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Laminating a long beam for strength
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EDIT: I reran the sagulator and found an error in my input (first sentence in italics is in error). The deflection is only 1/4". However, I believe the discussion of the dynamic nature of the ...

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Why don't door rails and stiles split apart?
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Normally wood rails are only several inches in width. The expansion over such a short width is not significant. As the width increases the overall expansion becomes more significant. Wood expands ...

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Feasibility of unframed doors
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I built flat board doors, without backing support, for a bathroom vanity (plenty of humidity) 10 years ago that are still flat. I believe one of the keys is to carefully select the individual planks ...

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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels
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I would definitely recommend the dowels. The greatest stresses will be in tension trying to pull the boards apart and breaking the connection of the screw or dowel with the boards. Both the dowel and ...

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Procedure to measure for jamb width?
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I have installed frames in walls that even vary in width over the length of the jambs. The trick I have used is to make the jambs too wide, dry assemble the jambs with a single nail to loosely hold ...

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Safe to make a cable organisation box out of wood?
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Low voltage cables are not a problem. On the other hand power cables in compact spaces will generate heat. For that reason electrical codes call for specific size junction boxes in increased sizes ...

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Which way of joining is stronger?
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IF you consider the connection of the bracket to mounting box as a hinge (or rotation axis) the projector will exert a downward force that will try to rotate the bracket counter clockwise in your ...

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How to account for wood movement in a curved chest lid
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As Graphus stated in comment, the wood members in the arched top will expand and contract while cross grain ends will not. The differences in expansion can easily cause failure in the top. I can ...

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Carving long curved recess
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I have not used a grinder for shaping wood as deeply as your project may require, but have free-form shaped concave surfaces using a disc grinder air tool. My suggestions include: If the leg is ...

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How to cut a double rabbet joint (that looks like two stair steps) for tablet holder?
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The first thing I would recommend is making a zero clearance insert using plywood and a couple of set screws to properly level the insert in the slot. Working with small wood profiles increases the ...

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2.20m x 3.80m rectangular frame - will it be stable?
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Will this be stable enough as far as warp is concerned? The term 'warp' can cover a lot of issues. Your boards may readily cup, twist, bow, or crook due to the repeated exposure to water and uneven ...

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Laminating Boards For loft Leg
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To answer the first part of your question, the glue adhesion should be more than adequate to handle the weight from the 2x6. This is both because the glue is more than strong enough to bind the four ...

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Antique table that has gaps in the wood
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You can paint over dried glue successfully, but you may see textures telegraph through. You cannot stain since the stain will not penetrate through the glue.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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