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How do I reinforce a 96in long, 42in deep, 3/4in thick desk?

Currently the desk is on two particle board legs from an Ikea style desk and I've reinforced it somewhat. But I have since upgraded to a larger monitor and can see my efforts has not faired too well. ...
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Best glue for curved veneer

I have older wood bedroom furniture whose veneers have come undone. I'd like to re-glue them with the strongest glue possible that can withstand temperatures of about 40-110 degree Fahrenheit. The ...
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Reinforce chair stretchers with screws?

I have a set of dining room chairs and a table. Some of the chairs have their stretchers come loose. They were just held in with glue. Two years ago, I re-glued them and applied pressure with clamps ...
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Untreated pine wood - do I really need to treat it? (indoor usage)

I have a piece of furniture which is made from raw pine wood. It has relatively fine sanded surface and I like that it is not sealed or stained. What if I just leave it so, i.e. do not apply any seal ...
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Does this Desk draft seem sufficently sturdy

I am trying to design a 96" x 25" desk using 1.5" thick butcher block and 3/4" galvanized steel pipe. I would be using this as a craft desk, to hold a 50lbs pc, and a small ...
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How should I repair this stool leg?

This old oak stool has a snapped leg. This point of the leg is narrower and therefore vulnerable. A repair would need to be strong in order for the stool to be functional. It does match perfectly when ...
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Loft Beds w/ Desks - Mattress Support?

I am building two loft beds with desks under them for my 6 and 8 year olds. My question is will the mattress hold safely? It is 3/4" plywood (75" x 55") with 3x 1" x 4" slats ...
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What grit sandpaper should I use between coats of polyurethane?

I'm planning on applying polyurethane to a pine bench I've finished staining. I decided on foam brushes for application, but I wasn't sure what grit sandpaper I should use between coats. Is 400 good ...
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Improvement for a wood desk

Hello I want to attach this metal mesh grid panel to a wood desk which has a shelf on top, I plan to hang things like keychains and cables on it. The mesh did not come with anything used to attach it ...
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How can I make this X-legged table more stable?

I bought a heavy (100kg) slab of wood and feet from a nice company. There is a problem though: when I push the table on the small side, the table oscillates for several seconds. The amplitude of the ...
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Time to get rid of Rust-Oleum Textured Stone spray paint finish on wood

About 30 years ago I used Rust-Oleum spray paint to put a textured fake stone finish on a wooden nightstand for my young son's room. (It worked with this decor, trust me.) Now I want to be able to ...
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How to paint this wooden cabinet to make it look like new?

I want to paint these wooden cabinets (in bathroom) which are in terrible shape paint wise. I am not sure what they painted it with. Looks like a clear coat or something like that. Any ideas what to ...
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Choosing materials for an outdoor storage box

I'm planning to build an L-shaped storage box to keep outside, and I'm interested in your thoughts on suitable materials. It'd look like two steps of a staircase, with the top of each step liftable ...
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How to fix this cupboard knob back?

The threads in the door knob have worn out (stripped threads) and the knob came off. I am not sure how to fix it back other than supergluing it back on. What is the right way to fix it? I am thinking ...
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How can I make a park bench more sturdy?

I purchased a park bench for my patio But it's a little on the flimsy side and I'm afraid someone is going to throw themselves down on it and it's going to break. In what way can I strengthen the ...
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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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I am wanting to make a litter box enclosure but I don't have any power tools or knowledge [closed]

I am just wondering how I can put a kitty entrance in the side of the cabinet I am using without a jigsaw or any power tool of any sort. I also want to add shelving above the cabinet for storage but I ...
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Removing laminate glue

I inherited a antique wood table and would like to remove the laminate that was added to it. I know how to get the laminate off, but what is the best way to remove the glue from the wood?
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Fix shiny spot after fixing scratch with rubbing nut oil

My dining room table was scratched and my research said to try to fix this by rubbing a fresh nut into the scratch. Most guides said walnuts, but I had pecans and saw that people said to try that as ...
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I have a "Writing Desk with Glass Cabinet" for which I cannot unlock the closing fold-out desk

Best I remember I locked it with the key that works to lock/unlock the glass cabinet (don't remember having another key). The key will turn all the way to the right but only partially to the left. I ...
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Fixing chipped table corner

While assembling a recently bought table, the top board fell down onto the floor due to my clumsiness. The result of which was a chipped corner, breaking the white varnishing and exposing what looks ...
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How can I repair this table?

I recently inherited a table. It is rather heavy with a solid maple top. Two of its legs have failed at their attachment points (one was fastened with a hanger bolt and the other with a machine bolt &...
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Filling gaps in polished wood table

I have a really nice polished wood table (not sure exactly what wood, sorry), which has some gaps in various places (see photos below). As we use it as a kitchen table, it's not great as all the ...
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Dining Table Chair Repair

Some years ago, I purchased a set of dining table chairs. Alas, despite being happy with them in other ways, they are not well made. After a few months of normal use (pulling them out, sitting in ...
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Water based stain and polyester. Causing streaks and blotches in the stain blotches [closed]

Why does the w/b polyurathane loosen the stain and make it move and create blotches in the stain. I am using varathane stain and polyurethane
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Unusual bookcase structure

I've seen the following bookcases while I was on holiday, and I'd like to make something similar myself. However, I'm puzzled about the structure of the bookcase. It looks like the vertical side ...
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Strange, intermittently consistent chirping/creaking noise from wooden pallet(s) [duplicate]

I recently acquired 4 wooden pallets to make my couch out of. I sanded them down slightly and at that point they seemed fairly dry and in good condition to me. To be noted, they had been sitting ...
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What kind of hinges to use?

I have few panels on the wall (that hide electricity, internet, heating) that I wish to hide and came up with following sketch (sorry if it is not very clear, was using sketchup for the first time): ...
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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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Hinge to lift up & out for an inset lid [closed]

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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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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What is the best way to shorten legs on a table and chairs?

A few years ago we bought a "bar height" kitchen table and chairs. It seemed like a good idea at the time but we hate it now. It's terrible to have to sit with your feet not touching the floor for ...
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Is there a way to fix Lacquered kitchen cabinets?

In the house I'm renting the kitchen has these kind of red colored kitchen furniture. Parts of the doors have lost bits of the colored layer. My question is what would any of you do to fix it? Is ...
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How to fix scratches on dining table

See attached picture of my dining table surface. How can I fix scratches (shown by red arrows) and make it look new again ? Do I need to stain it again ?
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Can’t get my paint to be smoother on my wood desk what am I doing wrong?

https://i.stack.imgur.com/gZvtw.jpg I’ve been trying to paint this desk I’m putting together but can’t get the paint to look smooth. Using Kilz 3 primer and an acrylic satin paint (what the paint ...
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Mounting suggestions for 1/4 inch plywood shelf back

I have a custom shelf that I built to sit on a desk top but now I want to mount it on the wall. The backing is 1/4 inch plywood. The shelf weighs about 17 pounds and will hold anywhere from 10-20 ...
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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 to connect two bed legs to make a bunk bed from two regular beds?

I am planning to make a bunk bed from two regular kids' beds and looking for ideas how to connect two bed legs so that the result would be aesthetically pleasing, as well as constructionally sound. ...
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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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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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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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What finish type is most often used for furniture drawer interiors?

I recently completed building a cabinet drawer to convert a free standing vanity into a dresser. I'm aware that drawer interiors are often left unfinished, but it's quite humid where I live and I ...
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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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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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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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How do I fix my table top from chemical damage?

I do acrylic nails and I'm usually pretty cautious, but today I've had either monomer liquid or acetone leak through my many layers of towels. It has caused the finish on my table to blister and ...
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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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