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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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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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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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how to carry 20ft lumbers to home

I need to carry one 20 ft lumber from HomeDepot to my home. I don't have a truck but have a minivan (Odyssey). The minivan does not have a roof rack though. A friend of mine suggested that I could ...
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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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Paint/stain used for wooden planter?

I built a large planter using untreated wood. Before pouring the potting soil into the planter, I have to paint the the planter with something that will protect it from the soil, the humidity, etc. I ...
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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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how to strongly secure a wire over a couch frame to stretch seat spring webbing

I have a wire piping that used to be secure around the frame perimeter of my couch base so that a flexolator webbing with springs would be stretched taut and clip onto it. However, this piping has ...
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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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Dismantling an old piano

I'm trying to dismantle an old piano, and I would like to do it without damaging the individual parts or pieces of timber (for sentimental reasons - may use it in other projects). I've screwed out ...
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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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Is it safe to use an angle grinder with wood cutting blades?

Being a newbie to DIY and trying to get more and more jobs done myself, safety is a concern to me. I recently bought a Makita 5" angle grinder to cut some metal balustrades, job done. I considered ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Do fence pickets need to be totally dry before installing?

I want to purchase all the wood for my 6' privacy fence project but it will take me longer than a day to install. Also I'll be leaving all of the wood in my backyard which means it will probably get ...
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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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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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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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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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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 can I place treads on these stairs around a corner?

I have built the start of these stairs. It's a difficult concept for me to build stairs around a corner so I cut part of the deck so it wasn't an abrupt 90 degrees going into the stairs (which wouldn'...
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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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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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Can you create wood conditioner from DIY wood sealant?

I'm working on staining an old bookshelf, and I've worked on creating my own DIY wood stain and sealant (save money + no VOCs + Feels good). I created my own wood stain already by using steel wool and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use engineered I joists as studs in a wall?

Project: 3m by 6m weekend house, roof 3m high, walls 20cm insulation. Question: I want build it from lighter/thinner materials, and i want to calculate from how thick materials i can build this I ...
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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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Are Record and Stanley brand smoothing plane blades interchangeable?

Need a new blade for an old RECORD 04 2" smoothing plane. Is there any significant difference between RECORD and STANLEY plane blades for similar size models STANLEY blades LOOK similar but I'm just ...
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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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