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Tool recommendation for cutting wood: 4"x6", 4"x12", 2"x12"

What tool is recommended for hobby/home use to cut through treated wood 4"x6"s, 4"x12"s, and 2"x12"s? I'd also like to make 45-degree miter cuts and ideally, 30-degree ...
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Radiator Covers - MDF or Plywood? [closed]

3/4 MDF or 3/4 Plywood? I'm building a few custom radiator covers that will be painted and am deciding on the wood I will use. These are on a hot water system (Not Steam), and they almost never ...
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Door to garage is 1.5in above the floor, and that space is unfinished wood. Wondering what I should put in there

So we moved into a house and the old owners put in a garage door themselves. There was a kind of a sils on it that was beaten up so we want to get something to make it look fairly normal. I was ...
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What Router Bits to achieve these cuts? - Custom Radiator Cover out of MDF

What router bits are used to achieve these cuts? The long slots on the inner, and the rounded cuts at the bottom and top of this piece? I'm considering making some router covers and I was going to use ...
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Maintaining a wet look with polyurethane finishes

I am trying to do some touch up on some oak veneered cabinets with a golden oak finish under a polyester top coat. I have been able to match the touch ups to the original without any great visible ...
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Why is there a stain residue coming from my outdoor wood structures?

I purchased my first home in October of last year. According to a can we found in our basement, the previous owners had stained a set of stairs, a pergola, and a raised garden bed with Ready Seal in ...
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Need help making/cutting an arch

I can make everything in the picture - except the arch support. I've reached the limit of my experience (calculating the radius, layout, bending, etc). Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Finish siding after deck removal

I recently lost my job when I was going to get this repaired but now funds are limited so must do myself. I need some help on what the best course of action would be though if anyone is willing to ...
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Wood stain didn't take in some areas. Not sure how to proceed. What should I do next?

I tried staining the treads on some stairs we had installed. And, for the most part, it looks really good. But, the stain didn't seem to take in a couple areas. Here is an image showing one example ...
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Side of Vanity Underneath has separated From the Rear

Underneath our vanity, the back portion has separated from the right side causing the drawer to come apart as well. The wall is too far back to connect it to anything. I feel like there has to be ...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

I wouldn’t be surprised if I had got my wood screw pack from AliExpress but it’s from Home Depot and I believe Everbilt is at least not a random brand. Yet many of the screws just break if I screw ...
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How do I reinforce a 96in long, 42in deep, 3/4in thick desk?

Currently the desk is on two particle board legs from an Ikea style desk and I've reinforced it somewhat. But I have since upgraded to a larger monitor and can see my efforts has not faired too well. ...
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Visible seams in wall paneling, seams not centered

First time posting here so apologies in advance for newcomers mistakes. TLDR; contractor installed shiplap and it has visible seams causing uneven board lengths, and the framing is completely off-...
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Best glue for curved veneer

I have older wood bedroom furniture whose veneers have come undone. I'd like to re-glue them with the strongest glue possible that can withstand temperatures of about 40-110 degree Fahrenheit. The ...
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Polyurethane coating drying splotchy, despite stain taking to the wood just fine

The issue: I've been refinishing an old table I've had sitting around for years that was in terrible shape, stain-wise. Yesterday I sanded off the old stain down to 220, wiped up the dust with a damp ...
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How to fix a cabinet toe board which has been damaged?

Just moved in here and it looks like the plinth has been hacked away at to allow the dishwasher to open. I don't have access to any power tools, nor hugely interested in buying any as this is a small ...
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Wipe-on oil based poly fumes dangerous? [closed]

So I refinished a table and did only 3 coats of mines wipe-on oil based satin poly, the temp has been colder here in AZ and it would only get to 75 Fahrenheit during the day then drop to 55-60 during ...
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What is best angle for pergula support braces?

I'm building a small pergula to give sun/rain cover for outdoor potting station. It is 45" wide (L to R), 27" deep (from wall to outer edge of pergula), and angles down at 8 degress. It'll ...
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How can I smooth and seal a degraded interior door?

I have an old hollow-core door and it's quite old and has lost its finish. It's begun splitting at the grains, on the stiles and rails, and my kids keep getting splinters fondling the door as they ...
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Applying stain/polyurethane over mineral oil and wax

Can I stain and polyurethane an outdoor wood table top that has been treated with Butcher Block Conditioner containing mineral oil and natural waxes? The table is currently very weathered. We are ...
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Hinges for a Murphy Desk

I am building a murphy desk (that closes up, not down). The desk would basically extend an Ikea Kallax-like custom cube shelf unit. I would like the table surface to seamlessly continue the bottom ...
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How should I repair this stool leg?

This old oak stool has a snapped leg. This point of the leg is narrower and therefore vulnerable. A repair would need to be strong in order for the stool to be functional. It does match perfectly when ...
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Bosch router Collet shafts stuck

I need to put on a new wood router Collet for smaller bit. I am unable to remove the old collet fully. The black nut comes off easily and is upside down in the image. The shaft inside the collet nut ...
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Cutting baseboard around lots of weird angles and floor transition

I live in a 115 year old house where none of the walls are straight and corners aren't 90 degrees. After putting in new flooring in my kitchen, I'm trying to reinstall baseboard, but there's a weird ...
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What's the easiest way to circulate air in the attic of my garage?

I have an unfinished attached ~20'x20' two car garage and I would like to finish it so I can use 1 bay as a wood shop year-round. I live in Missoula, MT and really just want to keep it above ~40F in ...
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How to tidy up and reinforce a hole drilled in a sleeper [closed]

I've just drilled a 28mm hole through a sleeper to put through a water irrigation pipe. Now I would like to somehow make it tidy and hopefully also prevent the edges of the hole. I was thinking a ...
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Loft Beds w/ Desks - Mattress Support?

I am building two loft beds with desks under them for my 6 and 8 year olds. My question is will the mattress hold safely? It is 3/4" plywood (75" x 55") with 3x 1" x 4" slats ...
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How can the slightly-warped rails of a bed frame be pulled together?

A twin-sized bed frame that I assemble on-demand for guests is made of pine. It hasn't seen that much use, and yet one of the two 75" beams has buckled just slightly. There is still plenty of ...
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How can I cut a window sill bevel on a 10" table saw?

I need to cut a 10 degree slope 4 7/8 long on a 2x6 board. The sill will be 33” long. Can I do this on a table saw with a 10” blade?
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How do I determine mitered angle for a four sided pyramid made from plywood? (USA) [closed]

How do I make a four-sided pyramid out of plywood with mitered edges so that when assembled and painted you don't see the side edges of the wood? Does the angle of the mitered edge change depending on ...
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How can I save my teak wood table?

I used baking soda and water paste to remove water stains and it ruined my teak table. I did not do enough research. Pics of the aftermath: Click for full size The table is new and never treated ...
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How would you babyproof a steam radiator that's recessed into the wall?

We just moved into a rental house (so my options for modifying it are limited) that has approximately 24" x 24" steam radiators recessed into the walls. They're surrounded by a bit of ...
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Dark marks on 45-degree oak chamfer: causes and solutions?

I recently put a 45-degree chamfer on an oak parquet piece, but noticed some dark marks on the freshly cut surface. I'm wondering if these could be burn marks? Even though I set the RPM to around 20K ...
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What are some effective ways to repair water-damaged rafters in a garden shed?

After addressing a previous leak in my garden shed, which was previously used as a home gym, I discovered some water damage when I removed the compromised OSB board from the shed’s ceiling. I’m ...
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How to seal an oiled table

My mom owns a walnut table. It was recently sanded, cleaned and oiled, but now even the slightest movement on the table stains and scratches. Even cleaning the table with a damp cloth affects the ...
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Freestanding Shelves Stability

I recently built this set of shelves for my basement. Because of the insulated walls I do not plan to anchor them. The shelves are not as solid as I hoped. After doing some research, I think one main ...
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What trim technique do you use to work around plumbing - behind toilet?

I have 8" trim I am laying down on a house. In the bathroom - wood floors - the area behind the toilet is kind of perplexing because I will need to take the toilet up for a 6 foot board to get ...
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How to reduce the cross section of a beech profile

What I have: A planed beech square 20 mm by 20 mm, length is 1 meter. What I want: A number of short (5 or 6 cm) pieces, but with a reduced cross section of only 20 mm by 16 mm. I could reduce the ...
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Design a frame for shelves in an alcove? [closed]

My previous small studio apartment had a useful cupboard, as pictured -- the only storage space, used for: Clothes Empty suitcases Small boxes Now I want a design for a similar one, to fit the new ...
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Fixing up beat up wide plank floors

My farmhouse is about 120 years old. There is a lot of carpet upstairs, which I would love to remove. I have pets and allergies and I just think carpets are gross. I can understand why someone decided ...
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How can I turn this IKEA cabinet into a secretary desk?

I'm wanting to DIY a secretary desk out of the IKEA Hauga cabinet, which looks like this: I want to add a drop-down desktop surface to the shelf portion using some drop front hinges. I'm unsure of ...
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What's the best way to install hinges into particle board/chipboard without causing splintering?

I have several large particle board/chipboard built-in wardrobe doors (approx 2000mm X 600mm X 20mm). The last person to install them screwed the hinged into the 20mm sides. Over time a lot of the ...
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Fixing a wooden stair railing connection that came loose

One of the connections (for lack of better term) on the handrail along the stairs to the second floor came loose - it's actually fully detached from the upper part. Here is a look at the full ...
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What fastener to affix 2x6 support to 16" deep 16'L lvl?

I am building a temp support wall using 16" lvl and 4 built up 2x6's on each end for support "legs". What fastener would be best suited to join a single 2x6 to the face of a 3.5" 2 ...
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How to add brick mould to this?

Learning how-to doors! Old door was inswing that had exterior brickmould built in. New door is an outswing that does not have this feature. How can I add brickmould to this fiberglass door as it sits, ...
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DIY Floating (Bunk) Bed Structural Considerations [closed]

I am planning to build floating (bunk) beds in our old walk in wardrobe. I put the "bunk" in brackets because the bottom half of the bunk is actually just a low platform bed sitting on the ...
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Where to start for complete beginner to Home Renovation DIY?

I'm a complete beginner with no prior experience in woodworking or house renovation projects. I'm currently planning to mount an 85-inch TV (100lbs) on a 12-foot wall in my house. However, I have ...
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Fiberglass vs wood door

How can I tell if my door is made out of fiberglass or wood? It has a wood grain texture but I can’t tell if it’s a real wood door or a fiberglass door.
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How to extend boards for pergola rafters?

I'm putting together a pergola. Details of the build: 11x17' roof footprint 8x14' to the outside of 6x6" posts Double beams on the 10' side (although not sistered together); Rafters crossing a ~...
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How can I remove the screws under the pegs on a coat rack?

I cannot figure out how this shelf is hung. The old man that built it said that I could “do pull ups on it” when I moved in, now I’m understanding why. Initially thought that the screws at the top ...
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