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How to restore damaged Velux window frame? (pictures)

I'm trying to restore a velux window frame that has become moldy and partially rotten. The window is 15 years old and has never had any attention. The sealant on the outside where the glass meets the ...
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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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Should I use vapor barrier for a framed floor over a slab?

What to do about the vapor barrier? I am currently using a formerly unheated basement room as home office. The room is not properly insulated and rather hard to keep warm. I am thinking about ...
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Where does the strength of a French cleat lie?

I'm making a French cleat wall for a home office. I'm wondering how to make the strongest French cleat. Is it the length/angle of the bevel that matters most, like in B vs A in the diagram? Or is ...
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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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What is a good reference book for cabinetmaking and/or other millwork?

I'm interested in making some cabinets and shelving. I have basic carpentry experience but have never tackled a project like this before. I'm looking for a good, illustrated guide to making cabinets ...
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What Support/Legs would i need for a 2m Solid Oak Computer Desk?

I am currently decorating a room which is going to be my office and there is a 2m space for a computer desk. I am thinking of ordering a solid oak worktop to use as the desk (2M X 720 X 40mm ~46kg) ...
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What's the best way to create a wood elbow?

I want to make a curved rod out of wood. I basically want to create the wooden version of this metal rod: Here's another similar rod: I conducted some searches online, and it doesn't seem that wood ...
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How do I attach hinges to a media console?

I have an old media console with a door that used be attached via a sliding mechanism that I'd like to replace with hinges. I'd like for the door to open just like you'd open a cabinet. I'm trying to ...
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Help me make this rabbet cut in the top edge of a cabinet wall

I need to route out an edge in a cabinetry side to allow a top mounted handle to recess when door of the adjacent cabinet opens. I have a portable router that accepts 1/4” shank bits and I am trying ...
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What type of joint should I use while building a plywood box?

I'm building a trophy. It will consist of two boxes...one slightly smaller than the other and stacked on top of one another. I'm looking for suggestions on how to join the corners of the boxes so ...
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Care for solid oak desk [closed]

I'm looking to make a desk from some solid oak, and want something that will last me a long time. I was wondering if such a piece of wood can be 'renewed' over time by say sanding to strip the stain ...
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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 can I square the end of a 4x4 post by grinding or sanding?

I have a piece of 4x4 with a very uneven cut at the end, and I want to make this end nice and flat. However, I am puzzled that there seem to be no popular tools for flat wood grinding. Sanding seems ...
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Color matching: repaired white oak flooring turned out pink

I had someone replace a row and half of my white oak flooring. The original flooring was Owens white oak with bona natural finish. My repairer ordered the same wood, installed it, then did a natural ...
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DIY Console Table - Unstable Design

I have embarked on creating my own hallway console table because I was unable to find a narrow enough one on the market that fit my space. For my design I went with 2 IKEA Bergshult shelves to save me ...
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Can you create wood conditioner from DIY wood sealant? [closed]

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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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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Wood stain is not tacky but still leaves residue on cloth

I built a wooden table using Pine. I sanded and stained the whole thing, wiping off the excess. It is in my garage and temperatures have been in the upper 40s - low 50s so I was expecting longer ...
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How to repair or at least hide cracks in wooden door panel?

I have a door with cracks running along the grain on one of the panels: Its a solid wood door, not a composite material nor hollow. These go all the way through although they are not as obvious on ...
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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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Will my horizontal fence sag with 10 foot boards? [closed]

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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Prevent sagging shelves in alcove

We're building some shelves to fit in an alcove next to our fireplace, and so we built 4 frames using 1x2s for the front and back of the frame and 2x2s as the ladder support in the middle (each spaced ...
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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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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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How do I use a hole cutter drill bit (ø 6.3cm) such that I get an intact wood disk?

I want to cut wooden disks from a wood board. I bought what I thought was the right bit for my drill. However, the bit seems to be solely for the hole, not for the disk, as it comes with a centering ...
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What material can I put on my wood kitchen island to make the surface smooth and waterproof?

We have this relatively low cost high top dining table that we've turned into our kitchen island. It's been working out great so far but the tables surface is ridged and has a lot of divots that don't ...
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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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Floor standing U wood frame built at home - what to use for a 90 degree joint?

I'm building a U frame (inverted U). So it will have two side pieces, and one piece sitting at the top of these sides. I plan to use a 3/4" melamine that is 4 inches wide. It is white melamine on ...
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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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Gluing two halves of a door together

Needed a door that matches that the doors from 1940s in my house. So I bought a 30" door on Craigslist and cut it down to 23" by cutting out the middle of the door as you can see in the ...
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How to hoist hot tub out of surrounding deck?

I need to raise a hot tub out of the deck in our back yard to address a critter problem (rodents have been living underneath so I need to clean it and critter-proof it.) The deck seems to have been ...
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Can I use shiplap for shelving?

I'm looking at different shelving options and I really like the look of this shiplap wood. I'd like to use it for shelving by connecting two of them together widthwise to make a shelf that is ...
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How can I clamp two 325 mm planks while gluing them together?

I have a base that is 650mm deep. I'm going to have to glue several planks together to get this depth and, eventually, the last two to make the 650mm base. The problem is, I don't have (and can't ...
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How do I identify and replace unusual screws?

I've got a desk held together by these really strange screws below. The tapped end goes into one end of a joint, the plastic piece goes into the other end of the joint, and then the head of the screw ...
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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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Can you rout plywood?

I have some applewood 13 ply 3/4" plywood that I'm using for a desk top. I was wondering if I took a router to the edges if it would turnout ok.
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Spindle speed of classic Cable Porter 100-M router?

I'm trying to calculate proper feed rates for my Cable Porter 100-M router which I have mounted on a 3-axis CNC machine. The spindle speed is not listed in the original user manual. Does anyone know ...
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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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Multi-cutter blade blunt in 1 day. Bad blade? Bad Technique?

I recently bought Dewalt's Oscillating Multitool. (DSC355) It came with (amongst others) a wood blade and a "wood with nails" blade Today I was using it to replace wooden brick in a parquet floor. It ...
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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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Mystery connector search

To fix a bookcase built by my dad who died last year, I am looking for the nylon or plastic connector that he used. They consist of a threaded dowel 3” by1/2” and threaded inserts 1”-wide insert for ...
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How to fill a big cavity on a wooden door frame?

Due to an impact against it, the door lock casing in the wood frame has been uprooted. I managed to fix it back the metal part and some wooden pieces, but there still is a quite huge cavity with un-...
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Best way to fit a clothes washer under a counter

The under the counter space for the washing machine in our laundry room is slightly too low for our washer. I can't push it in any further because the enclosure isn't perfectly square and the washing ...
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Are wood boxes sturdy enough to support a loft bed?

I am planning on getting "wood crates" to be the legs of a lofted bed. Each box measures 18" x 12". For thickness, the long sides are strips of 1/4" pine and the short sides ...
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Woodworking tips to fix a stripped MDF screw hole WITHOUT glue

Please note: I see some other very similar questions but the recommended answers all suggest using glue in some form. I can't use glue as part of this solution! I have a workbench that, on the end ...
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Are there any good videos available that teach basic carpentry?

I apologies if this was already covered but I could only find a thread on books, and it was geared towards someone having some basic skills already. While I am far from useless, I never had a reason ...
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How do I cut an arc in a pine board?

How can I cut the arc as shown in the photo? I have a circular saw. I have a jig saw. I thought I might calculate the center of the arcs circle and (using a line tied to my circular saw) cut the ...
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How to fix a crack in the corner of an outside wooden lamp post

What is the best way to fix this wooden light post? I was thinking clamps and glue. Or maybe a nail? [![enter image description here][1]][1] [1]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/3S3lF.jpg![enter image ...
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How can I attach deck railing boards to the top of the rails?

What's the best way to attach a board to another board that's resting over it? The rail is a 2x4 and it will be held, on each side, by a 4x4. Under the 2x4 rail I'll have another 2x4 that will keep ...

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