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DIY 2x4 Treadmill [on hold]

I'm looking to make a nice cheap 2x4-based treadmill for my basement, in fact, almost exactly like what this guy did. The problem I'm trying to wrap my head around concerns the belt/roller hardware. ...
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How can I stain dark Sapele wood to reduce red tone?

I have installed stair treads in Sapele (dark wood with definite reddish tinge) but now realize this clashes badly with the coffee coloured bamboo floor and the oak doors of the hallway where the ...
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Floating wall mounted office desk

I'm currently about to embark on redeveloping my home office. We have a room with a small alcove and want to mount a desk top inside it. The approx size is 220cm x 80cm We can source the wood we ...
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How should I repair this splintered wood. The splinter is on the back of the lid on a wooden box/chest. Thanks!

How should I repair this splintered wood. The splinter is on the back of the lid on a wooden box/chest. Thanks!!!
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Is spruce wood a good choice to make a bunk bed?

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk. I'm a beginner at woodworking and I need some help. I have made some "plans", I will put 7x2m stakes, 4x1.40m each around ...
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How to account for wood expansion when installing moulding?

I plan on installing some board and batten frame moulding in my foyer. Basically, 1x4 and 1x6 pine boards in the shape of squares nailed/glued to the wall. My question though is how do I account for ...
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What kind of wax to use on birch/pine wood?

So I am completely new to any kind of woodworking (as in this is the first thing I have attempted), and overall I am very newbie to doing stuff. So right now I have a birch wood panel, with 2 pine ...
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How do I build an “internal frame” for a reclaimed wood door?

I heard that doors like the one below are made with an internal frame, and then it receives the faces of reclaimed wood. How is the frame constructed and how are the wood boards fastened to the ...
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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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Can mortise and tenon joints be strong without glue?

I'm designing a loft bed (here's a rough picture without the cross supports and other details). Right now, most joints will be mortise and tenon. I'd like to be able to take the loft down to parts, ...
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Wood Species to replace small bed frame piece

Our bed has a piece that's at most 1 inch by 1 inch by about 6 inches. It's permanently screwed to the headboard and then the side rail gets screwed into it. On one side it's cracked. I want to pick ...
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What is a suitable treatment for an outdoor table?

I have a new outdoor table made from pallets. What is the best treatment for this wood? Note: It will be in full sun.
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Will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell?

If wooden parts are binding, will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell? The wood is not maple or oak or birch. It is some type of softwood, maybe fir or pine. The bearing surfaces ...
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How can I bore deep straight holes through wood?

I wish to bore a 12mm hole in a 9x2 vertically. How do I keep the bore hole straight through 9 inches?
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How can I remove grease and dirt stains from unfinished wood?

I purchased a handmade toolbox, an an auction, made from an old peach crate with old cheese boxes for drawers. It was used in a workshop and has oil and grease stains all over it from years of use. ...
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How to finish wood stair treads?

I ordered the wood for my staircase and now I need to decide on which product to use. Some people recomened polyurethane or some water base resin, but I don't like that (I think it might crack and/or ...
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How do I know what type of wood I'm buying?

I am new to woodworking, and I'm working on a small project requiring some 2x4s. I want to buy this one from Home Depot. Is this solid wood or engineered wood? They didn't say anything in their ...
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Painted Kitchen Cabinets

I painted my kitchen cabinets. Worked well but over time they have become sticky in areas often touched; near knobs. I think it is a bit of grease from cooking but when I try to clean them, paint ...
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Remove cured Danish oil from tiles

My worktops are treated with Danish oil, and I appear to have got some on the tiled splashbacks and not noticed until it's cured (it's not very obvious except in daylight, I oiled by artifical light). ...
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Calculating floor load strength

Well I'm sure this had been covered over and over. I could not find the formula I seek. I'm building a storage room in the back of a large steel building on my property and I was thinking I'd use the ...
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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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Bullnose vs square edge stair treads

I've been looking around Pinterest, and I've seen quite a few stair renovations using common boards with a square edge rather than bull nose stair treads. Is there a difference between the two beside ...
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Should I use nails or screws to refasten my subfloor to the joists?

My subfloor is squeaky, and there's a small window of opportunity I'll have to fasten it down before/during my carpet being replaced. I have available to me a nice corded drill, and an air-powered ...
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Stain Wood Shelf

I have a new wood shelf that I am trying to stain to a sun-bleached colour. I believe the wood is pine. Before staining, I sanded thoroughly with grit 60, 100, 150, 220. I also used a conditioner ...
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How do I drill a long hole lengthwise all the way through a post to make a standing lamp?

I have a beautiful post of reclaimed wood and I'd like to make it into a lamp. Not sure how to do this but I know the first step is to drill a hole all the way through it lengthwise. What is the tool ...
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How to deal with clear flakes off my wooden headboard

Tonight I noticed quite a bit of clear flaking on my wood headboard. Can anyone let me know what this is and how I should deal with it?
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taking out damaged small screws

I want to replace this 1 inch hinge on a decorative cabinet. the screws are pretty small and their head is damaged as you can see in the pictures. I can't get any leverage with the screw driver. Does ...
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How to fasten boards flush to the face of square posts

I might take 3 square wooden posts, about 1.5 meters high, and I need to link them to one or more boards on the bottom, if you propose screws, keep in mind that it has to sit level so they have to be ...
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streaks in polyurethane finish on freshly stained farm table

I applied too much polyurethane finish on newly stained wood farm table while applying third coat. I tried sanding with 220 grit and applying a 4th coat but there are still very visible streaks. ...
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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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Metal door/ wood screws

The condo board just replaced my old wood door, with a sheet metal door. both having windows. I need to hang blinds and the kit does not have metal screws. Will my blinds be secure enough if I drill ...
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Do I need to get professional water damage repair, or can I handle this?

We recently had a toilet overflow a bit. There was a small amount of waste in the water. The bathroom itself has tile floors, but the toilet is right next to a very thin wall. The room on the other ...
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Wooden cabinet - Large crack

We acquired two of these cabinets from a friend a few years ago, and one of them has developed a large crack which we noticed while moving a few months ago, and it's grown to the point where most of ...
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How to repair a rock maple table leaf support

I have a solid wood old fashioned rock maple dining table with drop leafs on either side. There are 4 supports made of the same wood that can be rotated out to support the leafs when they are up. ...
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How to prevent expansion on wood block wall/door

I'm about to make a sliding door using a plywood back and a wood block front like the one below. Is expansion a problem in this case? I would probably use construction adhesive to glue the blocks ...
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Support for a 6000 lb spa, measuring 9'x 7.5', filled with water

16' x 16' treated wood deck with of 2 x 6 treated decking, supported by nine 6" x 6" vertical treated wood posts with 2 x 10 floor joist, 16" on center. Will that deck support a spa weighing 6000 ...
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How to attach horizontal bar to a wooden wall?

I want to set the horizontal bar on the wooden wall above the doorway.The wall thickness is 16 cm., 2 cm layer of plaster. What is the best and more reliable way to do this? Should I attach it over ...
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Replacing a cabinet face

I've just moved into a new house and decided to paint the kitchen cabinets. Last night I took all the doors off and for the first time got a good look at the shape they're in. It's not so nice, ...
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How many coats of spray paint do I need?

I am working on finish my basement. The idea is that the ceiling is going to remain unfinished but spray painted pitch black to hide all the wires and plumbing. Last weekend I did one coat of spray ...
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How do I calculate deflection in shelving boards?

How do I calculate the deflection of a hard maple board 5/4' x 11-1/2' x 6' supported at ends only that will carry a load of 125 pounds?
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Can I stain without stripping?

I bought a headboard that I'd like to just stain darker without going through the whole stripping/sanding process. Is there a product or method that is best for this?
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Mounting pull-up/exercise beam in corner above window

I'm considering mounting a beam for climbing exercise equipment similar to what is pictured below (see here for complete details): The set up (in my case) would consist of two 20" 2x8 base boards ...
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What's the best material to use to fill in a 1/2" gap between drywall and stairs?

The previous owner of our home had a shoddy job down on some stairs leading to a rec room carved out of some of the attic space. There are four stairs leading up to the room, and under each one is a ...
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Wood frame door and window repair. Steps by step answers please. In Ecuador

These are the wood parts that have been very badly damaged by sun and water. How can i restore them to the natural color they had. Id like step by step information please. Also i am in Ecuador so some ...
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How much dry calcium hypochlorite do I need to buy?

I have read that I need to buy dry calcium hypochlorite to lighten wood stain. I have 2 drawer fronts I need to lighten. Each drawer front is 8" X 36". Is a 1lb bag of the dry calcium hypochlorite ...
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What can I use to lubricate screws?

I am re assembling a swing set made of pretty hard wood. My electric drill won't drive the screws in all the way and I have to try to use plain screwdriver. I don't want to strip the heads though. Is ...
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How to cover old stair risers?

I recently had my 100-year old hardwood floors and stair treads refinished. No local contractors would do the risers due to the adhesives from the carpet that was removed. The risers are uneven due to ...
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Basement wall studs: any alternatives to wood?

I'm now getting ready to redo the basement that was flooded. See the horrifying images below.. Some questions: a) Why in the world is there a layer of plastic on studs - do I have to do the same ...
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new unfinished cabinets in bathroom

The cabinets in my bath are new and unfinished. What is the best way to protect the wood? I would like to stain rather than paint. Do I need to cover with polyurethane after I stain? Also, what is ...
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Can anyone tell me what kind of hinge this is?

I saw it on a folding table I'm planning on copying.. It looks pretty thick- see the couple pictures below; Cheers guys and gals!