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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 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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Biscuit, dowel or simple braces for making unit top with inset lid and slim sides?

I've had 5 pieces of iroko machined for creating a top to my DIY TV lift, complete with a lid for the TV to pop up through: The dimensions are based on the pre-existing cabinet, and the lid size ...
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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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Why is there open/deadspace under most wooden furniture

I am in the design phase of a chest of drawers project, and it occurred to me that nearly every piece of wooden furniture I have seen has a 2-4 inch gap under it. Often this has the furniture up on ...
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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 can I repair screws in furniture with stripped holes?

I'm trying to repair a piece of furniture from which several screws have pulled out, stripping the wood. It's a lift top coffee table, such as this. (This is NOT the model in question, this just ...
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How do you explain wood grain? [on hold]

I'm new to this topic. What would be a simple explanation of wood grain? When you look at a wooden table or wooden panel, how can you describe it in terms of what you see?
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How would I go about building a movable-arm keyboard & mouse tray?

Strain injuries are the blight of the programmer. I've just ordered an ergonomic desk chair. However, if I am sitting back with my keyboard/mouse on my desk, I think this is going to still cause ...
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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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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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Stuck building craftsman style coffee table

I'm attempting to build (and learn at the same time) a craftsman / arts and crafts style coffee table. It's a smaller project to learn on, before I start taking on more complex projects. I've made ...
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Where can I get unusual dowel/shelf bracket sizes? [closed]

I need to put up shelves inside a custom shelving unit. However, the original toggles that held up the shelves were lost in a move. I was thinking dowels but I've been told that the originals were ...
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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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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 do I make a height adjustable desk?

Has anyone made their own height adjustable desk? I'm interested in making a computer desk that can easily be adjusted for either standing or sitting. The lift mechanism could be electric or ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 to loosen a nut when bolt and nut move together?

I have a sofabed whose back is fixed to the bed by bolt and nut. When I try to loosen the nut by wrench, the bolt and nut move together. There are no rust. How shall I loosen the nut? Update: the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Desk on top of bed platform

I've been having this idea for a while now. I want to move from a 1 bedroom to a studio because the only reason I use my current bedroom is for my bed. Thus, I was thinking about having a platform ...
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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 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 stop a bed frame from squeaking?

I recently bought a second hand wooden bed frame. All is good except it squeaks quite a lot when I move around on it (ahem). Any advice on fixing the annoying squeak? EDIT :: photo of the joint
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What is this soft, sticky wood finish and how do I remove it?

We have a second-hand table with a mysterious finish. The wood underneath is pale, possibly pine. With the finish, it's a slightly darker and "warmer" colour. The table is not antique; I'd guess only ...
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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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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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Is there a more rugged finish than Polyurethane for a heavy use table?

A few years go I sanded a stained table we had. Upon doing so, we discovered that it had really nice wood underneath. So instead of restaining, I applied about 4 coats of satin polyurethane. It looked ...
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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 do I build a headboard for a bed?

I need to build a headboard in the next couple of days. My requirements: can be attached to the wall, I read something somewhere about French cleat needs to be attached to the bed, to stop the bed ...
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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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How can I mount a desk on a wall with L-brackets?

I'm currently planning a new wall-mounted computer desk and intend to use something similar to this as the top: However, my end goal is for a wall-mounted desk, using L-Bracket mounts. I've never ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...