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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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How do I know what tools I need?
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Beyond the most basic level homeowner hand tools (hammer, screw drivers, pliers, handsaw, hand drill, etc.) I would recommend simple woodworking tools including: Bench chisels. A simple 4 piece set ...

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What are my options when laminating wood with butt joints?
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Rather than simply butting the joints, try to lap the ends of connecting boards by cutting the ends on a steep bevel or creating a lap joint. A table saw can get you up to 45 degrees where the angled ...

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How to bind wooden pieces together, but detachable
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The first thing that comes to my mind is to use wide horizontal velcro strips on the back of each block and mate them with vertical velcro straps. You can easily change the arrangement . Only a few ...

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Painting dark MDF Cabinet White
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MDF is not a very durable material as a finished surface and will not resist scratches well. The only protection you have will be the surface you apply to it. Paint will generally protect it from ...

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Long travel drill guide
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I can think of several approaches to try. First is to drill with an long auger drill bit. A new sharp bit with the screw tip on an auger may drill straight through better. I do not know if you ...

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How to fix a 2x4 table that is too heavy for its own good?
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It looks like the long dimension is perpendicular to the direction of the boards and having a laminated edge along the long span does not help. The problem is that you essentially have a beam spanning ...

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Bandsawing a small log - how to keep the log on the bandsaw table?
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Several times a year I rig my 14" bandsaw to resaw logs, usually up to 10" dia. and 4' long by removing the table from the saw and securing a 10' roller conveyor centered in place. (Sorry, I have no ...

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How do I create a hole with a hole saw that is deeper than the tool?
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Three other options come to mind, none are perfect although # 3 is not bad. Toolmonger.com has very deep hole saw bits. (http://toolmonger.com/2009/08/14/extra-deep-hole-saw/) But damn, these babies ...

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What alternatives are there to throwing sawdust in the trash?
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I found a link with a multitude of possibilities. OK 28. The break down into categories of burning them, using them for gardening, craft applications, animal bedding, absorption uses, wood filler, ...

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Strength of 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" Douglas fir
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Based upon your description it appears that the trailer has some sort of metal floor framing at 2' centers In which case the 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" and sheathing members are not carrying a substantial ...

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Best way to apply stain
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I would not recommend commercially available stains for anything intended to have furniture-like quality appearance, especially stain & finish one-step products. The problem with stains is that ...

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Help me design a support structure
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I would frame this with 4x4 corner columns extending up the full 6' height. I would frame the elevated floor with 2x6 joists at 16" oc. max. The deck can be 3/4" plywood. In essence your ...

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How can I figure out how much weight a piece of wood will be able to handle before breaking?
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In evaluating if the members in an assembly will be adequate, it is important to consider both the individual pieces, the connections and geometry of the entire project together to determine if it is ...

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Advice for repairing shaped glass cabinet doors
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What would be the best way to go about the first of these options? Preparation: Remove all glue, glazing compound and and spline pieces to be replaced. Splines: It looks like the existing splines ...

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What's a good wood to ebonize for a desk top?
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Butcher blocks can be made from any wood although I would recommend a hardwood. Oak, walnut, or maple come to mind. Oak has a pronounced grain and the wood will express more visually. Maple or ...

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How to build a stable heavy bag stand for kickboxing?
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The structure I designed below seems stable enough on paper... I would disagree with your appraisal. For clarity I refer to the direction of the triangular base pieces as 'front/back' and the ...

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Wood legs, steel frame and glasstop design
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In my opinion, your question illustrates the first step in designing any project. You have a basic idea and have attempted to solve it as shown in the sketches. The next step (which your question ...

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How can I prevent cracks from opening up in moldings?
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While the molding pieces do not get shorter pulling the joint apart, shrinkage across the width of the molding can create a gap. I recently removed some 'modern 2 1/4" moldings from a door and ...

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2-part dust collector, loss of CFM or not?
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As advertised, it seems that the Dust Deputy is designed to extract dust from the air stream before being sucked into the filters of a shop vac while the Grizzly Dust collector is designed to collect ...

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Strength of board from squared branches as opposed to trunk wood
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Structural lumber has continuous, well connected fibers running through the entire length of the board. Cutting those cells into 30cm/11" segments will significantly decrease the overall strength of ...

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Cutting board wax?
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It may be difficult to know what exactly is in the turpentine in your product so it is difficult to even determine what residues are left when the turpentine evaporates. Reviews I found on the ...

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Any suggestions on filling gaps in wood flooring? - Pine Tongue Groove
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You cannot fill these gaps in. Any wood floor needs to expand and contract across its width and the tongue and groove profile of the individual strips allow the floor to absorb changes in width ...

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Can you use smaller dimensions of hardwood than softwood and have the same strength?
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There are tools on the internet such as the sagulator (click on the 'design' tag and select more info to find a link to the sagulator) that can assist you in determining if a piece of wood can support ...

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How big should you build cabinets?
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Considerations to include when determining the size to make cabinets: How large a cabinet can you easily accommodate in your shop, transport and position onsite. What cabinet storage areas do you ...

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How can I evenly distribute small boards of lumber to make a bigger board?
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The first thing you will need for this project is a lot of bar clamps capable of spanning the width of the finish panel (29 5/8"). You should plan on clamping the width of the panel at least every 24" ...

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Is making this picture frame do-able?
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Here is another approach to the frame design. A 1/4" wide frame will not be very supportive so you must beef it up. You haven't mentioned how large the picture is, but unless it is very large you can ...

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Replacing deck boards, frame got rained on
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I assume that your deck had gaps between the deck boards for drainage, in which case you would clearly see deterioration in the framing lumber if it wasn't treated. Examine the deck framing for any ...

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Wood movement with L-shaped mitred leaning shelf
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First, if the space is air conditioned, I would not worry about the expansion. The temperature/humidity change will be minimal. The 1x3 you glued on the back side will help strengthen the miter joint....

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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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