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Repair espresso stained oak furniture

One of those kids glow in the dark bracelets leaked overnight onto our nightstand and it dissolved the finish. I sanded it down to what I thought was bare wood, but the new stain is not taking very ...
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What kind of peg is this?

I moved to a new apartment last week and as luck would have it, one of the pegs that holds up a shelf in my bookcase went missing and I'm looking for a replacement. What kind of peg is this? All the ...
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What 4x4 lumber is appropriate for a skybed lounger swing?

I am going to build a sky bed lounger. ( a 4-pod swing made from a trampoline) I have the 4 point steel bracket that needs 4x4 wood in each slot. It looks like this: I would like this to hold a 6-...
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Is this 'Ant Killer' effective to kill carpet moth? [closed]

I've noticed a few moth flying around a carpeted area as well as some possibly larvae. I already have this ant killer powder and wondering if it would be effective for the moth and other insects? The ...
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Permanently marking a table after finishing

I just finished building a patio table that has a satin spar varnish finish. It turned out well but now my wife is asking if there is a way for my boys to permanently write their names or initials on ...
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Connecting a 2x4 and 4x4 post

I am looking to build this table. The design is simple and I like the basic style. I do not have a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes to attach the 2x4 rails to the legs. How else could I secure these ...
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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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Is fumigated barn wood safe for indoor use?

I have purchased a repurposed piece of barn wood (a beam). It was kiln-dried and fumigated by the company that sold it to me. I mentioned the beam to a friend who is experienced with wood work and ...
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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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How can I make table legs from planks to support a heavy table top?

I plan on building a 9' by 5' table top using solid wood. My material is limited to 4/4 lumber (1 inch thick) and 8/4 lumber (2 inches thick). The widths and lengths are random (I haven't bought the ...
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Replacing Furniture Cam Dowel & Lock Pin

I have a wooden dresser in perfect condition, which started to come apart. When I looked closely it seems the cam locks started to crack causing the drawers to fall apart. I have searched all major ...
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Natural Oak Table Top - Removing accumulated crud without damage

I have an oak dining table that is made of horizontally laminated blocks, not "butcher block" since the end grain is not at the top. It had a natural oil finish. Over the years it has been used ...
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Protecting outdoor plywood table

I have a small balcony on which air conditioning units are placed. My wife would like me to build a table over the air units, where she can grow flowers, herbs and veggies. Using what I have ...
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How to put 5/8" oak dowels into holes which are just barely the right size?

I've got a handful of oak dowels (ok, a lot) and holes that are both 5/8" in diameter, the problem is that the dowels are just barely too big for the holes. I'm trying to figure out easy ways to ...
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Storage Bench Possible with 3/4" Plywood/MDF?

Is it possible to make the storage bench below using only wood glue, screws, and 3/4-inch plywood or MDF? The only requirement is that it must support a 80lb kid sitting on it. 4.5" floor clearance ...
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Forgot washer when after building a desk

I just finish building a desk. I already drilled holes prematurely (not deep, the table top isnt pre-drilled) and force my screw to fully go in. It includes washers that is meant to be between the ...
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How can I strengthen an extra wide desk? [duplicate]

I am planning to build a desk that is nearly 12 feet wide to support 3 computers. There will be two cabinets on both ends, and if possible I would prefer to not need a 3rd cabinet or post in the ...
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Some advice about reconstructing a design on a kitchen wardrobe

Good day everyone! I am a novice when it comes to home improvement and therefore I am looking for a (cheap )solution for the following problem. In the house that I rent there are some kitchen ...
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How to build a removable bench for a sit-in window?

I'm prepping for my next home improvement project and it's going to be building a custom bench to effectively create a sit-in window. It's really just a normal window but we have installed bookcases ...
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How would you create a high gloss finish on furniture?

From a smooth lacquered finish like this: To a high gloss like this: How would I get create a finish like the picture above when starting with a smooth lacquer finished piece of furniture (i.e. IKEA ...
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Furniture part identification

Can anyone identify this furniture part? It's used in my Danish Modern style cabinet to hold the upper cabinet in place. The middle brass part has female threads on both sides. The ends are screws. ...
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Rules to make a box stable, hard to tilt

I have already built a cube-shaped box out of some wood panels I had lying around. It is perfectly solid, I can push it from every side and it will not tilt. The next box should be not cube-shaped ...
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How do you get the board foot of special shapes

How do I calculate the board foot of different shapes other than squares and rectangles? To be more specific, I want to learn to calculate for trapezoids, triangles, cylinders. I dont know much about ...
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Can you create wood conditioner from DIY wood sealant?

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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Raised oak grain after 3 coats of acrylic polyurethane

I'm refinishing an oak table top. Got it sanded down smooth, stained, then applied 3 coats of Benjamin Moore Stays Clear acrylic polyurethane, lightly sanding between coats. But after the 2nd coat I ...
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Cams stuck in Ikea case

When I turn on these cams to dismantle this Ikea case, the wood splits and there's no turning happening. What to do please?
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Best way to mount a wooden tabletop to a flat surface

I am in the process of building a new desk for myself. I have already built two drawers that will function as the legs of the desk, and I have the tabletop itself. Now, what would be the best way to ...
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Best way to replace caster wheels

I have a nice oak desk chair that's on caster wheels. The plastic wheel inserts used by the manufacturer broke up and crumbled, of course, because that's what plastic does when used in high-stress ...
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How can I clean and smooth the finish on an old table?

I recently bought a second-hand coffee table and I'd would like to clean and smooth the existing finish. It's exactly same table as this, so I guess it's a copy of a common model. Below you see ...
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Attaching glass table top to wood legs

I have 27 x 40" x 1/2" sheet of glass that i want to turn into a patio table. The glass already has a 1/2" hole drilled at each corner. Plan is to use 4x4 redwood posts as legs. Question is, how to ...
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Can I cut the back off a china cabinet to convert it into a bookcase?

I would like to change this china cabinet into a built in bookcase. It is currently 16" deep, but I want it only 12" deep. Is it possible to cut the entire back off, and would it need to be put back ...
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How to construct this 4-way X table leg arrangement?

I have googled a bit trying to find a similar project, but so far all I can find is this page. Any suggestions on where to find guidance to build these legs? Inspection of the photos hasn't helped. ...
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How to repair broken off wood from a chair?

I have an old chair that part of broke of some time ago and was lost. I've finally got round to fixing it as it's a bit of an eyesore. I started by using some woodfiller which I had lying around, but ...
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Is gluing table top planks better than using pocket hole screws?

I am learning furniture building. I started by building tables using pocket hole screws to attach the planks together and also to attach the table top to the apron/base. I am now converting to using ...
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Why did wooden furniture parts warp after staining but before assembly?

I'm not sure what I did wrong. I'm building a small AV cabinet. I cut all the pieces of wood and did all the detail work (pocket holes, shelf holes, etc) first. I also let my pine wood rest before ...
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How do I get 2x6 and up pine, or a close alternative, in California?

I am building ana white style farmhouse tables with planked tops. Most people that I see building these online are using 2x pine. It is cheap and drier than some wood. Here in Northern California, the ...
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How hard should water based polyurethane get?

I made a farmhouse table and stained it with Rust-oleum water based stain and then use the Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane on top. I have let the table sit out in the garage for a week to cure, ...
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How to deal with clear flakes off my wooden headboard

Tonight I noticed quite a bit of clear flaking on my wood headboard. Can anyone let me know what this is and how I should deal with it?
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taking out damaged small screws

I want to replace this 1 inch hinge on a decorative cabinet. the screws are pretty small and their head is damaged as you can see in the pictures. I can't get any leverage with the screw driver. Does ...
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How to refinish a rubberwood and veneer coffee table top?

A part of the rubberwood and veneer coffee table got damaged and I would like to learn what are the tools and materials used to refinish/fix this type of issue. The manufacturer says that it's a '...
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Wooden cabinet - Large crack

We acquired two of these cabinets from a friend a few years ago, and one of them has developed a large crack which we noticed while moving a few months ago, and it's grown to the point where most of ...
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Paint vs polyurethane durability

For an indoor project that is likely to get bumped, knocked, etc. (e.g., door or window casing, cabinets, built-in bookshelves, etc.), should one expect that a good quality paint will resist chipping ...
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uneven terracotta work arounds for Furniture

So in another post I asked how I can solve my uneven tiles + lippage. unfortunately it sounds like I cannot grind them flatter with a rotary floor buffer/polisher, due to the terracotta. how can I ...
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Can anyone tell me what kind of hinge this is?

I saw it on a folding table I'm planning on copying.. It looks pretty thick- see the couple pictures below; Cheers guys and gals!
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How to fix water damage to wooden table

I have a wooden table, which I accidentally spilled water onto yesterday. I thought it would simply dry, but a couple of hours later I noticed that the water had pooled on the wood and the surface ...
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Removing teak oil from varnished wood

Someone "polished" my varnished mahogany dining table with teak oil. How do I remove it?
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How do I stop my island from sliding across the floor?

I've recently moved into a new apartment and bought an Ikea Stenstorp island for my kitchen, and it's been solid so far except for one key issue: it slides across my basic condo laminate flooring like ...
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Is spruce wood a good choice to make a bunk bed?

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk. I'm a beginner at woodworking and I need some help. I have made some "plans", I will put 7x2m stakes, 4x1.40m each around ...
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remove burn from wooden table

Hi I have a table that was burned from a hot pan and I'm wondering if anyone knows any solutions and roughly how much it would cost to remove the burn marks. I'm attaching photos you'll see the tiny ...
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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. ...