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It is possible. Making good cuts is going to be the trickiest part. If you have a large table saw that can accommodate the table top that will give you the best results. Otherwise you can use a straight edge with a sharp, fine toothed blade in a circular saw. Use painter's tape over where you are going to cut. Mark the line then score the line a couple of ...


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Sure it's heavy, but it's also stiff, unless it's in terrible condition. You say 4' x 18" - if a typical bowling alley lane (even a "used up" one) it's also 2-1/2" - 4" thick - isn't it? Solid maple, nailed and/or glued up from 3/4" x 4" strips on edge, typically; then sanded down for resurfacing until it's too thin or the business goes out of business. In ...


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The classic way to get a great finish on a concrete tabletop with minimal tooling is to pour it (upside down) on a glass sheet. If your table is smaller than a patio door, you can generally find a free patio door that someone has removed if you look for a while on craigslist or other classified ad sources, or check at the local recycling center. The main ...


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You can always use a masonry grinding wheel and a level, but be warned, there will be a LOT of dust! You'll want to seal off the room from the rest of the house, open the windows, put fans in the windows, wear goggles and a respirator. They sell shrouds that you can hook up a shop vac to the grinder to get a good bit of the dust, but it's still bad. And at ...


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Is 1/2" plywood sufficient in strength as a table top 40"x28", given an appropriate support structure beneath? Absolutely. That being said, you want to make sure that your design incorporates support in multiple axes of stress as well as twist & shear. Avoid large overhangs with such thin plywood, and consider building up the edge with multiple ...


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Thin plywood is likely to be too flexible by itself. I think you'll want to run a couple of boards across the space under it, at least. Remember that any kids' furniture is eventually going to be climbed upon; you don't want to underdesign it.


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1/4" tempered glass should be fine. It's considerably stronger than the same thickness of normal glass, and also much safer in the event that you do manage to break it. LED (or any other light source) into a glass sheet is normally injected at the edges (the LEDs being built into the table frame) - but it may not be all that exciting on a clear glass sheet ...


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I had a table top on a white oak stump. It lasted for 12 years before the insects made it a little unstable. Did not spray it with anything and perhaps I should have. We had lots of use of the natural table.


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I got a huge stain on my hardwood floors from a plastic shopping bag. I sprayed Green Works all purpose cleaner on the stain then read this post. I was about to make the mayo and baking soda mixture so I decided to wipe up the all purpose cleaner and the stain came right off. The cleaner sat on the stain for 3-4 minutes. My wood looks perfectly fine and ...


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I had exactly the same problem on a varnished wood table and yesterday came up with my own solution, washing up liquid mixed to a paste with washing powder applied with a sponge in a circular motion, it removed an 8 inch stain in15 minutes without any damage at all to the finish on the gloss varnish


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There are almost no finishes that are totally colorless (although poly does have a slight yellow tinge, more than some other finishes). Also, most wood changes color over time with exposure to light and oxygen (typically getting darker). Frankly 2 coats of polyurethane is only the bare minimum. Particularly if this is a kitchen or dining room table that ...


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You can use "burn-in" or "fill" sticks to repair high pressure laminate as shown in this video. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Li_i1Vdr7xU


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Since the joint has completely failed, the joint needs to be completely and carefully disassembled. This should be possible since the surfaces on each part is not aligned anymore, although it looks like a portion still may be glued tight. From what it looks like, it still should come apart. Just as mentioned in another answer, all remnants of glue needs to ...


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I don't know about the UK, but in the US I'd look in the phonebook or online for "portable lumbermill service". There are indeed devices which can be brought to a jobsite and set up to slice boards from a felled trunk. Definitely worth considering for hardwoods, if you have a place to store the resulting lumber until it dries (typically a year per inch of ...



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