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How can I support a heavy sink in a homemade bench table?

We have a cool old soapstone utility sink in our laundry room that has developed a crack and needs to be replaced. We can't find/afford to replace it with the same thing, but I found a deep iron sink ...
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As a beginner woodworker, should I buy a table saw or a band saw? [closed]

I'm just getting into woodworking and don't have any equipment, not even a bench. As a beginner looking to maybe make anything from small boxes to light furniture, should I buy a table saw or a band ...
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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? [closed]

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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Can I build a vanity, or am I in over my head?

I need to replace a vanity. It's a generic 3 drawer, 2 door, 36" vanity, with one detail. On the right hand side is an angled cabinet, say, 15-20 degrees back, to narrow the counter top to fit it by ...
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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 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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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 shave about 1/8“ from a 8'x3/4”x1 1/2" strip of oak?

I attached a 8'x3/4"x1 1/2" strip of red oak to the edge of multiple layers of plywood in order to make the plywood more rigid. Altogether, the three layers of plywood are 1 3/8" thick. This means ...
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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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Does Mineral spirit make for good wood Pre-Conditioner?

I was at the HomeDepot the other day and was informed that I could pre-Condition wood using Mineral spirit. However, this is the information came from the very same person who told me that I could use ...
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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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Woodworking Plans for an Office Desk [closed]

I am looking to build a desk for my office (L-shaped), but I am rather new at woodworking. I have the tools, and this would be a long project, but have no idea where to start. Are there any good ...
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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 can I straighten twisted studs?

I have a bunch of 2x4s that are twisted and warped. Is there a way to salvage them?
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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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Is it safe to use barn wood indoors for furniture, trim, walls and ceilings?

I am renovating a farm house built in the late 1800's. I am planning on tearing down the barn from the same era and using some of the wood to finish trim etc. I believe the moisture content is good 7 ...
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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 feasible to use a work bench without a vise for woodworking?

I live in Brazil and here we have very low quality bench vise screws, and NO woodworker bench vises for sale. Buying overseas the price starts at 200 dollars with shipping (shipping and taxes are more ...
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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 to put 5/8" oak dowels into holes which are just barely the right size?

I've got a handful of oak dowels (ok, a lot) and holes that are both 5/8" in diameter, the problem is that the dowels are just barely too big for the holes. I'm trying to figure out easy ways 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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is there open/deadspace under most wooden furniture

I am in the design phase of a chest of drawers project, and it occurred to me that nearly every piece of wooden furniture I have seen has a 2-4 inch gap under it. Often this has the furniture up on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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DIY Diving Board

I am thinking of building a diving board for my pool, and I'm not sure how to calculate the thickness requirement for a 250lb person to use it (I chose this because that seems to be what a typical ...
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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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What is the best way to shorten legs on a table and chairs?

A few years ago we bought a "bar height" kitchen table and chairs. It seemed like a good idea at the time but we hate it now. It's terrible to have to sit with your feet not touching the floor for ...
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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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Furniture part identification

Can anyone identify this furniture part? It's used in my Danish Modern style cabinet to hold the upper cabinet in place. The middle brass part has female threads on both sides. The ends are screws. ...
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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 ...