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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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Does thining wood filler make it crack when drying?

I'm wrapping my structural beam and posts with 1"x "white wood" cut at a 45 deg and butted together to make my corners. well the problem is my crappy table saw and not so good table saw skills, Its ...
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How can I “stain” wood white?

I am building a shelf similar to the one here, but mine is going to be against a dark wall. I think it would look nice if I could paint the wood white, but still allow the texture to show through. (I ...
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What thickness, size, and quality plywood is required for an aviary floor?

12'L x 5'D x8'H size aviary needs what thickness plywood to hold human weight. Aviary floor is slightly elevated from the ground. Also, please specify how many floor joists it needs to hold the weight ...
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Exhaust/drafting plan for a new wood furnace install

i just purchased a wood burning furnace that is designed to tie into and supplement the main furnace which in my case is a geothermal unit. after spending a few days reading about "best practices" ...
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How do I turn my top-heavy headboard into a freestanding headboard?

I've DIYed an upholstered, king-sized headboard (5'x6'10"), but after trying to bolt it to the bed frame, I've realized that the bed frame is much too light to prevent the headboard from toppling ...
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What type of screws should I use?

I am going to build a set of shelves for my wall to hold my bead jars. The shelves are narrow 4" nominal and very close together 3" is the farthest apart they will be. I'm using quality pine ...
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How can I tell if this is wood or drywall?

I am trying to mount speakers on the topmost part as you can see here: Basically I am mounting it on that thin vertical area that you can see. Is this part wood or drywall? From tapping it, it ...
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How do I fix hole on wood siding?

I installed a new outside light and took down the old light fixture. Now I have some holes on the wood siding. Some bigger area is about 1" to 1.5". What is the best way to patch them? More info: the ...
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Compound mortise and tenon joints on corners (ie. legs of a table)

I am playing around with the idea of doing a workbench that can be disassembled, using pinned mortise and tenon joints. I haven't found anything that could be used where two spans meet at a corner ...
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How can I hide exposed countersunk screws in kitchen cabinets side panel?

How do I hide screws on the side of a kitchen cabinet wall that has slightly countersunk screws? I will be painting my cabinets black.
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Not to apply polyurethane

I have finished applying a cherry stain to interior French door with trim. I am on the fence about applying polyurethane because I am not convinced that it will look good. Personally I like how it ...
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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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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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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 ...