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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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How to stop a metal table from vibrating when bumped

I built this table recently and when you bump it, it vibrates continuously for several seconds. Imagine a tuning fork vibration, not a wobble. It makes everything on top of the table shake. Does ...
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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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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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what type of glue do I use

I am looking to re-glue the screw that connects a wood leg to a metal threaded bracket on a piece of furniture. The end that goes into the wood leg is stripped in the wood so the leg is loose, I tried ...
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What is this type of hinge called?

I am refurbishing a small cabinet and the door has this type of hinge. However, the peg was broken off of one of them and I can't seem to find a replacement. What is this type of hinge called?
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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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How can I touch up a marred furniture paint job?

I recently repainted some night stands using benjamin moore advanced paint. They look great, except that I noticed some debris on the top and removed it with tweezers. I attempted to smooth over it ...
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What latch would work best for a front/top opening chest?

I'm building a chest (about 3' wide, 2' deep, 2' tall) where the front folds up over the top (270 degrees), then the front/top fold again to the back (another 270 degrees). I need to know how best to ...
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Lid lock for outdoor chest

I'm building an outdoor chest out of wood (frame) and PVC sheet (sides), it is approx 2 1/2 ft wide, 1 1/2 ft deep, 1 ft high. The box opens from the top like a toy chest, blanket trunk, etc. I need a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 to reinforce a flimsy settee?

we have a Settee that does not feel very sturdy. It is rated at 250 lbs and there is a slight wobble. What can I do to make it steadier and more load bearing? (e.g. 400lb) Here is the settee: http://...
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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 to move/remove the bracing from this desk?

So, I am the proud new owner of this new desk! I've never needed a desk before. Unfortunately, along the long side, I find myself leaning and writing. A lot. The brace at the bottom really gets in ...
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Reinforce chair stretchers with screws?

I have a set of dining room chairs and a table. Some of the chairs have their stretchers come loose. They were just held in with glue. Two years ago, I re-glued them and applied pressure with clamps ...
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How do I remove paint from a porous table top?

I bought an unfinished kitchen set and had previously painted it white. We decided after a year that we wanted a bit of a different look. So, we decided we wanted the contrast of a natural or ...
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How do I attach a shelf to a plaster wall invisibly?

Following this question: How can I attach two pieces of wood in an invisible way? I have another - what would be a good way to attach a shelf to a plaster wall, if it is completely supported (i.e. ...
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Where to find folding stands for painting?

I'm looking for plastic folding stands for painting. The idea is to put e.g. plywood board at the top of those and paint furniture on it. Any idea where (e.g. web store) I can find these?
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Restoring french polished buffet

I have a 90 year old mahogany buffet that needs a pretty solid restoration job. Some of the planks that make up its top have lifted by a few mil, but most of the work is simply cleaning it up. I'm not ...
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Does water based polyurethane affect the color of paint?

I recently painted a dresser. I originally painted it a darker gray than I wanted so after putting the initial two coats on I took the paint back to Home Depot and had them lighten the rest of the ...
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How to remove spot on top of curio cabinet

I have a curio cabinet with an area on left side that is raised up above surface in a few spots. Based on the picture, can someone give me some advice as to how to remove this spot. I had tried Goo ...
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Adding hinges to steel box tube that is going to be powder coated - advice

So, I've designed a frame built of 3mm thick 5 x 5mm steel box tube, which will have inset wooden panels. This will eventually become a unit for an aquarium. All good in practice but the front wooden ...
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How to repair a table surface?

The table is a bean shaped hollow structure made of two 4mm hardboard panels and has a convex siding. The top surface and the sidings are coated seamlessly. It's 40mm thick and about 1.5 square ...
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Sofa Upholstery: What's the name of this back cushion technique and how is it done?

I'm re-upholstering my couch and trying to make synthetic-leather back cushions like this: I'm specifically referring to the horizontal line where the fabric turns-in on itself, creating some "...
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What fabric is suitable for swing repair?

I have a swing where the fabric provides support for the users. I've looked up "outdoor fabric" but nothing seems strong or structurally supportive. I'm trying to avoid using the straps older ...
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Replace glass table top with a metal grid one to convert it to outdoor

I have an Ikea Granas table like this one: I don't need it anymore inside, but I was wondering if there's a way to convert it to an outdoor one. Theoretically, the table itself is glass and metal, so ...
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Repair squeaky MDF board for a Ottoman Divan Bed

I have an Ottoman Divan Bed that looks like this: .jpg The top part is made of MDF, unfortunately the bit where it opens on the right hand side has sunken in a little bit in the middle right. As a ...
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Outlets On a Desk

Recently I have built a new desk in my office, made of pine and plywood. It is a build in, that is, it is permanently attached to the wall, etc. and can't be moved. I felt that it would be useful to ...
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How can I replace piano hinge

I have an old shelf with doors supported on piano (klavir) hinges, which are rusty and crooked. Most of the screws on the hinge are barely holding on, so for now I am ruling out the option to replace ...
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What type of support would I use for a hutch that is leaning inward?

I have a hutch that is comprised of two pieces that come together. The bottom is a flat surface with a cabinet and two doors in addition to some storage space. Above it, is a more storage space ...
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How to secure a stacked ikea kura bed

So I have 2 kura beds I want to stack them on top of each other. Something similar to image below. My question is how do I secure it. It will just be 1 bed, so the top kura bed will not have to ...
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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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what should I use to cover a table made out of a broken bookcase?

I'm working with a friend who is trying to make a kitchen table (i.e to use for eating) from a bookcase which broke. We're trying to do it as low-budget as possible (he's in a lot of debt right now). ...
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How to lock black-pipe connections?

I'm having some fun playing around with a furniture project where I'm using some black pipe as the legs. Things are working out fairly well (well, I think so, even though my wife thinks it's ...
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What material is used to fill cracks in wood that looks black afterward?

When looking in the more stylish furniture shops, they often have very large tables (e.g. 10cm thick x 1m wide x 2-3m long, made from one piece of lumber. Understandably, such pieces often have come ...
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how do i buy a replacement hinge?

I am trying to replace a broken hidden furniture hinge and cannot find a hinge that matches. How does one find a specific atypical hinge? The following pictures are of a not yet broken hinge.
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Smoothing OSB plates

Planning to build a wardrobe out of OSB plates, however, I fear clothes might get stuck on the material and tear up. What's a simple and cost-effective way to get this smooth? Coating or sanding maybe?...
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Small Clearance Square Bit

I'm trying to take apart an old bed frame. The fasteners are square head bolts, but they're tucked away with only 1/2" of clearance to access them. I can't find square head bits shorter than an inch, ...
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How to protect furniture in a leaky garage?

I have some furniture (nothing very valuable, but some tables and bookcases) that I am temporarily going to have to store in a garage that is a bit leaky. It's not very leaky, and there is some ...
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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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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 ...
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Any ideas on hiding a TV in a coffee table?

With 1080p and now 4k Tvs its a waste of technology to watch it from 14'+ away. Sitting under 6' way from a 50+ inch HDTV is the only way to enjoy all the pixels. The only way I can think to have a ...
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What is the technical term for this corner cupboard?

I am trying to learn what this small blue cupboard on the left side of the table is called? It's a corner cupboard but I am not sure what the technical term is:
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Where can I find furniture screws that lock into embedded metal parts?

I'm renovating an old box for the MRS. as a bit of a project. It's missing some parts which appear to be the type of screws you get in "flat pack" furniture whereby you screw so much into ...
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What is the name of this recliner couch screw holder?

My Recliner Couch is missing a few of these Pieces that hold the screw in place between the metals. I am trying to get some new ones but I don' know what they are called and where I can buy them. Any ...