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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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Can I use two 2x4's to replace 4x4 posts in a loft bed?

I'm building a loft bed for a queen size bed. I planned to build a platform and support it with 4x4s, but I'm having trouble finding untreated 4x4s. I plan to loft the bed 5' or so. The platform will ...
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How to check if cabinets are wood or laminate

When i move in to my new home i will more than likely need to do touching up in the kitchen. How can i find if the cupboard doors are made from wood or laminated MDF?
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Structural Brackets instead of posts

Is there a calculation that is needed to figure the size of a structural bracket when replacing support post for brackets on a porch?
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Wood Counter Top Damage

I have a wood countertop w/ dark water stain damage, I'm looking for ways to fix. I tried sanding and it just made the area around the stain lighter.
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Uh oh. I've just noticed flying termites around my new outdoor office. What is a cost-efficient way to protect it?

I recently finished building an outdoor shed/office: The porch is redwood. The structure itself is "nordic spruce" I have not painted the outside yet (I'm planning to do that soon) but I've ...
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What wood to build a bath-tub tray?

I'm new to wood working and I want to build my wife a bathtub tray that can hold a laptop (for Hulu watching) and a glass. It doesn't need to hold anything else really. But I don't know what type of ...
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Dowel size versus hole size

Should the dowel used be the same size as the hole or a bit bigger? If bigger, by how much? The holes I have are 3/8" in some cheap wooden chairs.
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How to seal seams between wooden deck rails?

A contractor apparently did not a good job on rebuilding my deck and after a couple of months caulking in between wooden moving deck railings doesn't provide any sealing from water dripping into the ...
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remove burn from wooden table

Hi I have a table that was burned from a hot pan and I'm wondering if anyone knows any solutions and roughly how much it would cost to remove the burn marks. I'm attaching photos you'll see the tiny ...
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Small pergola — 4x4 posts okay? 8“ or 12” footings? etc

We are planning a small narrow "pergola". Actually it is a weird combination structure. My husband wants a pull-up bar, I want it to be a landscape feature that looks nice, and it will be alongside/...
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Can I use single walled stove pipe for my wood stove?

I have a wood stove that I'm going to use in my work room that is on the first floor of my house. I was planning on running it out the side of my house and then the chimney go up next to my house. I ...
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Zip line support

I installed a zip line for my 7 YO grandson and his friends. The yard had good trees to pick from on one end, but not the other. The house has a walk-out basement with deck from the main floor. I ...
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is it OK to lay an engineered wood floor that is 27' long without putting a T-joint in the middle to avoid buckling?

I am installing an engineered wood floor (bamboo). My LR/DR is 27' long. The installer said I ned to put in a T-joint transition between the LR and DR, at the 18' mark, to avoid buckling. I am ...
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What type of product can I use to hang wall art on bare wood that won't damage the wall?

I have an "outdoor office" with bare wood interior walls. I'd like to hang some wall art but I'm concerned about damaging the wood and/or leaving a lot of holes that I would have to patch later (and ...
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wood tongue and grove ceiling - does it need drywall under it for fire protection.

I want to install wood tongue and grove cedar wood ceiling in my family room and kitchen in a single story home. I plan on removing the existing drywall since the ceiling height is low and I don't ...
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“Laminate hardwood” vs. “Engeneered hardwood” flooring

I am buying a brand new house. And today I had a conversation with the builder about the hardwood in it. He told me that the floor in the house was a "Laminate Hardwood 5'' hand scraped". I googled ...
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How to make 1/4 inch beveled edge on unfinished walnut countertop

I have 6ftx4ft black walnut countertop delivered unfinished (for cost savings reason). Please help me find out the best tool to use to make a 1/4 inch beveled edge for this rectangular piece of walnut....
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Can cutting pressure treated wood harm my saw blade?

Should I take time to clean my circular saw blade after cutting pressure treated lumber? Since fasteners other than stainless steel or galvanized can corrode when used in pressure treated wood, is it ...
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Staggered block matrix

Could anyone provide advice on what would be an effective way of building something similar to the staggered block matrices as shown in the two photos below: Regarding materials, solid wood would ...
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How can I stop a board from “leaking” sap?

I recently assembled a shed and one or two of the board on the wall are "leaking" sap: I thought it might stop after I removed the first batch but a few days later, it came back. Is there ...
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How can I paint a wooden desk with a rubberised feel?

I've acquired an old wooden desk that is just varnished wood. I would like to paint it but with the rubberised feel I have seen applied to some metals. I'm not sure if this paint exists for wood, but ...
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Sagging gate: tools to adjust anchor

I'm trying to fix our wooden gate, which isn't closing well as it is sagging. I'd like to fix it by pushing the anchor inwards, but I don't know which tools to help me do that. I tried hammering it, ...
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When installing a stone fireplace, do I install the wood mantle first?

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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Is this white powdery substance on a wood shelf caused by flying termites?

There were probably about 100 or 200 so flying termites inside the house two days ago. They were all flying to the ceiling lights, and I placed buckets of water below it and many got in. I also ...
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Rain Got To Untreated Wood Furniture Project - What to Do?

I've been building a bedframe from unfinished wood on my deck (due to lack of indoor workspace), and tarping it off at night to protect it. Apparently I did a poor job last night though, as the wind ...
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What should I use to fill cracks in my wood door?

I'm almost finished stripping multiple layers of paint and varnish off my front door. It's revealed some really nice detailing that was previously hidden by paint. I'd like to stain and seal the ...
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How can I repair water-damaged hardwood countertops?

Me and my housemate are complete novices when it comes to home improvement/DIY/etc. so when we moved into a recently renovated house with solid wood worktops, we were oblivious to what care they might ...
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Bracing a rain barrel platform

I'm following these plans for a rain barrel platform: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/structures/how-to-build-a-rainbarrel-platform There is a step "bolster the legs" where they suggest a ...
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How can I make a 3d box transparent display frame?

I wish to create a frame like this to present clothing for an exibition. I too wish to present an item of clothing with the frame outlined around it like so. Is this a D.I.Y job or is it possible to ...
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Replacing Wood siding that extends over concrete block

I have an older home that has textured plywood siding. It looks great. The problem is a small addition was built and wood siding was installed to match the rest of the house. The bottom 12" of the ...
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How do I drill a mortise and tenon joint so I can reinforce it with a dowel?

I want to make a mortise and tenon joint that will be held together with a dowel instead of glue. How can I drill the hole in the mortised stock and the tenon so that they line up accurately and ...
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I'd like to build my own garage Olympic lifting platform, but can it support a car?

I have a converted carport to garage, with an unfinished but smooth concrete surface. I'm slowly building up my home gym, and I'm interested in options as far as flooring goes. I'd like to build a ...
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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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Where can I find a metal circular trim?

I am cutting a large circular hole in some Ikea furniture and I need a metal trim to cover inside of the hole. I'm not sure what the right words are that would describe this part. Do you know where I ...
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What to do about the cracks on my wood floor?

I am trying to do some repairs of the floor. As you can see on photos, there are some cracks, dents, and gouges. I am thinking of getting wood filler for these, but I am not sure which one would be ...
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How to put a 1ft piece of a 4x4'' post onto existing one without the connection being visible?

I have a fence which I would like to raise by 1ft. The posts are 4x4'' pressure treated wood. I would like to cut a new 4x4 post into 1ft pieces and put on top of existing ones. What's the best way ...
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Patch hole in skirting board

I've had my Victorian flat rewired and this involved moving electrical sockets from the skirting boards (baseboards) leaving rectangular holes in the wood. Is it possible to patch these and repaint or ...
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Solid oak wood floor acclimation time?

I am currently about to install a solid wood oak floor. The wood is to be delivered tomorrow if I measure the damp readings and the solid oak floor matches the readings of the subfloor would it be ...
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How do I vertically connect two 4x4s on a deck to build a roof?

I have a deck I am going to put a roof over. It has 4x4s for vertical supports that I need to extend upward to attach my trusses to. What is the best way to connect two vertical 4x4s?
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Any recommendations on joists for weight bearing?

I am building a room (14 x 25) in my barn. I intend to stack hay on the top of the ceiling of this room. The estimated weight of the hay is 24,000 pounds. The joists will run the 14' length. What ...
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How can I level and finish a slanted deck that was enclosed?

Hello everyone I am new to this so I apologize if I seem a little slow mentally. I have a 104 yr old home that at one point had a deck that was completely enclosed. my issue is that the floor was ...
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Painting new cedar shingles

I am in the process of shingling my house with cedar shingles, how long should I wait before priming and painting
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How to fix wood stain drips?

I have recently finished staining some wood 2x4s but I accidentally put too much stain on the wood. It dripped down to the other sides of the boards and it now looks sloppy and tacky. We considered ...
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Can I install a light switch on the end of a wall?

I just recently moved into a home and there is a 3 switch light switch at the end of the wall near where the fridge was. We have purchased a wider fridge and the switches would now be covered. I ...
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How do I install a new header in an exterior load-bearing wall?

I am replacing a 36-inch exterior door with a double door, 6 feet wide. It is going into a studded ground floor wall. There is another story above it. House is 24 feet wide. Assuming I am reading the ...
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How can I repaint a bad paint job?

I just got a wooden sweet cart made for myself. I asked someone to paint it for me but he did a really bad job. He didn't let paint dry completely so it has smudged all over an looks uneven. How can ...
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What size dowels to use for joints?

I'm comfortable with the process of creating and joining wood with dowels, but I'm not sure what size dowels to use in which cases? Specifically, I'm working with 1" thick stock (3/4" actual), what ...
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Repair a table after an accident with a candle

We had a little accident with a candle on our table, so I have to fix the following problems: Burned hole about 5x5 centimeters (top left in the photo) Scratch, about 1 millimeter deep, and one ...
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Applying wooden planks to masonry wall

Introduction I would like to cover my bathroom walls with wooden planks because it looks downright hipster. Trouble is that there is masonry directly under the surface, and also they will potentially ...