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Border looks strange after grinding floorboard
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In all probability the floor was ground with a floor sander which cannot reach all the way to the wall. The last few inches would be ground using a hand tool which will not give the same uniform ...

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Copycat furniture legs
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Currently stuck on how to attach the wood pieces to achieve the X look without having super visible joints and without compromising the stability/support it needs. The metal legs appear to be ...

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After stripping paint and applying wood stain, item is looking very blotchy... now what?
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A stripper will remove the surface paint but will not remove any of the original paint that has penetrated into the grain. For that, you must sand it down. The fact that the stain was not absorbing ...

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Quality Band Saw Blades
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For starters, your blade is too small. A 1/8" blade will have very high teeth per inch (TPI) and is intended primarily for finish work on small/thin pieces. It Taking a quick look at the video it ...

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Workbench better against or away from the wall?
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My workbench is a roubo split top style bench with a wagon vise along the width and a leg vise at the opposite end of one side. I use it both for small projects and some larger furniture pieces. I ...

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Need Advice on Building Workbench
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I built a roubo split top style workbench last year using 2x4's as the top and legs constructed from 3) 2x6 for each leg. It took a couple moths to fully plan it and nearly as long to build it. The ...

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Are there any non obvious (specifically structural) concerns to building a walk-in wardrobe
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I would recommend constructing the center and right pieces as freestanding cabinets. that are built in your shop space and moved to position completed. That way they will have internal structural ...

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Canopy bed frame design supporting a suspended adult?
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What you have described is a swingset with a mattress connected below.To design this hybrid fabrication you must first consider each function separately. For the swing, consider the designs for ...

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Strong method for bottom of a box
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Wood glues (PVA) are fairly strong in tension (pulling apart) but weaker in shear, (sliding surfaces in opposite directions. Although a rabbet joint should be strong enough, I like belts and ...

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Is there a better way to join these two boards for a platform bed?
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There are several considerations you must address before executing this project. Your tapered edge frame is too shallow. If you look at most wood bedframes, the side boards are usually around 6" ...

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Cutting a 45 degree bevel on all 4 sides of a small piece of wood
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I'm not sure what you are trying to do . Do you want a chamfered edge or a pyramid like top? Note that cutting small pieces using spinning blades such as a tablesaw or miter saw is dangerous. Work ...

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Two piece workbench top
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Your bench design is related to a style called "Roubo" named after a French woodworker who originated the design style. Many workbenches, including mine are based upon the Roubo split top. This ...

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Installing molding on sloping ceiling
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There is no angle for making a symmetrical joint of the two pieces Cutting the left trim to meet the corner requires a 55 degree angle where the right piece is approx. 90 degrees. The vertical ends ...

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Stair treads do not look smooth after sanding and finishing
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The density of the wood seems unequal and I can see small gaps along the grain in some areas. The wood in your pictures appears to be oak and the texture in the grain is common in that wood. I assume ...

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Laminating 2x4s - brush on the glue?
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I have several suggestions for gluing this type of slab. The glue does not spread itself. Always distribute it evenly before making contact between pieces. You can do this using a brush or a roller....

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How should I fix a broken chair stringer?
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I lack confidence that the glue joint would hold. The loading on the chair was great enough that it separated the grain in the wood. Part of the reason for the failure was that the seat support rail ...

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Need help understanding workbench design and build process
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I made a bench similar in construction to what you describe only a bit bigger ( 8' long with two 1' wide top slabs separated by 1 1/2" gap - roubo style split top). I made mine with 2x6 instead of ...

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Adding an angled back to a bench
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You want the back to be firmly braced by the bench base. To do so extend the back bench legs up to the height of the top of the back and connect them with a horizontal beam. You can then set the ...

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Best way to join pieces of L shaped desktop
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There are several considerations you have to address for you concept. Appearance-wise, consider the direction of the wood grain at the various joints. You show a 38" x 24" butting to an 18&...

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Why does an impact driver have some 'wobble'?
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In my experience impact drivers have a short head with a short hex-shaped recess to receive bits and drivers, where a drill has a chuck with a much firmer grip on bits. Hence the greater wobble factor ...

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Bullnose router bit 1/4"shank is there a max radius (can't find 1" radius on 1/4" or 8mm shank)
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Checking some of my catalogs I could not find round over bits much over 1/2" radius for 1/4" shanks. I believe the reason is the because the torque generated is too great for such a small diameter ...

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How do I use a handplane to smooth a cutting board?
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Odds are your that your plane is not sharp enough and is not correctly set yet for your project. A quick test is to attempt shaving a few hairs off of your arm with the iron. If the blade tugs ...

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My contractor sanded our plywood seating... Is there any way to fix the finish?
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One other possible solution is to apply a decorative trim pattern that covers over the screw/blemish locations. I would begin by sanding the entire surface to provide a surface to accept glue and new ...

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Prevent warping but allow planing
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I have glued up similar wood slabs without being overly concerned about grain direction. Regardless of grain direction the individual boards will control the tendency to warp of adjacent boards to ...

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Dealing with wood movement when attaching a wide panel to a curved leg
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Per your most recent comment, the center panel grain runs horizontal. In that case there will not be any horizontal expansion to consider and the legs will maintain the same positions relative to the ...

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How to construct roof correctly covering walls corners?
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First, there is no standard rule of thumb for resolving roof conditions. There may be as many possible solutions as there are people trying to solve the roof challenge you have. Let's start by ...

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Box joints for this table with just jigsaw and chisel?
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Some general design/structural considerations for this type of project: While the design shown should be adequate for light loads, it may be helpful to others to understand the way the table works in ...

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Safe thickness for sliding dovetail in shelf
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Considering the low loads and the dimensions you established there should not be any problem with making the dovetails extend 1/2 the depth of the shelf. A More Technical Discussion: My statement ...

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Farmer Table Legs
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If you select the "Design" tag and the "more info" button you will get a link to the sagulator which can be used to evaluate your design. I did a quick test and it appears that the 1 1/2" thick top ...

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Is it hopeless to glue together two parts of oiled butcher block countertop?
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First, if you plan on gluing the end grain edges together, the joint will not be reliable itself. You could cut and insert a spline into both pieces or use biscuits, as is often done in laminated ...

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