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Would a paint stripper brush remove stain and varnish from a door frame?

I wonder if anyone can help me? I have a wood door frame that had been previously stained and varnished, and I would like to strip this back to its original wood. Would a normal paint stripper do the ...
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what type of glue do I use

I am looking to re-glue the screw that connects a wood leg to a metal threaded bracket on a piece of furniture. The end that goes into the wood leg is stripped in the wood so the leg is loose, I tried ...
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Just bought first impact driver, do I still need to pre-drill holes?

I just bought my first impact driver and I was wondering am I suppose to still pre-drill holes with a bit with my regular drill before using the impact driver when going through woods? I use to ...
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Is it safe to use pressure-treated wood for a workbench in my shed?

I have some leftover PT wood from building a platform for my shed. I'd like to use it to build a frame for a worktable that I can place inside that shed. It will stay dry in the shed, but the shed ...
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What is this soft, sticky wood finish and how do I remove it?

We have a second-hand table with a mysterious finish. The wood underneath is pale, possibly pine. With the finish, it's a slightly darker and "warmer" colour. The table is not antique; I'd guess only ...
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Refinishing wood floor [duplicate]

We had our floors refinished and there are still separations between the boards. The company claims that it's due to the original installation of the floor and are not fixing it any further. Is it ...
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Wood suitable for routing

I recently took down undesired sliding doors (solid wood, of some variety) to put up bi-fold doors in their place. In looking at new bi-fold doors it occured to me that I might be able to put the ...
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How to repair a piano that was damaged during a move?

We hired professional movers to transport a grand piano across a few states. However, the movers damaged it (with a forklift?). What is a good way to repair the damage, where the gouge is quite deep ...
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How can I repeatedly cut the same pattern using a router?

I'm involved with a project where I need to use a router (or some other tool?) to carve a specific-sized square in the top of a desk. This square will not go all the way through the desk; rather, it ...
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Wood Fence Designs

I plan on building a wooden fence out of pressure treated lumber this spring. I like the idea of 4x4's as posts and 2x2's for spindles. My wife and I do not like privacy fences. The function of this ...
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Hanging a 65" flat screen tv

I want to hang the tv above the fireplace. I was able to remove the paneling on the side of the fireplace what I found was the 2 out side 2x4 were mounted on edge but the other 3 were mounted flat, ...
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Is this swing beam safe?

Please help. I made a swing for my kids and now am wondering how safe it is. The swing beam is pressure treated yellow pine 4x6 and 16 feet long. The swing hangers are attached to the 4 inch side of ...
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Can I attach one side of my Pergula to the existing outside ledger of my deck?

Can I attach one side of my Pergula to the existing outside ledger of my deck. My deck is currently attached to the house on one side and I was hoping to have the pergula come off it. It is a 10x12 ...
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Replacing a door's glass panel with a wood panel

I basically have the following type of back door: The problem is that my girlfriend moved in with me. Well not, really, her dog did and we need to install a pet door. The problem is I need the ...
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Can I paint and polyurethane my plyfloor or does it have to be covered?

On a new build, our subfloor is going to be 18mm plyfloor. I like the idea of painting it with a whitewash and then coating it with polyurethane to keep it as our main floor, rather than covering it ...
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Cutting depth of a Jig Saw

I'm looking at getting a hand held Jig Saw like the Bosch 150 CE because it has the longest cutting depth 15cm(6"). I'm wanting to do some end notching on 150mm x 150mm lumber. For example: What ...
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Stress analysis for a wall mounted table/desk

I need to build a wall mounted table/desk. I've done my calculation (full stress analysis) and I've moved all forces to the mounting points but now I'm stuck because I don't know how much would those ...
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Is painting rough cut wood a reasonable way to smooth it a little?

I have some rough cut wood, I don't have a plane, I want to turn them into some crates for storing beer. Could I just paint them?
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prevent splitting w/ nailgun in small pieces of wood

I'm using a framing nail gun to re-build some stairs. This is my first time using a nail gun so I'm inexperienced. There are some small pieces of wood that are used in a corner to support the last ...
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How long can I leave a wood fence after power washing, before staining?

If I were to pressure wash my fence this weekend. Could I leave it and not stain it until fall? The only reason I ask is I have the time to wash the fence and my house, but I probably couldn't stain ...
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Need help choosing bookshelf thickness

I have a recessed wall and want to build in some shelves. Went to the lumber yard today and got some 1"-thick hard maple boards and asked them to mill them down to 5/8", which they are going to do ...
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When is a table top too heavy for just four legs?

I'm making a coffee table out of an old bowling alley lane and it's 4'x18". I wish I knew exactly what it weighed but it is heavy. It's too heavy for me to move without dragging it - although I'm ...
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How can I replace this roof deck

So my friend has a 20 x 20 roof deck that is laid on top of a concrete roof. The rood is pitched an there is drainage at the corner. The current deck is about 8 years old and is curling, splitting and ...
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Wood Choice for Strength in Shear and Tension Along Grain

I have a heavy gate (shown below) mounted to a concrete pillar using a 2x8 board and a piano hinge. The board cupped and finally split, so I must replace it. The mounting board has a piano hinge ...
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Removing sap from an old railing

I have an old railing that has hard, crystallized sap that has seeped through. I'd estimate it could be 75 years old. How can I remove the sap without damaging the finish?
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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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Easiest way to cut, shave, or chisel bottom 8" of posts to fit footings

I got some 6x6's and deck post brackets that are similar to the picture below, except they're 8" high: Come to find out, the 6x6 is slightly too large to fit inside this bracket. Now I see how ...
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What types of wood (other than plywood) can a staple gun penetrate?

I am going to build a shelf for my cat by wrapping a layer of faux fur fabric around a plank of wood. I have a mechanical staple gun and the fabric, now I just need to buy the wood. Other than ...
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How to remove dried hot glue from a closed door?

Ok so in my room someone used hot glue to close off a small passage way to the attic above. I have searched all over the internet for ways to remove the glue, but none of them seem to work. So ...
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Using an induction hob through a wooden surface

I'm going to be getting a couple of induction hobs, but I am wanting them mounted underneath a thin (approx 5mm) piece of wood. Is this possible from the safety point of view and would I have a major ...
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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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Why are 2“x4”'s really 1.5“x3.5”?

Just curious as to the reasoning, is it a spec, or is it simply 'backwards compatibility'?
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Repurposing Old Subfloor Planks [closed]

I am pulling up my old subfloor (my house was built in 1928) in the attic which consists of tongue and groove wooden planks. Any ideas for repurposing them as a wood working project?
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Birch Plywood Wood Working Bench Top Stain

I just built a workbench that I plan to primarily use for wood working and various dry jobs. Anything messy I'll be throwing on a piece of subfloor ply on top of my saw horses. The workbench top is ...
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Should I be concerned that the sill plate is not lined up with the foundation?

I am in the process of building a one level home in PA. After the formed concrete walls were poured and the framing began, I noticed that on one side of the house that the sill plate was flush with ...
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Waterproofing sub & top floor for balcony

I have a 27 X 10 feet open balcony. I replaced the Plywood floor it had with 3/4 Plywood which I used as sub floor and covered it with different lengths (from 12 in to 32 in) of 2 by 4 studs. I ...
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Sill Plate not Lining up with Foundation Wall [duplicate]

I am in the process of building a one level home in PA. After the formed concrete walls were poured and the framing began, I noticed that on one side of the house that the sill plate was flush with ...
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Can you support a 20ft 2x6 only at the ends?

Can you support a 20ft 2x6 only at the ends for a pergola?
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What type of Drill should I go for?

I am planning to build a new Computer table and a book shelf by myself. I will require a drill machine that can drill a hole into wood and that can also drive a screw into this hole (using the drill, ...
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How can I round the edges of a piece of wood?

I need a piece of wood to place above a window, to which I'm going to attach a curtain rail. I'd like it to match an existing piece of wood above another window, which has quarter-round edges all ...
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Does pickling wood with steel wool and vinegar harm the wood?

I love the look produced from pickling wood with steel wool and vinegar. I am hesitating to actually do this on a raw ready-to-finish table because I fear the steel wool/vinegar product actually ...
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Can I store unused hardwood floor and base trim in a shed (or garage)?

I have installed engineered hardwood all throughout my house, in addition wood base trim (which comes pre-primed). Now that my projects are done, I dont want to throw away the wood, incase I can use ...
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OK to use fallen branch in garden without treatment?

Recently a large branch fell off of one of our trees (a gum tree, ie hard wood). The branch is about thigh thick and parts of it would make a good garden-bed liner or similar as it is quite straight ...
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Spilt bleach on stained hardwood floor

Unfortunately upon moving into our new rented flat we have spilt a small amount of bleach (about the size of a large coin) onto hardwood floor. Here is a picture: Is there anything we can do such ...
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Can I use a universal 22" wood saw for cutting studwork?

I'm a newbie and do not have much experience with sawing, or working with wood. I need to buy and cut into various lengths some wood for studwork (at varying thickness levels). What kind of saw ...
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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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What should I do before re-painting my skirting boards?

I'll be painting the skirting boards in my room as they are in bad condition. The paint is cracked and the surface uneven and blotchy. What I would like to know is how should I treat the skirting ...
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What's better for outside trim- treated pine 1x4 or painted/primed yellow pine in Houston?

Which is best choice? Contractor says pressure treated pine does not hold paint because it might still be wet. He prefers primed and painted yellow pine. This is for a rental. On my home I live in, ...
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I'm building a Deck. Is it cheaper to buy wood from a mill rather than a box store like Home Depot?

I'm building a Deck. Is it cheaper to buy wood from a mill rather than a box store like Home Depot? Are there any benefits to choosing one over the other? Should I expect to see better quality from a ...
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Strength of rabbet joint for bed frame

I am about to build a custom raised bed frame. I have found the simple construction shown in the picture below, which seems suitable for my use and abilities. From what I can look up, the joints ...