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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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What is a durable, child-safe finish for a child's cot?

I recently purchased a flat packed cot for my soon to arrive baby. The wood is plain without any paint or varnish. How best should I finish off the wood on the cot in a way that is both durable and ...
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How can I repair a chip in partical board table top?

I got this table from IKEA, and it was delivered with damage in it, unfortunately I did not recognize it as I had to check 10 packages but this is another story. As you can see in the picture there ...
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Can I build an adjustable slanted table by placing bearings between the legs and the desk?

The legs' length is adjustable, each leg is connected to the desk by means of a plate with 4 screws on the perimeter. I want to lower the table's front legs so the table becomes slanted. I would like ...
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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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Do I need to pre-drill holes in particle board for screws?

I'm set to buy a bunch of IKEA furniture, which is notoriously all particle board. (Ah, particle board.) I'd like to strengthen some of the beams of the HOPEN bed with L-brackets from the big-box ...
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What is the best way to shorten legs on a table and chairs?

A few years ago we bought a "bar height" kitchen table and chairs. It seemed like a good idea at the time but we hate it now. It's terrible to have to sit with your feet not touching the floor for ...
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How necessary is it to put sealer on a painted dresser?

I sanded and painted a wooden dresser. The rep at Lowe's said I don't need a separate sealer, but that sounds fishy to me. Should I put sealer on it too?
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Woodworking Plans for an Office Desk

I am looking to build a desk for my office (L-shaped), but I am rather new at woodworking. I have the tools, and this would be a long project, but have no idea where to start. Are there any good ...
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What is a good plan for building cube bookcases with basic tools?

I don't have a table saw or a router or anything like that. I do have a circular saw, and a drill. I could probably justify buying a tool like a Kreg Jig or something like that for this project.
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How to cut curved legs for a table

I'm planning to build a bed-side table and wish to build it with gently curved legs. I'm planning to recycle wood some old hardwood doors by cutting the blocks out with a circular saw, then cutting ...
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what is the best way to restore teak outdoor furniture?

What is the best way to restore outdoor teak furniture to the original or better looking color? Teak is so beautiful when it has not been weathered. But after a few years in the rain and sun, it ...
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How can I get stains out of a pine table?

I have a light pine dining table. After we got married, we left an orchid from the wedding on the table while we went on honeymoon, giving it a bit of water before we went. Didn't realise the pot ...
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What is the difference between various wood sealers?

I've recently become aware of the existence of various seals for wood. I'm lead to believe that they are necessary, but I am unclear on the differences between the types of sealers you can find: ...
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Do I need to sand this unfinished table?

I've gathered that the step immediately before staining a table is to sand it. However, I wonder how to tell when the table is smooth enough? Can I skip the sanding step? In my case I bought an ...
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Does No VOC Polyurethane Work Well?

I am finishing a piece of furniture for my home and would like to use a no (or low) VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) product. However, there does not seem to be many on the market. I found one so ...
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What are the pros and cons of medium-density fibreboard (MDF)?

I heard mixed opinions about making cupboards and beds from MDF. Some said it doesn't matter, MDF is as durable as whole tree or sandwich boards. Some said that MDF is weak, and will not last for ...
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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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What grit sandpaper should I use between coats of polyurethane?

I'm planning on applying polyurethane to a pine bench I've finished staining. I decided on foam brushes for application, but I wasn't sure what grit sandpaper I should use between coats. Is 400 good ...
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good books on carpentry

I have some experience with making basic furniture (beds, desks, shelving) and installing trim and fittings (hanging doors, replacing kitchens) and I am interested in learning how to get a better ...
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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 ...
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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 prevent wood from warping?

I have an electricity inspection box inside the house. What I'd like to do is build a small wooden cabinet to enclose it (it is flush to the wall). I've measured up and bought five pieces of wood: ...