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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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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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What is the height of the IKEA BILLY plinth?

If any owner can do a quick measurement and help me out, what is the exact height (cm. not in.) of the IKEA BILLY plinth? Se the image below: I need the exact height to the bottom of the first shelf ...
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Help Repair Chemical Damage to Dresser Surface

Okay, so I think this dresser came from Lazy Boy or Ashley Furniture, it isn't vintage or built like they used to make it. Nonetheless, I am getting ready to move, and this has been driving me crazy ...
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Repair cracks in molded foam in sofa

The structure of my 1960s italian sofa has a medium density foam molded around it. (In the pictures, it's the orange stuff, it's called Bayfit foam). The foam has developed significant cracks (or ...
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What do I need to use a headboard?

I am hoping to get a headboard like this one. What do I actually need to use it? Is the common option to use a metal bed frame or is there some other type of bed structure that I should be using with ...
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Why did my third coat of polyurethane finish “buckle”?

I'm refinishing a table I built about 10 years ago. I put 2 layers of gloss polyurethane down and sanded between coats. All was fine at this point. I gave it another light sanding and put a third ...
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Can my garden furniture be saved?

I have some hand me down wooden furniture. Unfortunately, with multiple moves and births in the last few years, it has gone a unloved. The wood seems very weak, and is brittle when dry. One beam ...
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Activating chair's gas lift? [closed]

I've ordered a chair from Argos, however, after assembly, the gas lift fails to elevate the chair -in fact, pulling the lever on the side seems to have no effect at all (it just swings back & ...
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Can stained MDF be restored?

I embarked on an ambitious project to restore a piece of furniture by stripping it, sanding it back, re-staining, and re-varnishing. The stripping and sanding part has turned into an absolute ...
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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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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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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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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 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 fix a broken brass drawer pull?

This drawer pull comes from an antique dresser; it mates with a threaded screw that goes inside the drawer. The collar on the drawer pull has gradually become thinner and cracked, and no longer grabs ...
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Computing force over a range

I'm building a murphy bed. I've build a box out of plywood that holds the mattress (the box is shaped like a sandbox. See image below). I plan on putting 5 different 25lb springs across the long side ...
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What can I use to stop drawers in an organizer from sliding out all the way?

I have purchased several of these small drawer units: However, when I open the drawers, they come straight out - there is no mechanism to ensure that the drawers stay in the slot. In the past, I ...
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Sofa recliner difficult to lock in place

I have Lane Sofa recliner that lets up and down ok, but it is difficult to get it lock in place. I have greased it down underneath and a quick glance of under there doesn’t seem to show where any ...
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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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Join two 2x4" so that screws are not visible?

How can I join two 2'x4' pieces of treated wood like in the picture so that the screws are not visible? Or maybe it's possible not to use screws?
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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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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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Repaint moldy porch chairs

We have wooden porch chairs that were supposed to be painted with outdoor paint but they have succumbed to some sort of mold. To repaint these would I have to sand/strip all of the existing paint &...
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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 can I update this very stubborn antique bed frame so the mattress fits properly?

How stubborn you ask? Well the bed frame has three issues, but really only one and the other two are only a result of the first: The rails are too short. Not by much, maybe an inch. Maybe even less....
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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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What are the frames at the ends of benches called?

Even though I’m trying to build more stuff on my own, I’m DIY-challenged. So today I saw these 2x4 chair ends. Picture Source I liked the overall idea, but I didn’t like the material these chair ...
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How would you join two twin beds?

I've got two twin beds "joined". There are basically four independent components: two mattresses and two bed bases. They are pretty uncomfortable to sleep on. They shift as I move at night. They aren'...
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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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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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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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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 repair hole that the chair leg screws into

My upholstered chair has one leg that will not screw into the chair base because the hole is too big and it looks as though the screw that was in the chair base is gone, making it impossible to screw ...
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How to connect furniture without cam locks?

I am planning to build my own coffee table. Is there any other way to connect furniture without using cam locks? Because it's hard to align and requires skills. Any ideas? Thanks.
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Is softwood appropriate for furniture squares on a hardwood cabinet?

I'm building some cabinets out of 3/4" plywood, and I'd like to use 2x2" (nominal) stock as furniture squares. These squares will be on the interior only; it's not visually necessary for the interior ...
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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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How do I reinforce a drawer bottom?

I recently bought a self-assembly wardrobe. After assembling it, the drawer bottoms were not held in place by enough wood (I think the groove for the drawer base was too close to the bottom of the ...
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How do I remove white beverage stains from my dark finished wood table?

Simple question: How do I remove the white powdery stains from my finished wood dining room table? I've already tried Bona and cleaning the stains gently with a soft plastic scrubbie. It really seems ...
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What is this furniture part, and where can I find one?

I am trying to repair some chairs at church. One of them is missing the part in the photo. What is it called, and where can I find one in the US? Metric threads. Thanks.
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How to reduce chair squeak

I have an office chair with five wheels. When you lean forward or back, it creaks. What can be done to eliminate the creak?
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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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How can I remove a potent smell from leather?

We just bought two used leather chairs. They are in great condition, but they have a very distinct (rather unpleasant) smell to them.... Is there any safe way to remove this smell without damaging ...
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Should I use oil or polyurethane to protect new cane chairs?

My wife and I have just bought 6 cane (wicker) dining chairs. I would like to protect them from the inevitable staining from spilt food and drink, grubby hands etc. What is the best way to protect ...
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Tightening a nut in a tight space

I have an office chair where the locking mechanism needs tightening. I think the right way to do it is turning this nut, but the problem is that the space is so tight that if I get an adjustable or ...
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Fix loose screw in sofa leg

One of my sofa's metal legs now has a loose screw such that I can't screw it in properly to the sofa. Possibly broken as a result of moving. Is there any way to fix it or at least a band-aid solution ...
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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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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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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 ...