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What is the name of this tool that is used to clamp a piece of wood for drilling?

What is the name of this tool in the picture? It seems that the tool is used to clamp a piece of wood to a furniture to avoid cracking it when drilling holes? What precisely does it do?
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Can metal ball casters be covered?

Can I do anything to these casters (on my parsons dining room chairs) to make them safe on solid oak hardwood floors? Maybe adding some sort of a rubber ring to the raised tread or even covering them ...
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Adding a headphone jack to furniture [closed]

I'd like to screw a headphone jack receptacle to the front of my desk, and have the female adapter of the extension in my laptop (which is hidden in one of the drawers). I'm unsure what exactly to ...
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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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Furniture part identification

Can anyone identify this furniture part? It's used in my Danish Modern style cabinet to hold the upper cabinet in place. The middle brass part has female threads on both sides. The ends are screws. ...
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Folding garden chair assembly…putting a stud in the wood

I bough an wooden garden chair table set from a company called vidaXL. There is one step where a half threaded metal stud needs to be screwed in the wood. The other half of the stud is smooth and ...
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Is a 35mm steel square tube frame strong enough to support 100kg without flexing?

I've not been able to find an electric sit/stand desk that is a size I want so I've designed my own. I'm confident in the electronics side of things but I'm not certain of the strength of the ...
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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 to prevent the slats coming off the side beams of a baby's cot?

Recently somehow our son's cot was broken and I had to take out the frame to see and it had loose slats and other parts coming off. How can I keep the slats in the side beams and make sure they are ...
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A tool to separate a wardrobe to a wall [closed]

I have a 2.3 meters wall with a 2.0 meters IKEA PAX wardrobe against it. The wardrobe lean on the wall from its left side and from its "behind" side, and thus there is a 30cm (11.8" I think) gap on ...
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Stain not drying [closed]

I have a kitchen table that I'm trying to refinish. I sanded it then applied Minwax stain. Well, apparently I didn't sand enough because now the stain is "tacky" after 3 days. I now know that it's ...
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Does there exist such a thing as mini-scaffold?

I'm looking to create an anti-RSI workstation. Something like: (only that particular one happens to be a scam called NEThrone) Only what I have in mind is hacking together something using maybe a ...
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Remove cam lock pushed the wrong way into Ikea furniture

I messed up trying to assemble an IKEA bed. I accidentally pushed the cam lock with the smooth side facing out. Now I have no way to rotate it to tighten the cam lock and bolt to secure the two pieces ...
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Easy Chair Long Screw needs to be tight [closed]

I have an easy arm chair that I bought from Ikea. Recently its extra-long-screw that used to be on the sides of the chair got loosened somehow. I tried to tight it by force but it is like super loose ...
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How to make a floor plan? [closed]

First, I'm not good with home improvement or anything too manual for that matter - I'm more of a computer geek. I am soon to move into a new empty apartment and I am going to go furniture/appliance ...
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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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Chair felt pads that stay on

I've got some Ikea Vilmar chairs that have a sort of swivel base and thin legs, and I'm trying to put some felt pads on the chair, but no matter what I try, I can't get them to stay on. They'll come ...
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How long after applying orange oil to my Grandmother's old desk should I stain it?

I have inherited my grandmother's old childhood desk. This a desk that has been heavily used its whole life. I have sanded it down, finishing with 400 grit. I used wood condition by Minwax. Then ...
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It it doable to paste two sheets of fusuma paper on the same panel?

I have a fusuma paper that is 180[cm] high, but my door (panel) is 250[cm] high. Is it doable to place two "sheets" of fusuma paper on one panel (without us noticing that there are two different ...
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What is the following type of hinge called?

I am needing to buy a new set of lid hinges for an audio rack I just bought and the original manufacturer no longer carries the specific part. So I need to see if I can find something similar but I'm ...
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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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Anyone please tell me what kind hinge (name of the hinge) used in this product?

Anyone please tell me what kind hinge (name of the hinge) used in this product ? Name of the product is SNAP JACK from LIVING WITH JACK company.
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How to identify make/model of a wardrobe?

We moved into a new flat which was sold to us with some wardrobes. We thought: "Cool! Less furniture to buy." After some time, we realised we wanted an extra shelf here, an extra hanger there, etc. ...
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How to remove mold from cloth upholstery

My coach is covered in black mold, Google search shows various suggestions including vinegar, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol. Which is the most effective proven method to remove mold ...
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Disassembling a bed frame

Trying to take apart a bed frame. Does anyone have any idea on how to open these? Thanks.
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I need to fill in the handle holes on a dresser and redrill them.

The original holes are too close together, so I will need to fill the holes with either wood filler or glue and dowel. Which filler I should use would depend on which would hold up being drilled to ...
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White scratches/spots on wood furniture- how to fix?

Can anyone identify what the white marks are on this wood table? And how to remove? I’ve tried Murphy’s Oil Soap and no change.
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How could our sliding mirror doors have cracked so easily?

I purchased and installed a set of sliding mirror doors 2 weeks ago. In the space of two weeks all four of the doors have developed cracks in them. A couple of them are at least a foot long. I have ...
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How do I fix a sticky spot on furniture made by a rubber ball?

A large rubber ball for exercise rested against our cherry cabinet for some months. When removed we found an eight inch circle where the furniture finish had become sticky. We hoped it would return ...
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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 can I prevent racking on a large free standing wardrobe?

I have two free standing wardrobes, 2.8m by 2m (depth 70cm). Actually inside the wardrobe there is one internal 'wall', halfway 1m, so it divides each wardrobe into 2, but is no stronger than the side ...
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How long does screw have to be to anchor bookcase?

I'm trying to anchor an IKEA Billy bookcase to the wall it doesn't contain screws for the wall (I don't think any IKEA furniture does). And their instructions don't explain how long the screws need to ...
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Reinforcing furniture for aquarium

So I'm planning on adding a new aquarium to my collection and I'd like to put it over my television on my entertainment center. However, when the tank is filled it will weight between 350-400 pounds ...
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How can I take the arms off my desk chair?

I am trying to take the arms off my desk chair to see if I find it more comfortable. I have almost zero experience with being handy or anything diy, but I though this would be something easy to start ...
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Recliner position lock stuck

This photo is of the underside of a La-z-boy recliner, and shows a rotating square bar (attached to the handle on the side of the chair) with a cam that has a couple locking positions as shown. A pin ...
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Painting Ikea Stora Loft Bed

My wife and I were able to get an Ikea Stora Loft bed for my 2 year old son for free. We thought it was a bunk bed and that it was dark brown, but it turns out its a bed on stilts and is black. I ...
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Move around table with attached legs

I have a table that has the legs drill-attached to the surface. The surface and the whole table is quite heavy. What is the best way to move the table around a room if 1) it is not very easy to lift ...
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What is the name of the metallic part in this image? (some sort of a brace for vertically connecting wooden blocks around the corner?)

What do you call the metallic part in the image below? Looks like a type of brace for vertically connecting parts around the corner. I'm looking to buy parts like this for a DIY project.
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What is the name of this combination of screw and rotating metal piece that locks it?

I recently self assembled a wooden furniture and had to use these parts: They are used to connect boards at 90 degrees to each other. The screw is screwed into one board and the lock is embedded in ...
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How can I cover the unfinished edge of particle board?

I am new to this forum so please excuse if this is off topic. I am having trouble figuring out how to fix my entertainment center / TV stand. I recently bought it from Amazon and assembled it at home. ...
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Most reasonable way to raise desk by 4 inches

I have this desk, and I love it so far. It's a big desk and pretty sturdy for being extremely cheap and made of particle board. My problem with it is it being 4" shorter than my last desk, which I ...
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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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IKEA Billy DIY bookcases without bolting in a wall. Is it a good idea/safe?

Is it a good idea to buy a bookcase that is a DIY assembly for a large collection of big and heavy books? Is it safe? To be clear I am interested if the Billy bookcases of IKEA can be safely used for ...
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How to fix a cast iron bench [closed]

How can I fix a cast iron wood bench from rim rack from side to side? I have tightened all screws for each slat of wood including brackets underneath to secure the wood to the iron, but I cannot ...
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Assessing Wardrobe's Protection from Sunlight

I'm in an urban environment and my apartment doesn't leave me with many choices with some of my larger furniture items. Namely, my wardrobe ended up having to be placed in the extended indoor balcony. ...
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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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How can I repair a damaged seam on leather sofa

See the attached image below, any idea how I can repair this problem myself?
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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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Covering protruding bolts in a chairleg

Some rubber feet came off of my chair's legs, exposing bolts that are digging holes in my carpet. I used a temporary solution of just lashing some kitchen sponges onto area with rubber bands, but the ...
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oak chair remains sticky after using formbys refininisher

I am refinishing an oak chair, after using formby's refinisher, 90% of the chair is smooth and clean, however, the back slats (in this case, round) are still sticky to the touch. I have cleaned and ...