Questions tagged [wood]

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How much weight can a 3.5" deck screw hold before pulling out?

I have built a climbing wall in my daughter's bedroom room. There is a portion on the structure that is completely horizontal on the ceiling, it is 36" × 36". The framing consists of 2x4's. I ...
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How to flatten warped louvered doors?

I reinstalled some louver doors which had been stored in the basement for a while. Its a double-door pair. Possibly because of the position in which they were stored, or perhaps humidity, they have ...
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Transparent stain on refinished windows requiring filler?

I'm having some old wooden windows restored. They currently have a dark stain with (the remains of) a transparent finish, and in an ideal world I'd want to stay with that. However the wood is in bad ...
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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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Wood creaking sound (intermittent, but persistent), how to finally put it to rest

So we bought a house built in 1986 last year. Over the past year, I've been able to identify a single (and I do meant SINGLE) knocking sound which generally repeats every 20-60 seconds until I go to ...
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Finish for rustic natural kitchen table

this is a picture of my kitchen table and coffee table. Both are sanded down to only wood. We like the rustic non shine look and the color exactly like it is but need some coating for use. What is the ...
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How to Calculate Board Breaking Force

How much load can a (wood) board support, if it is supported only at the ends? has already been asked, but I found the answers unsatisfactory because they focused mostly on the asker's particular ...
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Is this white powdery substance on a wood shelf caused by flying termites?

There were probably about 100 or 200 so flying termites inside the house two days ago. They were all flying to the ceiling lights, and I placed buckets of water below it and many got in. I also ...
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Do I need to replace this eneven stair skirts to level it?

I am starting to work on the stairs that lead to my basement, I noticed that the right side skirt board is unevenly installed. It sticks out 1.4 inches in the beginning and then slowly packed inside, ...
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what size 2 by lumber should I use to support a swing?

I want to hang a swing in my yard and none of the trees have a suitable branch. I want to run a doubled up PT 2x8 between 2 trees spanning just shy of 10 feet. Will this be strong enough? Should I ...
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Should the pendulum action on my Bosch jigsaw increase with higher settings?

I recently bought a brand new Bosch GST 8000 E jigsaw and I think that it has a problem regarding the pendulum settings. I made 2 tests with it to see if the pendulum action is good. The 1st test: I ...
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How to attach single step for deck where deck rim joist is not low enough to overlap step rim board

Similar to this question. I am trying to attach a single step to a deck located adjacent to a patio, a setup which looks like this: I'm trying to figure out how to secure the step effectively. Here ...
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Will tripled 18' 2x10 beams carry a tractor over a stream?

I have to build a bridge across a creek on my property. The creek banks are 3 feet above the creek and 14 feet wide. I need to be able to get a 2500 pound tractor over it. I was planning on bolting ...
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How to apply spray-on polyurethane to a textured paint?

I am wanting to spray on coats of water-based polyurethane to a painted wood surface using a HVLP Spray Gun. The painted surface already has textured particles added into it to improve slip-resistance....
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Floating Dock Framing Length?

I'm planning on building a floating dock and am looking for advice on framing. More Specifically, i'm wondering if anyone knows what the maximum length I can span between two floats? I inherited ...
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Seal wood floor without changing the look

I’m looking to seal my new engineered wood floor to help protect it from spills, including cat pee. I know it won’t perfect but want to increase my chances. I don’t want to change the colour or the ...
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Fitted Cupboard With Angles - How To Prevent Tops Of Doors Catching When Opening?

I designed a fitted cupboard to fit into my roof space and without any prior experience to building a cupboard with complex geometry (and not very square and level walls/floors) I've run into a major ...
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Retrofit zero clearance gas fireplace or insert in existing masonry fireplace

We have an existing wood burning fireplace on the main floor of our house where a gas insert was previously installed (see pics below). The fireplace previously had a brick surround and a hearth which ...
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Cellulose ceiling tiles (asbestos?)

Came across this room with broken acoustic ceiling tiles, that I have to spend time working. The tiles look kinda "modern" to contain asbestos, but then again you never know. Wondered if anyone can ...
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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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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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How to fix a separation wall in the bathroom

We have a wooden part in the wall in the shower, which used to pass laundry (I think) from the bathroom to the service area as can be seen in the image bellow. The water from the shower and the ...
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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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Building computer desk with Solid core door (Help please)

if you're reading this I thank you for taking the time! I am a beginner at this type of stuff but I know how to use saws and make cuts. To cut to the chase, I am trying to build a nice and sturdy ...
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How to build a mantel on rough stone fireplace

I have a very rough stone fireplace for which I'd like to hang a new mantel. Eventually I want to hang a flat screen and the new mantel will protect it from heat and such. I have noodled this project ...
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Drill won’t go through vanity to install knobs

I’ve tried two different drill bits but they just won’t go through the vanity so I can add knobs. Any idea why it won’t work?
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How do I go about leveling out streak marks in my wood stain?

I used knotty alder wood and sanded to 320 with a random orbital sander. Knotty Alder Min-Wax Pre-Stain Conditioner Min-Wax Oil-Based Stain Applied with t-shirt rag I see streak marks in my staining ...
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what this gray chewy filler called?

can anyone tell me what this product is? there is a grey chewy filler with paper inside used to fill bigger gaps on my staircase. the smaller gaps are filled with caulk.
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Staining + sealing cedar for outdoors

I've made an outdoor cabinet out of cedar. I like the natural look, but I used various other wood species like white oak as "moulding" and am thinking I would like a uniform look. I would like the ...
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Weatherproof stainable gap filler for rail to stile joint

I'm refinishing an entry door. There is a small gap between the bottom rail and the stile. (1/16" or less, I'd say.) I want to fill that gap to prevent water infiltration, but I'm concerned that, with ...
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Are these structural issues or just common settling cracks? Older home built in 1972

See pics above. Small but just want to make sure these are normal.
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Mysterious Circle of missing varnish on newer dressor

Can anyone tell me what is going on here? On stumped. This is the side of a 7 drawer dresser. The side shown faces nothing but a wall and for the four years that I've had this piece it has literally ...
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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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Building Rafters for OutBuilding

I am going to be constructing an outbuilding for livestock. It will be 32 ft. x 32 ft. I plan to use rafters instead of trusses. Is it OK to use 2x6's with 48 in. OC for the rafters at a 3/12 pitch? I ...
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Strengthening a Bamboo Ladder (After a Mistake)

I am a newbie to this so please be gentle. I had some dried out bamboo lying around and for some reason, I decided to make a ladder out of it. I got one of my measurements wrong and cut out a notch ...
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How to fix laminated wardrobe door?

Two chips have come off from the edge of our wardrobe door. I think it's some kind of laminated plywood, and was wondering if it would be possible to fix it in place, or at least without having to get ...
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How can I handle this splice joint between two shorter pieces of lumber?

I want to build a mostly ground level deck. I have created plans and I want it to be 16' x 20' one long side will have a notch for a circle of rocks and a firepit. my issue is along straight the 20' ...
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loose newel post with some type of plate underneath, how to tighten

I have a newel post with a plate underneath, see attached picture. It is wobbly. I have tried using pocket screws to secure the post, however they get stuck at what I believe to be this plate. What is ...
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How to stop redwood decks from creaking

My home was built brand new in 2016. I have a front porch and two back decks made of redwood and they all creak so badly, it's almost embarrassing... Anyone have any tips on how to quite them down?
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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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How can I remove wood filler from knots in cherry furniture?

My sister bought some new Amish cherry furniture from Ohio When it arrived they had filled knots with some kind of wood filler. Is it possible to get it out of knots?
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Attaching legs to a table

I am in the middle of upgrading my computer table and decided to make the table myself so I can customize various parts. I have hit a problem with attaching the legs to the table. The legs are 34mm ...
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How long does it take Macrocarpa wood to naturally weather to a silver colour?

If I were to use Macrocarpa wood as cladding, I am aware that it would develop a natural silver colour over time if left untreated. However, I am wondering how long it would normally take to naturally ...
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Is this wood the source of the odor?

I moved into a 425 sq ft apartment about a month ago. The AC had a leak for awhile. When I found it, they replaced the AC. I have had the new AC for about 2 weeks. I have a musky old wood odor in my ...
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Will 2x8 spruce/pine/fir fencing rails last as long as 2x6 redwood in a hot sunny dry climate?

Can I expect unpainted, unstained 2x8 or even 2x10 spruce/fir/pine lumber used as fencing rails to stand up as long as 2x6 redwood in a climate (northern New Mexico) with the following characteristics?...
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Repair/replace foundation vents in wooden siding?

The vents into my crawlspace are cut into the wooden siding and I'm not what the correct way to repair/replace them is. All of the examples and products I've seen show the vents in the concrete wall ...
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Floor noise tongue groove

I own an old 60s kit house that has tongue and groove 6" pine boards for the ceiling in the main floor room. In the upstairs room above, they laid ¼ OSB as subfloor and secured it to the boards by ...
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How can I put the shine back on my wood floor - just one spot.

I used a Mr.Clean Scrubber on my wood floor to remove a black heel mark. It took the shine off the floor. It is a small spot and I would like to somehow put something on it to mask the dullness. ...
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Matching original siding panels

My house was built in 1983, and the siding is in great shape. The problem is that I am changing out a window, and replacing it with a smaller window to work with my kitchen remodel. The problem is ...
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Differences in wall/floor framing based on region.

In the US, walls and decking/flooring tend to be framed with many long timbers and just a few cross braces/blocking pieces: ------------------------------------------- | | | | | ...