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Questions tagged [woodworking]

Questions related to making things out of wood.

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Fix wobbly storage shelf

I just built this storage rack for my basement out of 2x4s and plywood. It is relatively stable but does have some front to back wobble. More than I would like. Is there a way to increase the ...
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Silicone use to bond wood boards at high temperature? [on hold]

I'm in a composites manufacturing class, and I'm looking to make a one-off carbon fiber mountain biking handlebar from prepreg. As I don't want to invest in the metal needed to make a proper mold, ...
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Building a Circular Platform using 12" wide boards

I need to make a 7.5' circle 12 inches wide (OD 7.5', ID 6.5'). Since there is no lumber sold in 8'x8' pieces, and I don't have room to set up 2 4x8s side by side, I thought another approach might be ...
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Correct Circuit Sizing - Two Machines Woodworking Shop

I have two machines that require 220+ and I was wondering if one double pole 230 amp breaker would do the trick for both? The run is approximately 60' so I'm wondering if 12 awg wire will work or if ...
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laminating hardwood to plywood

can I laminate hardwood boards to plywood to make a thicker looking board. I am making a table top and the only boards I have available are 5/8". I would like to make it 1 1/4" if possible.
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How do I go about leveling out streak marks in my wood stain?

I used knotty alder wood and sanded to 320 with a random orbital sander. Knotty Alder Min-Wax Pre-Stain Conditioner Min-Wax Oil-Based Stain Applied with t-shirt rag I see streak marks in my staining ...
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Gooey build up on sandpaper when sanding

just started my first DIY project of finishing my 3 year old IKEA Gerton Beech Wooden table top. I have been using this as my computer table and it has become very dirty so I thought I'll use this ...
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How can I square up slots cut with a circular saw?

I used a drop-saw to create these slots: Due to the circular blade, it's obviously left a bit of the wood in place, more easily seen here: My question is how can I clean up these slots? I've ...
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Did I make a major mistake on my garage shelves?

I built garage shelves using Grip Rite construction screws (photo of box below). Only afterwards did I notice the statement about "non-structural" use. Did I make a major mistake? Should I get some ...
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How can I cut and glue brittle foam panels onto my van without breaking it?

I brought some very thin (1mm) wood panel strips to glue into my van (over the insulation to make it look nicer). However the wood is very brittle and thin, I have to attach it to some curved ...
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Staining + sealing cedar for outdoors

I've made an outdoor cabinet out of cedar. I like the natural look, but I used various other wood species like white oak as "moulding" and am thinking I would like a uniform look. I would like the ...
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Can I stain wood in sub-optimal temperatures?

I intend to stain a piece of smooth timber to use indoors as a mounting board for some coat hooks; something I've never done before. The instructions for the stain I purchased suggest not to use below ...
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How do I drill through a metal screw in my cabinet doors?

I'm in the process of adding hardware to my bathroom vanity and as I have gone to drill the holes in the doors, I am hitting metal. It's hard to see what it is, but I believe it's a screw or a piece ...
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Where do the hinge knuckles go on these fold down table legs?

https://youtu.be/e9GSTO-4Txo?t=119 is a This Old House fold down workbench (among other things). The knuckle of the leg hinge (at 1:59) appears to be pointed into the 2x4 of the table top frame. If so,...
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How do I make around-the-room shelves for a seriously skewed room?

I've been given the Christmas task of setting up an HO model train and rails around a child's room, so I researched a bit and found a shelf train would be the thing. So I go to measure the room in ...
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Is it possible to fix this swollen floor?

First of all sorry for my English. I've built a playhouse for my kids: I've painted it using this: The construction took me maybe more than 3 months (this was my first attempt to cut a wood and ...
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How do I scribe a curved sink?

How can I scribe this very curved sink? I want to fill the gap. Bought the cabinet as you see it. I can remove the small 3/4' thick rectangular piece (it is pocket screwed in). The ultimate goal it to ...
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Straighten and strengthen this joint?

How can I straighten and strengthen this joint? I can remove the screws holding them together if needed, but that's pretty much all I can do.
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Is a wood shed with 12mm walls worth it? [closed]

I have a plot of land in Spain where the winter is a bit windy and the summer is quite hot. I was about to buy a container for storing my junk, however due to its price and the infrastructure it ...
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Attaching painted MDF to finished wood wall

I am working on a project where I have been given painted letters made of MDF wood that need to be mounted permanently on a wall that is covered with finished ( rough ) pallet wood. One of the ...
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What wood joint can I use to connect railing members over a post?

For the fence we'll be using 2"x4" pressure-treated wood that will be attached to 4"x4" PT posts with wood screws. What wood joint should I use so that I don't need to buy any more hardware to make ...
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Cedar wood strong enough for hinge?

I am attempting to build my own gate for an 40 inch break in the fence so that my deck could be fully enclosed. I bought a self-closing latch that says the max weight it could hold is about 50 pounds ...
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How to make a 19' bannister sturdy?

There's still about a foot of play in the middle. I put wood glue and finish nails in the loose spindles but very little improvement made. Both newell post are solid.
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Refilling extra space between rail and posts for inserting screws?

I'm working on a wooden fence, similar to the picture below. It has a 2"x4" wood rail that will be the length of all four 4"x4" pressure-treated wood posts. This rail will be attached to the posts ...
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Building a shelf question, weight bearing advice needed

If I were to take a bunch of 1x2's, say 13, and glue them face to face to reach a desired shelf depth of 9.75" (plus a 1/2" nicer wood facing to reach my total depth needed of 10.25"), a length of 6' ...
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Electrical - 50A to 20A Adapter for heater?

I am currently in the process of remodeling my detached garage and have run into a snag with the electrical. The previous owner ran 6-2 wiring out to the garage into a 50A outlet but then pigtailed a ...
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What kind of nut should I use when a screw is too short?

Trying to replace the handles on a chest of drawers and the 'new' handles are a touch to short for the thickness of the wood to get a normal nut on the end. Is there a Tee nut type thing that can ...
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Router safety - what did I do wrong?

Long story short I was running my DeWalt fixed base router (8000-24000 RPM) on a piece of work when it started making a funny noise. I lifted the router up to see why it was making the noise, and ...
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Will craftsman trim saw make straight cuts in 2x4?

I recently found a Craftsman Circular Cordless Saw 900.112650 in a closet that I bought many years ago and never used. Will this cordless saw make straight cuts in 2x4" treated wood? I still have ...
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Can 1" thick planks take (vertical) shear loads of 200kg through bolts without splitting?

I am extending an aluminium ladder by bolting the lower ends to 3" wide, 1" thick struts. I am concerned that the (6mm) bolts may split the wood when loaded.
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why does my workbench twist?

I'm new to woodworking and recently built a simple workbench. The tabletop is made of 3x6 lengths glued & screwed together, and I made a frame from 2x2 with a shelf at the bottom. The legs are ...
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Should I tilt my DIY self-standing bookshelf backwards to prevent it falling down?

Context I intend to build a self-standing bookshelf using 18mm-thick, CNC-router-cut plywood. The bookshelf is made of nested planks, and entirely fits a 35cm-deep recess in my wall. Following ...
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Tips on cutting curves with a jigsaw

I recently needed to cut a hole in a 3/4 inch pine wood board. The hole was supposed to be about 6 inches in diameter. I drilled a hole near the edge and used my corded Makita jigsaw. I had used the ...
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Repair old garage workbench

I have this old garage workbench that seems very sturdy The wood is OK, I could replace the door. But the surface's corner has cracking like this: This is done from previous owner. I would like to ...
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about strengthening wood plank end grain from splitting

I am thinking about strengthening wood plank end grain by gluing another piece of same type of wood, with perpendicular grain directions. See the picture below: The longer plank will be about 1 inch ...
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Using angle grinder to shave wood?

I have several 4-ft x 4"x4" pieces of wood, and I need to shave off a few millimeters of wood. Can I use an angle grinder for this? It doesn't have to be perfect, and I would only be shaving the ...
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I spend long time in picking lumber. What do you look for when selecting boards?

I typically spend very long time in front of the lumber aisles inspecting boards. Many times I end up not getting anything after all because I thought all boards are imperfect. I see pros spent few ...
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How to connect two 2x4 to 4x4 post base?

I am looking for a way to use a 4x4 base to carry two joined 2x4s as in the picture below. The problem is that there is a 0.5 in. gap as the actual width of the two boards is 1.5+1.5 = 3 in. while ...
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How do you deal with the cut edges of window trim?

I have put up more than my share of trim. But I was wondering if there was an easier way (so I will leave mine out to not influence answers) to do the but edges. Basically in the example below ...
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Will wood glue hold two pieces of wood with a polyurethane finish?

I have a piece of stained red oak plywood that is 1/4" thick and ~ 1 square foot in area. I will be gluing it to a 1" x 2" red oak board. Both the plywood and board have been stained and finished ...
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Which wood turns grey, and which turns black with time? [closed]

There are types of wood that turn grey with time, and others that turn almost black. At least, unfinished wood changes color rather quickly. The question is which turn grey, and which turn black? It ...
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Shaving off wood in 4“x4” to fit ez base?

I bought several of these 4x4 Simpson EZ bases, but most of the 4"x4" pieces of wood don't fit. Some of them are a very tight fit, but most of them are a tad wide. What tool can I use to easily shave ...
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Making a square - Joining two pieces of wood cut at 45 degrees with a circular saw

I am trying to create a 90 degree angle from two pieces of wood so that I can eventually create a squared enclosure. I have cut two pieces of wood at 45 degrees with a circular saw's angle adjustment. ...
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How to make a small piece of wood smaller with limited tools

I have a piece of pine that's 1/2" x 3/4". I want 1/2" x 1/2" and I can't seem to find that at the big box stores. For tools I have a jigsaw, circular saw but that's it. I don't really have money to ...
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Add a spiked end to timber

I can buy tree stakes, which are 32mm x 32mm x 1.2m quite easily. However on occasion I need something slightly thicker, say 50mm x 50mm or 75mm x 75mm but of equal or shorter length (<1.2m), and ...
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Placing wooden box underground; how to protect?

I'm getting ready to start working on my property this summer and instead of hauling a bunch of tools back and forth all the time, I'm going to build a large wooden box to keep all that stuff ...
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How to correct blotchy brush marks on stained wood?

I just bought a house with some wood handrails and paneling around the staircase. It looks like it was recently stained but to my eye it looks horrible and uneven. What is the best way to fix this ...
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How to stop redwood decks from creaking

My home was built brand new in 2016. I have a front porch and two back decks made of redwood and they all creak so badly, it's almost embarrassing... Anyone have any tips on how to quite them down?
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Is it OK to make a forced air register out of wood?

I live in a rather old house, and in the bathroom the heating register is oddly busted up. I'm wondering if it would be a safety violation to fabricate the outer frame of the register out of wood, ...
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What is the proper way to sand live edge piece of wood in preparation for a polyurethane finish?

I have debarked a live edge walnut slab. Since the edge is rough and not flat, how would one properly sand that live edge without killing all of the subtle contours of that live edge. All of the ...