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What type of wood should I use to resurface my table?

A club at uni has this great big old table. (about 1220mm by 2420mm). The club in question is the gaming club, so pen and paper RPGs, card games, boardgames, warhammer. fairly rarely models are ...
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How do I refinish a tabletop?

I have an old Ethan Allen dining room table with a couple leaves. It has a pretty dark finish with a thick coat of varnish on top. It's also got various scratches, water stains, etc. What is the ...
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What is an appropriate cut radius for a semi-circle bench for a 36" round table?

I'm designing a dining room space, a 36" round pedestal table is ideal for this space, but I'd like to add a semi-circular bench on one side (like a booth at a bistro). I'm wondering what the ideal ...
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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 ...
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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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What is a good wood to use to build a base for a heavy antique table top?

So my gf has a really sweet antique baker's table top. It has what I believe is a porcelain but may be ceramic finish. I've never tried lifting it (it was here before I was) but she tells me it ...
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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? ...
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How can I cover the unfinished edge of particle board?

I am new to this forum so please excuse if this is off topic. I am having trouble figuring out how to fix my entertainment center / TV stand. I recently bought it from Amazon and assembled it at home. ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What should I place at the bottom of my couch to prevent miscellaneous items from going under it?

I know this is a silly question, but I was wondering if there was a simple solution to preventing items from sliding under our couch. We have a hardwood floor with a slightly raised couch on it. ...
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How to build wall folding chair?

I found the following chair I'd like to mount in my small hall: However, it costs a lot. I wonder whether constructing such a chair myself would be hard? Any suggestions how to start and what ...
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Which technique of wood joining is the best for joining these boards of a small table?

I want to join these four 1.8 cm thick beechwood boards as one can see on the picture. My idea is to join at the B points with biscuits but I’m not sure what to do about the A points. It needs to be a ...
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Where can I store outdoor patio or deck furniture over the winter?

I have a variety of plastic / wood / metal patio furniture that I am looking to store over the winter. Unfortunately, I don't have space inside to store it. We usually see temperatures of about 10 ...
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How do I repaint furniture?

I've purchased this cabinet recently and would like to know if there is a way to paint it white? It is described as: Frame Material: Hardwood Wood Finish: Painted Finish: Painted
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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 ...
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How can I repair a bump in a wooden desk?

I inserted a screw in the underside of my desk but it was a little bit too long. Result: A small bump in the top side and flaws in lacquer. Photo: Who knows how to fix this?
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How can I build a two-legged table?

I am building a rectangular coffee table and want to build it with two legs The table top will be 120cm x 100cm (approx 47x39inches). The table height will be 40cm (approx. 16 inches) the idea is ...
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How to build a wooden ladder for a loft bed?

I want to build a five foot ladder for my 6 ft loft bed that's being cut down to 4ft tall because it's too close to my ceiling. My bed is going to be in front of my window which is on my shortest wall....
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How do I repair a dresser with the side falling off?

My kids have a dresser and somehow they have managed to pull the sides partially off. (In all fairness, it could have simply been an age issue – the sides were originally stapled on and it is 20 years ...
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Why did my third coat of polyurethane finish “buckle”?

I'm refinishing a table I built about 10 years ago. I put 2 layers of gloss polyurethane down and sanded between coats. All was fine at this point. I gave it another light sanding and put a third ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 grabs ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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Is softwood appropriate for furniture squares on a hardwood cabinet?

I'm building some cabinets out of 3/4" plywood, and I'd like to use 2x2" (nominal) stock as furniture squares. These squares will be on the interior only; it's not visually necessary for the interior ...
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Does there exist such a thing as mini-scaffold?

I'm looking to create an anti-RSI workstation. Something like: (only that particular one happens to be a scam called NEThrone) Only what I have in mind is hacking together something using maybe a ...
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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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How can I remove a potent smell from leather?

We just bought two used leather chairs. They are in great condition, but they have a very distinct (rather unpleasant) smell to them.... Is there any safe way to remove this smell without damaging ...
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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 ...