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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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Best way to attach a light fixture wire to a log? [closed]

What would be a nice, visually unobtrusive, way to attach a light fixture wire to a decorative log ? I've been thinking of metal clamps or even a staple gun, but was wondering if there are other ...
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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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Installing cabinet hinges backwards?

I have a frameless cabinet hinge like this that I bought for a closet-like piece I am building. However, I quickly realized there was a problem; the hinge is designed so that the door lays flat in ...
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How can I get eave rafters cut flush?

This may seem like a silly question, but I removed two old facia boards. The beams butted against them are all uneven. I've tried an orbital sander but can't seem to get it to sand evenly to flush. ...
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Join wooden poles end to end

I need some 16ft (5 meter) long 3 inch diameter ash poles that will be used for re-enactment pike shafts. They will eventually be tapered to 1.5 inches at one end. For practical purposes however - ...
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How can I set these nails flush in my beadboard paneling?

The person who installed beadboard around our kitchen island didn’t countersink the nails. I bought a nail set from Home Depot and have been trying for the past hour to get the nail at least flush ...
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How to straighten a sagging wooden house?

I realize that this question is probably the least DIY-type of question one could imagine, certainly for an amateur. I'm for now simply curious about what options exist. This is an old wooden house, ...
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Need help identifying baseboard cap profile

I know it's a long shot, but I'm hoping someone knows/can identify (or at least can point me in the right direction in terms of search terms) the style of this cap. I'm hoping to find a router bit/...
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What is a good material to block all light from a window with?

Blackout curtains have always disappointed me because they let in far too much light. Both through the fabric itself, and around the edges. I would like to create a window covering for my bedroom ...
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Skirting is too wide for mitre box

I'm fitting 138mm skirting through a house. I can only find a mitre box 100mm high, or a clamping mitre box (where the timber lies horizontally) 120mm wide. How can i cut the joints for of the ...
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How to angle an edge of plywood at 45 degrees?

Say you have two pieces of plywood. the goal is: to assemble the two pieces at a 90 degree angle (where 3/4 inch edges are touching) create an angled edge sit the edges sit flush against each ...
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Built a shelf out of 2x4s but some braces do not meet, will they hold?

I paid someone else to build this basic shelf for me because i'm no carpenter, but i'm a little concerned about it's integrity because it will be holding aquariums. It's a frame of 2x4s with enough ...
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How to remove sheared woodscrew behind a 5mm hole?

I'm looking for a way of removing a sheared-off stainless steel woodscrew embedded in a hardwood plank that is accessible only via a 5.5mm diameter circular hole in a metal panel. The screw is ...
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Ventilation when using water-based stain & finish

With oil-based stains and finishes, reading SDS safety sheets makes it clear that safely using the products requires nitrile gloves, serious ventilation, and a respirator that can handle VOCs. With ...
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How to hang wood letters

I have cut out a word made of 1/2" poplar and would like to hang it in the wall. I originally thought of using my (non plunge) router with a keyhole bit to cut two keyholes, but I'm afraid that the ...
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Hold several 2x4s together for tabletop?

I was thinking of making a very rudimentary TV stand with several treated 2x4s I have here. The tabletop would look like this. What can I do to hold all these 2x4s together so that they're sturdy? I ...
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How large should a hole be for a bolt to go through?

I am building a table and I have something like the following: I want to know if I have a 3/8 inch bolt, how large should the hole on the diagonal piece be? I already secured it on the table leg.
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Will my raised flower bed design be sturdy enough?

I am building a 4'x 8' flower bed. The bed is 32" tall with a floor made out of 1x4" cedar four feet across. Soil depth is 12 inches, 32 cubic feet (8x4). Worst case 7.481 gallons per sq foot x 8 ...
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DeWalt 743 flipover saw

I have a DeWalt 743 flipover saw, the blade stopped turning for no reason. It was working fine yesterday morning, but when I came back from a break, the blade refused to turn. I can hear the noise, ...
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What is the mechanism of action of PVA glue?

The general wisdom is that wood glue sets harder than the original wood, but experiences and testimonies on this seem to vary. Two weeks ago, I replaced some worn hinge screws on a heavy interior ...
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Weight load for a bench using 2 x 12

I would like to build a entryway bench using a 3 foot length of 2 x 12. I plan to use 16" hairpin legs made of 1/2" cold rolled steel. Not sure if the type of wood matters, but I will probably use ...
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Do hinge screws become more tight-fitting over time once installed?

I've noted newly installed hinge screws can be replaced more easily if replacement is within days after fitting. If left for weeks or more, they become considerably harder to remove due to friction. ...
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Can water-based wood glue deep in timber joinery initiate wood rot?

In joinery projects where PVA glue is restricted access to air (for example, with doweling) moisture is dissipated through the surrounding wood and the glue typically takes longer to dry. Is there ...
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Is this loft bed flooring strong enough?

I'm about to construct a loft bed as in picture: it's 240cm long and 180cm wide (7.9ft x 5.9ft). The floor frame is composed of 2 main beams (2x6) that run on the longitudinal direction, and 7 joists ...

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