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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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what is the woodworking technique used to build this piece?

I'm interested in building a side table similar to the one shown in this link. The woodwork technique looks complicated for an inexperienced builder (like me). How was this piece built?
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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 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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When should I round over the edges leading to a miter joint?

I'm going to be joining 2 1x6" pieces of wood at a simple miter joint. However, I want the top edges to be rounded over. I'm planning to use my router and a round over bit to soften the edges, the ...
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How can I keep a router aligned correctly while running it along the narrow edge of a board?

How can I keep my router aligned correctly when using it with the base against the edge rather than the face of a board? Is there a jig or attachment I should use? Freehanding clearly doesn't cut it.
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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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Which router would be more useful for kitchen cabinet work?

I will start my biggest project to date in a few months, and now I'm buying and studying the tools needed. Which router is most useful in cabinet making? A plunge router or a laminate trimmer? Both ...
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What are these metal fittings called?

On the amazing The Fletcher Capstan Table video, I can see some very useful metal fittings, but I can't for the life of me find them anywhere. This is probably because I don't know what they're ...
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Where can I get a threaded wooden/metal rod for an adjustable piano stool?

I want to make a height adjustable stool, like a piano stool, of the simple screw/rotate type, but I don't have a lathe (or anything like enough skill) to turn a thread in wood myself. Is there ...
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How to cut a piece of 2x3 wood crossways perfectly?

I'm planning to build a simple stool from pieces of 2x3 wood for the legs. It's my first foray into woodworking as an adult so I'm trying to plan everything to aim for a decent result. Bearing in ...
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What type of wood filler should I use?

I'm starting a project to build my own solid body guitar. I received the body and its made from ash. It needs to be filled (the grain is very porous). I hear that I need wood filler for this. The ...
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Understanding how to read bevel cuts in woodworking plan?

I'm new to woodworking and I have started a project that requires some bevel cuts. I'm having difficulty understanding and visualizing what it means to make cuts like "10 degrees off square, short ...
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What's the significance of orbit diameter in a random orbit sander?

I've been looking at random orbit sanders and noticed that they have different orbit diameters, and some models even offer settings for it. Does the orbit diameter affect material removal, or ...
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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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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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Does it make sense to try mounting the jigsaw onto the table?

I'm trying to get my shop completed for hobbyist woodworking. I own a jigsaw that's very useful, but I'd like to be able to attach it to a table-like surface (still don't got a pro-table, I'm using a ...
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How do I cut lengths of wooden beading lengthwise?

I wish to replace some missing beading in a stairwell. I've only a limited amount of equipment and experience, but I figured I could get a mitre saw and some matching wooden edging and the right ...
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Identify part underneath chest

I am trying to find the name for the following part. This is underneath a chest that permits it to be moved effortlessly. I am trying to find this part to replace as they are pretty worn.
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How do I fix a warped kitchen cabinet?

The side wall of the cabinet is slightly warped after I used the high temperature self-clean feature on the oven. This cabinet has three large drawers in it and now they won't close. The wall of the ...
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How can I hang a 250 lb wooden piece of art on the wall?

I have 3x8 Brazilian Cherry timbers cut with tongue and groove that stack on top of each other to make a very large wooden piece of art to hang on my wall. I have all of the pieces glued to each other ...
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Is it possible to reduce a 1“ thick board to 1”/N boards?

I have some project plans. Most of the project calls for using 1/2" parts. I bought 1" thick wood, which actually only ends up being 7/8" when I measure it (I have heard this is normal). Anyway, ...
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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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For pine shelves, do I need to stain before applying polyurethane?

I built some pine shelves. They're pretty, but I don't want them to darken. I'm told I can apply polyurethane to ensure they stay nice and bright. My question is this: do I need to apply some kind of ...
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Is the 60T blade that came with my Dewalt DWS780 miter good for general purpose cutting?

I recently bought a Dewalt DSW780 12" sliding compound miter saw, along with 60T and 96T diablo blades. My question is, should I keep the blades? Is the 60T blade that came with the saw good enough? ...
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Good technique for squaring-up hardwood edges?

I'm building a small shelf for organising my desk, using sections of 42mm*19mm hardwood. I've cut the pieces to appropriate length using a hand saw, allowing some tolerance for the kerf. Now I'd like ...
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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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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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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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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 can I cut/route a small, straight slot through a piece of wood?

While I'd like to keep this question as generic as possible, I specifically want to cut a slot that's 1/2" long x 3/16" wide all the way through a piece of 3/8"-thick oak. My primary options are ...
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Should I use a hammer or a mallet when driving a chisel?

I'm planning to install a lock into a wooden door and I'll need to cut various holes for the lock body using a chisel. I'll need to use something like a hammer or a mallet to drive the chisel and I'm ...
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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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Stain-grade wood repair for door mullion?

One of our dogs apparently had a teething problem while we were out working in the garden, and decided to work it out on the wooden door's mullion. The mullion has been rather decreased in the ...
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How can I make trapezoid-shaped wood board (beveled edges)?

The reason why I want this is somewhat difficult to explain. I basically am looking for moulding-sized planks that have a trapezoid shape like this: That's the best trapezoid shape I could find, ...
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Biscuit, dowel or simple braces for making unit top with inset lid and slim sides?

I've had 5 pieces of iroko machined for creating a top to my DIY TV lift, complete with a lid for the TV to pop up through: The dimensions are based on the pre-existing cabinet, and the lid size ...
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Stuck building craftsman style coffee table

I'm attempting to build (and learn at the same time) a craftsman / arts and crafts style coffee table. It's a smaller project to learn on, before I start taking on more complex projects. I've made ...
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How to clean a 100 year old piano

I have recently inherited a 100 year old piano that has not had any love in a long time. I have tried to clean it with vinegar and water but it persists in being VERY sticky. I don't want to harm it ...
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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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Ramp for a tool shed

I need to build a ramp into a shed to roll carts in and out. It has to be removable. Door opening is 50", rise is 10" and I have 48" of space in front of the shed. Max weight on the ramp at one time ...
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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 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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Building custom cigar box - is there a MAYA or 3DSM to wooden cutout service

I am looking to build a custom cigar box, and was wondering if I were to design it in MAYA or 3D Studio Max and the figure out all the different pieces I would need. Is there a metal, plastic, or ...
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Simple software for stress analysis of wooden structures?

I'd like to develop an intuition for how the stresses are distributed in a simple wooden structure (in this case, a bunk bed). One option is to spend years building bunk beds, but I'm hoping I can ...
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How do I repair splits in a wood cabinet going with the grain?

How do I fix 2 narrow splits on a wooden clock cabinet? The splits are following the grain pattern. I want to fill them in and not notice them. Should I use a colored wax stick?
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How to drill a grommet hole through a desk?

I have a wall desk that hides away 2 power outlet on the wall. How do I drill a grommet hole that is wide enough to run cables through and cover it with plastic wire cover. What sort of tool do I ...
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When to use a spline vrs a biscuit joiner?

I know how to do either, but want to know if one is better than the other for particular joints (if so, what cases). Or is it just a trade off between time / labor (spline) and ease / cost (biscuit ...
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What are my options for framing a thicker than average piece of artwork?

I have a piece of signed TV artwork that is mounted in cardboard frame aprox 1cm deep, that i want to hang on the wall. I've had a look round and most of the frames i've found aren't deep enough to ...
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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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How do I sharpen wood lathe tools?

I've had a lathe for about a year now (I have the JET 1442 with variable speed) and love it but noticed that I really suck at keeping a nice sharp edge on my tools. I have a small bench grinder I use ...