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What tools should I use for hand carving and whittling?

I have been hand-carving hunting bows (ie: simple selfbows, straight backed bows, steamed static recurve tips, etc) for a couple years. I used to do all of my carving with a set of nice drawknives and ...
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How can I bore deep straight holes through wood?

I wish to bore a 12mm hole in a 9x2 vertically. How do I keep the bore hole straight through 9 inches?
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Can mortise and tenon joints be strong without glue?

I'm designing a loft bed (here's a rough picture without the cross supports and other details). Right now, most joints will be mortise and tenon. I'd like to be able to take the loft down to parts, ...
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How can I cut detailed wooden monograms out of 1/4 inch plywood?

What is the best way to cut a 20 inch vine (font) monogram with a circle around it, out of 1/4 inch Baltic birch plywood? I have seen them everywhere but I'm finding it extremely difficult to cut out ...
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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 ...
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I have an old house (100 yrs) up off the ground and in the past year the wood floors have began to sag where the boards meet [closed]

I think my house is about 1oo years old, I have lived in it for 15 years and just in the last year the wood floor has started to sag or bouncy where the boards meet. I thought it was in the traffic ...
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How can I repair water damage under the kitchen sink?

I found out that our kitchen water connection had somehow loosened up and was leaking water on the floor underneath the sink. Now the particle board cabinet floor is warped quite a bit. I was thinking ...
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Securing house numbers to stucco

We recently had our townhouse complex re-painted (beige stucco, reddish-brown trim.) We took the house numbers down ahead of time, of course, and now I need to put them back up. Previously they were ...
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How should I mount a rework box if it has to go through an MDF/wood panel and drywall?

I need to install a combination power and low voltage box in the ceiling of my finished basement for my home theater projector. I can't bolt the projector mount directly to the studs because of ...
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Are small air bubbles on the surface while applying wood finish normal?

While finishing my door, I've noticed a lot of small air bubbles after applying the finish. I asked a painter about it and he told me it's normal, but it doesn't seem normal to me. Is this normal or ...
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How should I widen a picture frame?

This is my first real woodworking project, so bear with me. I decided to create a picture frame (18x24) for a print I bought for my wife for Christmas. It's made out of 2" wide mitered pieces of ...
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How do I mount a TV on a solid wood wall?

I have a 51.8lb Sharp Aquos LC46D85U that I'd like to mount above my fireplace. The problem is that there aren't any studs (at least none that I can find) behind my wood walls. My walls are not ...
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How can I protect my hardwood floors from water damage?

I just bought a home with hardwood floors everywhere, including the bathrooms. While this is nice, I worry that they will be damaged by constant exposure to water. Is there anything I can do to ...
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How should I shut down a woodburner that is attached to an electric furnace for the night?

I have a Monarch Add-A-Furnace wood burner connected by ductwork to my Armstrong Air electric furnace. I use the wood burner when it gets really cold outside, but shut it down at night because I do ...
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How can I reduce squeaks in wood floors when no felt paper was installed between floor and plywood?

I've purchased a home where the previous owner installed 3/4" wide plank pine over a 5/8" plywood subfloor. The plywood is glued to a concrete slab but there is no felt paper between the 2 woods. ...
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Can you screw something that will not loosen?

I'm working on a wall hook project that is meant to be permanent (so once you install it you don't have to take it off the wall because of loose hooks or knobs - used for hanging keys or coats). One ...
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How can I find *very* old door/window trim?

Our house is around 100 years old, and during the course of a bathroom demo, the contractor irreparably broke part of the window trim. Of course, the big box and local lumber stores are completely ...
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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 beautiful wood table; see the photos as I have no other way to describe it. I don't know if this happened on it's own, or if my cleaning lady applied some Lemon ...
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How can I repair stacking doors that are not closing properly and running off the track?

I live near a dam. My front entrance runs along a canal Stacked / Folding Wooden Doors I have 4 X 6 pane stacking doors at each of my balconies and I am experiencing the following problems. The ...
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Can I use these tree stumps for a table?

I took two tree stumps of approximately 35 cm in diameter and stuck them inside my living room. I read that, if I seal the ends with a strong varnish, it will allow them to dry out through the sides ...
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Wood that can be easily bent

I'm looking for a table of different types of wood, which gives numbers on how bendy they are. Are there any such tables? I ask because I need to decide which veneer I should use to create tight ...
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Why doesn't a through tenon weaken the stile?

I've been playing with load tables for wood beams in the context of framing a floor. The tables assumes uniform load, which seems valid if the joists are just sitting on the headers. But what if they ...
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What header joist sizes do I need for a loft bed?

I've decided to design and build a king-sized loft bed for our bedroom. Basically, I've got an 80" x 89" frame, 54" off the floor, covered with slats instead of plywood (see image, below). I'm sure ...
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How do I build a white board stand?

I'm looking to create a wood stand for a white board. I have never built anything before and am looking for both insight on what to do and possible schematic ideas. I took basic construction classes ...
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How to connect wood to concrete

How can I attach wood to concrete in this bench?
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Any ideas for cutting door bottoms on pocket doors?

What can I do about pocket doors that are blocked by floor tiles? Could you cut out the bottom (1/4-1/2 inch) on a pocket door while it is still in the frame? What tools would you use? How would ...
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Building a 16 by 20 wood patio with tar shingles

I have 2x6x16 rafters hooked in to the side of my house. There will be approx. 12 of these. I have three 6x6x8 post that will be cemented in the ground. As of right now I have a 4x6x20 going across ...
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How can I plane the edges of plywood?

I'm working on an 8ft x 12ft climbing wall. I have 3/4 inch ACX plywood attached to a frame. Since the frame isn't perfectly square, the plywood overlaps on the edges (up to about 1cm) so I need to ...
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How to fit a new door in a narrower frame?

I would like to replace a door which has non standard dimensions. The door itself is old, 8 cm wider and 5 cm taller than current doors. It is also very expensive to order a new door for these ...
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How to fix unevenly stained maple wood vanity?

My bathroom vanity was not properly stained. It is not even. The edges are still showing the original light maple color. There are paint-like drips everywhere. I doubt that it has been sealed because ...
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What materials do I need to install pantry shelving?

I'm installing shelving in my 5x5 kitchen pantry. My plan is to run 1x2 strapping on the back edge and left/right sides of each shelf, then use 1x12 boards as shelves. I'm considering poplar for the ...
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Remove gloss from wood

what is the best way to remove a layer of clear varnish from my garage doors. I need to get them ready for winter and would prefer to stain them but it will not paint over the laquer very well. Sand ...
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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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PC in desk build

I'm working on modifying an existing table to hold 2 PC's under it horizontally. The PC motherboards will have to be placed on a 1,200mm X 400mm X 18mm countertop that will be connected to 2 other ...
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Gas fireplace to wood burning

I would like to know if my current gas fireplace can be converted to a wood burning fireplace. The house has a masonry chimney but I have not done any inspections yet. If it can be converted how would ...
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How can I stop a desk from vibrating when I type?

Yesterday I finished building a corner desk for my home office. I have no previous experience with woodworking, but I thought it would be a fun project. The end result is actually pretty good, the ...
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How do I take apart a wooden pallet without cracking the wood?

I'm trying to save the wood from some wooden pallets and have been unsuccessful. I have been hammering close to where the nails are and then pry the nails out; however, before the wood comes out far ...
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Can I just cut this part of the door frame out and replace it?

I finally hung these doors I found at a second hand store. I am a total amateur so please hold back your giggles. No need to explain how this happened, it was a dumb DIY idea. I just need a fix in ...
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Detecting mold with a blacklight

I've heard anecdotally that mold will glow green under a black light (UV light). Is this true? There's a room in my house with a musty odor, and I'm trying to determine the source of the smell. ...
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What is the best tool for cutting up scrap wood?

I have some wood left over from building a patio, mainly some planks. Normally when I'm creating firewood, I just use an axe a split the wood, but these are too long for that. I really don't want to ...
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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 ?
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How to paint a wood house?

I'm looking for good resources for painting a wood house. I'm looking for the proper tools and techniques. I don't want to hire somebody to do the job, I would like to do it myself. I just need to ...
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Is it possible to find 4“ x 8” lumber?

I'm putting in an end-grain floor in my house. The idea is that you cut normal dimensional lumber into 3/4' "bricks", then lay them like tile. What I'd like to find, however, is 4"x8" or even 4"x6", ...
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How can I make a sturdy lightweight box?

I want to build a box that is lightweight, but sturdy. At my disposal I have a laser-cutter, which I want to do the cutting. My plan is as follows, but I have never done this. I have no idea if this ...
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How do I repair splits in a wood cabinet going with the grain?

How do I fix 2 narrow splits on a wooden clock cabinet? The splits are following the grain pattern. I want to fill them in and not notice them. Should I use a colored wax stick?
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What is the difference between 'planed square edge' timber and 'planed all round'?

I am buying timber to use a curtain batten, between the rail and the wall. So I want the edges to be flat. I see wood sold as 'planed all round' and 'planed square edge'. What's the difference? Which ...
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How to solve the problem of sticky Danish oil?

So 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 ...
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How to build a wooden ladder for a loft bed?

I want to build a five foot ladder for my 6 ft loft bed that's being cut down to 4ft tall because it's too close to my ceiling. My bed is going to be in front of my window which is on my shortest ...
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What type of wood is this?

I've started my first home renovation project and I've stained this floor, after doing this I was told (by an amateur home renovator) that I'm not supposed to stain that kind of wood. Could anyone ...
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How do I clean dripped paint from a wood floor?

I've painted the skirting boards in this room and the paint has dripped on to a pretty fresh stained and varnished floor. How can I get these paint marks off the floor without damaging the new stain ...