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How to hoist hot tub out of surrounding deck?

I need to raise a hot tub out of the deck in our back yard to address a critter problem (rodents have been living underneath so I need to clean it and critter-proof it.) The deck seems to have been ...
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Can I use shiplap for shelving?

I'm looking at different shelving options and I really like the look of this shiplap wood. I'd like to use it for shelving by connecting two of them together widthwise to make a shelf that is ...
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Gluing two halves of a door together

Needed a door that matches that the doors from 1940s in my house. So I bought a 30" door on Craigslist and cut it down to 23" by cutting out the middle of the door as you can see in the ...
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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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How do I attach hinges to a media console?

I have an old media console with a door that used be attached via a sliding mechanism that I'd like to replace with hinges. I'd like for the door to open just like you'd open a cabinet. I'm trying to ...
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Mystery connector search

To fix a bookcase built by my dad who died last year, I am looking for the nylon or plastic connector that he used. They consist of a threaded dowel 3” by1/2” and threaded inserts 1”-wide insert for ...
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How to fill a big cavity on a wooden door frame?

Due to an impact against it, the door lock casing in the wood frame has been uprooted. I managed to fix it back the metal part and some wooden pieces, but there still is a quite huge cavity with un-...
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Best way to fit a clothes washer under a counter

The under the counter space for the washing machine in our laundry room is slightly too low for our washer. I can't push it in any further because the enclosure isn't perfectly square and the washing ...
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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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Woodworking tips to fix a stripped MDF screw hole WITHOUT glue

Please note: I see some other very similar questions but the recommended answers all suggest using glue in some form. I can't use glue as part of this solution! I have a workbench that, on the end ...
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How do I cut an arc in a pine board?

How can I cut the arc as shown in the photo? I have a circular saw. I have a jig saw. I thought I might calculate the center of the arcs circle and (using a line tied to my circular saw) cut the ...
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How to fix a crack in the corner of an outside wooden lamp post

What is the best way to fix this wooden light post? I was thinking clamps and glue. Or maybe a nail? [![enter image description here][1]][1] [1]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/3S3lF.jpg![enter image ...
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Widen a hole in an existing knife block?

I have a knife block and I would like to widen the hole in two of the slots to accommodate the knives I own. Without using very expensive commercial shop tools, what is the best way to widen these two ...
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I'm assembling a swing set, having issues keeping it square

Let me start off by saying I am a complete and total newb when it comes to wood work, so any advise is super helpful. Okay, so I purchased a swing set that you assemble yourself. I started to put it ...
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How to cut out precise inside corners from hardboard?

We are making some templates out of 1/8" hardboard for some stonework and trying to get them accurate to within 1/32" and it is very tricky. The hard parts are the inside corners (some of ...
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Spindle speed of classic Cable Porter 100-M router?

I'm trying to calculate proper feed rates for my Cable Porter 100-M router which I have mounted on a 3-axis CNC machine. The spindle speed is not listed in the original user manual. Does anyone know ...
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Epoxy to bond smooth aluminium to chipboard?

Is there a glue / epoxy that's viscous enough to be absorbed by chipboard and can also bond metal? I have a project where I want to figure out how to secure a metal part to chipboard without using ...
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What solvent will dilute urethane glue?

What is the solvent that will dilute the non-cyanoacrylate clear Gorilla Glue?
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What dimensions does the base need to be for a standing post?

I came across this picture and want to build a few. I want to do 10' 4x4 posts but don't know what the dimensions of the base should be to support the post. Any suggestions? The boxes will be filled ...
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Notches in newel post of new staircase - what are they for, and how can I improve the appearance?

I have a newly installed winding staircase in my house as part of a loft extension. The newel posts have notches in them, as shown in the pictures. My first question is: why are the notches there? I’...
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Is 1/2 inch hardboard more durable than mdf for a table top?

I'm totally new to woodworking and as my first project I want to make a small table. I'm planning to paint it so the wood material will not be visible. And I want to bevel the edges using a router. I'...
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How to connect cross bracing on rotated posts?

I'm adding X style cross bracing to an elevated playhouse to increase stability. The deck sits 8' up on joists, which are on two beams, which are on posts. Problem is, the posts are sorta in a V shape ...
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What size pocket hole screw for 1.5x1.5 miter?

Im making a headboard framed with 1.5x1.5" pine. The joints at the top are mitered. What size screw should I use for pocket holes?
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Applying urethane to table: brush or pad?

I am finishing the stain coat of my revamped desk, and I am wondering, after much enjoying using a staining pad rather than a brush, if I could use a pad for the urethane as well — or will that leave ...
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Floating 2-Stringer open stairs: construction technique for suspending treads

I am in the process of starting a new home build. I am doing some of the work and I am contracting out a lot of the work. There are two staircases in the plans. Both are double stringer, no center ...
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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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Shelf cleat - recommended length & bevel

I am updating our walk in closet with 16" bullnose shelves (15" actual size), which will be supported by 1x4 cleats. Materials for both are MDF. Length -- At homes in my area, I have seen cleats ...
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How to remove dark spots from wood kitchen countertop

I found some dark spots in the wood of the kitchen countertop this morning. I don't know what would have caused them to appear, and I don't know what the material, type of wood, the countertop is ...
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Swing set strength

I'm building a swing set for my 3 year old. My plan is to make a standard simple A-frame swing from PT timber. I intend to use a similar plan to the one which is shown here Plans for building a ...
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Finish plywood for closet organizer

I am building a closet organizer using plywood. I want to put a clear finish over the plywood to protect it. I am going with either Shellac or Water-based Polyurethane to avoid the nasty smell. I ...
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T-bevel vs Protractor angle finder

Is there something that a T-Bevel can do that a Protractor/Angle driver can't? The protactor is able to give the angle measure which is a plus.
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Measuring angle before cutting?

According to the instructions, I have to make a 21.5 degree cut in a 2x4 piece of lumber. Here’s a screenshot of the instructions: My question: can this measurement be done without having to buy a ...
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Should the pendulum action on my Bosch jigsaw increase with higher settings?

I recently bought a brand new Bosch GST 8000 E jigsaw and I think that it has a problem regarding the pendulum settings. I made 2 tests with it to see if the pendulum action is good. The 1st test: I ...
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How to repair chair pocket joints with limited tools

I have broken chair that I'd like to fix. I have no wood working tools or experience. All I have lying around or currently have access to are ropes, hammer, nails, screws and wood glue. The chair ...
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Stain Matching Wood Trim

I'm having a hard time stain matching some existing interior oak trim. I finally thought I found a good match, but then I realized that the different pieces in the house (even of the same species) ...
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Why does my shed door expand/shrink?

I built a shed door last summer and have had a few problems with it since. Using pressure treated outdoor timber I made a fairly simple shed door. I wood glued the long planks together and then used ...
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How could one create a man sized cylinder be created with woodworking?

The goal is to create a cylinder shaped, ribbed shell with wood, and what Evers necessary to hold it together. Something like the following image: The idea is that the internal area of the circles is ...
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Tips to get (close to) accurate bevel angle by handsaw?

I'm trying to get a 20° bevel the length of the board (36"). I'm working on a scrap wood project. I've been on an "unplugged" kick lately & finding the extra physical effort of "by hand" to be ...
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How plausible (and how hard) is it to modify a billy bookcase to fit a gable-end corner, floor-to-ceiling, with an impinging 45deg roof

I'd like to build a fitted bookcase into the corner of a gable end, such as in this mockup. Excuse the poor attempt, I've never used SketchUp before. Obviously they should show shelves/dividers etc ...
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How to position pocket hole jig based on wood thickness

I have a very basic pocket hole jig without clamp or guide: How far from the end of the piece of wood being drilled should this be positioned, and how can I calculate the required screw length?
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Suspended platform hanger support spacing calculation

I am building a 8' x 4' storage shelf that I would like to hang from my ceiling. The frame of the shelf is constructed using 2" x 4". I have 2 x 4 cross supports every 24 inches. The shelf attached to ...
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How to cut a rectangular notch out of a timber beam?

Let's say I've got a length of 6x2 (150*50mm) and I want to cut a 2x2 notch to inset another timber perpendicular. How can I make a neat square notch accurately? Two vertical cuts are easy but how to ...
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What finish could be applied to a wood project with paper on top to seal and preserve the paper without discoloration or damage

The goal is to finish a handmade box (slightly curved top and bottom) with hinged lid covered with stamps. Without getting into the yak shaving of stamp adhesives, is there a material that can be used ...
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Wobble in the Desk I am building

I have started to build a farmhouse table and now facing an issue in the build. The Storage Area i have built is rocking and i believe one of the legs as shown in the attached picture is a slight 1 - ...
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How to drive a wood screw to get a precise screw-thread fit

How does one drive a wood screw to a get a perfect-fit thread, as in the first image? Note the difference between first and second images. The 'bite marks' that would have been made in the upper ...
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Computer desk vibrates and hits wall while I type, need solution?

Like the title says, when I type on my computer desk, my computer desk vibrates and hits against my wall. I was thinking about mounting L-brackets to the bottom of the desk to the studs in my wall, ...
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How to attach horizontal wood fence posts at an 15 degree angle to a 4x4 post?

Building a fence using redwood horizontal boards and 4x4 posts. I'm very green, and just want to ask what the best way to attach the boards on the outside to one of the posts, that is not aligned ...
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Will my horizontal fence sag with 10 foot boards?

I'm building a fence with horizontal slats made from cedar with pine posts. The posts have dados cut into them and I'm planning to slide the slats down the dado and affix them to the post using a ...
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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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