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Retouching old Oak chairs and tables [closed]

I have found a great old oak table and chair set which the neighbours wanted to get rid off. It is well used but in good condition. The photo below shows the wear and tear the set has had over years (...
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How to drill hole for shelf

I have an entertainment center furniture and of one the shelves is adjustable. However, I’d like to drill another hole for a custom fit. The holes are threaded. How would I go about threading the new ...
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Joining two 2x4 as legs to two 1x6

I am building an elevated garden bed and I need to know what kind of joint will joint would make the structure least wobbly and provide most optimal load bearing capacity. I'm planning on joining two ...
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What do you call this captive bolt fixing (UK)?

There's a captive bolt (or in this particular case - headless bolt that screws into socket in the frame) and there's a sort of angled brace piece that gets tightened against the cavity and then a long ...
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help disassembling old wooden bed frame

I am trying to disassemble a bed frame and am having difficulty. Can anyone make sense of how this would be done? I removed a nut/washer from the bolt and was trying to turn the 'screw' as I figured ...
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Hinge to lift up & out for an inset lid

I'm creating a new lid for my TV lift. I had one made a while ago, but the guy used a cheap piano hinge that was ever so slightly off, so one corner of the lid poked up out of the surface and it drove ...
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two-part fastener for right-angle wood connections

I have some furniture which is missing a screw/nut pair used for fastening two pieces of wood together at a right angle. The screw is 45mm long and 5mm wide, and it's paired with some kind of nut with ...
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Dark water stains on wood

How do I get dark water stains out of wood? Do I have to sand it? I accidentally left a cup on this Antique wooden buffet and it left a dark round mark that also is kind of white. I'm currently hiding ...
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Picnic bench unstable

My old picnic is unstable, especially when people are sitting on it. I think it moves because the holes that the carriage bolts go through have expanded so there is some wiggle room for the bolts (...
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Why are there dark patches on my oiled tigerwood handles?

I have sanded some tigerwood furniture handles. All the varnish seemed to be removed. I then oiled them with danish oil. However, some odd dark patches have appeared after oiling. The surface doesn’t ...
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Joining two desktops - options

I have an office-style desk, with a 25mm thick wooden top. I know it is fake-wood because there's edge trim around the lot. But its not enough surface area, so I wish to abut a "return" in ...
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Bracing a broken bedframe

I have an Ikea bed made from some type of particle board. As shown below, the main rail running on one side from the head to the foot of the bed has cracked. Of course, the usual advice for such "...
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Bend wooden bedframe back into shape?

I have a wooden bed frame, for which one of the sides is very slightly bent out (as shown in the picture). I would like to get it straightened because the slight bending out means that the slats that ...
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Should additional bed slats fit over or around the existing spacer blocks?

There are 10 slats (~108cm length, ~9cm width, ~3.5cm thickness) on my bed right now spaced at ~11.2cm. Unfortunately, these slats are spaced too far apart and will void my hybrid (pocket spring with ...
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Built-in shelves brackets

I'm planning built-in shelves with a design similar to the pictures belwo. Building the shelves is straightforward to me but I'm not sure how to do the installation and/or what kinds of "...
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will teak oil protect outdoor furniture from cracking?

I have some old adirondack chairs that I got at yard sales. I oiled them all with teak oil last summer. Now I'm reading that I didn't need to save that teak oil just preserves color, not integrity. I ...
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Fill gap on wood shelves?

How can I fill this gap in my diy shelves? I’ll be using wood screws to secure the shelf. The gap’s less than 1/4”. I was thinking of using pieces of wine cork to even the weight.
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How to glue back a piece of wood (particle board) that fell from my kitchen cupboard?

As seen in the attached images, a piece of wood fell my from my kitchen cupboard, leaving behind a trace of something that looks like a red dried glue. (I don't have much experience with DIY and have ...
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13ft wide desk/workbench with only one leg

This question is much like: how to "float" a large desk (3000mm x 720mm x 40mm) between walls but somewhat different (mainly, significantly wider). I want to build a desk that is 13ft wide, ...
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Simple rustic DIY bunk bed, but is the plan safe?

I plan to build a bunk bed for a tiny cabin, used on occasional remote outings. I've slept in ones like this so I know what I am getting into, but I want to make sure my plan is not too rickety. I ...
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How to attach a drawer without screwing?

In my rented flat, I have a kitchen table that has a gap beneath it with another surface underneath, as shown in the picture (it is open on both sides) I would like to put a drawer in this gap for ...
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Does spacing of screws matter for the holding strength?

I'm attaching a TV wall mount which is shown in the image to external studs that I will install in front of the wall. Does it matter for the holding strength which holes on the TV mount I use, those ...
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What material can I put on my wood kitchen island to make the surface smooth and waterproof?

We have this relatively low cost high top dining table that we've turned into our kitchen island. It's been working out great so far but the tables surface is ridged and has a lot of divots that don't ...
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Safe assembly of antique Italian four poster bed frame

I've assembled this bed frame and am not sure how to make it sturdy enough for use. I have this 100+ year-old Italian bed frame that I've inherited from my parents. They used it for decades and it ...
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Help to identify and remove mold on wooden-furniture

A couple of months ago I found a lot of small yellow solid dots on the shelves of the bookcase in my bedroom. As it was an old piece of furniture, so I took the chance to buy a new one. I carefully ...
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How to remove glass from old door and replace it with wood?

I have an old door that has glass panels and is covered with an ugly coating of white film. I would like to replace it with a wooden door. the problem is the door is a custom size and I can't just buy ...
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How do I identify and replace unusual screws?

I've got a desk held together by these really strange screws below. The tapped end goes into one end of a joint, the plastic piece goes into the other end of the joint, and then the head of the screw ...
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Oil on wood table

in attempts to remove canola oil stains from leaving leaking bottles on the table, I made a solution of water vinegar and baking soda. Unfortunately now, the area I was scrubbing is white from the ...
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Are wood boxes sturdy enough to support a loft bed?

I am planning on getting "wood crates" to be the legs of a lofted bed. Each box measures 18" x 12". For thickness, the long sides are strips of 1/4" pine and the short sides ...
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Fixing substantially warped table top planks

I'm fixing up a wooden table that has sat in a warm attic for about 10 years. It's got pretty substantial bow and twist across the planks. I'm a beginner and want some advice on how best to get rid of ...
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How do I put legs on a curved surface?

I cut an oak tree in half (image below, but with the rough bark on the outside!) and want to make a seat. The legs are the problem. I've made a few attempts (like short 2x4's, etc), but I can't make a ...
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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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Need a hinge that pushes outwards as the door opens

I'm fitting doors to a wardrobe frame I've built. The wardrobe frame is MDF with a 2x1 frame, fitted into a corner of a (wonky) room in our (old) house. When the wardrobe door is closed I want it to ...
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Pine vs Cedar for patio furniture on screen porch

I am building a patio furniture couch following this design, along with some patio furniture coushions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yKXtv3v8tg I intend to put this on my screen porch which is ...
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Fix a wobbly table

I have a table consisting of a top and a leg. But top is wobbly due to a space/gap between top and leg. What is the easiest/fastest way to fix it? Note that there's no attachment between the top ...
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How to get sticky residue off plastic-covered furniture?

We have wooden dining chairs whose backs were wrapped in plastic (to protect white tufting) for the past 15 years. We want to remove the plastic now, but the plastic left a sticky residue on the wood. ...
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What do I need to do to ensure the longevity of my Welsh dresser?

Around 2008 my Mum gifted us her Welsh dresser which I believe is pine, or possibly a slightly harder wood with a similar colour/tone. We occasionally (who am I kidding; maybe twice a year) polish it ...
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Barristers bookcase needs love

I am looking for some direction about some love I can give to a barrister bookcase I found for dirt cheap. It has some loss at a corner and bottom and I'm thinking it may be best to buy new ( real ) ...
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Is it possible to restore teak furniture that has been stained dark to original finish?

I have some teak furniture that was stained a dark finish years ago by mistake. I am wondering if its possible to sand the furniture back to the original finish or sand blast? Would it work and then ...
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Changing loft bed's beam to diagonal braces?

We have an IKEA loft bed for our 12 yr old. One of the beams that prevent legs going apart, is messing up with access to his chest of drawers. I want to change that beam to diagonal braces like ...
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My Acacia dining table starting to show some huge splits or cracks

We got this Acacia dining table from costco and noticed after a year or so it started to crack on one end. Initially the crack was pretty tiny and now it's very noticable.I was wondering what are the ...
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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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What is this thing in the entryway of some houses?

What is this thing, made of wood, in the entrance of this house in front of the mirror and under the light switch? What is it called? What is it for? Is it there for people to put their keys on?
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What causes old wood smell, is it bad to ignore it, and how to clean it?

I bought vintage wardrobe and cabinets and some of them have this old wood smell that you can smell in old people's homes sometimes. Does it mean it's 'moldy' in some way or there can be other reasons?...
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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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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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Dent in oak beam

Please help me! I have a dent in my oak beam. I've tried with the water and iron method but it's still there. Can anyone tell me what to do? Should I just sand all the varnish off and start again?
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Stapling hardboard

I'm reupholstering a dining chair that has a hardboard seat base. My manual upholstering stapler doesn't stand a chance against it. Most staples don't even penetrate the surface. I know I'm not ...
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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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how to strongly secure a wire over a couch frame to stretch seat spring webbing

I have a wire piping that used to be secure around the frame perimeter of my couch base so that a flexolator webbing with springs would be stretched taut and clip onto it. However, this piping has ...
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