furniture making, repair, and refinishing

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
2answers
34 views

Can I cut the back off a china cabinet to convert it into a bookcase?

I would like to change this china cabinet into a built in bookcase. It is currently 16" deep, but I want it only 12" deep. Is it possible to cut the entire back off, and would it need to be put back ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

When there is no room to stabilize a nut, what then?

I have an electric chair that someone cut the power cord and power pack from and are no longer accessible. I'm removing the motor and one of the bolts in the frame to it spins relentlessly along with ...
2
votes
2answers
42 views

Dealing with woodworms

I am dealing with woodworms at home and I am looking for an effective method to contain their spreading and eliminate them from my furniture. I would just like that they chose another place to build ...
2
votes
3answers
23 views

Using Zinzer BIN primer (shellac base) on previously waxed pine furniture

I have a piece of pine furniture that has been waxed (not stained) that I have been wanting to paint for years. Finally started the project. I tried sanding, but the sand paper got coated with the ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

How to clean up old steel table edge?

Got an old drafting table and there's wood stain and adhesive stuck on the edge: http://imgur.com/a/zyaJ0 How can I remove the layer of gunk and clean it up a bit? Obviously removing the edge ...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

Stacking one mattress on top of another

I have a memory foam mattress which has become squishy over the years. I am getting a replacement, but I still want to retain the old one in case I have guests. As of now, I don't have a bed frame, ...
1
vote
3answers
44 views

Chair felt pads that stay on

I've got some Ikea Vilmar chairs that have a sort of swivel base and thin legs, and I'm trying to put some felt pads on the chair, but no matter what I try, I can't get them to stay on. They'll come ...
0
votes
2answers
28 views

How to repair wood furniture surface from chemical blemish?

I left a can of Raid insect spray on top of a piece of furniture and unbeknown to me there was some sort of chemical goo that dripped off the can overnight and it seemingly ate through the surface and ...
1
vote
0answers
43 views

How to repair broken off wood from a chair?

I have an old chair that part of broke of some time ago and was lost. I've finally got round to fixing it as it's a bit of an eyesore. I started by using some woodfiller which I had lying around, but ...
3
votes
1answer
79 views

Will 1x4's and 1x6's be enough for an aquarium stand?

I'm building an aquarium stand, with only wood and screws. I'm only equipped with a miter saw, a drill, and some hand powered saws and a leveler- this will be my first woodworking project. The goal is ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Can I sand my last coat of alkyd satin paint?

I painted a custom kitchen island I built with Sherwin Williams water based alkyd satin paint. I did a light distressing by using sand paper on the edges and corners to reveal the stain I put on ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

What is the height of the IKEA BILLY plinth?

If any owner can do a quick measurement and help me out, what is the exact height (cm. not in.) of the IKEA BILLY plinth? Se the image below: I need the exact height to the bottom of the first ...
2
votes
2answers
187 views

Is gluing table top planks better than using pocket hole screws?

I am learning furniture building. I started by building tables using pocket hole screws to attach the planks together and also to attach the table top to the apron/base. I am now converting to using ...
3
votes
1answer
92 views

How do I get 2x6 and up pine, or a close alternative, in California?

I am building ana white style farmhouse tables with planked tops. Most people that I see building these online are using 2x pine. It is cheap and drier than some wood. Here in Northern California, the ...
3
votes
3answers
181 views

How can I find the part to fix this bookshelf?

I have a bookshelf with a broken part, but don't know what this kind of bookshelf is called or what the part is called. The bookshelf has glass doors that slide up and in: Each door has a catch (...
2
votes
4answers
192 views

How to treat the edge of OSB in a piece of furniture

There are lots of nice pictures on the internet of untreated OSB CNC-cut into chairs/tables/benches. What can be done to the edge of the cut to have a clean surface with no strands and splinters? ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Wooded furniture stained because of plastic sheet protectors

We covered our new very expensive wooded furniture with plastic sheet covers specially made for furniture. Due to heat exposure or some other reason, when we took the covers off, they were stuck to ...
1
vote
2answers
42 views

steel poles with pine shelving - how to fix?

I have little setup that i didnt properly think about it! rush job. I have four Galvanised poles with four pine shelves (900x220x20) sitting on gate-eye tube clamps. The poles go through the wood on ...
1
vote
1answer
76 views

How do I reinforce an old mortise and tenon joint?

I have some old This End Up chairs with mortise and tenon joints that came reinforced with nails. They are generally pretty sturdy but have gotten quite the wiggle over their 33 years. My question is ...
0
votes
1answer
101 views

How to refinish a rubberwood and veneer coffee table top?

A part of the rubberwood and veneer coffee table got damaged and I would like to learn what are the tools and materials used to refinish/fix this type of issue. The manufacturer says that it's a '...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

Table top damage

I just got a new coffee table. My boyfriend sat a tube of Icy Hot down on the table and it leaked! Now there is this goo on the table. I gently tried to clean it off, but the finish comes off with ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Lightening stain on wood

I need to lighten dark stain on 2 drawer fronts. How much calcium hypochlorite do I need to buy? Is a one pound bag enough?
2
votes
1answer
43 views

Paint vs polyurethane durability

For an indoor project that is likely to get bumped, knocked, etc. (e.g., door or window casing, cabinets, built-in bookshelves, etc.), should one expect that a good quality paint will resist chipping ...
3
votes
4answers
608 views

How do I stop my recliner from scratching wood floor

I have hardwood floors and recently purchased a recliner. The recliner slides around on the hardwood floor. Is there a product that will stop the recliner from sliding and more importantly stop it ...
4
votes
4answers
112 views

Can anyone tell me what kind of hinge this is?

I saw it on a folding table I'm planning on copying.. It looks pretty thick- see the couple pictures below; Cheers guys and gals!
0
votes
2answers
102 views

IKEA Furniture in Conservatory

I have had an IKEA LACK Side Table in the conservatory for about eight months and it has started splitting (see below picture). My guess is this is due to the fluctuating temperatures in a south ...
1
vote
2answers
309 views

How to repair hole that the chair leg screws into

My upholstered chair has one leg that will not screw into the chair base because the hole is too big and it looks as though the screw that was in the chair base is gone, making it impossible to screw ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

How best to cut vinyl drafting board cover?

I'm topping an office desk with Vyco (an Alvin product which has few competitors e.g. Borco). The material is a 1/16th inch thick, very tough, and flexible. They advertise that scissors work; but in ...
2
votes
2answers
63 views

Can I use 0000 steel wool to remove streaks in my polyurethane finish?

Can I use 0000 steel wool to make a better uniform finish?
0
votes
1answer
41 views

What is this door furnishing called?

I've been searching for the name of the part at the bottom of this door that's protruding outwards and diagonally on the sides, can anyone shed any light on this? I can't find the right term for it ...
2
votes
2answers
355 views

What is an ideal angle for a seat back piece?

I'm building an outdoor couch and want to put an angle on the back piece. What is a generally acceptable angle for the back piece? In the photos below, I've rotated the back pieced to 15°, but is just ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

Board on top of computer desk drawers blocking 2 cam locks because incorrectly installed upside down. Smashing and removing board cause instability?

I am disassembling a computer desk for a move. I think that removing the cam locks would remove the top of the desk. The problem is that there's a board on top of the drawers that is blocking 2 ...
0
votes
1answer
65 views

How to repair this couch?

I bought this leather (leatherette?) couch 1.5 years ago but recently noticed that the surface was damaged. Please see the photo below. How should I repair it? Since I bought an "extended warranty" ...
1
vote
2answers
73 views

How to connect furniture without cam locks?

I am planning to build my own coffee table. Is there any other way to connect furniture without using cam locks? Because it's hard to align and requires skills. Any ideas? Thanks.
2
votes
2answers
185 views

Is spruce wood a good choice to make a bunk bed?

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk. I'm a beginner at woodworking and I need some help. I have made some "plans", I will put 7x2m stakes, 4x1.40m each around ...
0
votes
2answers
39 views

Can someone inform me on how to achieve this type of patina on a furniture project I am working on

Can someone inform me on how to achieve this type of patina on a furniture project I am working on? I am building a coffee table and tv stand for my bedroom and would like to treat the steel with some ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

What is the best way to fix a large rectangular shaped glass table top?

It's a 48in wide x 84 or 96in long x 1/2in thick. It broke pretty clean down the middle widthwise. Also it has an arched wooden base with 2 arms arching outwards (one on either side) in the outer ...
2
votes
2answers
113 views

Help Repair Chemical Damage to Dresser Surface

Okay, so I think this dresser came from Lazy Boy or Ashley Furniture, it isn't vintage or built like they used to make it. Nonetheless, I am getting ready to move, and this has been driving me crazy ...
1
vote
0answers
57 views

How to repair a table surface?

The table is a bean shaped hollow structure made of two 4mm hardboard panels and has a convex siding. The top surface and the sidings are coated seamlessly. It's 40mm thick and about 1.5 square ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

Repair cracks in molded foam in sofa

The structure of my 1960s italian sofa has a medium density foam molded around it. (In the pictures, it's the orange stuff, it's called Bayfit foam). The foam has developed significant cracks (or ...
1
vote
0answers
92 views

Sofa Upholstery: What's the name of this back cushion technique and how is it done?

I'm re-upholstering my couch and trying to make synthetic-leather back cushions like this: I'm specifically referring to the horizontal line where the fabric turns-in on itself, creating some "...
0
votes
2answers
156 views

loose leaf on dining room table

I have an old table with multiple leaves. When the leaves are in, on one end of the basic table, the leaf fits tightly. On the other end, no matter how you push it in, as soon as you let go, the end ...
0
votes
1answer
44 views

How can I make seamless upholstered chair pads?

I want to make a chair pad that is smooth wood on the bottom and seamless padded upholstery on top. How do I handle the cloth/wood interface? The simplest option is to wrap the cloth around the ...
2
votes
1answer
934 views

What kind of joints are best used for a loft bed?

I'm specifically referring to the design seen here. It's quite hard to view how the corners are joined together. I found a couple of other designs that are similar, it kind of looks like a butt ...
0
votes
3answers
537 views

Lifting mechanism for height adjustable sitting standing desk

I have put together a sitting standing desk and all but one part works. The bit I would like some advice on is how to dynamically raise the keyboard/mouse surface to switch between ergonomic standing ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

what type of glue do I use

I am looking to re-glue the screw that connects a wood leg to a metal threaded bracket on a piece of furniture. The end that goes into the wood leg is stripped in the wood so the leg is loose, I tried ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

How to reinforce a flimsy settee?

we have a Settee that does not feel very sturdy. It is rated at 250 lbs and there is a slight wobble. What can I do to make it steadier and more load bearing? (e.g. 400lb) Here is the settee: http://...
2
votes
2answers
235 views

What do I need to use a headboard?

I am hoping to get a headboard like this one. What do I actually need to use it? Is the common option to use a metal bed frame or is there some other type of bed structure that I should be using with ...
4
votes
3answers
465 views

Can I temporarily remove the bottom stairs on a staircase to help move furniture?

I just moved into a new place and really want to move my awesomely large (and somewhat expensive) sofa into the basement. The problem is that the stairs end in narrow hallway running perpendicular to ...