elements, shipped to ...
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What is the difference between MDF and MDO?

MDF is Medium Density Fiberboard and it's made by essentially combining resins with sawdust and compressing it into a fairly dense, extremely flat and smooth sheet. In general it can be worked like &...
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I accidentally used woodglue that doesn't stain. How do I fix it?

Almost every glue commonly in use won't take stain, and one or two that are said to stain don't stain as well as you'd like (similar story with 'stainable filler' incidentally) so it's good practice ...
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How to fix a wooden floor

In the past removal of old finish from floors was done manually, by scraping, and it does a superb job and doesn't generate large volumes of dust. But it's backbreaking labour and can't be recommended ...
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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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which direction does wood expand?

In which direction do wood boards expand? Short answer: across the grain. Wood does move along its length but the amount is negligible and can almost always be ignored. This has been posted ...
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What is this hand tool with handles similar to a spokeshave? It has different selectable profiles around the edge of a disc

This looks like a beading scratch-stock. Beading is a decorative detail added to the edges of boards to make them less prone to damage and to hide gaps in joinery or around doors. This tool creates ...
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What would be the best way to bevel an oval table top?

To expand upon @keshlam's answer, you're going to want to purchase a chamfer or low angle bevel bit. Amazon (among others) sells a 60-deg bevel bit (pictured below), and chamfer bits can be found at ...
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What is the type of wood that is often purchased in bulk at the hardware store?

Dimensional framing lumber is often referred to as SPF which stands for Spruce, Pine and Fir. You will likely also find cedar and pressure treated lumber in the green or brown variants
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What is this hand tool with handles similar to a spokeshave? It has different selectable profiles around the edge of a disc

I found it! - Windsor Beader Type 1 - 1885
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How to attach table legs to wood that is too thin?

Ive looked everywhere for table legs which I can screw into the wood but every table leg I see needs a minimum depth of 25mm for the wood, whereas my wood is much thinner at 18mm. For my Imperial ...
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How to attach table legs to wood that is too thin?

18mm isn't actually particularly thin, many smaller pieces use 1/2" material (roughly 13mm) for their tops and numerous sizeable tables have tops 18mm thick or less. For tables, legs are almost never ...
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What wood is not good to use in a cutting board?

The Wood Database has an extensive database with details about "Allergies and Toxicities" for all its known woods. Cedar (which has 12 varieties listed on their site at the time of this post)...
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What wood is not good to use in a cutting board?

To a great extent this is just the flipside of the question "What woods are good to use in a cutting board?" and there was a recent thread on this subject that was closed for being more likely to ...
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Finishing a desk or tabletop?

I am bit of a Danish oil bigot. It's been so good to me that I have trouble saying anything bad about it. Realize that you will get a matte surface. About forty years ago, I made a table, which ...
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How to learn woodworking

Now I have two options. Go to the woodworker, pay up the money and learn from him. Learn through Youtube. Books. If you're on a budget you can learn woodworking without any direct teaching (and ...
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Advice for cutting a thick, wide, poplar board

You could rip it both on the table saw and on the band saw. With the table saw, you'll need to do at least two cuts, as the depth of cut probably is around 3". If the board is straight and has a ...
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Why do 2 screws on wooden fence cladding not cause wood movement problems?

Expansion and contraction of wood is proportional to the width of the wood, so if a 6 inch wide board expands by 0.1 inches when it gets wet, then a 12 inch wide board will expand by 0.2 inches if ...
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How can I create a planked wood table top with a plywood core?

I was wondering how I could make a table similar. You can't really, and shouldn't try. Making a table that looks similar is easy enough, but actually laminating solid wood to plywood is inherently a ...
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How can I create a planked wood table top with a plywood core?

There are several issues to address in fabricating such a table top. First, as you pointed out is wood movement. The plywood base will not have any appreciable movement in either direction while the ...
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Are some workbench features not suitable for a softwood workbench?

Should I not bother with these workbench features as they might not be suited for softwood? Example being I can see a holdfast wearing out a dog hole fairly quickly if used regularly. To clarify I am ...
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Best way to make round coasters

Making things round is what lathes do. Turn a piece of wood and then use the band saw to slice off each coaster. You can rip a 4x4 into more of an octagon shape with the band saw to make it faster and ...
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The wooden frame is wet and it's raining. Should I mount the roof now?

There is no real harm in proceeding with the deck. The wood is a bit wet, but will dry out from air movement in short order with no real risk of mold or other damage occurring. This type of structure ...
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