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How do I make a height adjustable desk?

Has anyone made their own height adjustable desk? I'm interested in making a computer desk that can easily be adjusted for either standing or sitting. The lift mechanism could be electric or ...
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Should I tilt my DIY self-standing bookshelf backwards to prevent it falling down?

Context I intend to build a self-standing bookshelf using 18mm-thick, CNC-router-cut plywood. The bookshelf is made of nested planks, and entirely fits a 35cm-deep recess in my wall. Following ...
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What are cheap ways to build strong shelves with a large span?

I have removed several old and moisture damaged built in storage units from my house. I would like to replace them with shelving. There are a number of different sized gaps (width and depth to fill). ...
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How can I fix this gap between bookcases I made?

I just built two bookcases to line the wall of a room in my house and apparently didn't build them square enough so, when I put them next to each other, I get this giant gap. (I think the one on the ...
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Make a built-in desk level with uneven floor, or true level

I'm making a 13 ft-long (4 m) built-in desk along one wall of a room. Adopting the engineer's creed that anything worth thinking is worth over-thinking, I used my neighbor's tripod-mounted optical ...
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Is there an ideal height for a workbench?

Is there a universal standard height that people try to go for when building workbenches? Should DIY tabletops be tailor made to the height of the user and how does the ideal height of the tabletop ...
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How do I stop a bed frame from squeaking?

I recently bought a second hand wooden bed frame. All is good except it squeaks quite a lot when I move around on it (ahem). Any advice on fixing the annoying squeak? EDIT :: photo of the joint
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Is there a more rugged finish than Polyurethane for a heavy use table?

A few years go I sanded a stained table we had. Upon doing so, we discovered that it had really nice wood underneath. So instead of restaining, I applied about 4 coats of satin polyurethane. It looked ...
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How do you screw in double-ended screws?

I have a flat pack shelving unit to put together. It has double ended screws. According to the instructions you just screw them in using your hands. This is impossible: the pre-drilled holes seem way ...
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How to put 5/8" oak dowels into holes which are just barely the right size?

I've got a handful of oak dowels (ok, a lot) and holes that are both 5/8" in diameter, the problem is that the dowels are just barely too big for the holes. I'm trying to figure out easy ways to ...
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What does code say about powered semi-permanent furniture?

I like to build things, and I've been drafting up plans for a headboard for quite a while now. One of the things I want my headboard to have is a number of outlets, since laying on my bed is where I ...
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What is this soft, sticky wood finish and how do I remove it?

We have a second-hand table with a mysterious finish. The wood underneath is pale, possibly pine. With the finish, it's a slightly darker and "warmer" colour. The table is not antique; I'd guess only ...
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How can I remove a moisture mark from a wooden table?

I have a white mark on my wooden dining table that was caused by a potted plant sitting there for too long without a saucer. Attempts to clean it off have been futile because it seems not to be a ...
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Table with 45 degree corner groove

I'm not a carpenter, so forgive me if this is obvious. Also, I'm Brazilian so forgive my English. I want to build a table with only 3 MDF plates, but I want the corners to have "45 degree grooves", ...
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Can I use two 2x4's to replace 4x4 posts in a loft bed?

I'm building a loft bed for a queen size bed. I planned to build a platform and support it with 4x4s, but I'm having trouble finding untreated 4x4s. I plan to loft the bed 5' or so. The platform will ...
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Why don't bookshelves come with wall mounting screws included?

I was assembling an IKEA bookshelf, and one of the most important steps to ensure safety is the installation of the L-bracket to secure the bookshelf to the wall. All the parts, including the bracket ...
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What is the best way to repair MDF furniture?

Our kitchen is made almost entirely from MDF. We have 1 closet where the hinges have pulled out and several drawers where the screws have pulled out. The MDF around the screws has just been eroded so ...
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What's the best way to fix heavily stained white Ikea furniture?

My daughter's white Ikea desk has many marker pen stains which I can't remove by scrubbing with sponge and soap. Is there a magic cleaning product out there that could do the trick? Otherwise, I'm ...
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When repairing a split table top, should I use dowels, biscuits, or something else?

We bought a 5' diameter table many years ago from a Macy's warehouse sale. It's a 1" thick wood table top screwed to a cast iron leg/ base. When we bought it, it had a slight warp about 2/3s from ...
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How do I fix stripped bolt holes in wood?

I have a wood futon that is assembled with threaded bolts screwing into holes in the wood that are threaded. Over time the threading in the wood has worn and the bolts just slide in and out. I've ...
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How can I mount a desk on a wall with L-brackets?

I'm currently planning a new wall-mounted computer desk and intend to use something similar to this as the top: However, my end goal is for a wall-mounted desk, using L-Bracket mounts. I've never ...
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While building a bed frame, at what point should I start worring about cross beams?

So, I've made this bedframe that's rather tall, the frame is 32" off the ground, and the legs are each bolted on with two 3/8" bolts running perpendicular, and horizontally. Having not actually used ...
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What's the right way to sand/shave/reshape particleboard?

My second bedroom has low ceilings. I bought an IKEA closet, but somehow botched the measurements when I was seeing if it would fit. So, instead of having ~10cm of room for the top of the cabinet, I ...
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How do I straighten my bent metal cupboard frame?

I bought a full metal cupboard but the leg got bent during delivery. Because the leg is bent the door won't close. I tried to get it back in place with a hammer with no success. Anybody got any ideas?
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How to connect wood to concrete

How can I attach wood to concrete in this bench?
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Furniture needs to be attached to the wall, but my tenancy agreement doesn't allow it

I've just rented an unfurnished apartment. Obviously I need some furniture. However, wherever I look (IKEA and similar websites), the instructions for any furniture I look at say that it has to be ...
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Why is there open/deadspace under most wooden furniture

I am in the design phase of a chest of drawers project, and it occurred to me that nearly every piece of wooden furniture I have seen has a 2-4 inch gap under it. Often this has the furniture up on ...
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Am I doing something wrong with this sanding job?

I'm trying to finish a finishing job on a dresser; I abandoned the project (long story) a while ago after getting a few drawers done, and I've since lost the exact instructions I was following. After ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of nails and dowel pins?

I'm planning to build some cubbies and drawers based on the design in the picture in a closet in my house. I'm planning to use plywood for most of it. I've seen some designs use glue and dowel ...
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Are small air bubbles on the surface while applying wood finish normal?

While finishing my door, I've noticed a lot of small air bubbles after applying the finish. I asked a painter about it and he told me it's normal, but it doesn't seem normal to me. Is this normal or ...
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How is a floating desk top supported against the wall?

Example of a floating desk top (courtesy of Phil Curtis): With increased height, it'd be one of simplest standing desk designs, and I am planning to do this at home. But, I am not sure how exactly ...
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How do I determine the ideal height stool for a given height surface (table, counter, bar, etc.)?

My immediate need is to ensure that I'm matching the right height stools to a kitchen island, but I assume there's a standard difference that's ideal for an eating seat to be from the eating surface? ...
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How do I build a corner bench for my deck?

I am totally new to DIY and wanted to take my first steps with a simple project - a corner bench. I have decking outside already, and want to use the same decking wood for my bench. Something similar ...
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What type of black metal can be used as furniture hardware?

I want to build a liquor shelf similar to this: I've seen metal piping and flanges like this at my local big box store, and it usually comes in two flavors: galvanized steel or black iron pipe. The ...
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How to loosen a nut when bolt and nut move together?

I have a sofabed whose back is fixed to the bed by bolt and nut. When I try to loosen the nut by wrench, the bolt and nut move together. There are no rust. How shall I loosen the nut? Update: the ...
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Create closed loop with threaded pipe

Context: DIY shelf with steel threaded pipes and fittings. (NOT plumbing! -- I guess such a construct does not make much sense there.) Consider e.g. this example, if you look at it from the side, it ...
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Disassemble IKEA Godmorgon drawer

I put in the front panel of the cabinet upside down. The screws it uses are some kind of cam locks, but the locks are attached to the drawer face and were not put in by me. I've not really seen them ...
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How do I prevent doors on a media cabinet from sagging?

A friend and I have just built a floor to ceiling media shelf unit for DVDs. It has 9 shelves and is about 3' wide. The frame around it is made up of 2"x8" boards and the shelves (except for one in ...
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How can I reinforce a piece of furniture to put an aquarium on it?

I'm planning to build an aquarium - 50 gallons. I estimate that it'll weight 550 pounds. It would be in the top of a cabinet... but the top of that cabinet is a suspended glass. It's similiar to this ...
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two-part fastener for right-angle wood connections

I have some furniture which is missing a screw/nut pair used for fastening two pieces of wood together at a right angle. The screw is 45mm long and 5mm wide, and it's paired with some kind of nut with ...
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Can I temporarily remove the bottom stairs on a staircase to help move furniture?

I just moved into a new place and really want to move my awesomely large (and somewhat expensive) sofa into the basement. The problem is that the stairs end in narrow hallway running perpendicular to ...
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Stuck building craftsman style coffee table

I'm attempting to build (and learn at the same time) a craftsman / arts and crafts style coffee table. It's a smaller project to learn on, before I start taking on more complex projects. I've made ...
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How can I stop wardrobe door from automatically closing?

Every time the right-hand door on my wardrobe gets opened, it slowly but surely accelerates shut again. As you can imagine, this is quite annoying as it blocks light and restricts view. Is there a ...
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How can I estimate the load capacity of a set of shelves?

I'm pricing and researching supplies for built-ins in my living room. The plan is cabinets on the bottom, a cubby for a TV and staggered shelves for several hundred HEAVY books above that. My ...
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How to get rid of spilled olive oil on teak table?

Yesterday a flask of olive oil accidentally dropped on our teak dining table. My spouse quickly used some paper towels to soak up most of the oil. The rest was evenly rubbed in to prevent spots. ...
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How can I repair screws in furniture with stripped holes?

I'm trying to repair a piece of furniture from which several screws have pulled out, stripping the wood. It's a lift top coffee table, such as this. (This is NOT the model in question, this just ...
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How do I drill holes for "cam nuts"?

The manuals I've seen for (cheaper) furniture refers to a cam nut and a cam bolt. Examples of them can be seen for purchase on Amazon. I've recently decided I'd like to build my own desk and believe ...
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Securing furniture to prevent tipping due to earthquakes and babies

I'm a new resident in the Bay Area, and with small children in the house, I'm looking at our furniture with some unease. What's the best and easiest way to secure and fasten tall bookshelves in case ...
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What is an ideal angle for a seat back piece?

I'm building an outdoor couch and want to put an angle on the back piece. What is a generally acceptable angle for the back piece? In the photos below, I've rotated the back pieced to 15°, but is just ...
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Repair gouges in a particle board desk?

A few years back, I bought a $500 studio producer desk. It's made of particle board and has been through more than a few moves and has received a proper beating over the years: Is there any way for ...

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