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Is caulk a good temporary fix for a gash in fascia board?

I was helping a friend with her house, and it turns out there is a pretty sizable gash in her fascia board right above where the gutter is nailed on. It's oval-ish, about 6 to 8 inches wide by 2 to 4 ...
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How can I clamp two 325 mm planks while gluing them together?

I have a base that is 650mm deep. I'm going to have to glue several planks together to get this depth and, eventually, the last two to make the 650mm base. The problem is, I don't have (and can't ...
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Stain-grade wood repair for door mullion?

One of our dogs apparently had a teething problem while we were out working in the garden, and decided to work it out on the wooden door's mullion. The mullion has been rather decreased in the ...
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Can I use different brands of Polyurethane on a single project?

I was applying Polyurethane to a wood bookshelf that I made yesterday evening. Unfortunately I ran out before I was finished. There is a small area that has not been covered at all and I need to ...
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Desk still tacky 2 weeks after finishing it with a polyurethane clear coat

I've recently built a standing desk out of sandply with a mahogany veneer. I have stained it, and 2 weeks ago added a polyurethane clear coat to protect the stain. However, after doing this, the desk ...
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What should I do with this bare spot on the step?

The bare spot you see below used to be covered by a gnarly patch of carpet, but I removed it when I laid that tile down. My intent was to put the same tile design over that spot, but I never got ...
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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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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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How do I remove black rings on a wood kitchen top formed by a tin can?

At our house we have a wood kitchen-top. We had placed on it a tin can (a typical cookies can), and probably because of some water sitting there, a black ring has been formed where the tin touched the ...
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What tool should I use for carving deep shapes in a desk top?

I am starting a DIY project to create a standing desk. Part of this project involves installing some electronics in the wooden desktop itself. I need to make the following cuts / carvings and am ...
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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 “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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How can I fill old screw holes in wood on the exterior of a house?

The exterior of my house is stucco, but there are some spots that have vertical wood planks. I think this was considered "in style" when my house was built (1950s). Anyway, over the years previous ...
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How can I block or fill out a letterbox hole in my door?

I have a letterbox in my front door that is never used, so I would like to remove it and fill the hole, preferably so it doesn't look like there was ever one there. Or insert something that fills the ...
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Rip old door in half?

I've got a 26.5"x79" rough opening for a storage space under my staircase. I'd like to install a double door where each door is about a foot wide an hinges out. A ball latch in the top casing could ...
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How do I treat / maintain IKEA Platta wood patio tiles?

Over a year ago we put a good sized set of IKEA Platta deck tiles on our patio. After exposure to the elements, they are now dis-coloring and becoming a bit 'rough'. What exactly do I need to do to ...
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Installing railing pickets using dowel pins

I am building porch railing, and I'm considering using dowels to attach the pickets so that no nailing is required. For 2x2 pickets: What size dowel stock should I use? How long should each dowel ...
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Fast, easy and simple construction of a log store

We've just bought a whopping great log burner, and so our thoughts have turned to keeping it fed over the winter. I've plenty of ash trees, some beech, and an old sycamore that over the last couple of ...
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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 do I apply tile to a small wood platform?

I have done some research and mostly I have found that putting cement board on top of plywood is the general answer to tile on wood, but it doesn't really fit my situation as much as I had hoped... I ...
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What causes seasonal doors and how do you prevent it?

I understand that wood expands and contracts based on temperature, humidity, and other factors... However in our house the doors are really subject to seasonal changes. For instance my bedroom door ...
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How to seal an indoor wood planter box?

I'm planning on building a wood planter box for some edible herbs. (Similar to this; in Maple and a bit more squarish.) I already plan to glue the wood with Tidebond III as it is waterproof. My ...
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What can we do about previously filled holes so I can varnish wood?

We have bought a house that has nice wooden doors, but holes in them have been filled ready for painting. We would prefer to varnish the wood - what can we do about the white filling in the holes?
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What type of wood should I use to resurface my table?

A club at uni has this great big old table. (about 1220mm by 2420mm). The club in question is the gaming club, so pen and paper RPGs, card games, boardgames, warhammer. fairly rarely models are ...
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How do I slow further cracking in wood outdoors?

Ideally my wood steps and picnic table would have been treated properly in past years but they weren't. The answers to this question recommended oil-based approaches to protecting outdoor wood. But ...
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How can I repair marred veneer polish?

I have PU polish on veneer in my wardrobe. I accidently put a heavy weight over it, so polish seems to have left the veneer and appears as white. How can i fix it? Will using hot iron work? Kindly ...
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How can I remove brown coloring/stains from logs?

The outer walls in a log cabin are solid logs. I had a slight leakage problem through fittings between some of them which left brown stains on the logs. The leakage problem is long gone but the ...
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Door Repair - 2x6 bolted together

I am purchasing a log cabin built in 1915 with an entry door that appears to be 2x6 boards assembled together. It does have three lights, so I expect it was professionally made, not a homemade item. ...
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Building custom cigar box - is there a MAYA or 3DSM to wooden cutout service

I am looking to build a custom cigar box, and was wondering if I were to design it in MAYA or 3D Studio Max and the figure out all the different pieces I would need. Is there a metal, plastic, or ...
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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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What kind of store sells wood that isn't pine or MDF?

In Australia, there are 2-3 major hardware stores (Bunnings, Masters, Mitre 10), all of which sell pretty much the same Pine wood/MDF/particle board from the same suppliers. I'd like to work with ...
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Do wooden cabinets absorb grease in kitchen?

I had my mind on wooden countertops - but I will likely be a heavy duty user and so I have settled on the idea of using wooden cabinets (such as here) with a corian/marble type countertop. My partner ...
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Should I paint wood in a roof that is not directly exposed to the outside?

I'm currently in the process of replacing the roof of a room. This room was originally a balcony, so has never been part of the main house. The roof that was removed had wood beams with wood ...
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Is this water damage, dry rot, or just old age?

I purchased a 60 year old house last year and a few months ago I noticed an odd wavy pattern in the paint just above the floor trim. The wood floor was also noticeably darker in that area, so I ...
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How do I secure wooden balusters to an exterior stair railing?

I'm building an exterior railing for my front porch & stairs. I will be using pressure treated lumber. My balusters will be turned like these: To secure the baluster to the bottom rail I was ...
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How to build a small set of steps/stairs

I just had a paver patio installed and had the builder re-install the old wooden steps that he removed to do the work. We did this as a cost savings measure since stone steps would've doubled the ...
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How can I remove a burn mark on finished wood without replacing the piece entirely?

Our new home has a wooden bathroom vanity with an obvious blackened burn mark on it below the mirror, perhaps from a candle burning too close for too long. What are some ways I can remove the mark? I ...
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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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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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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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What type of cleaner should be used to remove “hand sludge” from a varnished wood railing?

You know what I'm talking about, right? That dark grey sludge that builds up on hand rails over the years? I inherited a case of sludgy hand-rails when I bought my first house and I'd like to clean ...
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What to keep on the wooden table to make the surface heat resistant? [closed]

Oven manual says - keep it on a heat resistant surface. I have a wooden table. What should I keep on the wooden table to make the surface heat resistant, so that the oven can placed on the top of ...
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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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How do I repair a wooden door's hinge binding?

In a rented flat, I saw the that a door wasn't closing properly, and noticed that the hinge screws were loose and not centered. So I decided to unscrew them, and set them back in properly. Sadly, by ...
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What is a good wood to use to build a base for a heavy antique table top?

So my gf has a really sweet antique baker's table top. It has what I believe is a porcelain but may be ceramic finish. I've never tried lifting it (it was here before I was) but she tells me it ...
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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 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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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 wood protection should I use for a kids swing set in the desert sun?

I recently acquired this kids play-set which is all plastic except for the wood bars on the climbing net - see below: I've read the answer to this question but am still unsure about what I should ...