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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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Hand Railing Reinforcement Needed

We have a wood railing up our staircase that has had a few joints loosen (see pic). I sadly attempted to fill with wood filler but that just recracked with touch. What is the best way to tighten the ...
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Desperately need help with insulation/hanging drywall in metal shed

A little background- I own a quadplex but, due to the insane COL in Florida, I'm currently housing 4/5 of my siblings and I need another unit for myself to live in. So I added this 20x30 steel shed to ...
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How can I disassemble a Broyhill Torren oak footboard?

I removed screws but the footboard posts will not pull apart. Tried mallet. Still will not separate. I want to make the footboard smaller so it will fit in car to take to the dump. Input on how to ...
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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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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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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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What is this gray material/film on the edge of my desk?

There is this gray material that only appears along the edges of my desk but on both exterior and interior edges. I inspected the desk closely after I first assembled it and did not find this material....
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Paslode Impulse IM65 F16 Nailer's fan operation during normal use

Will the fan on a Paslode Impulse IM65 F16 Nail gun spin (whir) when the nail gun's firing muzzle is pressed against the surface to be nailed, if there is no fuel cell installed? In other words, does ...
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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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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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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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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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What type of material should I use for a shelf over a washer and dryer?

building a shelf to go over my washer dryer in our laundry room. it will be 88" wide by 34" deep. I've already mounted 2x4's on the walls across back and sides. looking for advice on what material ...
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Dust after staining and poly advice

Two questions: How should I prepare for applying poly to new stain? I am refinishing a wood veneer table top. I stripped it back to the wood, and I have stained it with Old Masters Wiping Stain, ...
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Load bearing capacity of 2x6's for diy lifting cage

I want to build a custom power rack to safely perform heavy barbell exercises in my home. Commercial racks are too tall for my basement. Others have done this before: http://www.home-gym-bodybuilding....
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How do I build a white board stand?

I'm looking to create a wood stand for a white board. I have never built anything before and am looking for both insight on what to do and possible schematic ideas. I took basic construction classes ...
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Attach table top to air filter

Might be a strange idea, but we only use our Sqair air purifier in the winter (when the air quality is really bad) and thought it would be a good idea to convert it to a coffee table during the non-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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Joining two 2x4 as legs to two 1x6

I am building an elevated garden bed and I need to know what kind of joint will joint would make the structure least wobbly and provide most optimal load bearing capacity. I'm planning on joining two ...
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How to join two floating 2x6 beams at a 90 degree angle

The beams are both 2x6", vertical and are meeting at 90 degrees, one beam is well supported from a foot or two back and the other is hanging. Something like this: My first thoughts were miter ...
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Can I build tool storage cabinets off of bottom of deck joists?

I have room, and would like to make, some storage for tools in an area under my deck using 3/4 in plywood. I could cement in 4x4 or something in the ground and build off of that but behind a ...
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Fixing / treating wood surface in kitchen

I recently moved into a new house and the wooden kitchen work surface looks like it has some marks / damage where it has either been wet for an extended period of time or something has been left on it ...
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Renovate and expose old/cracked wood posts, rafters and ties

I am planning on exposing three wood posts/rafters in our living room. At the moment, these have been covered by wood panels and plasterboard. I have started looking behind and realised that the posts ...
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Is this old 2x4 infested with termites, or something else?

I have this old 2x4 that we removed from somewhere in the house and which has been sitting outside in a pile with other lumber for a while. I wanted to cut a small piece from it and noticed that one ...
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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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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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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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How to drill into a 5/8” edge?

I’m trying to follow these following day bed plans: https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/simple-daybed and I’m trying to attach the bed frame to the posts. It looks to call for screwing the ...
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Finishing garage for year-round woodworking workshop

In Toronto, ON and I'm finishing my attached double garage (20x20) in hopes of setting up a woodworking shop. It's not currently heated or cooled but I plan on using it year-round so heating is ...
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Help identify wood & stain for tongue & groove + beam cabin ceiling popular in Poconos (and possibly other woodsy areas)

I have cathedral popcorn ceilings in my house and am looking to reproduce a tongue & groove + beam type ceiling that is/was very popular in a lot of chalet type houses in the Pocono mountains (and ...
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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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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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How to Determine the Correct Size of Beam to Support Suspended Planter

I am trying to plan a project that will look like this. The bottom piece will be secured down and won't be able to move. I'm trying to figure out what size of beam I will need to connect the bottom ...
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Burning smell on new miter saw - pre-installed blade

I bought a new Dewalt miter saw and every time I use it, there is a burning smell. I saw this question about a similar issue, but I don't think my problem is the speed at which I'm cutting or the ...
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