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How to correct a twist in a 2x4?

I making a work bench surface and after putting the boards together in a rectangle I noticed a twist in one of the 2x4s. The result is that it will not lay flat anymore. Will adding joists help ...
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Is this a load bearing wall? Please help

I have a commercial space I am working on and would like to open up the wall between two rooms its a single story building, flat roof, concrete flooring. one room is 400 sq ft and the other is 600sq ...
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How to stack 2x4 table legs?

I have a desk made with 2x4 legs I want to increase the height for a work table. I'm thinking adding 5 1/2". How to I connect the new piece onto the original leg? I've been looking at pocket holes but ...
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How can I fill hinge mortises and latch bores so I can reuse old doors?

I have several old solid wood doors. I want to refinish them and use new hinges and doorknobs. How is the best way to repair existing hinge cutouts and holes and door cutout and holes? Thank you. ...
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Can I replace metal porch swing components with wood?

Have a metal porch swing that we haven't used in 6 years because a weld broke on the slat in the back that holds the two ends together. Wondering if I could replace the mesh fabric and the metal ...
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How do I cut an angled cut with low clearance?

I need to cut a header down on an angle to match my stairs. It needs to be cut on a 51° angle, which my circular saw can handle, but there isn't enough clearance under the joists to get my saw in ...
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How does one reclaim wood? [closed]

I want to make a dining room table. How does one "reclaim" wood? In my imagination, there are "farm foreclosure" message boards that one checks regularly. Set me straight.
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Shou sugi ban treatment of external timber cladding

I'm considering a shou sugi ban (Japanese burned wood) cladding on the building I'm currently working on. I've done a quick test with a few small pieces of the board I'm thinking of using and the ...
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“sap allowed” in walnut timber

I've been looking at getting some timber for a shelf, and found a place online selling walnut "sap allowed" - which I initially took to mean "might be 'sappy'". Having thought some more about it ...
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Shed panel warped, but isn't anymore

I had a shed delivered two weeks ago. It has been stored up right for a week when I noticed that some panels were bent/warped. It's now being returned and collected this week. See picture. However ...
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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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It rained last night; how dry do boards have to be before painting

How dry do barn boards have to be before spray painting them?
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New Wooden decking. To stain or not to stain [duplicate]

I had new wooden decking installed on my balcony. The guy that did the job says it doesn't need stain because the wood is already treated: http://www.diy.com/departments/premium-brown-softwood-deck-...
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How to drill 45mm diameter hole in 90x90mm timber post?

The reason I asking is that with my current equipment: SDS drill bit: SDS drill: I have no chance. The drill bit gets "stuck" as soon as it touches the wood. By stuck i mean it wouldn't move ...
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Can I use 2“x6” as roof rafters for porch addition over concrete patio?

If I tie into a 6/12 pitch roof with 2x6's. Will I be able to span a concrete slab of 11' 6"? I will be setting 4x4 post every 6' with 2 2x6's with 1/2" osb sandwiched between them as the form to set ...
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What degree do I make bevel cut to form a 28ft ring with 2x4s

I'm trying to make this circle for my pool to put 3" of sand in it
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How to stabilize a wooden lawn mower ramp over stairs?

I'd like to build a ramp for a lawn mower that is in the basement. The only way out is a set of stairs with a very little space to turn to them (that's why the ramp doesn't extend all the way to the ...
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Build a small fence around the BBQ grill

Has anyone out here ever build a small fence around the BBQ grill. What I would like to build one is to withstand against the strong wind where we live in. I live in Southern Colorado and our house ...
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roof ridge beam support

I am building my son a batting cage that measures 14'x40'. I have finished the concrete slab and I am now framing a 3/12 pitch roof over it using rafters and not joists. The roof will be supported by ...
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Can I resize a bench [closed]

I've finally found two identical bench's on an auction site that are almost perfect as I'm looking to create a breakfast nook In my kitchen that im doing up. Unfortunately just measured and one is ...
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How to remove silicone from brick

I had my windows replaced earlier this week. The old windows had metal U brackets to guide the rolling shutters. The gap between them and the brick wall was closed using some kind of (grey) silicone. ...
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Question on installing ski rack on on 36" wall space

I am trying to install ski rack on 36" wall space backed by 2 studs. To utilize maximum space, I think putting 2x4 wood board on wall fastened to 2 studs, and install ski rack on top of the board. ...
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How do I double screw corner posts

I'm building a dog house for our new puppy and got stuck on something. The plan... I want to build a frame and put external and internal walls so I can fill with insulation as Winter where we live ...
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Cinder block retaining wall repair

I inherited an old retaining wall (from the 1980s? repaired once or twice here and there): It has a few cracks and the mortar has gone bad so I'd like to repair it. So I removed the cinder caps, ...
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Entry Wood Door Repair on Finish

We have double entry doors and when I removed our old handle set, it took away alot of the paint that was originally on the door near the handlesets. Needless to say, I want to try to fix this issue ...
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Fix the big crack on wood post

We moved in a house at Dallas area and the wood post at my deck has a big crack in it, I read some post that it is normal, but if I don't treat it, will it keep cracking. Thanks a lot of any ...
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What kind of stains/treatment/varnish do I need to make to my wooden door frame

I have an interior door frame, which has been sawn locally in Sumatra, Indonesia from what is referred to as 'damar'. This I suspect is Agathis borneensis, or possibly Agathis dammara. I looked up ...
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Staining a previously oiled fence

My cedar fence has previously been treated with both marine oil and nut oil but I am no longer able to obtain these products in BC. It is drying out badly and needs staining. What prep work do I ...
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How much linseed oil is needed to treat a beechwood counter top?

I'm going to be treating beechwood counter tops with linseed oil (following these instructions). The person in control of the budget has asked me to figure out how much oil will be required (so we ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How many times can you unscrew a screw in wood before the hole is stripped? [closed]

This is obviously a broad question; I am just looking for a general idea.
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How to fix eaten/rotten rafter

I need to repair some rotten 5"x3.5" (actual size) rafters (the one in the pic is the worst). I'm thinking about using a pair of unequal length 2x6s to create a sort of half-lap joint with the cut-...
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Which fence wood and paint/stain is this?

I was looking at this example https://anchorfence.wordpress.com/2014/04/ Can cedar be prepared to look like it? Is it paint or stain? Because it looks so shiny and smooth.
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Which wood dimension to run on top of fence?

For the below picture, is it a 2x4 or 1x2 on top? Also how does it attach to the pickets? Is it nailed/screwed to the posts? I can't really tell.
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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 ...
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Wood Staining in a Garage

I am working in the garage with the garage door open as I am working for ventilation. My garage also has gym equipment in it. Am I able to use the garage again soon after or do I have to wait a day or ...
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What is the side load bearing capacity of wood screws?

I'm trying to figure out the viability of a project to suspend bicycles from the garage ceiling. What I don't know, however, is how much to worry about the bearing capacity of wood screws to hold a ...
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Where can I find information on making footbridges with a long span?

I have a creek I need to cross with a footbridge. While the creek is only about 3' wide, the main span of the bridge will have to be somewhere between 14-17' feet long, due to low, wet, and loose ...
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Why mate two boards instead of using one thicker board?

I need to build a footbridge across a creek and, due to soft and low land around it, will need a long span crossing the creek. I found this tutorial by Ron Hazelton where he makes a bridge with a 12' ...
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I need to Mount a 55" Sony TV on a Wood paneling wall w/no studs

My wife and I rent a duplex in an old neighborhood of Honolulu, HI. We have talked about mounting our 55" XBR-55X810C Sony 4K TV since we bought it, and yesterday we bought a mount on a whim. It's a ...
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How can I avoid sap seep in my woodworking projects?

I recently started getting into more DIY projects around the house and decided to make a fairly straight forward desk for my computers and monitors. This is a 3x6' desk with black metal pipes for ...
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Create a constant 5 mm gap between decking and side panels

I have some decking for which I've built the frame, and the main "floor" decking already but haven't done the sides for yet. The decking goes right up to the edges of the subframe that it sits on. ...
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How to remove excess nail hole filler

I recently had my windows and trim replaced and the contractor was very sloppy filling in the nail holes on the trim. There are big globs of whatever he use left on the wood any ideas on what I can ...
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Stacking freshly stained boards

I am staining boards to build a shelving unit for my dad. Staining before building, which I know is backwards but there is a reason for doing this. My question is... Can I stack the stained boards if ...
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How to extend arbor base?

Our garden arbor's underground legs are completely rotted and the arbor has fallen. I wonder what's the best way to fix it. I am thinking in extending the above-ground part of the legs (which are in ...
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What kind of Sealer for particle board

I have an early 80's oak vanity in the master bath. I think the sides and bottom of the drawers are some kind of particle board. Little pieces of wood pieces/dust are constantly present. I want to ...
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What kind of board can span 16 ft for a wall pergola

We are building a wall pergola that we want wisteria to grow on top of. The pergola will only come about 3.5-4 ft out from the wall (Edit: the columns themselves are less than 2ft from the wall). I ...
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Do I need to remove peanut butter/oil stain from unfinished wood before staining?

all: We've installed hardwood stairs in our new home. Before we've been able to get them stained and finished, my son left peanut butter hand prints on them. There are now oil stains on some of the ...