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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 ...
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What to use to finish my desk from IKEA?

This may be an easy question, but everything I am finding on the Internet is kind of confusing (I am a computer guy not a carpenter!). Essentially, I want to know what I could use to finish my ...
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What is the best way to fill finishing nail holes on door and floor trim?

There have been a couple of similar questions but none for my exact usage or that provides a good answer. I consider myself average to weak on finishing wood work so would like to hear some good ...
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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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Stain vs paint maintenance

I am removing paint form a wood fence door (paint was not primed it seems). The paint was peeling and I wanted to get this door done. Very painful (process of removing paint). I thought stain is ...
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real dimensions of 2 by 4 in inches/centimeters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are 2“x4”'s really 1.5“x3.5”? Just by looking at a 2 by 4 plank I can tell that it is neither 2in × 4in or 2cm × 4cm. What are its real ...
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Small chunks from brush in paint

So I took it upon myself to paint some wood endcaps (very small, about 8 inches long) from their sealed wood color to white. I sanded down the wood, wiped with a damp cloth, then applied a coat of ...
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Non-Toxic Wood Glue

I've got a cutting board that was left soaking for too long, and it subsequently cracked and split. Is there a non-toxic wood glue I can use to glue it back together? I'm planning on using a quick ...
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How to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

During a travel in Laos, I need to drill some holes into a double-door's wood to install a locker. The wood is rather hard, and I don't have an electric drill (and can't find it). I only have 2 small ...
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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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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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What type of wood should I use as an outdoor table top for a BBQ?

I am going to build a brick BBQ similar to something like the below BBQ picture. The position will be against the house and will get wet from rain. I only plan to cover the BBQ. Would I be ok to ...
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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. See this example for details. I am hesitating to actually do this on a raw ready-to-finish table because I fear the steel ...
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Danny Lipford Workbench Questions

How to Build a Built-in Garage Workbench By: Danny Lipford on Today's Homeowner I would like to build a built-in workbench in the garage, attached to the beans of the structure. This is the only ...
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Improving piece of furniture

I have a piece of furniture that is in need of some improvements. This is the piece: As you may already see, there are a lot of light marks in it. If we look closer to the surface, this is how it ...
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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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What is the best way to drive the hard-cut nail into wooden baseboards to prevent splitting?

I am installing my baseboards, and there is a section that must be attached to brick. I know, by experience, that the best nail for my type of brick is the hard-cut masonry nail (and not the fluted ...
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How can I patch a rotting wood door?

I have a small rotting spot at the bottom of my back door and it's almost to the point where I could put my finger through it. I don't have the cash to replace the door right now, but what would you ...
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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 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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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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How to build a wooden ladder for a loft bed?

I want to build a five foot ladder for my 6 ft loft bed that's being cut down to 4ft tall because it's too close to my ceiling. My bed is going to be in front of my window which is on my shortest ...
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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 do I remove multiple layers of paint from wooden entrance ledge?

Here's a picture: If I recall correctly I have already tried a chemical stripper years ago and it didn't work. What would be the easiest way to remove the layers of paint all the way down to bare ...
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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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How can I seal an old wood finish on a 60-year-old wall that is off-gassing?

We just moved into a 60-year-old house and most of it was recently painted with low VOC paint, although one original wall is a medium-color wood finish which is putting out a strange smell. One of us ...
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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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Possible to refinish pressed-wood cabinets?

I've got some kitchen cabinets. The wood is very lightweight and the cross-section is pressed wood with what looks like a durable paper-like surface layer. I'm not sure what they're called. They were ...
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How do I clean dripped paint from a wood floor?

I've painted the skirting boards in this room and the paint has dripped on to a pretty fresh stained and varnished floor. How can I get these paint marks off the floor without damaging the new stain ...
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Is there a way to reduce the moisture content in wood in a short period of time?

I've purchased some timber from a local builders merchant in which I'm going to built a desk with. I've already done this once, and experienced wood shrinkage due to the moisture content being too ...
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What's the best way to recreate exterior wood trim?

I have some decorative wood pieces on the front of my house that are old and falling apart. I took them down to recreate them anew. Someone suggested I could trace them and cut out new ones in the ...
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How to fix this window on a stud wall?

We recently bought two of these windows on a garage sale of a local window provider. We were so happy to have found two windows of the same size with the right color on sale that we quickly bought ...
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Can my garden furniture be saved?

I have some hand me down wooden furniture. Unfortunately, with multiple moves and births in the last few years, it has gone a unloved. The wood seems very weak, and is brittle when dry. One beam ...
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How to reattach front door rain deflector?

The rain deflector from the bottom of our front door recently fell off when I trod on it by mistake. The door and deflector are both wooden. The deflector was stuck on, not screwed. I'm not quite ...
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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 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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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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Used wood stain on a coffee table and it dried with spots?

I read the instructions on the can and it said to let it sit for at least 8 hours. I stained it last night and when I checked this morning it was looking great. But I just checked now and it appears ...
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“Treated” wood vs “Pressure Treated”

I recently bought what I thought was pressure treated railing pickets. But now that I look more carefully at the label, there is no UC code. My understanding is that each piece of PT has to be labeled ...
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What can I do about 2x4 wood expansion joints that are above the surface of the concrete?

I have a lot of concrete in my yard that has several 2x4 6-10 foot wood expansions. The 2x4's are now between a 1/2" and a full inch above my concrete. What can I do to fix this? I thought about a ...
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Filling deep gaps at corners of maple flooring

I have fairly new natural maple 3/4" [about 4" wide] flooring installed. The installer was sloppy and where the flooring butted against doorways (no doors, just open frames), he should have side cut ...
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Can uneven ACQ treatment be corrected on decorative objects?

I bought some "pineapple" post caps made of treated pine. When they arrived, I was taken aback to see, rather than an overall greenish tinge, splotches and patches of green. As my plan has been to ...
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What is the recommended thickness for wooden steps?

I know that it depends on the wood itself, but are there any guidelines for how thick each stairstep should be? Assuming that it will be held by its sides (with no middle support) and will be around ...
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How can I lighten plywood to a finish that resembles pine?

I need ideas for making some plywood attractive. Ideally I want to lighten it and then varnish it, so it ends up with a pine finish. Is this possible? Alternatively I might stain it with a diluted ...
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How do I clean reclaimed wood from construction?

I'm building a house (brick, cement and concrete) and I have a big pile of wood used for beam and pillar molds. How can I properly clean cement off wood? I think it should be very damaging to blades ...
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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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Should you chemically treat wood that is outside and under a roof?

My friend said yesterday that houses that are built with birch don't need to be chemically treated. The wood what is now 50 years old has dark dots on the surface, but it seems to be strong. The 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 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 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 ...