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Drilling acrylic sheet to mount cabinet hinges

I am fitting small brass furniture hinges to 6mm thick Perspex acrylic sheet using 4mm dia setscrews, nuts & washers. Holes drilled 5mm using a wood drill bit. Nuts NOT over-tightened but Perspex ...
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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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Connecting a 2x4 and 4x4 post

I am looking to build this table. The design is simple and I like the basic style. I do not have a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes to attach the 2x4 rails to the legs. How else could I secure these ...
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Outdoor Table - What type of wood

I will be building an outdoor table in the near future. It will probably be outside most if not all of the year (i'm in the midwest so it will get snowed on). Should I use pressure treated wood for ...
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i want to know the name of a table [closed]

i want to buy a table like this, but I don't know the name. Somebody help?
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How can I make table legs from planks to support a heavy table top?

I plan on building a 9' by 5' table top using solid wood. My material is limited to 4/4 lumber (1 inch thick) and 8/4 lumber (2 inches thick). The widths and lengths are random (I haven't bought the ...
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Storing items in washroom (protection from moisture)

I've moved into a flat which has a washroom (shower, washing machine and sink) which is relatively huge in comparison to the rest of the flat; How might I be able to store items in this room without ...
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Will 1x4's and 1x6's be enough for an aquarium stand?

I'm building an aquarium stand, with only wood and screws. I'm only equipped with a miter saw, a drill, and some hand powered saws and a leveler- this will be my first woodworking project. The goal is ...
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How to secure wardrobe to wall if 1.25" gap exists between wall and wardrobe

How do a secure a wardrobe to a wall if there is a roughly 1.25" gap between the wall and the wardrobe due to the molding on the wall? I'd prefer to not have a screw visibly poking out the back of the ...
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How would I go about building a movable-arm keyboard & mouse tray? [closed]

Strain injuries are the blight of the programmer. I've just ordered an ergonomic desk chair. However, if I am sitting back with my keyboard/mouse on my desk, I think this is going to still cause ...
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How do I make a table drawer child-proof?

I want to build a drawer into a table that is held shut by an unseen lock (probably magnetic). The drawer front would have two small holes in it. The handle for the drawer would fit into the two ...
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Building a table with outlets

My couch is covering both the outlets on the wall in my living room. I found a great idea on Pinterest to solve my problem, and I am looking to modify it a bit. See pictures: The blog on which this ...
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How to repair broken off wood from a chair?

I have an old chair that part of broke of some time ago and was lost. I've finally got round to fixing it as it's a bit of an eyesore. I started by using some woodfiller which I had lying around, but ...
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How do I fix a couch with a protruding spring?

I have a fairly nice couch, about 8 years old, but just today I noticed that there was a sharp protrusion coming out the side. It has not yet punctured the fabric, but it seems like a strong wind ...
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Recipe for a 2m x 1m concrete working plane

I'd like to create working plane from concrete to be put on a support and be used as desk. The dimension should be 1m x 2m and the thickness will depend on recommendations. It should support 150 kg. ...
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Making a bookcase look perfectly flush with the wall when the wall is not a true 90 degrees

How would one go about fixing this highlighted gap in the photo: The bookcases are attached together and level (though the potato quality photo may not make it appear that way) But as you can tell ...
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Type of screw / fastener should one use to attach veneer covered particle board bookcases together?

I have 8 Ikea Billy bookcases and I would like to attach them together to make the seam betwen them as narrow as possible. What sort of screw or fastener is appropriate for particle board?
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Scratched finishing on IKEA furniture: how to fix

During assembly, we managed to damage some outer finish and expose the wood underneath: Is this fixable (say by putting some white "coating" on it)? If so, could you please point me to a solution? I ...
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Help naming a piece

I'm sorry for being vague and not using the right words, that's the actual issue, not knowing the right words. In the process of building a simple adjustable height shelf inside a box using four ...
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How to repair wood furniture surface from chemical blemish?

I left a can of Raid insect spray on top of a piece of furniture and unbeknown to me there was some sort of chemical goo that dripped off the can overnight and it seemingly ate through the surface and ...
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Can you put a matte polyurethane over a semi-gloss polyurethane to make it a matte finish?

I have a piece of furniture that my mom has painted and she put on a semi-gloss polyurethane finish. It is way too shiny for the type of painting. Can we put a matte polyurethane finish over the ...
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Some advice about reconstructing a design on a kitchen wardrobe

Good day everyone! I am a novice when it comes to home improvement and therefore I am looking for a (cheap )solution for the following problem. In the house that I rent there are some kitchen ...
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Hand tools for cutting glued boards to size?

I'm a complete novice to woodworking - I have a few plans in mind (tables and such like) that involve gluing boards to make tops, sides and so forth. My idea is to glue boards to make panels larger ...
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How to build a removable bench for a sit-in window?

I'm prepping for my next home improvement project and it's going to be building a custom bench to effectively create a sit-in window. It's really just a normal window but we have installed bookcases ...
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How to repair the leg of a computer chair

I have an office computer chair whose leg broke, there is a huge crack along the plastic, and it bends, but its still attached. I tried using hot glue and duct tape, but it breaks apart again because ...
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How to refinish a rubberwood and veneer coffee table top?

A part of the rubberwood and veneer coffee table got damaged and I would like to learn what are the tools and materials used to refinish/fix this type of issue. The manufacturer says that it's a '...
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Dealing with woodworms

I am dealing with woodworms at home and I am looking for an effective method to contain their spreading and eliminate them from my furniture. I would just like that they chose another place to build ...
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Ways to make table top removable from base/legs

I just finished my first wood project and it's a farmhouse table. I am going to be bringing this to college and I need a way to make the top removable from the base so it wont be so challenging to ...
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Attaching glass table top to wood legs

I have 27 x 40" x 1/2" sheet of glass that i want to turn into a patio table. The glass already has a 1/2" hole drilled at each corner. Plan is to use 4x4 redwood posts as legs. Question is, how to ...
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Can I cut the back off a china cabinet to convert it into a bookcase?

I would like to change this china cabinet into a built in bookcase. It is currently 16" deep, but I want it only 12" deep. Is it possible to cut the entire back off, and would it need to be put back ...
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When there is no room to stabilize a nut, what then?

I have an electric chair that someone cut the power cord and power pack from and are no longer accessible. I'm removing the motor and one of the bolts in the frame to it spins relentlessly along with ...
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Using Zinzer BIN primer (shellac base) on previously waxed pine furniture

I have a piece of pine furniture that has been waxed (not stained) that I have been wanting to paint for years. Finally started the project. I tried sanding, but the sand paper got coated with the ...
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How to clean up old steel table edge?

Got an old drafting table and there's wood stain and adhesive stuck on the edge: http://imgur.com/a/zyaJ0 How can I remove the layer of gunk and clean it up a bit? Obviously removing the edge would ...
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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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Is gluing table top planks better than using pocket hole screws?

I am learning furniture building. I started by building tables using pocket hole screws to attach the planks together and also to attach the table top to the apron/base. I am now converting to using ...
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How do I repair a dresser with the side falling off?

My kids have a dresser and somehow they have managed to pull the sides partially off. (In all fairness, it could have simply been an age issue – the sides were originally stapled on and it is 20 years ...
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How do I get 2x6 and up pine, or a close alternative, in California?

I am building ana white style farmhouse tables with planked tops. Most people that I see building these online are using 2x pine. It is cheap and drier than some wood. Here in Northern California, the ...
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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 to treat the edge of OSB in a piece of furniture

There are lots of nice pictures on the internet of untreated OSB CNC-cut into chairs/tables/benches. What can be done to the edge of the cut to have a clean surface with no strands and splinters? ...
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Is spruce wood a good choice to make a bunk bed?

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk. I'm a beginner at woodworking and I need some help. I have made some "plans", I will put 7x2m stakes, 4x1.40m each around ...
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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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steel poles with pine shelving - how to fix?

I have little setup that i didnt properly think about it! rush job. I have four Galvanised poles with four pine shelves (900x220x20) sitting on gate-eye tube clamps. The poles go through the wood on ...
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How do I reinforce an old mortise and tenon joint?

I have some old This End Up chairs with mortise and tenon joints that came reinforced with nails. They are generally pretty sturdy but have gotten quite the wiggle over their 33 years. My question is ...
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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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How best to cut vinyl drafting board cover?

I'm topping an office desk with Vyco (an Alvin product which has few competitors e.g. Borco). The material is a 1/16th inch thick, very tough, and flexible. They advertise that scissors work; but in ...
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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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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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Can anyone tell me what kind of hinge this is?

I saw it on a folding table I'm planning on copying.. It looks pretty thick- see the couple pictures below; Cheers guys and gals!
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How do I turn my top-heavy headboard into a freestanding headboard?

I've DIYed an upholstered, king-sized headboard (5'x6'10"), but after trying to bolt it to the bed frame, I've realized that the bed frame is much too light to prevent the headboard from toppling over....
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IKEA Furniture in Conservatory

I have had an IKEA LACK Side Table in the conservatory for about eight months and it has started splitting (see below picture). My guess is this is due to the fluctuating temperatures in a south ...