For questions involving wood as a construction material, either as lumber or finished features of a home.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
2answers
180 views

How can I patch a rotting wood door?

I have a small rotting spot at the bottom of my back door and it's almost to the point where I could put my finger through it. I don't have the cash to replace the door right now, but what would you ...
1
vote
3answers
62 views

How do I join pieces of wood tiles, 12“ by 12” pieces, to make a larger slab?

I have a project to work on that requires me using larger pieces of planks than what I currently have. I have square planks all over the porch that would suffice if only I had a good way of fitting ...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

Filling deep gaps at corners of maple flooring

I have fairly new natural maple 3/4" [about 4" wide] flooring installed. The installer was sloppy and where the flooring butted against doorways (no doors, just open frames), he should have side cut ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

“Treated” wood vs “Pressure Treated”

I recently bought what I thought was pressure treated railing pickets. But now that I look more carefully at the label, there is no UC code. My understanding is that each piece of PT has to be labeled ...
1
vote
0answers
106 views

What is the essential beginners tool box? [closed]

I have limited budget, and am a firm believer in buying good tools that last forever, and not budget tools that last 5 minutes. I want to be able to build some items for my garden, a few planters, ...
2
votes
1answer
217 views

What is the recommended thickness for wooden steps?

I know that it depends on the wood itself, but are there any guidelines for how thick each stairstep should be? Assuming that it will be held by its sides (with no middle support) and will be around ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

Is wood strength affected after weathering wood?

Lately I have been looking at tutorials for weathering some Maple wood with vinegar but I couldn't find any mention if it may cause any long term issues with the wood such as splitting, warping, etc. ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

Can you help save re-staining project please

So, I embarked on this re-staining project a while ago and I made certain to Sand, Pre-condition, stain, wait for first coat to try, before applying second coat. Problem is it came out a disaster. I ...
0
votes
0answers
48 views

Covering Up A Large Gap In A Wall

I was looking for advice on how could i create a partition between my two rooms which have a huge frame in between them. The place was originally covered by curtains but putting up curtains on the ...
0
votes
2answers
61 views

How do I stain/paint Ikea birch Wardrobe pieces ebony?

I don't like the Birch color much but I got a couple of those to use but would rather have the darker color. How do I go about making this change without ruining the wardrobe or the pieces please?
1
vote
2answers
246 views

How to deal with Carpenter Bees boring into my front porch?

I noticed a single "bumblebee" hovering in front of my front door for days. When my handyman was out doing some repairs, he told me that it isn't a bumblebee, but a carpenter bee. Then he showed me ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

Span Load for 6x6 PT

Re-doing the deck of an existing bridge that spans 16' for two horses to walk across. The (6) joists are 6x6 pressure treated at 16" on center. Putting 6/4 oak boards on with carriage bolts. Seems ...
4
votes
3answers
7k views

What is the most durable wood to use for an outdoor swing set

I'm looking to build an outdoor swing set for my kids in the garden. I'd like to know what is the most durable wood to use that doesn't warp or bend. I've been down to the big department stores to get ...
0
votes
2answers
67 views

Is tung oil a good product for natural oak cabinets?

In my new house, all the cabinetry is natural bare oak. The house is about 8 years old. Chances are the cabinetry is original and doesn't appear to be finished with anything. I'm considering using ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

Trimming timber support to remove suspected mold

I am doing some plumbing work on a shower that has not been used for several years. It previously had a slow leak that caused a damp spot on the ceiling below. I noticed a small patch of black mold ...
1
vote
2answers
70 views

Finishing an Outdoor Table

I just completed refinishing an outdoor side table. On the metal, I sanded and cleaned it. Put a base of Rust-Oleum textured protectant followed by two coats of Rust-Oleum Hintr Green. The wood is ...
1
vote
1answer
66 views

Do I need to stain or seal an outdoor structure built from spruce?

I've constructed a outdoor shower cubicle at our cabin, mainly out of untreated spruce with a little pine. This will be exposed to the elements and will obviously get wet when used. My question is do ...
0
votes
2answers
167 views

Can you attach a post base to a brick patio?

Can you attach a lumber post base to a brick patio, just as like as to a concrete one? Is an additional concrete footer needed?
1
vote
4answers
131 views

Driving screws back into weathered deck

I have a 20+ year old deck behind my home. It's in great shape, but I want to refinish it this summer. Problem is, a number of the Phillips screws have popped up over the years. I have a basic Hitachi ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

Patio cover advice

I plan to build a patio cover sometime soon. It will be my first large project with lumber. I am primarily a model maker and am looking to expand my skills and expertise. When I moved into the house, ...
0
votes
3answers
76 views

How can I bend skirting for a bay window?

We have a bay window in our living room with a fast approaching deadline for the carpet being fitted. We need to bend the skirting as it won't be as pleasing to the eye if we do it in chunks and our ...
9
votes
3answers
1k views

What type of wood is recommended for an outdoor jungle gym?

I'm not sure what other specs to include, as I haven't started the blueprints yet, just wanted to price the main parts out to see if it would be cost effective to build one vs buying from a big box ...
1
vote
3answers
3k views

How to solve the problem of sticky Danish oil?

I ignored the warnings about not getting spray disinfectant on our oak kitchen surface which is finished with Danish oil, and now the surface has become really sticky, attracting dust and crumbs and ...
0
votes
2answers
568 views

Wobbly desk with IKEA tabletop and IKEA legs

I seem to have an issue with the table top and legs I have purchased from IKEA. For reference, the table top I purchased is here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50106773/ and the legs I ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I prevent animals from eating my wooden swingset?

I have a Rainbow swingset made of a Chinese wood called Cunninghamia. The squirrels and deer in my backyard have begun to chew the wood relentlessly. Is there anything I can do to prevent them from ...
0
votes
2answers
107 views

Is it possible to cut a threaded hole in wood?

Is it possible to create a threaded hole in wood? I'm making a kitchen island where the structure is 20mm threaded metal pipe (water pipe). I can either get flanges to connect it to the top or thread ...
0
votes
0answers
47 views

deck repair and painting

the previous owner painted our 1000sf deck but failed to maintain same. Currently the painted deck is peeling and several small areas have dry rot of the wood decking. what is the best way to repair ...
2
votes
2answers
70 views

What can I do about 2x4 wood expansion joints that are above the surface of the concrete?

I have a lot of concrete in my yard that has several 2x4 6-10 foot wood expansions. The 2x4's are now between a 1/2" and a full inch above my concrete. What can I do to fix this? I thought about a ...
1
vote
0answers
29 views

How can I protect the wall of a simple wooden cottage from rain?

I have newly moved to a property with a small cottage. It is located in a hot desert climate, close to the sea, with occasional rain during the winter. The cottage is made from relatively thin ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

Can a “tired” tarboard roof be updated without replacing it altogether?

I have a cheaply built wooden cottage in an arid climate with occasional rain during the winter. The roof consists of planks with tarboard nailed on top. The planks appear to be in poor condition ...
2
votes
4answers
125 views

What is the proper method to creating butcher block for a computer workstation?

I've been looking into creating my own custom computer workstation and for the top I wanted to create butcher block but I am needing it pretty thick to be able to hold the weight of servers, monitors, ...
1
vote
1answer
81 views

What is/was tunneling into this 2x4?

I have a piece of scrap 2x4 lumber that I was planning to use until I saw these little tunnel markings. Any idea what insect/creature made them? And is there any way to tell if it's still infested? ...
0
votes
0answers
53 views

How should I hang two single swings on an apartment patio?

I want to hang two single swings on an apartment patio, side by side. I have an apartment above me, so I know cement is there but it is not a sturdy cover (my ceiling). I want to run a 4 X 4 across ...
0
votes
0answers
202 views

Load bearing capacity of 2x6's for diy lifting cage

I want to build a custom power rack to safely perform heavy barbell exercises in my home. Commercial racks are too tall for my basement. Others have done this before: ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

Is plywood or dimensional lumber better for repairing notched joist?

During a recent remodel, I came across a 3 inch deep by 5 inch wide bottom notch in a 3x10 (the beams are that old!). I must say, i'm just a diy'er and even I was beside myself that someone would do ...
0
votes
0answers
52 views

How can I pressurize stain into wood?

I'm thinking about how to stain the railing on my deck. What I have is the same design as the last three pictures on this page. I'm going to take the glass out before I stain, so there is some ...
7
votes
3answers
3k views

What tools do I need to make a straight cut in laminated chipboard?

It's 38mm thick. Next week I will need to cut it along a straight line, and I would like the cut to be as straight and clean as possible. What tools do I need to do this ?
1
vote
3answers
56 views

How do I get started removing this wood frame?

This is a frame inset into this old leaded-glass window I'm going to restore. It is nailed into the original frame, and I can't get to any of the nail heads to get started. It's important that I ...
2
votes
2answers
112 views

Best way to create a simple and economic steam machine for steaming wood?

I want to build a simple steam machine for steaming wood to bend. To do this I must place the wood into a sealed PVC pipe and pump steam into it. The PVC pipe part is the easiest part. Producing ...
2
votes
4answers
3k views

How to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

During a travel in Laos, I need to drill some holes into a double-door's wood to install a locker. The wood is rather hard, and I don't have an electric drill (and can't find it). I only have 2 small ...
1
vote
5answers
210 views

Possible to flatten warped wood?

I have two sections of 3x12" wood that have been out in the weather for a few years and are now bowed across the 12" width of the wood. The dip is pretty severe, maybe 1/2 an inch? It seems like ...
7
votes
3answers
11k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
253 views

What to use to finish my desk from IKEA?

This may be an easy question, but everything I am finding on the Internet is kind of confusing (I am a computer guy not a carpenter!). Essentially, I want to know what I could use to finish my ...
3
votes
3answers
463 views

Can mindi wood be used outdoors?

Does anyone here have experience with mindi wood? For example furniture made from mindi wood? Is it also usable in outdoor scenarios, e.g. for garden furniture? What kind of finish is needed?
6
votes
3answers
760 views

Hardwood floors cupping even after replacement

Let me start off by saying that I am NOT a flooring expert or installer, I am a homeowner looking for answers. About 3 years ago, my home was built in southern Louisiana with reclaimed/antique pine ...
4
votes
3answers
382 views

How do I remove paint from a wood floor?

I have a coat of non-transparent paint (not sure what type, it was painted about 20 years ago) on my floor. I'd like to see the wood grain. So I am trying to figure out a simple DIY way to remove the ...
0
votes
1answer
283 views

Hollowing out wood log for table

I'm planning to cut down either a pine or beech in the near future, as I heard that the fall/winter season is a good time to cut trees if you want to dry the wood quickly. After cutting a log the ...
1
vote
4answers
170 views

How to drill a minute hole on a wooden pendant without a drill?

I'm not a professional carpenter and I haven't worked much with wood before. I also lack proper tools. I made a heart-shaped wooden pendant for my girlfriend with a paper knife and smoothed it out ...
21
votes
6answers
30k views

Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?

Related: When should you use metal studs? I'm planning on finishing my basement. (assuming all water issues are resolved) I'll be putting up a water barrier (tar paper) on all exterior walls, ...
1
vote
3answers
269 views

Is it safe to cut throught a 70mm spruce beam with a Metabo jigsaw?

I have this jigsaw: Metabo Ste 90 SCS (610 watts). So far, I'm using it to cut 1cm to 2cm thick wood, and it's a great tool. I know that the right tool to cut this beam would probably be a miter ...