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Reliably straight fences/guides for making ripcuts with circular saws

I have a solid wood door and I'm looking to shave anywhere from an 1/8" to 3/8" off the width of the door. This would involve a ripcut that would best be performed with a table saw. Since I ...
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Is there a term for cutting, planing and jointing wood?

Say I buy some two-by lumber from a Big Box retailer. But, for my project, the lumber is a little bit too wide and thick. So in addition to cutting it to length, I need to plane it down to the right ...
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How to route a recessed slot along underside of fine furniture shelving for recessed light strip?

all. My question is at the bottom in bold if you want to get right to it but thought I'd provide photos and details to give perspective on what I'm dealing with. I had someone on Etsy make me this ...
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How to solid-edge plywood and hardboard for top of workbench? [migrated]

I am building my workbench, and I have a couple of Arauco softwood plywood that I glued together. On top of them, I want to place a hardboard that I can remove when its beat up. I am considering ...
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What type of contractor do I call to build a custom pool equipment enclosure that attaches to my fence?

My pool equipment is right next to the fence line and is a horrendous site. It is also quite loud. I am looking for the TYPE of specialist/contractor/company that I should be looking into to come ...
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where can I get a true 3/4" x 3/4" molding?

I need to replace a 1 foot and a 3 foot section of 3/4"x3/4" true sized shoe quarter round molding from a very old house. Found some claimed to be 3/4 but it was actual 3/4"x1/2". ...
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How to fit a straight board against bowed drywall

I've built a 90 degree mantle in 2 pieces out of pine that slides over a "shelf" of 2x4s screwed into the wall. It appears the drywall seriously bows in between the studs, and creates this ...
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How to build a decking in a corner that’s 75 degrees

I am looking to build a decking in the corner of my garden. In the corner it’s about 75/80 degrees so not a true right angle. All the examples I’ve seen online talk about building the base as a square ...
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Can drawer slides be used for a shelf?

Can I use a drawer slide for a pull out shelf (instead of a drawer) and does it matter if the wood is 3/4" or 1/2" thick? I have a 13" wide x 26" long x 1/2" thick shelf and ...
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making concave indentation into end of piece of wood

I need to reinforce a railing, above a stairwell, that is completely un-supported at one end (other than flimsy metal vertical stiles, which are nowhere near strong enough to keep the end of the ...
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How can I find the centroid of a trapezoid with equal angles at the ends? [closed]

Trying to find the center of a trapezoid with beveled edges and there are 153 holes to be drilled. I know the easy way would have been to find it before I made the bevel cut but I wasn't thinking ...
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How to reduce sway on this ikea console table

This tall ikea table is 74” long and I use it primarily as a kitchen counter/workspace. Unfortunately it sways a bit when I apply weight or pressure longways. Any suggestions for how I can brace or ...
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Need to skim coat an Artex 8' ceiling (20'x30')and I do not want to buy a work platform -any creative ideas to build one?

I know it might be a little bit of an open end question. To narrow this down I would mention that I am planning to use some 2x4s that I have laying around and some plywood to build two of the below ...
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painting furniture with a lap joint (or notch)

I am building a loft bed, the post (4x4) will have a notch/lap joint at one end which will have a beam sitting in it. Wood will be pine or white wood. The furniture will be painted white (semi-gloss)...
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What to do with wood shavings and sawdust?

Been doing a lot of woodworking recently and have many bags of sawdust and wood shavings. I haven't the facility to compress them into the pellets I get from my local woodyard which are useful for my ...
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Where do measurements start on a ruler/tape measure

I feel really dumb asking this question, but I need help reading the lines on my tape measure. I need to make precise measurements, but given the thickness of the inch lines, I'm not sure how. I've ...
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How do I install a panel fence on an angle to a fence post?

For reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIIuhlcqSE0&t=292s If you see how they install the panels to the fence posts, they are using some brackets on the fence post that they slide the ...
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Compatibility with polyurethane varnish

Is it possible to use a polyurethane outdoor varnish over a previous alkyd/synthetic resin outdoor (marine) varnish? I wonder if this may cause trouble for example due to their different compositions. ...
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How do I cut out for Kerf-type molding on older door frame

I have a house built in 1910. I'm trying to improve the weatherstripping on a few outside doors. I'd like to use Kerf-type weatherstripping. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GT6P6B9?ref=...
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How do I fix a sink that became slow to drain after pouring polyurethane down it?

Situation and problem My buddy has a woodworking shop which he graciously allowed me to use for a woodworking project. I am a total novice in these kinds of areas, which will be doubly clear in a ...
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Can a walnut veneer be glued onto white melamine board?

I have some adjustable wall shelves I am installing on my wall. I am using the double slotted standards and adjustable brackets. See photo of the wall standards in place. After pricing out solid ...
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Can anyone tell me what this wooden clamp might be used for?

I have two of these wooden clamp devices but I have no idea what they are specifically used for. Does anyone have info? Thanks
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Bandsaw tyre jumps off

I have a small 250W table-top bandsaw. I was doing quite a long cut the other day, and after a a while there was a sudden noise, and the tyre on the upper pulley jumped off. I put it back on again, ...
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What's involved in mounting double glazed window panes?

I've been thinking about buying double glazed glass panels to mount directly into a timber frame building, rather than buy complete uPVC units. I don't need them to open and I'm wondering if it's as ...
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Deepen a hinge mortise without template

I have many doors in my home that we would like to switch to using a different style hinge made by Baldwin. The hinges are the same profile as the current hinges, but, are twice as thick. I know I can ...
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Trying to identify bandsaw [closed]

I recently came into possession of this bandsaw. The brand is Builders and model, serial number, and manufacture year on shown in the images (click to enlarge). I can't find anything online regarding ...
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How to re-attach this cabinet piece after plumber had to cut it out?

A plumber was snaking a clogged kitchen pipe when the pipe behind my cabinets was dislodged. The only way we could think of reattaching it was to cut out a portion of the cabinet so he could access ...
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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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How do I rip a 6x6 timber in half?

My local lumber yard had a good sale on some timbers and I thought to use them to replace my failing garden border. They're 6" x 6". The previous border was two 3" x 3" stacked ...
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Is there a way to flatten warped hardwood cabinet doors?

I painted my kitchen cabinets, and afterwards, close to half of the doors don't sit flush against the cabinet. It doesn't make much sense, but I suspect the painting process may have warped the doors ...
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What is this gray material/film on the edge of my desk?

There is this gray material that only appears along the edges of my desk but on both exterior and interior edges. I inspected the desk closely after I first assembled it and did not find this material....
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How deep to cut the lap-joint for joining the wooden beams without the glue

Hello to the great woodworking community! I'd be grateful for a bit of advice concerning the building out of the following construction: I bought the glued dried pine wood already. I will use screws ...
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How to attach a headboard to my bedspring? [closed]

I bought a headboard that looks like this : I want to attach it to a bedspring that looks like this: The headboard and box spring are both single bed size from different bed sets. The headboard isn'...
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Advice on installing bar top on half wall

I am preparing to attach a piece of butcher clock (about 42" L x 18" W) to the top of a half wall that w recently built partially across the entryway to our kitchen. I'm trying to figure out ...
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Best way to set up new outlets in workshop

Context: I have a workshop used for woodworking. On one wall, I have a two-pole (240v) 30a outlet and a regular 120v 20a outlet. I'm building some cabinetry and I plan to convert the outlets in the ...
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Will my loft bed design hold up?

I wanted to upgrade my room with a loft bed that way I may have more workspace. My room is 60W x 74.5L x 95.3H. The loft bed design is 28W x 70L x64.5H. I am not allowed to mount anything on the walls....
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How to join two floating 2x6 beams at a 90 degree angle

The beams are both 2x6", vertical and are meeting at 90 degrees, one beam is well supported from a foot or two back and the other is hanging. Something like this: My first thoughts were miter ...
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Black stains on oak after rain

I have made a DIY mailbox from oak wood boards a year ago. But recently after heavy rains the oak turned black at the grains, looking like this: I did cover the oak with couple of coats of stain and ...
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Fitting an internal door lining into the void

I live in a Victorian era flat in London. We have had one of the downstairs rooms completely damp-proofed and re-plastered and in the course of decorating today I noticed that the bottom of one of 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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Self-built shed door warping: can it be fixed?

Good morning all, I recently got into DIY and one of the first projects I undertook was to rebuild the door and frame for a small outdoor cupboard / shed on our balcony. Right from the start, I couldn'...
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What to use to fill a 2" x 12" gap in a dark walnut hardwood floor

I need to replace a 12" x 10" supply register grill with a 12" x 8" supply grill (because I need a booster fan grill and the largest size they come in is 12" x 8") ...
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Internal doors not closing completely

I have a pair of internal doors that have somehow been installed incorrectly. The doors are too tight against the stops and this prevents them from closing all the way. The options I see to fix this ...
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Can you make a plywood jigsaw puzzle, using a jigsaw power tool?

I just bought a cheap jigsaw power tool. I'd like to have a go at making a jigsaw puzzle with it, but all of the videos etc I've seen involve using a scroll saw instead. I know that I could just get ...
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When green oak dries, will a screw in it loosen or get tighter?

I plan to make a three-legged stool from three branch pieces and a slice of trunk from a forty-year-old oak we just took out of our yard. I’m wondering whether I should put the screws in now so it ...
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Will 98 inch * 24 inch * 1.5 inch solid birch desk sag if it's only supported by two Ikea alex drawers on each end? [closed]

Deciding if I need to add a support beam in the middle or if it will be fine on its own.
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Can I build tool storage cabinets off of bottom of deck joists?

I have room, and would like to make, some storage for tools in an area under my deck using 3/4 in plywood. I could cement in 4x4 or something in the ground and build off of that but behind a ...
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Fixing / treating wood surface in kitchen

I recently moved into a new house and the wooden kitchen work surface looks like it has some marks / damage where it has either been wet for an extended period of time or something has been left on it ...
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Water damaged butcher block and repair

I have butcher block countertop in my kitchen. I had a dish rack on top and water seeped onto countertop bowing the wood and I'm not sure what to do. This is a rental and I need an easy fix. The ...
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Renovate and expose old/cracked wood posts, rafters and ties

I am planning on exposing three wood posts/rafters in our living room. At the moment, these have been covered by wood panels and plasterboard. I have started looking behind and realised that the posts ...
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