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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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What's the height limit of a wood framed building?

Using conventional light framing construction techniques, what is the maximum height of a wood framed building (in floors above grade)? I'm looking for any limitations in current building code, and ...
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My house has steel “2x4s” in the walls, can I hang cabinets, a TV, or some other heavy item from them?

The question is pretty much all in the title: My house has metal "2x4's" in the walls. Can I hang cabinets or a TV directly on these metal studs? If not directly, is there something special I must do? ...
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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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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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How can I fix a hairline crack in a thin wood panel of an exterior door?

My 100-year-old house has a wooden front door made of thick wood ribs interspersed with 8 wood panels, each about 10" high, 8" wide, but only 1/8" or 3/16" thick. Perhaps the door originally had ...
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Sanding vs power washing vs chemical cleaning wooden deck for restoration

There seems to be various methods for cleaning and preparing a wooden deck for restoration. Some how-to's that I have read strongly advise against power washing. Some sources suggest a combination ...
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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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I purchased a handmade tool box of unfinished wood with oil and grease stains, I can I clean it up?

I purchased a handmade toolbox, an an auction, made form an old peach crate and old velveta and American cheese boxes for drawers. It was used in a workshop and has oil and grease stains all over it ...
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What kind of repairs are prudent for a ridge board damaged by a falling tree?

The limbs of the tree punctured the roof in at least two spots, so we're already looking at repairs. Upon closer inspection within the attic, I noticed that the ridge beam is just slightly splintered ...
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Are plywood dovetails a good solution to building something that needs to be dismantled?

Are hand cut, plywood dove tails feasible? Assuming you can get "good" plywood, i.e. not the brittle splinter-fest I've seen around, is dovetailing feasible? I'd like to avoid using glue for the ...
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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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How is a floating desk top supported against the wall?

Example of a floating desk top (courtesy of Phil Curtis): With increased height, it'd be one of simplest standing desk designs, and I am planning to do this at home. But, I am not sure how ...
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How can I build a lamp like the one I saw in the store?

My Fiance and I were walking through Target to find a lamp for the corner of our living room. We saw this one that we kind of liked But the price was way too high and the panels were too small. I ...
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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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How to repair solid wood cabinet finish after fire?

After a small kitchen fire in which the cabinets got fire damage, but did not actually catch fire, we repaired the walls, but are now left with a cabinet that looks (not too) bad. The black spots are ...
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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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How do I build a corner bench for my deck?

I am totally new to DIY and wanted to take my first steps with a simple project - a corner bench. I have decking outside already, and want to use the same decking wood for my bench. Something similar ...
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How can I attach two pieces of wood in an invisible way?

I would like to attach a thin tree trunk to a flat smooth piece of wood, in order to create support for a very heavy shelf. Any suggestions on how to do it, while leaving a minimal outside marks? ...
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How do I screw two posts together so that they look seamless and can easily be taken apart and put back together?

I would appreciate help so much! I am trying to make a 'collapsible' arbor if you will. I would ideally like to saw my large birch posts in half and make them screw back together in the center, but I ...
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What guidelines exist for the number of screws needed to attach two pieces of wood?

Are there any guidelines or rules of thumb for how many screws I should use when screwing two pieces of wood together? For example if I have a 2cm x 10cm plank I want to screw onto a 10cm x 10cm ...
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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 can I remove wax from a wooden counter so I can resurface it with Danish oil?

A wooden (beech) kitchen counter has been treated with cheap wax in the past, and is now discolouring because of food preparation and constant splashing. I've decided to make a better job using Danish ...
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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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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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What are some tips for finishing wood?

I'm kind of embarrassed to ask, but I'm looking for a good how-to guide for finishing pine furniture. (Could also apply to baseboards and trim, so I'm hoping for an on-topic pass here.) I watched my ...
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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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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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Will this frame support hanging planters?

I'm in the process of putting together a frame to hold a series of hanging gardens (assorted vegetables and fruits and need to come up with something that will handle the weight load without too much ...
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How should I connect 2x4 (or wood horizontal railing pieces) to exterior painted wood?

I'm planning to add a 10-foot railing to a patio that has a 6x6 wood post on one end and the exterior of the house on the other end of what will be the railing. I'm planning wood horizontal rails ...
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How can I repair this wood window trim?

A small section of the window frame has rotted away (either that, or a woodpecker went at it) Here is a picture of it Click for larger view What is the best way to fix this? Can I just cut out ...
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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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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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How do I prevent doors on a media cabinet from sagging?

A friend and I have just built a floor to ceiling media shelf unit for DVDs. It has 9 shelves and is about 3' wide. The frame around it is made up of 2"x8" boards and the shelves (except for one in ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...