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Can my garden furniture be saved?

I have some hand me down wooden furniture. Unfortunately, with multiple moves and births in the last few years, it has gone a unloved. The wood seems very weak, and is brittle when dry. One beam ...
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Can I use two 2x4's to replace 4x4 posts in a loft bed?

I'm building a loft bed for a queen size bed. I planned to build a platform and support it with 4x4s, but I'm having trouble finding untreated 4x4s. I plan to loft the bed 5' or so. The platform will ...
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Activating chair's gas lift? [closed]

I've ordered a chair from Argos, however, after assembly, the gas lift fails to elevate the chair -in fact, pulling the lever on the side seems to have no effect at all (it just swings back & ...
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How do I fix a broken brass drawer pull?

This drawer pull comes from an antique dresser; it mates with a threaded screw that goes inside the drawer. The collar on the drawer pull has gradually become thinner and cracked, and no longer ...
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Computing force over a range

I'm building a murphy bed. I've build a box out of plywood that holds the mattress (the box is shaped like a sandbox. See image below). I plan on putting 5 different 25lb springs across the long side ...
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What can I use to stop drawers in an organizer from sliding out all the way?

I have purchased several of these small drawer units: However, when I open the drawers, they come straight out - there is no mechanism to ensure that the drawers stay in the slot. In the past, I ...
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How can I make a park bench more sturdy?

I purchased a park bench for my patio But it's a little on the flimsy side and I'm afraid someone is going to throw themselves down on it and it's going to break. In what way can I strengthen the ...
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How can I fix a table top that I spilled air freshener on?

I spilled air freshener on the top my dining table. It is a veneer top with urethane finish. The area is sticky to touch. How can I fix this?
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What material is used to fill cracks in wood that looks black afterward?

When looking in the more stylish furniture shops, they often have very large tables (e.g. 10cm thick x 1m wide x 2-3m long, made from one piece of lumber. Understandably, such pieces often have come ...
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Repaint moldy porch chairs

We have wooden porch chairs that were supposed to be painted with outdoor paint but they have succumbed to some sort of mold. To repaint these would I have to sand/strip all of the existing paint ...
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How can I update this very stubborn antique bed frame so the mattress fits properly?

How stubborn you ask? Well the bed frame has three issues, but really only one and the other two are only a result of the first: The rails are too short. Not by much, maybe an inch. Maybe even ...
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How do I reinforce a drawer bottom?

I recently bought a self-assembly wardrobe. After assembling it, the drawer bottoms were not held in place by enough wood (I think the groove for the drawer base was too close to the bottom of the ...
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Should I use oil or polyurethane to protect new cane chairs?

My wife and I have just bought 6 cane (wicker) dining chairs. I would like to protect them from the inevitable staining from spilt food and drink, grubby hands etc. What is the best way to protect ...
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How to build disassemblable structure?

I'd like to build a largish (6' x 7' x 4') structure that can be assembled and disassembled on-site with only hand tools. I'm thinking about things like insert nuts, cam lock nuts, mortise/tenon ...
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How do I turn my top-heavy headboard into a freestanding headboard?

I've DIYed an upholstered, king-sized headboard (5'x6'10"), but after trying to bolt it to the bed frame, I've realized that the bed frame is much too light to prevent the headboard from toppling ...
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How can I touch up a marred furniture paint job?

I recently repainted some night stands using benjamin moore advanced paint. They look great, except that I noticed some debris on the top and removed it with tweezers. I attempted to smooth over it ...
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What latch would work best for a front/top opening chest?

I'm building a chest (about 3' wide, 2' deep, 2' tall) where the front folds up over the top (270 degrees), then the front/top fold again to the back (another 270 degrees). I need to know how best to ...
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How to move/remove the bracing from this desk?

So, I am the proud new owner of this new desk! I've never needed a desk before. Unfortunately, along the long side, I find myself leaning and writing. A lot. The brace at the bottom really gets in ...
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Are pocket screws strong enough for a bed frame?

I've built a loft bed for my 4 year old following the plans posted here: http://ana-white.com/2012/07/plans/camp-loft-bed-stair-junior-height I modified the plans slightly to use a ladder instead of ...
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Reinforce chair stretchers with screws?

I have a set of dining room chairs and a table. Some of the chairs have their stretchers come loose. They were just held in with glue. Two years ago, I re-glued them and applied pressure with clamps ...
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How do I remove paint from a porous table top?

I bought an unfinished kitchen set and had previously painted it white. We decided after a year that we wanted a bit of a different look. So, we decided we wanted the contrast of a natural or ...
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How do I attach a shelf to a plaster wall invisibly?

Following this question: How can I attach two pieces of wood in an invisible way? I have another - what would be a good way to attach a shelf to a plaster wall, if it is completely supported (i.e. ...
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Where to find folding stands for painting?

I'm looking for plastic folding stands for painting. The idea is to put e.g. plywood board at the top of those and paint furniture on it. Any idea where (e.g. web store) I can find these?
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Restoring french polished buffet

I have a 90 year old mahogany buffet that needs a pretty solid restoration job. Some of the planks that make up its top have lifted by a few mil, but most of the work is simply cleaning it up. I'm not ...
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Outlets On a Desk

Recently I have built a new desk in my office, made of pine and plywood. It is a build in, that is, it is permanently attached to the wall, etc. and can't be moved. I felt that it would be useful to ...
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How can I replace piano hinge

I have an old shelf with doors supported on piano (klavir) hinges, which are rusty and crooked. Most of the screws on the hinge are barely holding on, so for now I am ruling out the option to replace ...
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How to fix my sofa cushion that is coming apart at one of the seams? [closed]

I have a cheap leather couch that I really enjoy sitting on. The problem is that one of the seams on a cushion is coming apart. I know that my rear-end is heavy, so what's the best way to sew it ...
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What type of support would I use for a hutch that is leaning inward?

I have a hutch that is comprised of two pieces that come together. The bottom is a flat surface with a cabinet and two doors in addition to some storage space. Above it, is a more storage space ...
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Looking for a Standing Table [closed]

I'm trying to find a standing table, on which to put my computer and whatnot. It would ideally have locking wheels to let me roll it around a little. And it would also have an adjustable table top, ...
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Where can I find 3D models of objects that are more like real things? [closed]

I'm searching for furniture and related models (TV rack, TV, freezer, armchair...) for my 3D flat's design. Sweet Home 3D and Google SketchUp have a lot of models, but I would like to use models of ...
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How to clean sofas effectively? I have a toddler at home and he is allergic [closed]

What is the most effective way to clean dust from the sofa. I am from india we dont get the high quality vacuum cleaners in our country. Is there any other device I should be looking at.
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Furniture needs to be attached to the wall, but my tenancy agreement doesn't allow it

I've just rented an unfurnished apartment. Obviously I need some furniture. However, wherever I look (IKEA and similar websites), the instructions for any furniture I look at say that it has to be ...
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How to lock black-pipe connections?

I'm having some fun playing around with a furniture project where I'm using some black pipe as the legs. Things are working out fairly well (well, I think so, even though my wife thinks it's ...
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How can I prevent racking on a large free standing wardrobe?

I have two free standing wardrobes, 2.8m by 2m (depth 70cm). Actually inside the wardrobe there is one internal 'wall', halfway 1m, so it divides each wardrobe into 2, but is no stronger than the side ...
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Any ideas on hiding a TV in a coffee table?

With 1080p and now 4k Tvs its a waste of technology to watch it from 14'+ away. Sitting under 6' way from a 50+ inch HDTV is the only way to enjoy all the pixels. The only way I can think to have a ...
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How to make a floor plan?

First, I'm not good with home improvement or anything too manual for that matter - I'm more of a computer geek. I am soon to move into a new empty apartment and I am going to go furniture/appliance ...
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What is the technical term for this corner cupboard?

I am trying to learn what this small blue cupboard on the left side of the table is called? It's a corner cupboard but I am not sure what the technical term is:
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Dresser drawers getting stuck

I've got a dresser whose drawers get stuck and won't open. Nothing is blocking them, they just seem to get stuck on the runners. None of the runners seem loose or damaged, so I don't really know ...
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How Should I Store Antique Furniture?

I have some fairly large/heavy antique wood furniture (ranging from 30-90 years old) that I need to store in an in-ground unfinished basement, potentially for a few years. At the moment it's mainly ...
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Would removing the back-board of cupboards help against mould/mold?

Would removing the back-board of cupboards help against mould/mold? In our new (to us) semi-basement flat we have a relatively small condensation problem, generally behind cupboards... kitchen ...
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How to remove bird droppings from woven patio furniture?

We have a set of patio furniture with a steel frame, but a loosely woven cloth seating surface. Since we live in a very wooded area, a chair was recently dive-bombed. I have a bucket and scrub-brush - ...
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How can I reinforce an entertainment stand for an aquarium?

I just moved into a new apartment, and I'd like to get an aquarium. Space is tight so I'd like to use this entertainment stand: I would like a 20 gallon aquarium (I'm told 10 gallon ones are too ...
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How to repair the leg of a computer chair

I have an office computer chair whose leg broke, there is a huge crack along the plastic, and it bends, but its still attached. I tried using hot glue and duct tape, but it breaks apart again because ...
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What tools and techniques do I need to recreate this piece of furniture? (pic in description)

I don't plan on making a chest of drawers but am interested in the techniques involved so I could apply them to other furniture. EDIT: close up picture
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Using wood filler on garden furniture

I want to repair some weather battered garden table, bench and chair set. It has had some in places, so I will be replacing the severely rotten sections, and scraping out the rot from the partially ...
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All Leather Sofa Creases [closed]

My new all-leather sofa came in a few days ago. The inside fill is polyfoam. The cushions and armrest did not have any creases or wrinkles on it. However, after sitting on it a couple of times, ...
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What design should I use for a desk that is only around 1' deep? [closed]

I have a small apartment. I have an empty wall space that is approximately 1 foot 'deep' as it butts up to what I would call a "room divider" wall. I want to use this space for an office desk. I need ...
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What is the standard distance between a table and a banquette?

We just moved into a new condo that has a small area (43"x120") off the kitchen that I am thinking of converting to a dining nook with a narrow table. Considering the dimensions, it seems ...
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wall mounted table/desk, i've my calculations now what

long story short that i need to build a wall mounted table/desk, i've done my calculation (full stress analysis) and i've moved all forced to the mounting points but now im stuck because i don't know ...
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Is this ladder bookcase design strong enough to hold printers?

I have been looking for a shelf system to store my printers and other misc. items next to my desk. After looking around at various hardware stores, office supply stores, Ikea, Amazon, and even second ...