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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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What is the difference between a lacquer polish and a varnish

I have got this bottle of wood polish (an Indian brand called sheenlac). I also later got Varnish (PU). Are both required to be applied after sanding or just the wood polish would do ?
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What finish type is most often used for furniture drawer interiors?

I recently completed building a cabinet drawer to convert a free standing vanity into a dresser. I'm aware that drawer interiors are often left unfinished, but it's quite humid where I live and I ...
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When using a hand saw, why does my cut keep wandering off the line? (originally posted by glw)

This was the highest voted question posted as part of the Woodworking Proposal phase. Please sign up, thanks to glw.
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How can I shave about 1/8“ from a 8'x3/4”x1 1/2" strip of oak?

I attached a 8'x3/4"x1 1/2" strip of red oak to the edge of multiple layers of plywood in order to make the plywood more rigid. Altogether, the three layers of plywood are 1 3/8" thick. This means ...
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What types of tools are required for making wood toys and models?

I am learning and doing some woodwork, and I have been using a hand saw and sanding to make very simple wood blocks. I would like to know what tools are suitable for toys like this puzzle and these ...
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Can thinned water based polyurethane be used for blotch control?

And if so, what to use as a thinner (water?) and in what proportions and how to apply? My specific problem: I have some unfinished pine 1x4s (an aquarium stand) I need to stain for color and cover ...
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Fixing glass onto a porch roof

Ive made myself a fairly large porch area on the front and side of my house. Im in the UK but Ive always liked American style porches, so ive ended up with a porch that is 7.5m along the front and ...
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Is it okay that framing in houses is sloppy?

I've been watching people do framing on residential homes for a while; both in person and on videos. The framing is very "sloppy" compared to watching a craftsman build a cabinet, for example. The ...
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Load bearing capacity of 2x6's for diy lifting cage

I want to build a custom power rack to safely perform heavy barbell exercises in my home. Commercial racks are too tall for my basement. Others have done this before: ...
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What is a good reference book for cabinetmaking and/or other millwork?

I'm interested in making some cabinets and shelving. I have basic carpentry experience but have never tackled a project like this before. I'm looking for a good, illustrated guide to making cabinets ...
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Baseboards on wavy wall

I have a 25 foot drywall wall left that I am doing some wainscoting... I ripped up the old baseboards, and am bumping them out 3/4" basically following this guide a bit: ...
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Should I use MDF, plywood, or something else when building a desk?

I'm looking at building a desk but have been reading a lot of conflicting info about which material to use. My main concern is having the desk sag at all. I will also be painting/coloring the desk. ...
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How can I repair a joint on the legs of my table?

I need to repair the legs on my dinging room table. The joint is coming loose. I've included pictures, instead of trying to explain the situation. The first picture is a picture of the leg. The next ...
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Recommended screw fastener length

Is there an industry standard for recommended screw lengths to fasten to pieces of material together? For instance, if I need to fasten a piece of 3/4" plywood to a vertical brick wall, how long ...
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Is it safe to use barn wood indoors for furniture, trim, walls and ceilings?

I am renovating a farm house built in the late 1800's. I am planning on tearing down the barn from the same era and using some of the wood to finish trim etc. I believe the moisture content is good 7 ...
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How do I safely get glue off of wood that's to be stained?

I'm building a closet and I've just made doors for it. It's red oak wood with a rail & stile construction and raised panels. I was a little careless and some of the wood glue (Titebond) escaped ...
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How to repair a crack along the grain in a solid block of wood from a single tree?

Approximately 3 years ago I purchased a slice of a log, approximately 50 cm (~1.5') wide at the widest place, approximately 2.5-3 meters (~9-10') long, and about 4-5cm thick (I don't have exact ...
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How do I properly nail two 2x4's at a 90 degree angle?

Nail the horizontal 2x4 into the vertical 2x4 about 1/4 of the way down from the top of the vertical 2x4, so they are at a 90 degree angle. The way I've been nailing this scenario is to just nail ...
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As a beginner woodworker, should I buy a table saw or a band saw?

I'm just getting into woodworking and don't have any equipment, not even a bench. As a beginner looking to maybe make anything from small boxes to light furniture, should I buy a table saw or a band ...
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Can I use a circular saw for precise cabinet making

I will be building some cabinet boxes and my table saw has a short span in the fence so I can't cut to final dimensions on it. I've made some cuts before using a saw board guide and a circular saw, ...
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How can I prevent my dining table from tilting?

I am building a dining table similar to this one - The problem, if you apply some pressure, the opposite ends lift up. In fact, that box underneath itself lifts up. One way is to add a big plate ...
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Marbles in marble dispenser get stuck trying to fit through hole

I've been working on a marble dispenser for the little ones. The box in the center is meant to be pushed. When pushed, it aligns three slots and allows the marbles to drop. (See figures). The problem ...
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Table saw blade width

I need to make a straight slot cut with my 10" table saw, the cut needs to be 3/16" wide. what saw blade width would come close to this size.
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Can you rout plywood?

I have some applewood 13 ply 3/4" plywood that I'm using for a desk top. I was wondering if I took a router to the edges if it would turnout ok.
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How can I join two pieces of wood at 90 degrees?

I'm trying to make myself a wooden CNC machine. I haven't started on the woodworking yet, as I'm still planning on the easiest way I can construct the machine (newbie here). I'm planning to use 1' x ...
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Floating workbench

I am planning on building a 2' deep floating workbench on both sides of my 2 1/2 car garage. My plan was to run a 2x4 the length of the wall 4' up from the floor. This would be screwed into each of ...
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how to drill a 2 1/2 in by 5 in long hole in wood?

I am wanting to make my own tiki torches, by drilling a hole 2 1/2 in wide by 5 inches deep in the end of a small log. I can't seem to find spade bits any bigger then 1 1/2 in, and nothing long ...
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What material is used to fill cracks in wood that looks black afterward?

When looking in the more stylish furniture shops, they often have very large tables (e.g. 10cm thick x 1m wide x 2-3m long, made from one piece of lumber. Understandably, such pieces often have come ...
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Drill a large circular depression into a wood surface

I want to mount a Qi phone charger flush into my desk. So I need to put a circular hole into the desk that's about four inches across and a quarter-inch deep. What is the appropriate tool for this ...
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Why do decks and porches have cracks between the boards?

Is there a functional reason, like helping with rainfall or snow, or is it more of a cost issue? Are there decks that are solid pieces of bonded wood?
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What's the difference between a No.4 and No.5 hand plane

Background Most current and past hand-plane makers seem to follow the numbering system (and design details) popularized by Stanley (and invented by Leonard Bailey?). There are a bewildering number ...
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Attractive way to hide screw heads in 8mm oak

I need to attach some oak trim (8mm x 60mm) to a recess in a plasterboard wall. The trim will affix to the metal c-stud on the verticals, and to wood noggins on the horizontal. Since I'm fixing ...
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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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What is the purpose of the crown in the middle of a router mounting plate?

I purchased a router table mounting plate to go inside a custom made table. The insert includes some crown in the middle of the plate. The height of the crown is roughly 0.030". At fist I thought ...
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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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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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Are pocket screws strong enough for a bed frame?

I've built a loft bed for my 4 year old following the plans posted here: http://ana-white.com/2012/07/plans/camp-loft-bed-stair-junior-height I modified the plans slightly to use a ladder instead of ...
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How to finish cedar deck chairs

I'm building Adirondack chairs out of cedar that I'll use on my front porch. I want to keep the natural cedar color, but also protect them from the elements and prevent them from getting gray and ...
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Should I reinforce my lap-joint?

I have a garden entrance gate that has rotted and I am planning to replace it. Because it matches my neighbour's gate I want to make one that looks the same rather than buy a ready-made gate. Also, ...
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How to flatten handsaw cut edge?

I have a piece of wooden board in the shape of the following image. The unit is in centimeters. And the board is 2.5cm thick. On both sides, I've cut a 45-degree piece off using a Japanese ...
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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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What type of joint should I use while building a plywood box?

I'm building a trophy. It will consist of two boxes...one slightly smaller than the other and stacked on top of one another. I'm looking for suggestions on how to join the corners of the boxes so ...
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How do you interlock 2 pieces of plywood

What is it called when you cut 2 grooves in plywood so that they will interlock with each other perpendicular? What is the best tool for the job? Just a circular saw? A router?
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How can I protect my fingers while using a band saw?

I intend on using a band saw to cut out large meeples (the wooden pieces from the board game Carcassonne) from a 2x4 board. I'm worried about cutting my fingers. What tool can I use to help keep ...
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How much clearance should I allow for a coat of poly?

I'm working on a project that will have wooden inserts sliding into a groove. I've done something similar before and ended up with too small of a groove after a few coats of paint (even though I ...
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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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Correct Sander Markings on Wood after Stain has properly dried

I re-processed my doors, and got to the third layer of stain. Unbeknownst to me,I had terrible sanding marks in my doors which I can see clearly through the third. Is there anyway to fix this without ...
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Are there any good videos available that teach basic carpentry?

I apologies if this was already covered but I could only find a thread on books, and it was geared towards someone having some basic skills already. While I am far from useless, I never had a reason ...
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When does sanding(smoothing out wood surface) sensibly apply

I know I can smooth surface right after stripping is done. And I read somewhere that I can choose to perform smoothing step after pre-conditioning step instead. What I would like to know is if I can ...