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Choices of contrasting wood for laminated table mat
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Nearly any hardwood you desire should work since the exposure to heat and water is moderate. Go for what looks good to you. Although some woods are more porous than others, the applied finish will ...

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For a kid's balance beam, which way should the grain face?
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You want the grain/growth lines to be oriented vertically to maximize strength. Most 4x4 posts will have curved annual growth lines. Choose the orientation that is most vertical. As a caution, note ...

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How can I strengthen my 3/4" Plywood Bunk Bed Plan?
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The easiest way to prevent racking would be to replace the slats at the head and foot of the mattress supports with a solid piece of plywood approx 1' wide that is solidly connected to the three sides ...

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4'x8' length cut - circular saw, table saw, or panel saw?
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Woodworking encompasses a lot of different project types to practitioners. By far and away, I believe the most important and versatile tool in any woodshop is a table saw. Cutting your panels in the ...

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How can I scribe a slab into a nook with three walls?
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I think I wrote an answer some time ago that addresses this, but I cannot find the link... The simplest way I know to get the correct geometry is to do what cabinet shops do to make and install ...

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Do I need to laminate both sides of plywood or can I coat one side and laminate the other
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Part of the answer depends upon the size of the piece, its thickness, and possibly the number of layers in the panel. I do not know any hard and fast rules for making a determination but here are ...

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Using plexiglass instead of aluminum plate for router table
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Plexiglass may not be the best choice, but there are other plastics that may work better with less deflection and a better wearing surface. Several manufacturer's use phenolic plastics for router ...

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Advice on repairing a broken bed
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It appears you are on the right track. It should be possible to repair the piece by gluing it. You will need 3 or 4 clamps to keep the loose piece in full contact with the board shown in the photo. ...

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Can I use half-lap joint for table breadboard?
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The main purpose for the breadboard feature is cover the end grain edge of the top and to keep the top surface from curling across its width by locking it into the plane of the breadboard edge piece. ...

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Recovering from a rusted table saw top -- and protecting it in future
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Hopefully the rust has not been developing for too long before discovery. A while ago I discovered some rust on my table top due to a cup of water carelessly left on the the top and knocked over by ...

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How long does it take to sharpen a saw blade?
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For a saw that has not been abused (ie missing teeth or other non standard use problems) you will only need to run the file across the teeth several times per tooth to restore the edge and points. ...

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Bad technique vs inadequate equipment for beginner woodworker
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Although I have not seen your tablesaw, I have used other portable contractor saws and they tend to have several problems. First the fence is not substantial and may have some give when the wood ...

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Building a wooden poker bag
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First, in order to make this box you will need a tablesaw with a dado saw blade set. The width of each missing tooth in the box joint is important. The teeth must fit snugly in the gap of the partner ...

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Load Bearing of Legs and Wood Movement on TV Console
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It is unclear if you intend to use 1" or 1 1/2" square legs. In either case the legs can certainly carry the vertical load. However, the legs are shown on an angle from vertical and this will place ...

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What is a "shadow line"
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Keshlam said it well, but I want to add a few thoughts. Shades and shadows are an important design consideration in any three dimensional work of art (and any woodworking project is art as well). ...

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Attach fastener into glue joint of two face-glued boards
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If the two boards are fully glued, they will act as a single unit and will not affect the strength of the screw connection, so go ahead. On the other hand, a glued (mortise & tenon) connection ...

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Weight bearing for a loftbed and wood only joints
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Rob's concerns are important. When you calculate the load that the main beams will carry you must ignore the depth of the notches and calculate the sag/load based only on the depth of the continuous ...

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Load Bearing Weight Capacity of a 3/4" x 3/4" Wood Molding?
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While your concept can certainly work, there are several considerations that will help it perform well. Wood species. A softwood is not nearly as strong and will be more prone to splitting ...

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What length screw should I use for a computer desk
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With the addition of your sketch for the design of your desk several other design considerations besides screw length come to mind. Although this answer does not directly address your question it ...

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Bullnose router bit, 1/4" shank, 1/4" radius, bearing guide DOESN'T EXIST?
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There is no reason I know of. In fact I have one in my shop. Check out here for one source. Their image does not show the guide bearing. My bit has a screw hole to accept standard bearings and you ...

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Is this a sufficient attachment method for a tabletop?
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To me, this design looks good structurally. (The table overall design looks great too!) As I look at your design it appears that you have thought this out very well. So I thought it might be helpful ...

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The wooden frame is wet and it's raining. Should I mount the roof now?
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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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What are some good ways to fasten beams to posts for a swing?
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This is classic post and beam construction and there are several ways to approach the connections. One way is with mortise and tenon connections. Note the short diagonal braces connecting the ...

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How to join short boards to make a longer panel
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If you start at one end gluing random lengths side by side you will create a series of recesses where the next board must be slid into the recess and glued and clamped individually. It seems that ...

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What's water sandpaper for?
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Water on the label implies that it is a wet/dry sandpaper meaning that it can be used when wet because the glue matrix which holds the abrasive is not water soluble. For most woodwork applications ...

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Cherry wood for dining table - Strong enough or should I consider Walnut?
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The short answer is that all three woods are similar in strength and woodworkers use all of them for projects similar to your proposed project. I would choose the wood based upon the appearance ...

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Mortise and Tenon for shed wall framing
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What you show can certainly be accomplished, although it is a bit more challenging than simply nailing studs together. To accomplish your design you will need a saw, drill, chisels and wood glue. The ...

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90 degree soft close lid support for 80lb lid?
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A commercial grade door closer might do the trick. A door closer can be set with a limit to prevent the door from opening too far, and can close the door once triggered. It gets its power when the ...

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How to remove a smaller cube from the end of a wooden beam
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Here are two approaches: Saw and chisels. This is the easiest and least expensive approach. A sharp hand saw will make short work of cutting into the wood on all three faces cutting a triangular ...

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3 (or 4?) piece plywood desk over bike trainer
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In simplest terms, what you are trying to do is create a stable platform at a specific height. To remain stationary the top must resist shifting in all three dimensions. Both tops in your photos are ...

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