Questions tagged [wood]

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Span between wood post for stilt cabin

I intend to build on Weiss Lake in AL. If I use 8x8 posts, can I span 10 ft with 2x10 or should it be 2x12 for the floor joists? Also was wondering for the foundation can I just sink the wood post or ...
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How can I minimize brush marks in polyurethane where wood grain meets from different directions?

Am finishing dining table that has wood grain that meets in center of table and goes in different directions. Using thinned, oil poly, applied with ox-tail brush. Have applied 1 coat. Doesn't look ...
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Load wood beam support

How much load can a (wood) 4"x 6" handle with a span of 16' with supports only at the ends. I have a total of 6,200 load pounds on it.
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Lid stays for shallow box

I have a window seat with shallow storage underneath (100mm deep storage, 560mm deep lid of 18mm birch ply). I've not had any luck finding soft close lid stays. The piston ones I've tried are soft ...
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How long to wait between coats of polyurethane?

I sanded down a 2 inch old Maple butcher block bowling alley and stained 48 hours ago. I then applied 2/3 poly to 1/3 mineral spirits and let sit in direct 80 degree sun from 10-4 pm. It was ...
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Having issues removing old tile

I recently started a project to do new floors throughout a house I just bought. We are gonna do about 1600 sq ft in total including the kitchen 2 living rooms, dinning room, and hall. Previously the ...
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Dry Rot (?) in Exterior Trim, patch or replace?

There is some moderate deterioration and cracking in part of the exterior trim of my house. I believe the trim in question is cedar. Looking for repair advice. My thoughts were: 1) Get some epoxy ...
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What trade handles old wood paneling?

Our late-60s ranch came with a 10x20 wall of fabulous wood paneling. It's not the junk with grooves, but real-deal, full-slab wood paneling (painted). Unfortunately, it warps a lot with typical ...
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What to do after wood paneling is removed?

So I have recently moved into a (new to us) home built in 1948. There was a master bedroom addition that is on the backside of the living room wall which was once exterior and the kitchen wall also ...
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How to protect wood when applying concrete patch

I uncovered a situation where a couple header boards were embedded into the basement foundation. You can see in the photo they punched a hole in the foundation and ran the boards through it. I can't ...
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How can I remedy sticky latex paint without stripping?

I have an old, probably 50+yrs, architecture drawing table that I've resized and using as kitchen island. I need it white, so I lightly sanded old top and painted with latex. I allowed drying time ...
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How should I mount a 10 ft 2x6 as a wall shelf?

My living room has a wall with a 10-foot-wide alcove, which has a set of windows that share a Craftsman-kinda window trim with a 2x3 capitol - maybe not the correct term, but see picture. I have a ...
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Removing mistakenly applied linseed oil over lacquer?

I recently bought a small kitchen trolley from Ikea. The top is treated with linseed oil and the instructions that come with the furniture say to apply more oil after unpacking. I dutifully did this, ...
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When should screws be used for general wood framing?

I was wondering what sort of fasteners are best for general Wood Framing? I understand that in general construction is done 100% with nails, but as a small time, diyer, I am looking for best practices....
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Detecting mold with a blacklight

I've heard anecdotally that mold will glow green under a black light (UV light). Is this true? There's a room in my house with a musty odor, and I'm trying to determine the source of the smell. There'...
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How to transfer lumber cut with odd angles

I am interested in learning this craftsmanship /technique: Look like the piece of lumber in between has perfect cut to match the angles. How did they transfer the cut dimension? Is there a tool for ...
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Hidden/Floating Hardware for Solid Wood Alcove Shelves?

I would like to install some thick pieces of wood to form alcove shelves or a built-in bookshelf. They will be tied into studs on the left and right. Minimal support in the rear, against a false wall....
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Sanding between coats of water-based finish

I built a farmhouse table with Douglas Fir, applied Saman water-based stain, and then applied the first coat of water-ased finish. The folks at the store said I should sand after the first coat, using ...
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How do I slow further cracking in wood outdoors?

Ideally my wood steps and picnic table would have been treated properly in past years but they weren't. The answers to this question recommended oil-based approaches to protecting outdoor wood. But ...
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JB Kwikwood to fill in old screw holes

I am repairing a guard rail for a deck, can Kwikwood putty be counted on after filling in the old screw hole to hold the new screw safely?
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Attach 2x4 to another 2x4?

This is yet another 2"x4" question. What's the best way to attach a 2"x4" to another 2"x4" that's resting over it? The rail is a 2x4 and it will be held, on each side, by two 4x4. Under the 2x4 rail ...
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How would I go about turning a tree in to a tabletop?

My father-in-law is about to cut down a large Ash tree (on the insistence of a neighbour). At the same time, we need a dining table, and quite like the idea of a simple wooden slab on legs. ...
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How to fix a wooden screw hole that is stripped?

I have an Ikea chest of drawers with metal rollers that allow me to slide the drawers in and out. One of the drawer’s metal roller screws has popped off due the weight of the contents of a shelf and ...
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Materials for building inexpensive light-weight large planter?

I've wanted to build a few large planters for a while now, and I've considered using concrete, wood, etc. I don't know what other cheap material to use. Initially, I wanted to make them out of pre-...
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Paint/stain used for wooden planter?

I built a large planter using untreated wood. Before pouring the potting soil into the planter, I have to paint the the planter with something that will protect it from the soil, the humidity, etc. I ...
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Extending wood studs or adding wood to cover over the studs

So the problem is this. I bought a house and it has this super awesome movie room. When I moved in, I took my stud finder out and it wasn't working on that side of the wall, but it was working on ...
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Refinishing wood: Should I use wood conditioner after light sanding before staining an old desk?

I bought an old desk at a garage sale, and I want to restain it. I've already sanded the whole desk and am ready to clean it up with tack cloth and restain. Should I use wood conditioner on it? ...
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Wood glue or screws for joint?

I posted a question about this, and someone mentioned using Titebond wood glue for the joints in the following drawing. My question: for these types of joints, will wood glue create a stronger bond ...
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rust-proof solution for attaching 2x4 to 4x4?

What screws can I use to securely attach a 2"x4" to a 4"x4" treated lumber? The solution would need to be rust-proof. I recently used a structure similar to the image below for a small fence, but ...
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how can I clean my linseed treated wooden doors?

My beautiful Knotty Alder patio doors appear that dirt or mold has penetrated the linseed oil we applied to them before hanging them. How can I clean the doors? What should I use to clean them?
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What are some tips for finishing wood?

I'm kind of embarrassed to ask, but I'm looking for a good how-to guide for finishing pine furniture. (Could also apply to baseboards and trim, so I'm hoping for an on-topic pass here.) I watched my ...
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Uneven poles for fence with wood railing?

What can I do if the steel poles used for a fence are uneven? They're all supposed to be the same height, but for some reason, they're uneven (ie. surface is uneven, the welder din't measure correctly,...
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What is the proper way to sand live edge piece of wood in preparation for a polyurethane finish?

I have debarked a live edge walnut slab. Since the edge is rough and not flat, how would one properly sand that live edge without killing all of the subtle contours of that live edge. All of the ...
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Can I mix waterbase Behr wall paint with waterbase deck stain/sealer?

I had some clear Waterguard exterior deck stain/sealer which is water-based. I got them a while ago so I cannot return them. The problem is I like to cover the deck with opaque color. Is it possible ...
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What can I do when coats of paint won’t hide/cover the shadow left on a wall by wooden shelves

I have a wall in my dining room that has had a pine wood bookcase hanging on it for 13 years. Today, I unscrewed it from the wall so that I can paint the wall. But every time the paint dries, a ‘...
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How to mount two king-sized bed heads horizontally to a wall to use as an open closet/shelving?

I have two king-sized bed heads leftover from failed customer service experience. I've tried to give them away on Freecycle, to no avail. It seems like a waste (and hassle where I live in London) to ...
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Damaged TV console

I picked up a tv console today knowing that it had some light damage. There’s hole punched out of the top of the piece. What would be the best way to fill in the hole? What’s the best way to ...
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What is a good stain/finish for maple?

I have recently completed a one-step stool out if maple and am looking for a way to finish it. It will be used quite a bit so I'm looking for something durable. Preferably something that isn't too ...
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How to install pelmet in tight spaces

I would like to install pelmet over a windows which is close to end of the wall. At the corner there is also an air conditioning unit, so I only have about 12-15 cm space and the pelmet itself is ...
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How strong is a lag bolt through the narrow face of a 2x4 stud (meaning it only has 1.5" to grab)?

I'm trying to mount a TV, but the only studs are on the outside walls of this niche in my fireplace. Meaning I could build a little wooden box and lag into the narrow face of the studs (the 1.5" ...
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What animal are these coffee-ground-like leavings around my doorframe from?

We are finding strange stuff around the frame of our bathroom door. It looks almost like ground coffee, and has no discernible smell. It's getting out of hand: we cleaned it up yesterday and this much ...
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DIY Murphy Bunk Bed

I know how to build it. I just need to know how to keep the top bunk stable and not fall off when carrying a 170lb person. This is what I have put together so far. If I missed something please ...
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How can I remove white 'splatter' which has partially seeped into a wooden panel?

I'm looking at a wooden wardrobe, which has... well, seen a lot of punishment. But in this question I'm focusing on how its side was splattered/stained with white material which is either whitewash, ...
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Can I varnish wooden worktops that have previously been oiled?

The previous owners of our house fitted wooden worktops in the kitchen. While these look nice, they need constant maintenance (re-oiling every three months) to stop water getting in - which we don't ...
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Spot repair wood surface of dresser

We had a sock with those little rubber/sticky grips sitting on this dresser for a while now. This evening after a doing a whole house cleaning I happened to notice a small spot on the dresser and ...
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What kind of wooden fence is this and how do I go about staining it?

This fence was put up about a year ago. Ideally I would like to stain it but I wanted to get everyone's opinion first. First of all I have no idea what kind of wood this is and what I should do about ...
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Is it safe to store a wheel/tire set in my garage loft area?

I'm not sure how much they weigh. I assume around 50lbs a piece. Here is the area I will store them in: https://i.imgur.com/Ys2LnOf.jpg Any specific way I should arrange the load or am I worrying ...
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Wood filler or glue for small fracture after nailing?

I stupidly neglected to pre-drill a hole before nailing into a thin bit of wood, causing a small (hairline, inch each way) split. I believe it needs only a cosmetic repair - and it would be hard to ...
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What do you call conventional wood staining that doesn't result in a glazed effect?

I am shopping around for a new kitchen, which I want to have finished in stained wood. What seems to be quite popular these days is "glazing" which seems intended to highlight any texture, relief, ...
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Help, can I still fix this?

A few weeks ago, the door knob started to become loose with greyish wood/sand chunks falling out of the gap between the doorknob and the door. Currently thinking of getting a handyman in to have a ...