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How can I place treads on these stairs around a corner?

I have built the start of these stairs. It's a difficult concept for me to build stairs around a corner so I cut part of the deck so it wasn't an abrupt 90 degrees going into the stairs (which ...
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why using self-tapping screws?

I am just wondering what the advantage of self-tapping screws would be as compared to normal screws. Does it fasten more strongly? I know, with most self-tapping screws, pre-drilling can be skipped. ...
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Strength of rabbet joint for bed frame

I am about to build a custom raised bed frame. I have found the simple construction shown in the picture below, which seems suitable for my use and abilities. From what I can look up, the joints ...
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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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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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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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What kind of wax to use on birch/pine wood?

So I am completely new to any kind of woodworking (as in this is the first thing I have attempted), and overall I am very newbie to doing stuff. So right now I have a birch wood panel, with 2 pine ...
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How do I remove the carbon brush holders from my HD 77 Skil saw?

How do I remove carbon brush holders from a Skil Saw model HD-77 ? I have removed the set screws from the casing that retain the brush holders. The The motor casing is split to view the holders ...
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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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Cut the skirting in around my new fireplace, scribing, fixing etc

I have just had a new fireplace installed. When the skirting was put in I had my carpenter cut me 2 pieces in preparation for the fireplace. I would love to improve my wood skills so a small project ...
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Bracing a rain barrel platform

I'm following these plans for a rain barrel platform: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/structures/how-to-build-a-rainbarrel-platform There is a step "bolster the legs" where they suggest a ...
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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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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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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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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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How to fix water damage to wooden table

I have a wooden table, which I accidentally spilled water onto yesterday. I thought it would simply dry, but a couple of hours later I noticed that the water had pooled on the wood and the surface ...
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How should I repair this splintered wood. The splinter is on the back of the lid on a wooden box/chest. Thanks!

How should I repair this splintered wood. The splinter is on the back of the lid on a wooden box/chest. Thanks!!!
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What type of material should I use for a shelf over a washer and dryer?

building a shelf to go over my washer dryer in our laundry room. it will be 88" wide by 34" deep. I've already mounted 2x4's on the walls across back and sides. looking for advice on what material ...
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Dust after staining and poly advice

Two questions: How should I prepare for applying poly to new stain? I am refinishing a wood veneer table top. I stripped it back to the wood, and I have stained it with Old Masters Wiping Stain, ...
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Is it safe to use pressure-treated wood for a workbench in my shed?

I have some leftover PT wood from building a platform for my shed. I'd like to use it to build a frame for a worktable that I can place inside that shed. It will stay dry in the shed, but the shed ...
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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 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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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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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 to carry 20ft lumbers to home

I need to carry one 20 ft lumber from HomeDepot to my home. I don't have a truck but have a minivan (Odyssey). The minivan does not have a roof rack though. A friend of mine suggested that I could ...
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How do I know what type of wood I'm buying?

I am new to woodworking, and I'm working on a small project requiring some 2x4s. I want to buy this one from Home Depot. Is this solid wood or engineered wood? They didn't say anything in their ...
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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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How to drill a groove to the side of a plywood board?

I want to drive a cable up a cupboard. The shelves are too long to simply put the cable behind them, so I want to create an indentation in the removable shelves. I do not own a drill press, and I do ...
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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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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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What kind of Extruded Aluminum sections to replace main wooden frame on this DIY project?

Please note, I am not asking or suggesting Aluminum for the horizontal rods/ dowels here. I am asking about the Vertical frame. Since suggested "Extruded Aluminum Section": Wondering if that ...
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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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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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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 ...