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Is it possible to rip thin strips of wood only using hand tools?

Say from a standard board 1 in x3 in x6 feet cut strips of 1/8 in thickness?
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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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How to restore damaged Velux window frame? (pictures)

I'm trying to restore a velux window frame that has become moldy and partially rotten. The window is 15 years old and has never had any attention. The sealant on the outside where the glass meets the ...
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How to drill into wood glue

I tried drilling wood glue because I want to fix the screw there but I couldn't do it. The drill was not drilling a hole in glue and the screw did not fix there. I just want to make a proper hole in ...
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Should I use vapor barrier for a framed floor over a slab?

What to do about the vapor barrier? I am currently using a formerly unheated basement room as home office. The room is not properly insulated and rather hard to keep warm. I am thinking about ...
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Where does the strength of a French cleat lie?

I'm making a French cleat wall for a home office. I'm wondering how to make the strongest French cleat. Is it the length/angle of the bevel that matters most, like in B vs A in the diagram? Or is ...
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Care for solid oak desk [closed]

I'm looking to make a desk from some solid oak, and want something that will last me a long time. I was wondering if such a piece of wood can be 'renewed' over time by say sanding to strip the stain ...
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What Support/Legs would i need for a 2m Solid Oak Computer Desk?

I am currently decorating a room which is going to be my office and there is a 2m space for a computer desk. I am thinking of ordering a solid oak worktop to use as the desk (2M X 720 X 40mm ~46kg) ...
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Color matching: repaired white oak flooring turned out pink

I had someone replace a row and half of my white oak flooring. The original flooring was Owens white oak with bona natural finish. My repairer ordered the same wood, installed it, then did a natural ...
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DIY Console Table - Unstable Design

I have embarked on creating my own hallway console table because I was unable to find a narrow enough one on the market that fit my space. For my design I went with 2 IKEA Bergshult shelves to save me ...
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Help me make this rabbet cut in the top edge of a cabinet wall

I need to route out an edge in a cabinetry side to allow a top mounted handle to recess when door of the adjacent cabinet opens. I have a portable router that accepts 1/4” shank bits and I am trying ...
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Wood stain is not tacky but still leaves residue on cloth

I built a wooden table using Pine. I sanded and stained the whole thing, wiping off the excess. It is in my garage and temperatures have been in the upper 40s - low 50s so I was expecting longer ...
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How to repair or at least hide cracks in wooden door panel?

I have a door with cracks running along the grain on one of the panels: Its a solid wood door, not a composite material nor hollow. These go all the way through although they are not as obvious on ...
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Prevent sagging shelves in alcove

We're building some shelves to fit in an alcove next to our fireplace, and so we built 4 frames using 1x2s for the front and back of the frame and 2x2s as the ladder support in the middle (each spaced ...
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Applying Wood Conditioner to Pine - How much should I use?

I have a pine window sill that was beat up over 40 years. I sanded it (down to 60 grit with sandpaper frequently clogging), applied wood preconditioner, and tonight I applied the stain (oil based). ...
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How do I use a hole cutter drill bit (ø 6.3cm) such that I get an intact wood disk?

I want to cut wooden disks from a wood board. I bought what I thought was the right bit for my drill. However, the bit seems to be solely for the hole, not for the disk, as it comes with a centering ...
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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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How can I square the end of a 4x4 post by grinding or sanding?

I have a piece of 4x4 with a very uneven cut at the end, and I want to make this end nice and flat. However, I am puzzled that there seem to be no popular tools for flat wood grinding. Sanding seems ...
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Floor standing U wood frame built at home - what to use for a 90 degree joint?

I'm building a U frame (inverted U). So it will have two side pieces, and one piece sitting at the top of these sides. I plan to use a 3/4" melamine that is 4 inches wide. It is white melamine on ...
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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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