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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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How do I water wood to open the grain?

Does anyone out there have experience with watering wood? Specifically a new piece of red oak furniture. I want to open the grain to get better color absorption/penetration with stain.
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How do I renovate this wooden furniture?

The furniture aren't very damaged, just a bit worn. I don't have any knowledge or experience on the subject, I'm just trying to revive them a bit. I'd rather not unscrew it or take it apart. I found ...
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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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Plans for building a simple swing set out of wood

I would like to build a simple A-frame style swing set, which obviously has to be safe while also accommodating up to two swings. Where can I find plans for building such a swing set?
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How would I go about turning a tree in to a tabletop?

My father-in-law is about to cut down a large Ash tree (on the insistence of a neighbour). At the same time, we need a dining table, and quite like the idea of a simple wooden slab on legs. ...
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How do I join 2x4s without mitering?

I asked this question on the Bicycles site: DIY wooden bike rack — looking for plans I'm planning to build this rack out of 2x4 pieces of wood. It'll live in my garage. I'm looking to make a rack ...
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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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When can I seal the picnic table I made from pressure treated lumber?

I have just built my very first picnic table (really, my very first anything). I used pressure treated lumber and galvanized hardware. I would like to seal the table before I put it outside, but I'm ...
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How can I preserve 2“ x 9” wood slabs in the Florida climate?

I am using wood slabs ( 2" X 9") for wedding centerpieces. I have a friend who will cut them 6 months early. He says that unless I wax them that they will all crack badly. What would I use to preserve ...
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What can I do about this gap between a wooden board and the sink?

The board already started to rot from below, so I need to replace it. How can I seal this small gap without having a permanent seal? The problem is that the boad is attached to the wall and I still ...
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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 repair a small hardwood crack?

I have a maple bench that recently decide to crack. I'm not sure what's the cause. I'm guessing wood expansion due to humidity changes. Anyway, I've decided to look around for solutions on fixing the ...
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How can I repair screws in furniture with stripped holes?

I'm trying to repair a piece of furniture from which several screws have pulled out, stripping the wood. It's a lift top coffee table, such as this. (This is NOT the model in question, this just ...
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What kind of wood is around this fireplace?

Take a look at this picture: Could any one tell me what kind of wood that is around the fireplace? Is that just skirting board, or Dado rail or what? I don't know what to look for. Judging by the ...
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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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How can I make a park bench more sturdy?

I purchased a park bench for my patio But it's a little on the flimsy side and I'm afraid someone is going to throw themselves down on it and it's going to break. In what way can I strengthen the ...
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What type of lattice should I use for a privacy screen?

I'm building a privacy screen for a terrace. I'm using 3/4 mahogany for the frame. I've made grooves (dado cuts?) in which I am going to place the lattice. The depth of the grooves is about a half an ...
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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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Which technique of wood joining is the best for joining these boards of a small table?

I want to join these four 1.8 cm thick beechwood boards as one can see on the picture. My idea is to join at the B points with biscuits but I’m not sure what to do about the A points. It needs to be a ...
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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 can I remove the old wood smell from furniture?

My wife just bought an old cabinet from a consignment store. The inside has a strong old wood smell that we are afraid will infuse whatever we put inside. How do get rid of the smell so we can use it ...
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How can I cut wood in a very awkward location?

I recently installed a new kitchen sink and faucet. It was one of those with the spot for a dish detergent pump. After getting everything in, I come to find out there just isn't enough room to fit ...
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What wood should I use on a garage door?

I have a garage door that has wood on the door itself. The wood has not aged very well. It is about 6 years old and has paint coming off of it as well as is starting to fall off of the door. There ...
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How can I affix this wood transition piece?

I made a perfect looking transition to go from wood floating floor to tile for a bathroom. Problem is that this is where the old marble transition was. Can I set the transition with mortar? If not ...
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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 can I fill a hole in wood so that it can be redrilled? [duplicate]

The original strike plate for the deadbolt is mounted with 2 screws on top and 2 screws on bottom. I'm replacing the whole deadbolt and the new strike plate only has 1 screw on top and 1 screw on ...
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Will I lose much by buying a spray gun not suitable for water-based materials?

Looking around for a spray gun for my woodworking projects, I've found this one. This spray gun perfectly fits a couple of my requirements, so I'm seriously considering buying it. However, I'm in ...
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What do I need to do to fix my door hinge?

The door to my basement broke. The bottom hinge has three screws; the top and bottom one turn endlessly. You can see the pictures here. I understand that there's a matchstick/toothpick trick, where ...
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Why are some of the boards in my hardwood floors disintegrating?

Some of the boards in my hardwood floors (1949) are disintegrating. Can anyone tell me what gives? And how I might go about stopping it?
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Is the back section of this house salvageable or should it be knocked down?

My grandfather's house is getting to be in bad shape after years of neglect and more so the back section of the house is falling apart. Now the back section of the house, if I remember correctly, was ...
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Can I use a paint & primer combo on new wood?

I'm currently painting a window and door that are both new. Although I initially bought primer which I used on the window (but haven't painted over yet), when doing the door, I just used my ...
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What cut of wood should I use for door stile & rails?

I'm starting a project to build a pair of bi-fold doors for a closet (its an odd size, and so there are no prebuilt doors of the required size). I've done research on building the doors, and think I ...
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How can I repaint this desk?

I have a 2x1m rectangular desk. The problem with it is that the person who made it painted it with some weird glossy material that makes it reflect light, chips easily and deep because of the ...
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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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How to drill the perfect hole in a kitchen cabinet drawer for a handle?

I am having new Mid-Continent kitchen cabinets installed. The vendor has attempted to drill holes in the cabinets drawer faces for the "Pull Handles" that we selected. I would think that this would ...
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Should I let pressure treated lumber dry before building with it?

I bought some treated 2x4's from Lowes, and it was fairly wet and heavy. I went ahead and built a firewood rack, but screwing into it releases a lot of water. It got me thinking, is it better to let ...
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How do I repair wood that's been damaged with mold and bleach

My kitchen tap is set into the wooden counter instead of the metal sink, so water has dripped into the wood around the tap and made it moldy. I put some bleach on it and it did remove the mold in one ...
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How can I fix a big crack on an old hutch?

A full wood side of an older hutch has cracked, probably along the grain. It seems gluing was attempted (there was some dried glue or silicon-like substance in the crack) unsuccessfully. Can I fix ...
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How to sand wood without flattening it

I'd like to sand some wood planks on a rustic table to remove paint stains, but keep the rough wood structure (1-2 mm height difference). How can I do that?
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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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What are cheap ways to build strong shelves with a large span?

I have removed several old and moisture damaged built in storage units from my house. I would like to replace them with shelving. There are a number of different sized gaps (width and depth to fill). ...
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How should I connect these beams to the posts?

I am making a freestanding 13' x 13' covered patio. the posts in the 4 corners will be 6" x 6" x 8 to 9 feet tall. I am looking for connection ideas on the beams that connect on top of the 6" x 6" ...
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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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How to remove yellow blotch from MINWAX Stainable Wood Filler on pine wood

Before staining the pine wood siding of my balcony, I used MINWAX stainable wood filler to cover nail holes and knot cracks. The holes are filled alright, but there is a yellow blotch where the ...
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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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How much of this wood molding has to be completely replaced?

I'm trying to get a sense of how much work is needed to fix this. Is there a way to fix it just cosmetically or do I need to replace only the damaged pieces? If so, where does one get these and what ...
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How to cut exact and identical rectangles with a circular saw?

Following this question What tools do I need to make a straight cut in laminated chipboard? , I bought a circular saw. So far, I used it to make long straight cuts which didn't require high ...
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What kind of glue can I use to attach a laminated poster to a wood frame?

I have a 50" x 36" laminated poster that has a propensity to curl. One copy of it curled so much that it bent the foamcore on which it was mounted. I decided to mount a different copy of it on a wood ...
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How do I stain pine without streaks or blotches?

I did some test staining on pine scraps, and I ended up with a cross grain arc that's darker than everything else. Where did I go wrong? (Or is it just the pine?) (Related to this question, as a ...