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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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How would I go about identifying and matching this wood stain color?

I inherited some wooden furniture (which I believe to be oak) a few years back and was looking to add a couple of pieces to it. I want to try and get close to the same color, but I have no idea what ...
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Does Mineral spirit make for good wood Pre-Conditioner?

I was at the HomeDepot the other day and was informed that I could pre-Condition wood using Mineral spirit. However, this is the information came from the very same person who told me that I could use ...
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Cutting a Custom Threshold: Best Tool for the Job?

I am in the process of creating a custom threshold to go from a tiled surface down to a carpeted surface. The tile is about an inch above the carpeted floor, so I decided to make a custom threshold in ...
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How to put polyurethane on wood, one side at a time

I am working on an acrylic-painted game board and am starting to put polyurethane on it to get a high gloss finish. But being that it is a game board, I think it needs to be put on one layer at a time ...
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How do I join pieces of wood tiles, 12“ by 12” pieces, to make a larger slab?

I have a project to work on that requires me using larger pieces of planks than what I currently have. I have square planks all over the porch that would suffice if only I had a good way of fitting ...
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Reinforce chair stretchers with screws?

I have a set of dining room chairs and a table. Some of the chairs have their stretchers come loose. They were just held in with glue. Two years ago, I re-glued them and applied pressure with clamps ...
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What is the essential beginners tool box? [closed]

I have limited budget, and am a firm believer in buying good tools that last forever, and not budget tools that last 5 minutes. I want to be able to build some items for my garden, a few planters, ...
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Can I build a vanity, or am I in over my head?

I need to replace a vanity. It's a generic 3 drawer, 2 door, 36" vanity, with one detail. On the right hand side is an angled cabinet, say, 15-20 degrees back, to narrow the counter top to fit it by ...
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Is it possible to cut a threaded hole in wood?

Is it possible to create a threaded hole in wood? I'm making a kitchen island where the structure is 20mm threaded metal pipe (water pipe). I can either get flanges to connect it to the top or thread ...
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Exactly measure lumber for cabinetry

I am working on a bookshelf which, due to the way I am building it, requires some of the pieces to be exactly measured to within 1/64th over 4-5 foot lengths. Obviously no yardstick is so accurate. ...
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Possible to flatten warped wood?

I have two sections of 3x12" wood that have been out in the weather for a few years and are now bowed across the 12" width of the wood. The dip is pretty severe, maybe 1/2 an inch? It seems like ...
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Would an Elmer's wood filler color match a Minwax wood finish color?

I recently stained some red oak using Minwax Wood Finish in Golden Oak colour. I need a hardening wood filler to close up the seams. Would Elmer's Wood Filler in Golden Oak complement this? Or, ...
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What to use to finish my desk from IKEA?

This may be an easy question, but everything I am finding on the Internet is kind of confusing (I am a computer guy not a carpenter!). Essentially, I want to know what I could use to finish my ...
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How to drill a minute hole on a wooden pendant without a drill?

I'm not a professional carpenter and I haven't worked much with wood before. I also lack proper tools. I made a heart-shaped wooden pendant for my girlfriend with a paper knife and smoothed it out ...
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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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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 ...
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Wood Working in Basement with Furnace

I'm thinking about setting up a woodworking workshop for hobby projects in my basement. However, my basement is small and my woodworking would take place close to my furnace / hot water heater. Is ...
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Have our worktops been fitted wrong?

We had our laminate kitchen worktops fitted yesterday. The fitters were really friendly and gave us some other advice about our kitchen whilst fitting and we thought it was okay. But after they had ...
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How do I install a cabinet door underneath a breakfast bar?

I have a cabinetry-based question that I hope I can get some guidance. The girlfriend's condo has a U-shaped kitchen. One part of the U has a built-in breakfast bar. I’m looking to install a ...
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How can I build a two-legged table?

I am building a rectangular coffee table and want to build it with two legs The table top will be 120cm x 100cm (approx 47x39inches). The table height will be 40cm (approx. 16 inches) the idea is ...
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Is it worth it to replace the stock blade of a miter saw?

I have heard that the stock blades that come with miter saws are "crap" and that you should replace the blade. I recently bought a normal consumer grade 10" miter saw (a Dewalt DW713) which I plan to ...