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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
0answers
104 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
93 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
353 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
66 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
89 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
54 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

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, ...
5
votes
7answers
3k views

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?
0
votes
1answer
281 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 ...
0
votes
0answers
220 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
665 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
648 views

How to connect wood to concrete

How can I attach wood to concrete in this bench?
2
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
84 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
437 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
454 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
34 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
221 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
314 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
172 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
101 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
493 views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
330 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
100 views

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?
2
votes
1answer
207 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
104 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
312 views

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", ...
0
votes
1answer
294 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
138 views

Is there a way to reduce the moisture content in wood in a short period of time?

I've purchased some timber from a local builders merchant in which I'm going to built a desk with. I've already done this once, and experienced wood shrinkage due to the moisture content being too ...
1
vote
3answers
210 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
210 views

How to hang shelf on 2cm thin wall?

I would like to somehow saw out a wood board that fits into the corner as seen on the picture below. The problem is that both walls are only 2cm thin. The shelf needs to be able to hold a pair of ...
6
votes
3answers
178 views

How to prepare & paint a porch with lead paint?

I'd like to repaint my 100-year-old wooden front porch. It almost certainly had lead paint at some point. I would very much like to avoid stripping it, or any other procedure that might mobilize the ...
1
vote
1answer
195 views

How do I fix a spot on my wood desk?

Some wood seal got removed on my desk. There is a noticible spot. Is there anyway to fix it without refinishing the whole thing?
1
vote
1answer
409 views

What's the height limit of a wood framed building?

Using conventional light framing construction techniques, what is the maximum height of a wood framed building (in floors above grade)? I'm looking for any limitations in current building code, and ...
2
votes
3answers
120 views

What's the best way to recreate exterior wood trim?

I have some decorative wood pieces on the front of my house that are old and falling apart. I took them down to recreate them anew. Someone suggested I could trace them and cut out new ones in the ...
2
votes
1answer
61 views

Can uneven ACQ treatment be corrected on decorative objects?

I bought some "pineapple" post caps made of treated pine. When they arrived, I was taken aback to see, rather than an overall greenish tinge, splotches and patches of green. As my plan has been to ...
2
votes
1answer
213 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 ...
1
vote
1answer
174 views

advice for cantilever on temporary, free-standing wood structure

My daughter wants a piñata at her 6th birthday party. Unfortunately our back yard has no convenient tree limbs or other ways to hang the piñata, so I want to DIY something to hang it from. I'd prefer ...
1
vote
0answers
206 views

Sanding vs power washing vs chemical cleaning wooden deck for restoration

There seems to be various methods for cleaning and preparing a wooden deck for restoration. Some how-to's that I have read strongly advise against power washing. Some sources suggest a combination ...
3
votes
1answer
91 views

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.
4
votes
3answers
290 views

Why do decks and porches have cracks between the boards?

Is there a functional reason, like helping with rainfall or snow, or is it more of a cost issue? Are there decks that are solid pieces of bonded wood?
2
votes
2answers
278 views

How to fix this window on a stud wall?

We recently bought two of these windows on a garage sale of a local window provider. We were so happy to have found two windows of the same size with the right color on sale that we quickly bought ...
6
votes
4answers
342 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
368 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
342 views

How do I remove multiple layers of paint from wooden entrance ledge?

Here's a picture: If I recall correctly I have already tried a chemical stripper years ago and it didn't work. What would be the easiest way to remove the layers of paint all the way down to bare ...
1
vote
0answers
125 views

I purchased a handmade tool box of unfinished wood with oil and grease stains, I can I clean it up?

I purchased a handmade toolbox, an an auction, made form an old peach crate and old velveta and American cheese boxes for drawers. It was used in a workshop and has oil and grease stains all over it ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
174 views

How can I repair staining on a parquetry floor?

My friend spilled water without noticing on my parquetry floor and it had some time (12h) to stain the wood. I wonder, how can I improve the look, remove those dark staining at the edges of each bar. ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Are plywood dovetails a good solution to building something that needs to be dismantled?

Are hand cut, plywood dove tails feasible? Assuming you can get "good" plywood, i.e. not the brittle splinter-fest I've seen around, is dovetailing feasible? I'd like to avoid using glue for the ...