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Weight bearing glass furniture

I've seen some furniture (beds, tables, media units) that are made of wood but sit on glass legs. See this bed with glass legs. The glass legs are usually rectangular and appears to be double ...
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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 could our sliding mirror doors have cracked so easily?

I purchased and installed a set of sliding mirror doors 2 weeks ago. In the space of two weeks all four of the doors have developed cracks in them. A couple of them are at least a foot long. I have ...
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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 ...
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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 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: ...
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Stress analysis for a wall mounted table/desk

I need to build a wall mounted table/desk. I've done my calculation (full stress analysis) and I've moved all forces to the mounting points but now I'm stuck because I don't know how much would those ...
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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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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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Gas Strut Placement on Murphy Bunkbed

hoping for some assistance on mounting the gas struts I purchased on a Murphy Style Bunk bed - The Gas Springs I have are 90 lbs. with 20" fully extended and a 8" stroke?
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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 ...
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Replacement swivel for swing-top reading table

Ten years ago I got a Levenger swing-top wooden reading table. This is a chair-side reading table whose flat oval-shaped top can be swung horizontally over my chair to serve as a stable platform for ...
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What is this type of hinge called?

I am refurbishing a small cabinet and the door has this type of hinge. However, the peg was broken off of one of them and I can't seem to find a replacement. What is this type of hinge called?
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What is the best way to repair MDF furniture?

Our kitchen is made almost entirely from MDF. We have 1 closet where the hinges have pulled out and several drawers where the screws have pulled out. The MDF around the screws has just been eroded so ...
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What fabric is suitable for swing repair?

I have a swing where the fabric provides support for the users. I've looked up "outdoor fabric" but nothing seems strong or structurally supportive. I'm trying to avoid using the straps older ...
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Replace glass table top with a metal grid one to convert it to outdoor

I have an Ikea Granas table like this one: I don't need it anymore inside, but I was wondering if there's a way to convert it to an outdoor one. Theoretically, the table itself is glass and metal, ...
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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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Is there an ideal height for a workbench?

Is there a universal standard height that people try to go for when building workbenches? Should DIY tabletops be tailor made to the height of the user and how does the ideal height of the tabletop ...
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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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Repair squeaky MDF board for a Ottoman Divan Bed

I have an Ottoman Divan Bed that looks like this: .jpg The top part is made of MDF, unfortunately the bit where it opens on the right hand side has sunken in a little bit in the middle right. As a ...
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What is type of screw is this?

This cylinder-like screw is screwed into an opening on the inside of a table. It basically "locks" into the screw that is facing down from the top. Kind of like this: I'm trying to get them out, ...
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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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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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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? [closed]

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 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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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 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 ...