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Cutting curved box legs
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Having just completed a series of decorative boxes with many variations on your curved legs I found that the easiest way to establish the curves for small pieces was to mark the curves on the blocks ...

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FIlling up gaps in an old wooden floor
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You do not want to fill the joints between the boards. The gap provides room for expansion which normally occurs across the width and depth of wood over the seasons. The amount of expansion can be ...

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how to design and install full length (floor-to-ceiling) built in bookcase?
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One approach might be to use steel clip angles with 3/4"to 1" legs several inches long to fasten the screwed to the wall at the back, top and bottom on the inside face. The angles would easily be ...

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Toenail or Toescrew a beam to a sill?
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This question has been asked in DIY here, but there are several structural related considerations that are worth mentioning for woodworker's consideration. Most residential codes require nails. ...

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2x4's are not really 2x4. How does this affect the integrity of a structure?
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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 build a double X table leg
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Here is one way, although it is a little bit difficult to show in a simple sketch. Sorry, but the cross section sketches show the joints horizontally instead of in vertical orientation. Give me some ...

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Strength of doweled miter joint
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The short answer is that you should be able to get by with the doweled connection, but there are a few things you must consider to make sure. The first thing to consider is will your table support the ...

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Best way to attach metal legs to corner desk? Do I need extra support?
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There are two sets of concerns you must address in designing the base for your desk. First, it is my understanding that you have three leg locations for the top, one each at the ends of the "L" and ...

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How can I dye my hardwood inside deeply so I can laminate something like this?
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Wood dyes can be very expensive or very reasonable. Check out suppliers such Transfast wood dyes which come in a powdered form and can be tinted darker by adding more dye to the liquid base. You can ...

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technique for side handles on cutting board
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I see two possible methods for mounting these handles. The first is to use a cross dowel nut and threaded rods mounted from a hole on the underside of the cutting board. The second is to use ...

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How can I design a large speaker cabinet to come together square and true when my panels aren't flat and my boards aren't straight?
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In my view this is a question of "Do I control my materials or do they control me". Your concern that your warped pieces may not meet well is valid. Every project should begin with a plan for what you ...

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Clean and protect cabinets and railing
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So, what kind of wood is it? It looks a lot like Red Oak. Still debating if I should use stain on it as it is making it too dark. I do not recommend staining the wood unless all finish is ...

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Joining two flat legs of stool
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Since your legs are less than an inch thick I am not confident that the dovetail joints will handle the lateral loads that the stool will experience, so the stretcher is a good idea. To understand ...

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What options do I have to repair this chair?
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OK, it took me a while to get around to it, but I finally attempted a repair to these chair seats. First I gently pried open each crack in the seat and injected Tightbond-II glue using a hypodermic ...

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Adding weight to Veritas dovetail saw
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I use the same saw and am quite satisfied with its performance. I might be wrong, but I don't think adding weight will help. While a chiseled line helps, I do not depend upon it to control the blade. ...

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Should I resaw before or after gluing up thin panels?
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I would recommend gluing them up first. Even with good gluing platforms to hold the boards flat during glue up and a good clamping setup, there will always be a bit of unevenness. The amount of ...

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My new 13" planer
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Sharpening the Blade I have a similar table top planer (Delta). The blades are reversible so I use them for a year or until I otherwise notice significant degradation in the surface smoothness. ...

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Do I need to worry about expansion and shrinkage for my table top with wood joined at 45 degree angles?
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Analyzing the wood movement here takes a bit of head scratching. Typically, the wood will expand and contract across the width of the table and the common response is to accommodate that movement ...

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Is it drastically more work to sand down barn wood instead of planing?
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A simple test on one plank will tell you that sanding is not practical for reducing the thickness by 3/8". Even planing them in a thickness planer will take 5-10 passes and sanding, even with course ...

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Shelf movement in a plywood bookcase
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Looks good! Your calculation and assumptions about movement appear to be spot on. The plywood faces with solid oak edges will have almost no movement over the year, but the shelves will. Your ...

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Vise chop thickness?
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As you tighten the vise your dog will place all the pressure from tightening the vise on the outerlayer of wood in the chop. I would recommend at least one inch of hardwood onm the outside face of ...

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How much weight can this stand hold?
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I would not recommend using this table for a fish tank. There are too many potential sources for failure. If the tank rests upon the 3/4" top instead of extending to the width and length of the ...

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Removing spots of tempera paint from rough sawn cedar board ceiling
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I suspect Graphus may have some insight on this. Tempura paints are waterbased and should dissolve with soap and water. I would start by wire brushing it to remove as much dried pigment as possible. ...

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Can barn wood planks be planed and how thin?
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As wood ages it will dry out and become more rigid. Most portable thicknessers can get the wood down to approx. 1/4". Any thinner and the wood is at risk of tear out which will destroy the plank as ...

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Is a quality miter gauge precise enough for cutting picture frames?
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I cut miters under the assumption that getting to 45 degrees perfectly is difficult. My solution is to use a miter sled to make the cuts. The sled is uses a 90 degree angle set as close to 45 degrees ...

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How do I fix a warped shoji door?
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I would guess that there are two possible sources for the problem. First, your long board may be warping. This will be the result of grain direction or stress due to humidity/moisture changes. ...

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What criteria do I need to consider when selecting wood for a walking stick?
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Any hardwood could be used for a walking stick. I would expect that a diameter of 1 1/4" or greater should provide enough strength to resist the bending you mentioned. If you are seeking a natural ...

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Looking for a solution to install a quickly removable outfeed wing for my table saw
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My approach to connecting the outfeed wing is to rest it on a wing wall made of a 2x2 frame and 1/2" plywood on one side that extends from the tablesaw support cart frame. By extending wing wall up ...

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Choosing a saw for oak worktop, considering future usefulness
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What is the proper saw is really a wide open question and depends a lot upon the level of quality in the cut piece desired, your future woodworking plans and your budget. In order of accuracy for ...

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Thicknesser is not cutting properly anymore
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It is possible that the tear-out you have experienced is due to the installation of the thicknesser cutting heads, but I use a planer with knives so I am inexperienced with what can go wrong for your ...

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