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I used a sharp blade like an exacto knife (It was actually a chip carving knife) Worked like a charm. Not sure how thick your plywood was, but mine was only 1/2 cm thick so it took no time at all and gave me a great clean detailed edge.


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It may be easier to make a post out of two 2x4's where you can use a router to cut in a V groove down the center of the face of each piece. The two V grooves facing each other would make a channel down the middle of the post. You may want to consider the use of a PVC conduit in the channel to eliminate the possibility of rusting. An easier procedure than ...


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I'm assuming the meaning of "down the middle" was to create a channel in the cross-sectional center of the 4x4, which would be a "protected" location. If you're intending to channel near one surface of the 4x4, consider that NM wire needs protection if closer than 1.25" to the surface in order to reduce the risk of somebody adding a nail or screw to your ...


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Your plan should work fine. I didn't expect that you'd channel the wood to the center of the post, so I don't have concerns about dramatically reducing the effectiveness of the pressure treatment. I'd channel 3/4" x 3/4" and be sure to avoid damaging the wires when you trim the post. Optionally, create a wider channel in the face and lay in a strip of 1/8" ...


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You won't get cheaper or easier than two layers of sheet lumber. Particle board is a common component in 30-minute fire doors (though they usually have a hardwood veneer). I'd do just as you plan. Sand or route a bullnose all the way around and seal it with a couple coats of urethane, smoothing with steel wool between.


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If the benches that you have are indeed the Norden style of benches from IKEA like this: Then it would be possible to shorten them slightly by cutting an equal amount off of each end if the bench top. Several things to consider when proposing to do this: Some IKEA products are made of a particle board that is veneered with a nice wood face and edges. If ...



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