Questions tagged [wood]

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Why has my wood panelling in my shed expanded and popped out? How can I fix it?

Last summer we bought a shed and panelled inside with tongue and groove panelling. We put up damp proof and insulation first and then the panels on top. We used panel pins on every third board. Over ...
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Replace rotten bottom plate

I have attached garage with room above it. It has three exterior facing wall. The wall sits on 3-4 ft concrete. I am seeing some water coming through one of the wall. On the other side of the wall ...
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Replacing a door's glass panel with a wood panel

I basically have the following type of back door: The problem is that my girlfriend moved in with me. Well not, really, her dog did and we need to install a pet door. The problem is I need the first ...
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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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Used the wrong color wood stain on a Cypress post

I am looking for advice on a home DIY mistake. We have 4 cypress posts in the front of our house, and 2 cypress posts in the back. They are new and had never been finished. I stained the back two ...
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What paint to use on particle board for a shoe rack?

I am repurposing a piece of particle board from a kitchen island to add another level to our shoe rack. I wanted to know what paint would be best to use. I don’t want the board to swell. Would ...
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What wood is our floor made from and will it be good as polished boards?

Can anyone tell what wood this is. It is a photo underneath the house (Southern Australia region). Will that come up well as a wooden floor?
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Will I need to re-sand wood that has raised grain due to moisture?

I am refinishing a cabinet with a barn wood plank top. After sanding it down to 220 grit I applied a coat of linseed oil. Unfortunately while at work today it rained, and while it wasn't directly ...
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Is it feasible to still have wooden elements with possible termite threat

I'm planning on getting a house built and I would like to incorporate a good amount of wooden elements similar to japanese house designs but I'm worried of possible termite infestation. Is it feasible ...
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How to treat joist that has wet rot before sistering a new joist to it

I'm currently in the beginning stage of a bathroom remodel. All the flooring and subfloor has been removed, and I'm at the point where I am getting ready to replace some joists and sister one. The ...
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Cause of white rot on floor joist

The structural floor system on the 4th and top floor of a house in Rotterdam that was built in 1906 consists of 20cm x 7.5cm wooden joists which are spaced at 67cm center to center. There is nothing ...
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How can I save my gunite pool that is in danger of cracking with freeze guard disabled by power outage?

We're in Texas and have 5 degree temps this week with rolling blackouts. Our swimming pool is full year round to keep it from being burped out of the ground. We have a freeze guard installed but with ...
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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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Pergola 13x15 floor space what is 2x6 WRC maximum span?

How far span can WRC 2x6 be placed as a pergola rafter/roof? Would be using 5 posts 6x6, 3 in front and 2 at back (connecting to an existing pergola), 4 beams 2x10x18, and need to know if the 2x6 can ...
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Resurface (or cover) damaged wood door?

I have an odd-sized wooden back door. The outer layers of wood on the lower half of the door are suffering water damage, but the core and inside of the door are fine. Is there a good way either to ...
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What Support/Legs would i need for a 2m Solid Oak Computer Desk?

I am currently decorating a room which is going to be my office and there is a 2m space for a computer desk. I am thinking of ordering a solid oak worktop to use as the desk (2M X 720 X 40mm ~46kg) ...
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How can i fix my wobbly table?

I have finally entered the world of DIY and built a desk based on the design of a coffee table we bought. Unfortunately it wobbles from front to back as you are sitting at it to the extent I can't ...
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Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?

Related: When should you use metal studs? I'm planning on finishing my basement. (assuming all water issues are resolved) I'll be putting up a water barrier (tar paper) on all exterior walls, ...
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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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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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Hanging Punchbag in Cabin - Structural

I have a cabin at the bottom of my garden (photos attached) and am thinking about hanging a punchbag from the roof beams. I absolutely do not want the structural integrity of my cabin compromised but ...
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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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Filling gap beneath hardwood floor (between floorboard and foundation)

There's a sizeable gap between the edge of hardwood flooring and the foundation by this fireplace: You can see that the wooden base the strip of floor was nailed too ends about inch early: As a ...
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How to attach a new 2x4 wall frame's top plate to a concrete load bearing ceiling beam?

I have a concrete beam that extends throughout my apartment. The concrete beam comes down about 30cm from the ceiling. I would like to build a wall underneath the beam, running along the beam. I plan ...
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Finishing technique for gaps between the wall and the live wood we installed that shrunk

We installed a large slab of wood and it has shrunk away from the wall.
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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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Need help identifying materials needed to replace rotted and damaged wood

Need the names of materials or any suggestions as to what I should do.
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Where do I install my hairpin legs on this 8 foot long butcher block for my new workstation desk?

So this is my first DYI wood project for my new workstation desk. I purchased this Baltic birch butcher block and finished it myself. Not bad for my first go! It's 8 feet wide, 25" deep and 1.75 (...
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How to seal oiled wooden bathroom floor?

I am buying a house which has a pine floor in the bathroom, treated with Osmo oil. Having the boards themselves well-oiled will make them waterproof, but there will also be cracks and gaps which ...
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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 cover old stair risers?

I recently had my 100-year old hardwood floors and stair treads refinished. No local contractors would do the risers due to the adhesives from the carpet that was removed. The risers are uneven due to ...
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Why is the cut using a jigsaw not a perfect straight line?

I attempted to test-cut a straight line using my new electric jigsaw. Therefore, I clamped a piece of scrap wood and used another piece as guide, marked the cut lines using a pencil and fitted the ...
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Urethane or not rough pine walls

Converting a garage into a living space using sawn pine walls for battan board look. Want to leave the natural look but not sure what will happen to the wood. Do I have to use a water based urethane ...
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Wood rot fix for siding and framing base?

Wood rot fix for siding and frame base? Some water is seeping into my garage when it rains. Called a concrete guy because I thought patio was too sloped, but he said sloping was by design and he ...
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What exactly is doorskin?

I've used it in a boat-building workshop, but I'm not clear on what "doorskin" is. Is it just plywood made of a single ply? What is its intended purpose? Is it sold at building supply stores that have ...
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Edge-to-endgrain butt joint

I need to make this out of 2x4 lumber. It's not load-bearing but needs to be somewhat stiff against skew (L-to-R in the image above). The part I'm not sure about is the end-grain to edge butt joints ...
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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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Best way to repair cracked attic post?

There's a post (layman's term) in the middle of my attic that is cracking and bent. It wasn't like that the last time I checked maybe 2 months ago. This is in a 30 year-old house. Now that I think of ...
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How can I cut 4x4 posts that are already mounted?

I'm in the process of installing a handrail here and the former owner put these pressure-treated 4x4 posts without cutting them first. They're in the ground already and need to be cut at the correct ...
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Care for solid oak desk [closed]

I'm looking to make a desk from some solid oak, and want something that will last me a long time. I was wondering if such a piece of wood can be 'renewed' over time by say sanding to strip the stain ...
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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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How can I fill a hole in wood so that it can be redrilled? [duplicate]

The original strike plate for the deadbolt is mounted with 2 screws on top and 2 screws on bottom. I'm replacing the whole deadbolt and the new strike plate only has 1 screw on top and 1 screw on ...
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How to seal an OSB shed floor against pest, weather, and temperature?

This question follows from my previous question about leveling my OSB shed floor. I didn't realize until I received several comments and suggestions that said question actually has two focuses: How ...
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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 this English wardrobe cabinet fitting?

I'd like to find out what these fittings were used for to decide whether to remove them. They are installed horizontally and vertically. My first guess was that they were swing out basket hinges, but ...
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What's the right size of gravel for fence posts?

I am going to put up a compost bay system with 125 x 125mm (5"x5") square posts. The plan is to not use concrete, but backfill the post hole with gravel. What's the best size gravel for the ...
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How to repair a bulged exterior door threshold?

A newly installed door has become very sticky at the bottom. Inspection shows the bottom portion of frame is bulging up. My guess is that the wood used to prop up the door threshold has swollen due to ...
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Wood treatment for sauna exterior, safe if inhaled in small quantities?

Are there any special considerations in treating the outside of a wooden sauna? My concern is that a small, but nonzero amount of any treatment used will seep inside the sauna, as some water seeps ...
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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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Separate laminate from chipboard

I am trying to separate the thin layer of laminate that is glued to the chipboard. I have so far managed to cut the piece across the width, and after soaking it in water for several days the chipboard ...

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