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How would I go about turning a tree in to a tabletop?

My father-in-law is about to cut down a large Ash tree (on the insistence of a neighbour). At the same time, we need a dining table, and quite like the idea of a simple wooden slab on legs. ...
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How can I build a bed frame out of palettes?

I'm moving to a new house, and on a broke budget. I found this bed design online. I'd like to do this from scratch and perhaps use wooden palettes for the main structure (adding supplemental wood ...
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Should I let pressure treated lumber dry before building with it?

I bought some treated 2x4's from Lowes, and it was fairly wet and heavy. I went ahead and built a firewood rack, but screwing into it releases a lot of water. It got me thinking, is it better to let ...
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How much clearance should I allow for a coat of poly?

I'm working on a project that will have wooden inserts sliding into a groove. I've done something similar before and ended up with too small of a groove after a few coats of paint (even though I ...
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Cabin bed attached to wall on two sides

I want to build a 4'6" bed 6' up in the air which will be attached to the walls of my bedroom on two sides (so three corners of bed attached to wall) and have a wood 'leg' coming from the ceiling beam ...
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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 can I cheaply refresh parquet in an apartment?

We've recently rented an apartment with seriously damaged parquet. Since the deal is "take it or leave it", we've decided to "mend" the parquet ourselves. Dictionary :) Sorry for my bad english, I ...
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Improving piece of furniture

I have a piece of furniture that is in need of some improvements. This is the piece: As you may already see, there are a lot of light marks in it. If we look closer to the surface, this is how it ...
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Correct Sander Markings on Wood after Stain has properly dried

I re-processed my doors, and got to the third layer of stain. Unbeknownst to me,I had terrible sanding marks in my doors which I can see clearly through the third. Is there anyway to fix this without ...
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Are there any good videos available that teach basic carpentry?

I apologies if this was already covered but I could only find a thread on books, and it was geared towards someone having some basic skills already. While I am far from useless, I never had a reason ...
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How to restore faded furniture color and sheen

I have a cabinet which is white in color however the white area looks a bit creamy and in some places dirty white. How do I restore the color to what it was when new? Is it possible without ...
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What animal are these coffee-ground-like leavings around my doorframe from?

We are finding strange stuff around the frame of our bathroom door. It looks almost like ground coffee, and has no discernible smell. It's getting out of hand: we cleaned it up yesterday and this much ...
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When does sanding(smoothing out wood surface) sensibly apply

I know I can smooth surface right after stripping is done. And I read somewhere that I can choose to perform smoothing step after pre-conditioning step instead. What I would like to know is if I can ...
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Staining already stained wood

I am trying to re-stain a door here. I sanded and applied pre-conditioner. Ofcourse as you can see from the first picture, I had to remove the original stain in some areas. These areas had marks that ...
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Does Mineral spirit make for good wood Pre-Conditioner?

I was at the HomeDepot the other day and was informed that I could pre-Condition wood using Mineral spirit. However, this is the information came from the very same person who told me that I could use ...
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How to put polyurethane on wood, one side at a time

I am working on an acrylic-painted game board and am starting to put polyurethane on it to get a high gloss finish. But being that it is a game board, I think it needs to be put on one layer at a time ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...