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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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How do I make bevel cuts to form a ring with 2x4's?

I want to make a round wishing well. I have 12 2x4's @1'h. What degree of bevel do I need so they fit into a tight circle?
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How can I round the edges of a piece of wood?

I need a piece of wood to place above a window, to which I'm going to attach a curtain rail. I'd like it to match an existing piece of wood above another window, which has quarter-round edges all ...
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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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Sagging gate: tools to adjust anchor

I'm trying to fix our wooden gate, which isn't closing well as it is sagging. I'd like to fix it by pushing the anchor inwards, but I don't know which tools to help me do that. I tried hammering it, ...
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Frugal thick table top ideas

I'm trying to build a TV stand which will have a top on it about 80" x 20" x 3/4". It can be thicker than 3/4" but I'd like it to be at least that. Assuming I build a supportive frame, what's the ...
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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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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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How to cut a 4x4 fence post lengthwise and at an angle?

I need to make lengthwise cuts down the entire length of an 8 foot long 4"x4" fence post like so: In that diagram the blue lines represent the cuts I need to make, and the purple areas are the ...
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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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Staining Plywood

I bought some plywood from Michael's (1/4" x 12" x 24") that I am going to woodburn some designs on to. However, I'd like to put some sort of finish on the plywood so it looks more refined/elegant and ...
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How do I support shelving

What is the recommended distance between brackets when supporting a particleboard shelf 11 3/4 inches deep by 3/4 inches thick to support books?
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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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What are the tradeoffs supporting the bottom of a big drawer [migrated]

I am building drawers to finish a bedframe I built. The sides are made of 1x6 cedar (actual 0.75 by 5.5 inches, 19 x 140 mm). There are four drawers, each has the exterior dimensions 39 x 36 in (100 ...
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Is it safe to use stain and polyurethane on a wooden trivet

I'm making wooden trivets (using hard woods) to sell. I would like to use stain & polyurethane but I'm not sure if it will melt or become damaged when a hot pan is placed on it. Will it be safe?
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Birch Plywood Wood Working Bench Top Stain

I just built a workbench that I plan to primarily use for wood working and various dry jobs. Anything messy I'll be throwing on a piece of subfloor ply on top of my saw horses. The workbench top is ...
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Stains on paneling

I have runs on my tongue and groove paneling. They were caused by an extremely high humidity level combined with the stain on the wood itself. The runs have been dry approx. 2 months. Any ideas about ...
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Shelves in the wall [duplicate]

I had a wood stove chimney pipe going up through my house years ago. I have removed the pipe from below and wish to build a bookcase unit into the space. The studs are 27.5" apart. The problem is I ...
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Maximum span between leg of swing set using 6 x 6 post

What is the maximum span in a swing set between the legs using a 6" x 6" post for the horizontal. Also how far can the horizontal extend beyond each leg. We have 24 ft post for top. 20 foot posts ...
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How to make a wooden box with a hidden lid

My aim is to make a wooden box that doesn't look openable, such that a cursory inspection and handling would not give away that it had a lid at all. A sort of diversion safe that will be placed ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Can turnbuckles hold a frame in tension?

I'm building a king-sized bunk bed using a loft/joist design. Basically, I've got (see below): slats nailed into joists joists joined to headers with blind tenons headers joined to posts with blind ...
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How do I build a white board stand?

I'm looking to create a wood stand for a white board. I have never built anything before and am looking for both insight on what to do and possible schematic ideas. I took basic construction classes ...
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Woodworking routers [closed]

I've just purchased an elu 1/4" router. Will I be able to get an half inch router adapter to fit? Is the router I've purchased any good and can I make a table for it?
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Where can I find a knife blade with no handle? [closed]

I would like to make a nice wooden handle for a knife, but I do not have the means of cutting out a blade shape from scratch. Where are some places I could look, or some search terms for a knife ...