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What exactly is doorskin?

I've used it in a boat-building workshop, but I'm not clear on what "doorskin" is. Is it just plywood made of a single ply? What is its intended purpose? Is it sold at building supply stores that have ...
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How to fix eaten/rotten rafter

I need to repair the ends of some rotten 5"x3.5" (actual size) rafters (the pic is the worst one). I'm thinking about using a pair of unequal length 2x6s to create a sort of half-lap joint with the ...
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When sanding spindles how far should I go?

I have a number of spindles on my stairs which need to be repainted. The current paint is thick and badly done. How far should I be going when sanding? So far I have all the thick paint sanded ...
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is there an oil-based sealant to discourage carpenter bees from eating cedar siding and trim

I have read that only a paint or varnish layer will do the trick, but I'm wondering if there's any oil-based penetrating sealant for cedar that has some ingredient carpenter bees find noxious, so I ...
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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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How do I get a plastic bag logo stain off my finished wood table?

The bag in the photo below stained my wood table (see the photos). The bag had held some heavy books an was laid face-down on the table. I don't know if this happened through basic time and ...
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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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How much load can a (wood) board support, if it is supported only at the ends?

How much load can a board support, if it is supported only at the ends? At the moment my specific problem is hanging a tire swing between two trees, and depending on which trees I choose they could ...
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How to prep gypcrete bathroom subfloor that has wood around the toilet?

first time bath floor tiling. The subfloor is gypcrete concrete but around the toilet it is wood. The wood is rotting so I think I will take it out. But I don't know how to proceed. So a couple of ...
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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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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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How to achieve a sun-bleached effect with wood stain

I have a new wood shelf that I am trying to stain to a sun-bleached colour. I believe the wood is pine. Before staining, I sanded thoroughly with grit 60, 100, 150, 220. I also used a conditioner ...
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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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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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streaks in polyurethane finish on freshly stained farm table

I applied too much polyurethane finish on newly stained wood farm table while applying third coat. I tried sanding with 220 grit and applying a 4th coat but there are still very visible streaks. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Is it possible to refinish floors one room at a time?

I live in a small townhouse and would like to refinish the floors in the upstairs of my home. It is very difficult to do all of the rooms at once, but a friend suggested that unless I do this, the ...
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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 is this technique for matching cabinet veneers called?

Check out this picture of a kitchen cabinet: Notice how the veneers of the cabinets match up perfectly! What's this technique called? My architect said we should just specify "book-matched veneers" ...
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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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Stain a half stained deck

I now own a deck where the previous owner (for some reason) stained half of it a year or two ago (they did mostly the inside). I'm lucky to have the same product that was previously used. If I stain ...
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How can I stain dark Sapele wood to reduce red tone?

I have installed stair treads in Sapele (dark wood with definite reddish tinge) but now realize this clashes badly with the coffee coloured bamboo floor and the oak doors of the hallway where the ...
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How to bind wooden pieces together, but detachable [migrated]

I want to bind these pieces together, but not a permanent one. I want to be able to like pop one out whenever I want. Kinda like a Lego bond. I thought of putting magnets on them but couldn't find a ...
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How do I remove black rings on a wood kitchen top formed by a tin can?

At our house we have a wood kitchen-top. We had placed on it a tin can (a typical cookies can), and probably because of some water sitting there, a black ring has been formed where the tin touched the ...
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How to account for wood expansion when installing moulding?

I plan on installing some board and batten frame moulding in my foyer. Basically, 1x4 and 1x6 pine boards in the shape of squares nailed/glued to the wall. My question though is how do I account for ...
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Floating wall mounted office desk

I'm currently about to embark on redeveloping my home office. We have a room with a small alcove and want to mount a desk top inside it. The approx size is 220cm x 80cm We can source the wood we ...
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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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What kind of wax to use on birch/pine wood?

So I am completely new to any kind of woodworking (as in this is the first thing I have attempted), and overall I am very newbie to doing stuff. So right now I have a birch wood panel, with 2 pine ...
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What kind of Extruded Aluminum sections to replace main wooden frame on this DIY project?

Please note, I am not asking or suggesting Aluminum for the horizontal rods/ dowels here. I am asking about the Vertical frame. Since suggested "Extruded Aluminum Section": Wondering if that ...
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Will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell?

If wooden parts are binding, will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell? The wood is not maple or oak or birch. It is some type of softwood, maybe fir or pine. The bearing surfaces ...
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How to SLIGHTLY widen bored hole in 2x6

I'm making a stand-alone pullup bar and I bored 1 1/4" holes in 2x6's for my 1" galvanized pipe (1 1'4" outside) to slide through. Only the pipe is definitely 1 5/16" (thank you, guy at Lowes) and 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 ...
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Convert Mortice Lock to Cylindrical Lock

Currently I have a mortice lock. My condo has rules on the esthetic looks of the lock. I wanted to change the lock to keyless and found something similar. However it's a cylindrical lock which the ...
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How do you get spray paint drips off wooden desk [duplicate]

I decided to spray paint my desk matte black and glossy red. I spray painted the top and it was fine but I sprayed the sides and I got drips. I woke up the next morning to find the drips dry and I ...
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Calculating floor load strength

Well I'm sure this had been covered over and over. I could not find the formula I seek. I'm building a storage room in the back of a large steel building on my property and I was thinking I'd use the ...
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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 do cedar and pine compare as decking materials?

I'm replacing an old deck in my backyard. The existing deck is about 15X15 and is at ground level. I'm trying to decide between treated pine (Ac2) and cedar. Synthetic/composite wood is too ...
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How to attach horizontal bar to a wooden wall?

I want to set the horizontal bar on the wooden wall above the doorway.The wall thickness is 16 cm., 2 cm layer of plaster. What is the best and more reliable way to do this? Should I attach it over ...
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Will I need to re-sand wood that has raised grain due to moisture?

I am refinishing a cabinet with a barn wood plank top. After sanding it down to 220 grit I applied a coat of linseed oil. Unfortunately while at work today it rained, and while it wasn't directly ...
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How do I secure wooden balusters to an exterior stair railing?

I'm building an exterior railing for my front porch & stairs. I will be using pressure treated lumber. My balusters will be turned like these: To secure the baluster to the bottom rail I was ...
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Is this decorative trim or exterior bracing?

Shown below is an example of my exterior above my garage. I was wanting to look into painting/stucco/new siding work and wondered if what "bracing" you see as the same color of the house was purely ...
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How much dry calcium hypochlorite do I need to buy?

I have read that I need to buy dry calcium hypochlorite to lighten wood stain. I have 2 drawer fronts I need to lighten. Each drawer front is 8" X 36". Is a 1lb bag of the dry calcium hypochlorite ...
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Safe to use Angle Grinder with Wood cutting blades?

Being a newbie to DIY and trying to get more and more jobs done myself, safety is a concern to me. I recently bought a Makita 5" angle grinder to cut some metal balustrades, job done. I considered ...
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Remove cured Danish oil from tiles

My worktops are treated with Danish oil, and I appear to have got some on the tiled splashbacks and not noticed until it's cured (it's not very obvious except in daylight, I oiled by artifical light). ...
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Is This Wood Still Good? (Water Stained or Rotten)

I have an attachment on the side of my house, basically an enclosed porch but could also be a mudroom. One of the doors leads to a deck where the prior owners let the gutter downspout fall out of ...