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How to connect the "tabletop" and "feet" of a small, wooden, take-apart desk riser? [closed]

I want to build a small desk riser (W 30.4 cm × D 21.5 cm × H 20 cm) for my laptop. It should be lightweight, not resonate (so no cardboard box), sufficiently stable, and I need to be able to take it ...
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How to remove cam lock with screw stuck inside it?

I'm trying to reassemble this furniture but it has screw stuck inside a cam screw: How do I remove the cam screw or the screw? I suppose the cam screw comes out first?
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How much weight can panel wall support?

I recently bought a new house and it has this kind of panel wall everywhere. There was a table that was mounted with some l-brackets onto it and I would like to move it to the other room. However it ...
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Which one of these is M6 and which is M5? [duplicate]

I’m assembling something bought from the store. Neither screw is labelled, and the manual says one of them is M5x10mm and the other is M6x10mm. I cannot tell which is which. Please help.
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Disassembling IKEA furniture—how can I deal with broken dowels?

IKEA furniture often has wooden dowels that are used to hold pieces together. The problem is that these wooden dowels break easily when you're trying to disassemble IKEA furniture: In the first ...
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Backward install of cam lock

I tried to install a cam lock, but did it backwards. I put the C part into the hole in the furniture and then stuck the screw in. Now it seems hopelessly stuck. I had never done this before (trying to ...
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Ikea bookshelf is wobbly after assembly. How can I stabilize it?

I assembled this bookshelf from Ikea, and it is unstable - the top part can move left and right. This remains so when I put the inner shelves in place, so I fear they might be unstable too. I ...
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Identify this metal slider bracket?

I am doing a DIY project at home and came across this sliding metal bracket and plastic plate assembly. I have no idea where it came from but I think probably IKEA, although it could be anywhere. But ...
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How to disassembe a IKEA Mammut Stool?

I have a Mammut stool that my family member use it for bathing so it is full of water inside. However, it is well structured so it doesn't seems to leak so easily, if shake the chair will hear a lot ...
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Where can I find a simple barrister bookcase door mechanism, or how can I make one? [closed]

I have two old Sauder Barrister bookcases- they were inexpensive but are still useful. Four of the plastic catch parts from the hanging door mechanisms have broken. I would like to purchase ...
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Does this TV cabinet need the screws or can it rest on the frame?

I have assembled a TV cabinet / TV table. It is made of a metal frame, with "rings" on the inside of the frame on which the table plates rest. The first image shows one of the "rings&...
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Remove tv plaform on metal guides from old tv armoire

I have an armoire originally used to hold an old style TV. I want to remove a platform that was to hold the TV. The platform is wood and on metal, ball bearing, guides so that the tv could be pulled ...
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How to drill a table top without drilling through it?

I am considering buying a table (Flash Furniture 24" square top with 18" round center pole base). The table top is reversible, which means that it comes with no holes drilled in it. It ...
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Important features in electric screwdrivers for furniture dis/assembly [closed]

I decided that it's a good time to give myself the luxury of (dis)assembling furniture with an electric screwdriver. For the odd table or chair it's not a big deal, but for painting a room and moving ...
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I'm assembling a swing set, having issues keeping it square

Let me start off by saying I am a complete and total newb when it comes to wood work, so any advise is super helpful. Okay, so I purchased a swing set that you assemble yourself. I started to put it ...
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Which side are these washers supposed to go?

I’m trying to assemble this trolly and the instructions are blatantly useless. Attempting to check it from the box picture, I was convinced that the washer goes on the nut side, but as I tried fitting ...
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Allen key bolts vs Phillips head make a difference?

I received a metal bed frame without the bolts. The directions have the sizes used in hardware list. I went to hardware store but they didn’t have M6 bolts with hex head as shown. The sales associate ...
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What type of drill should I get? [closed]

I am moving into my house in a few weeks, and I want to get a general purpose drill for use around the house. I learned that there are different types of drills: power drill, hammer drill, and impact ...
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Do I have to secure an IKEA TV stand to the wall?

I'm a young adult preparing to move out into an apartment the first time, and I'm trying to fill out some gaps in terms of furniture before I get going. I found this IKEA tv stand that's perfectly ...
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How to combine flat and split lock washers on a bolt

So I'm assembling a pull up bar and its assmebly instructions look like this In the parts list it mentions only one type of spring washer (quantity 4). But it actually came with two types of ...
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Cam lock & dowel alternatives

I have a chest of small chest of drawers held together by metal cam lock & dowel pegs. The cam lock & dowel regularly come loose. I am looking for suggestions for alternatives? the cam lock ...
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Ikea sidetable impossible to install

Bought an IKEA side table(listerby) today but it was impossible to install.Here is the installation instruction. If you look at the fifth step, one is supposed to use the tool IKEA provides to fasten ...
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Ikea 5x5 Kallax disassembly (cross dowels)

I want to disassemble my 5x5 Kallax, due to me moving. My Problem is, that there are dowels going vertically through 3 panels. See the manual Manual page 13 and onwards for a graphic description. How ...
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How do I get a cam lock out of a really deep hole?

I bought a 54" desk from a local Walmart, more specifically a BH&G cube organizer desk. While I was putting it together and following the instructions, I realized that the cam locks weren't ...
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DIY lie down computer workstation [closed]

I am suffering from lower back pain and looking to build a lie down workstation. What I have came up is this: Adjustable bed for a little recline to stay comfortable for long working hours. Bed will ...
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I tightened a Titus Minifix Cam too hard and now I have to take it apart. Is that OK?

I put together this TV stand, and used a cam/bolt dowel for the first time when I got to the step of attaching the top of the TV stand (A) to the two stand panels (E). Since I assumed the cam had to ...
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Wooden piece without a screw hole - is this correct?

This is my first DIY, so please forgive me if my question sounds very naive. I have a whole set of furniture's coming in, so I need to get this bed-side table right! I am trying to set this up and I ...
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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 do you pry apart pieces stuck together by cam screws?

I have already removed the cam lock (the round piece that locks it in place). What I am left with is two pieces of wood that are attached by the cam screw. Simple hand pulling has not pulled them ...
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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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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 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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What kind of peg is this?

I moved to a new apartment last week and as luck would have it, one of the pegs that holds up a shelf in my bookcase went missing and I'm looking for a replacement. What kind of peg is this? All the ...
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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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What's the recommended way to install the wall mounting spacer?

I'm building a besta cabinet. I'm following the instructions. I'm on step 8 (page 13). It says to push the spacers (item number 141413) into the holes. I got them in a tiny bit, but no matter how ...
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Disassembling IKEA Ingolf chair

I have a couple of dining room chairs from IKEA, which have been quite good for a number of years. One of them, however, has started wobbling a bit, and I saw that it was because the back of the ...
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How do I remove these Ikea screws? (studs inside holes)

I bought and assembled an Ikea sofa bed (asssembly instructions here). I'm moving soon and want to take apart the couch to make it easier to lift. Some of the screws needed for the assembly come in 2 ...
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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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In what order should flat and split washers be installed?

So, I got a screw and things that look like rings (washers). One of them looks like incomplete ring (C-shaped), another is really a complete bigger ring. The assembly instruction says I need to put ...
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Loose thread in standing lamp between base and rod

My wife just bought a lamp at Target, the kind you have to self assemble the rod from 4 hollow pipes and a base, where the electrical wire is already threaded through all of them. Each of the 4 ...
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Why does new Ikea furniture (Kallax) make a liquid sound when moving?

Does anyone know the cause of Kallax furniture (and perhaps more Ikea pieces) making a liquid "wooshing" sound when you move/turn over the furniture? I purchased two Kallax bookshelves from Ikea (Nov ...
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How to remove a screw inserted from the wrong side in an IKEA ALEX drawer unit?

We just bought an IKEA Alex 9 drawer unit. I assembled most of it without difficulty, except for step step 25 from the assembly instructions. I wasn't paying enough attention, and screwed the screw in ...
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Frugal thick table top ideas

I'm trying to build a TV stand which will have a top on it about 80" x 20" x 3/4". It can be thicker than 3/4" but I'd like it to be at least that. Assuming I build a supportive frame, what's the ...
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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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How can I repair a desk with crumbled chip board where the cam bolt holes should be?

I have an old desk which must have been held together mostly by strength of will, since when we disassembled it for a move, we found that all of the cam bolts were sat in crumbled holes in the chip ...
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Rubbered Washer Nuts Direction?

When a nut has a built in rubber washer, does the rubber side have to go on the inside as it is almost impossible to get it started?
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How can I get the "new bed" smell out of my daughter's bedroom?

I bought one of those princess carriage beds for my daughter. You know, the kind that take seventeen hours and five allen wrenches to put together. Anyway, I get it together and honestly, it's ...
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How do I even out a pair of bookcases on an uneven floor?

So, I have a couple Ikea Billy bookcases, normal. I got them with doors, so with the forward weighting, I'm a bit extra paranoid about tipping. I put them together; all fine. Then I try to place ...
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Is beeswax ok to use to keep a screw tight?

I have purchased a table and chair set, and the screws holding it together consistently come loose (from pulling and dragging I assume). I have heard that beeswax will help hold things together, and ...
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