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How to build disassemblable structure?

I'd like to build a largish (6' x 7' x 4') structure that can be assembled and disassembled on-site with only hand tools. I'm thinking about things like insert nuts, cam lock nuts, mortise/tenon ...
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What types of businesses have tree roots available?

I'm looking for some tree roots to make some custom tap handles. I live in the middle of Portland, Oregon so I can't exactly go cut down a tree by myself. Do lumberyards sell them? Do tree-removal ...
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Should I have any readily apparent concerns about the foundation and framing of this new build?

Should I have any readily apparent concerns about the foundation and framing of this new build in the Seattle, WA area? Is there any reason to get an inspection prior to building completion? I don't ...
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How can I remove a stuck screw that will still turn?

I put a too short screw into the screw hole. I thought this would sort things out. It didn't. Now I cannot get the screw out even though it will turn quite freely with a Phillips screwdriver. Any ...
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What cut of wood should I use for door stile & rails?

I'm starting a project to build a pair of bi-fold doors for a closet (its an odd size, and so there are no prebuilt doors of the required size). I've done research on building the doors, and think I ...
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Does my sandbox need a bottom if it will be over clay soil?

I live in the south and have pretty heavy clay soil. I'm planning on building a simple 4' by 4' sandbox for my kids. Once I remove the sod, can I just dump in a bunch of sand, or should I staple ...
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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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What is an aesthetically pleasing way to add lateral support to a loft bed?

I'm building a loft bed, and while I have a pretty good handle on the surface, I'm still trying to figure out the posts. Two adjacent sides are against walls, so I could put in diagonal beams, or ...
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What kinds of wood are suitable for laser cutting?

I want to know what kind of wood material should be used for a 60W laser cutter? I would want to cut and engrave woods for my project. Looking for effects like these
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How can I fix a big crack on an old hutch?

A full wood side of an older hutch has cracked, probably along the grain. It seems gluing was attempted (there was some dried glue or silicon-like substance in the crack) unsuccessfully. Can I fix ...
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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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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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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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Compound mortise and tenon joints on corners (ie. legs of a table)

I am playing around with the idea of doing a workbench that can be disassembled, using pinned mortise and tenon joints. I haven't found anything that could be used where two spans meet at a corner ...
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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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What thickness, size, and quality plywood is required for an aviary floor?

12'L x 5'D x8'H size aviary needs what thickness plywood to hold human weight. Aviary floor is slightly elevated from the ground. Also, please specify how many floor joists it needs to hold the weight ...
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Refinishing chop block counter top

I have bought my first house. I am DIYing my kitchen renovation. I have chop block countertops from IKEA and an undermount stainless steel kitchen sink. I know its not wise to undermount with a wood ...
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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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14ft wide wood gate construction [duplicate]

I am putting a gate across my driveway which is 14ft between posts on either side. Its going to be wood and all 1x6 and 1x8 lumber to keep weight down. Each gate will be about 7ft long so I was ...
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How do I determine the thickness of wood needed for a desk?

I would like to make some furniture. It'll hold my computer, some books and still need to be strong enough to hold the weight of me leaning on it etc. How to I calculate what thickness of wood is ...
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Where can I find the RAS131 dust hood for a Skil 1817 router?

I have been searching for a dust-collection device for my Skil 1817 fixed-base router, and I can't seem to find anything. I keep coming upon the same press release that indicates it is compatible ...
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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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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 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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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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In what way does varnish protect wood?

When researching wood finishes, I often see that varnish is attributed with the ability to "protect" wood. In what way does varnish protect wood? From scratching? From fading? From moisture? From ...
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What tools would I need to make a wood accent wall?

Just moved into my first house (yikes!) and the wife and I would like to turn a wall in our living room into a wood accent wall. The plan is to use Tongue and groove Carsiding, stained to our liking, ...
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Cutting depth of a Jig Saw

I'm looking at getting a hand held Jig Saw like the Bosch 150 CE because it has the longest cutting depth 15cm(6"). I'm wanting to do some end notching on 150mm x 150mm lumber. For example: What ...
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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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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 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 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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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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How to remove dry water based urethane varnish from mirror?

I recently varnished an hardwood frame for a mirror with a water based urethane varnish. My painter's tape did protect most of the mirror's edges, but it failed for one or two spots. The varnish found ...
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What is this technique of joining wood called?

I'm hoping someone can tell me a couple things about how the clipboard pictured below was made. It appears to be three pieces of wood (the same kind of wood), each stained separately, and then joined ...
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How should I widen a picture frame?

This is my first real woodworking project, so bear with me. I decided to create a picture frame (18x24) for a print I bought for my wife for Christmas. It's made out of 2" wide mitered pieces of ...
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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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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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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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Wobbly desk with IKEA tabletop and IKEA legs

I seem to have an issue with the table top and legs I have purchased from IKEA. For reference, the table top I purchased is here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50106773/ and the legs I ...
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PC in desk build

I'm working on modifying an existing table to hold 2 PC's under it horizontally. The PC motherboards will have to be placed on a 1,200mm X 400mm X 18mm countertop that will be connected to 2 other ...
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What are some good web resources for designing/building bunk bed? [closed]

I am looking to make bunk beds for a new house we are moving into. Does anyone have any thoughts on a place to get some good plans? Looking online has scared me and they all look like a scam. Just ...
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Is it feasible to use a work bench without a vise for woodworking?

I live in Brazil and here we have very low quality bench vise screws, and NO woodworker bench vises for sale. Buying overseas the price starts at 200 dollars with shipping (shipping and taxes are more ...
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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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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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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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Basic instructions for building a cabinet?

I've been asked to make a cabinet, (basically a box with doors). It will be 3 1/2' long x 4'high (2-2'sections)x 2' deep. I have 12" boards planed down to 3/4" width. What is the best way to join ...
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Can I use these tree stumps for a table?

I took two tree stumps of approximately 35 cm in diameter and stuck them inside my living room. I read that, if I seal the ends with a strong varnish, it will allow them to dry out through the sides ...
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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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Sanding between boards for smooth finish

I was following the guide at http://www.familyhandyman.com/walls/how-to-build-a-wainscoted-wall/view-all Basically, my issue is that the vertical stiles don't match up exactly with the horizontal ...