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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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How well does masonry blocks used in European home construction insulate compared to a well insulated American (wood) wall?

Are there any equivalents to the Building Science insulation reports done for the US/Canada done in Europe? I spent the last few weeks going over some properties that I will be rehabbing in France ...
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What should I do about streaks in my finish?

I just stripped, sanded, stained & then applied fast-drying oil-based polyurethane to my hardwood table. All went well until I sanded the second coat of polyurethane with 220 grit sandpaper. The ...
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Black Holes Appearing in Oak Floor

I moved into my home in May 2013 and had the Oak Flooring sanded and re-treated as it was a bit stained from previous owners (the flat is only 5 years also thought so the floor isn't very old at ...
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How do I sharpen wood lathe tools?

I've had a lathe for about a year now (I have the JET 1442 with variable speed) and love it but noticed that I really suck at keeping a nice sharp edge on my tools. I have a small bench grinder I use ...
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Solid stain on untreated exterior wood

I am putting together a bar top on my deck, and don't want to use pressure treated wood on the top surface (as I understand it that would be ill advised for an eating area). An option I am considering ...
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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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Using wood filler on garden furniture

I want to repair some weather battered garden table, bench and chair set. It has had some in places, so I will be replacing the severely rotten sections, and scraping out the rot from the partially ...
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Hang 3 flat-screen monitors from a tilted wooden beam

I have an attic with a part where the floor was removed to bring light to the living room. I'd like to have my desk adjacent to that emptyness, but there's no space on the desk to place screens so I'd ...
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What is the best way to drive the hard-cut nail into wooden baseboards to prevent splitting?

I am installing my baseboards, and there is a section that must be attached to brick. I know, by experience, that the best nail for my type of brick is the hard-cut masonry nail (and not the fluted ...
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How can I fix poorly stained pine trim with routing grooves and rosettes?

We are trying to stain pine trim pieces that have heavily routed grooves and also rosettes for the corners. The trim is looking zebra-like with dark-light-dark light patches. The rosettes have ...
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How should I fill in decorative “gashes” in wood siding?

Our house has old siding with decorative holes: At first I thought this might be termite damage but a house inspector examined it and confirmed that this is purely decorative style. I'd like to ...
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How do I remove stickers and residue from a wooden door?

When I was a kid I put a ton of stickers all over my wooden door. In addition, I also taped on posters and pictures. I tried removing the stickers and with some of them having been there for more ...
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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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Speaker veneer challenge (wood repair)

So I bought great but slightly damaged speakers and I would like to restore them, I understand they won't look like new but I would like to try my best. The damage: The wood texture detail: I was ...
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What is the best way to fill finishing nail holes on door and floor trim?

There have been a couple of similar questions but none for my exact usage or that provides a good answer. I consider myself average to weak on finishing wood work so would like to hear some good ...
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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 thick should should wood be to hold 160 to 180 pounds over a four-foot span?

I want to paint the walls above my living room stairwell. The stairs are four feet wide. I'd like to cover the stairwell with wood boards so I can stand my ladder on the boards to paint the walls ...
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How can I contain epoxy while it sets up?

So I finally built my portable home bar but I would like to have a bottle cap bar top with epoxy coating. However, I do not want to add wooden edges to contain the epoxy when I pour it over the bottle ...
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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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Wood slats for sound insulation

I have a bunch of reclaimed wood of varying thickness, most are 1.5-2" thick. If I cut them to fit between my studs, would that serve as a good sound insulator under the finished wall? Would I have ...
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How do I match the color of old wood with stain after a repair?

I had a need to do a repair on some wooden trim in a kitchen. The new wood is the same type and grain as the piece that was removed, but the color is considerably different. The old wood was cleaned ...
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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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Is there a way to remove the warp in plywood?

I just bought some 1/2" plywood from HD for a project, and the best piece I could find was still pretty warped. Is there a way to fix this? Currently, it's sitting flat on my garage floor with a sheet ...
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Can a butcher block countertop be rounded with a router?

Looking to build a custom workstation and I wanted to use something thick as my top so I thought about using a butcher block countertop from a chain store, along with an inexpensive router bit set to ...
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What is a suitable treatment for an outdoor table?

I have a new outdoor table made from pallets. What is the best treatment for this wood? Note: It will be in full sun.
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How do I fit a solid wood mantle to an existing stone surface?

I have an existing, irregular river-stone fireplace and would like to fit a solid pine slab mantle to the surface. I have considered scribing the top and bottom surfaces of the wood mantle, but I do ...
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When pre-drilling for screws, how do you determine the correct bit diameter?

Suppose I want to pre-drill for, say, a 5/16 screw. How do I determine the correct drill bit diameter?
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Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?

Project: 3m by 6m weekend house, roof 3m high, walls 20cm insulation. Question: I want build it from lighter/thinner materials, and i want to calculate from how thick materials i can build this I ...
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When is the best time of year to install a fence?

Is there any right time to put the fence up in the backyard considering you have saved enough $$$s? Looking at the winter season we have and snow in coming months, is this the right time or should i ...
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What grit sandpaper should I use between coats of polyurethane?

I'm planning on applying polyurethane to a pine bench I've finished staining. I decided on foam brushes for application, but I wasn't sure what grit sandpaper I should use between coats. Is 400 good ...
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How do I season wood on my own?

Just what the title asks. Earlier today a tree on our premises split in two in heavy winds. The tree is of a variety referenced 'सागवन' in the vernacular, and Central Provinces Teak else-wise - that ...
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What is the correct use for linseed oil on outdoor wood?

I have doors, patio furniture and windows which all need constant attention in terms of varnish and wood sealers. I have recently found a good contact for raw linseed oil, and would like to use ...
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How can I remove a retaining wall made of vertical landscape timber?

I have VERTICAL landscape timbers in the hard soil in the back yard and I want to remove them. What is the best way to remove this retaining wall?
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How can I mount a desk on a wall with L-brackets?

I'm currently planning a new wall-mounted computer desk and intend to use something similar to this as the top: However, my end goal is for a wall-mounted desk, using L-Bracket mounts. I've never ...
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How to deal with seasonal expansion and contraction of wood indoors?

Some doors in my apartment are subject to seasonal changes, similar to what is described here. I made adjustments: shimmed some hinges, shaved off some material here and there with a planer, and the ...
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How do I fix a warped kitchen cabinet?

The side wall of the cabinet is slightly warped after I used the high temperature self-clean feature on the oven. This cabinet has three large drawers in it and now they won't close. The wall of the ...
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How can I prevent a wooden bed frame from creaking?

Our wooden bed frame is three years old. At first it was perfectly solid and silent. But lately it's started creaking whenever we get in or out of it, and it's become unbearably loud. The noise comes ...
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Assemble and dissemble tools for vanity table

I am planning on building my girlfriend a vanity desk where she can apply her special make-up and all that lady stuff she enjoys as my anniversary gift. I have a concept in mind but one thing I know I ...