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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

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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How can I hide this imperfection in wood joint?

I am working on making wood panel for one of my wall ( I made this wood panel using prined mdf ). All the wood joints are not that much noticable except two. I used wood filler in all joints including ...
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How to build a foldable wooden stand with three legs for holding a long canvas roll?

I've been given couple of big rolls of photographic background canvas rolls but these came without any holding stands. To give you an idea - imagine a toilet paper roll but like 240 cm wide/long one. ...
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How can I cut railed horizontal fence boards for a 50-degree angle?

I am installing a horizontal WPC wood composite fence that uses aluminum posts with embedded rails. The tongued boards measure 0.6" x 6" x 72". I need to make one 50-degree turn in the ...
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What is this measuring tool for?

I was going though my dad's and his dad's tools and found this tool. The two iron pins can go up and down and be locked by the screws. Is it a measuring tool? How do you use it?
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Is there a mechanical button I can order/make that will sit on top of another hard-to-press button?

My refrigerator's internal water dispenser is annoying to use because the button is hard to push. It's 1x1 inches and not comfortable to hold down. It is a physical button itself, so it has a travel ...
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Paslode Impulse IM65 F16 Nailer's fan operation during normal use

Will the fan on a Paslode Impulse IM65 F16 Nail gun spin (whir) when the nail gun's firing muzzle is pressed against the surface to be nailed, if there is no fuel cell installed? In other words, does ...
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How do I prepare the area where the wall meets the woodwork when painting?

I'm looking to re-paint a room and have noticed there are areas around the woodwork (i.e. woodwork around the doors) that seem to be peeling away from where the woodwork meets the wall. I imagine if I ...
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Joining 2x4 to 4x4 base: angles or regular wood screws?

I'm building a wall-mounted pergola. It will look something like below. As you can see, the two horizontal 2x4s will be attached to the 4x4 bases. I was considering using these types of angles (one on ...
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Identify this part?

Can someone identify this part? It's from the page of Home Depot. It looks like a heavy-duty bracket. Thanks.
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U brace/bracket to hold vertical 2x4 over wood floor?

Is there some type of 2x4 brace or bracket that will hold down a “standing” 2x4 on a wood floor? Here’s a very rudimentary drawing, and the brace Im looking for is in red in the corner. I know I can ...
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How can I repair damage to the corner of a 4x4 post?

I'm updating my outdoor shower, and planning to reuse the existing (20 year old pressure treated) 4x4 posts. They're still solidly seated in the ground and surrounded by decking so I'd like to avoid ...
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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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Is this old 2x4 infested with termites, or something else?

I have this old 2x4 that we removed from somewhere in the house and which has been sitting outside in a pile with other lumber for a while. I wanted to cut a small piece from it and noticed that one ...
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I have a tacklife 10 in table saw and switch burnt out. Can I buy any table saw switch or does it have to be specific [closed]

Tacklife 10in table saw Burnt out switch What switch can I buy to replace
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Choosing the cutting length of a router bit

I'm trying to decide how long the cutting edge on a pattern router bit should be. I'm trimming a 2-by (1-1/2" actual) with a pattern / template on top, and I'm having a hard time finding a 1-1/2&...
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Holding plywood between bars for shelves?

I have a small balcony that has wrought iron bars on either side. The width between the bars is about 5ft. I wanted to place several 1"x6" plywood pieces between the bars for some small ...
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Filling a screw hole that turned crooked and broke the surface of a hollow core door

I installed the hardware for this pocket door about 1/8" too close to the front edge of the door. The screw holes are not only in the wrong place now, but they turned diagonal and broke out the ...
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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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What is the best way to join toe kick boards?

We got out cabinets installed and the only thing missing are the toe kicks. Sounds like something “simple” however, both of our runs are longer then a single toe kick board. The board they provided is ...
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Old Maple Wood Tool

Does anyone know how this was used. I believe it came from a hardware store. Bottom is flat and smooth and weighs a little over a lb.
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Carport structural question

I'm planning on building a wooden carport with a lean-to, single slope roof for one car. The approximate dimensions 3.5 meters or 11.5 feet wide x 5 meter or 16.5 feet long. The question is, if I ...
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Self-locking caster wheels?

I'm planning to build a step stool on casters than can be easily moved around the room. In the past I've seen store-bought step stools where the wheels automatically lock when weight is applied. I don'...
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Can I widen the hole with a drill to straighten the handle?

I messed up the measurements of one of the IKEA kitchen handles. 32mm Vs 29mm to the edge, so 3mm off. Do you think I can drill to widen one hole left 1.5mm and the other hole right by 1.5mm and then ...
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Best fasteners for french cleat wall

I am building out a french cleat wall for a home office a la the below photo. The cleats will be 3/4 inch plywood ripped to 4" strips and attached directly to the studs (through the drywall). I ...
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