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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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Removing an unkown wood stain

So I purchased a new desk last weekend, and it needs a bit of restoration before I can use it. I would estimate it to be around 80-100 years old (but could be older). I am fairly sure the finish ...
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How can I repair screws in furniture with stripped holes?

I'm trying to repair a piece of furniture from which several screws have pulled out, stripping the wood. It's a lift top coffee table, such as this. (This is NOT the model in question, this just ...
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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 am not sure if my build plan is sufficient as I ...
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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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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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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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Rescuing mouldy wooden furniture

Most of my furniture has been in an unheated house for 6 months (extension and rewire). Most of it has now developed mould - one of the worst affected pieces is pictured but most of it has patches ...
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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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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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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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Can you create wood conditioner from DIY wood sealant? [closed]

I'm working on staining an old bookshelf, and I've worked on creating my own DIY wood stain and sealant (save money + no VOCs + Feels good). I created my own wood stain already by using steel wool and ...
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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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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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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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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 can I clamp two 325 mm planks while gluing them together?

I have a base that is 650mm deep. I'm going to have to glue several planks together to get this depth and, eventually, the last two to make the 650mm base. The problem is, I don't have (and can't ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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Recommended pine dimensions for desk/shelf unit

I'm looking to make a desk/shelf unit like in the image below. For the vertical pieces of wood (to make the two A-frames) what dimension of wood is advisable? I would like it to appear skinny rather ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How can I find the centre of a round table?

I was building a round table with a single pole in the middle. I have the round table top, a base, a pole and a mount to go under the table. The mount has a hole in the middle for the pole and then ...
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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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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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IKEA outdoor table: recovering to the original color

A few years ago, I bought a wooden outdoor table from their ÄPPLARÖ line. At the time I thought it was real wood that had been treated for outdoor use. But after my wife took a brush and water (she ...
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Cracked wood on dresser

So my bedroom dresser is pretty old. I recently have noticed a crack going down one of the slabs of wood. Is the only way to fix this with glue? I want to be able to fix it without replacing any of ...

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