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Any way to do a mitered corner without a table saw?

I want to use some left over wood from a table i did to build a 1ft^3 storage box to use in the living room. The wood has a beautiful pattern but it is plywood so i do not want to expose the edges. ...
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Can I use these tree stumps for a table?

I took two tree stumps of approximately 35 cm in diameter and stuck them inside my living room. I read that, if I seal the ends with a strong varnish, it will allow them to dry out through the sides ...
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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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Is my pegboard stand design reasonable?

I have an idea of building a pegboard stand, for the purpose of holding kids art supplies. For example, buckets with pencils, markers, pens, paintbrushes. Possibly also some trays for papers. Below ...
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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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Is fumigated barn wood safe for indoor use?

I have purchased a repurposed piece of barn wood (a beam). It was kiln-dried and fumigated by the company that sold it to me. I mentioned the beam to a friend who is experienced with wood work and ...
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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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How do I properly nail two 2x4's at a 90 degree angle?

Nail the horizontal 2x4 into the vertical 2x4 about 1/4 of the way down from the top of the vertical 2x4, so they are at a 90 degree angle. The way I've been nailing this scenario is to just nail ...
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In what way does varnish protect wood?

When researching wood finishes, I often see that varnish is attributed with the ability to "protect" wood. In what way does varnish protect wood? From scratching? From fading? From moisture? From ...
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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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How can I enlarge a doorknob bore with common tools?

Okay, so I need to replace an old door knob for my mom. I guess she had tried to do it and wound up losing all packaging and the installation instructions, so I have no template for how much larger ...
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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 make 1/4 inch beveled edge on unfinished walnut countertop

I had 6ftx4ft black walnut counter top delivered unfinished (for cost savings reason). Please help me find out the best tool to use to make a 1/4 inch beveled edge for this rectangular piece of walnut....
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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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How to accurately cut plywood with unpowered hand tools?

As a beginner in woodworking I would like to build a simple box from plywood. The edges will be simply glued butt joints which means they need to be straight and smooth. When I use a hand saw I can't ...
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DIY lamp post using 4x4 pressure treated wood?

I would like to build several lamp posts for my backyard. To cut costs I am considering dadoing a channel down the middle of a 4x4 for the wiring, and covering up the dado with "ornamental" wood ...
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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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How to trim a cut on a hollow core tabletop edge?

I have a hollow core tabletop, which is too wide for where it will go. I'd like to cut it into two pieces. What is a good way to finish the cut edge? Or is it just easier not to bother and get a ...
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How strong can i expect wood glue to hold

Let me start off by saying I have some basic knowledge of tools (basic home repairs and patch jobs), but no experience with "actual" woodworking projects. For my first project I wanted to try and ...
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Anyone please tell me what kind hinge (name of the hinge) used in this product?

Anyone please tell me what kind hinge (name of the hinge) used in this product ? Name of the product is SNAP JACK from LIVING WITH JACK company.
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Ok to use Denatured Alcohol to clean wood before applying oil-based primer?

I'm preparing crown molding for painting. The molding is pre-primed with pine core. I hand-sanded the molding and vacuumed to remove as much dust as possible. The surface still has dust, and I'm not ...
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Is there any way to stain white pine to match a natural red pine?

We are building a bed frame and my hubby accidentally got white pine for the head board, but red pine for the posts and the wood for the sides of the bed. We wanted to stain the whole bed a rustic ...
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Is there a good way to fill a pocket hole in a finished piece of wood?

I'm building an oak handrail and had originally planned to assemble the entire project and then stain and topcoat it. As such, I planned on joining the handrail to the newel posts with pocket holes ...
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House and Shop on 100 AMP Service

I'm looking at buying a home that only has a 100 AMP service. I would like to have a small woodworking shop in the basement, but am worried that this will be too much for the service. While upgrading ...
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Difficulty in driving a nail through with a nail setter

I've been pulling the carpet up and getting the nails out from where the carpet tack strips were nailed to original wood flooring, but about a half dozen are now headless. I watched several tutorials ...
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\What is the best way to frame a box?

I want to create a box. I am using a lap joint for the top and bottom frame. For the vertical sides I need help. The pictures show the two ideas I had. But there must be a better way to attach the ...
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Why does my dyed wood look so blotchy?

I am using Transtint dye mixed at the correct ratio with denatured alcohol, and applying it to surfaced red oak. This is what it looks like: Its incredibly blotchy, much more than I would expect from ...
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Stopping a standing desks from rocking

I just finished making a standing desk, the top board is 4x2 feet and is about 45 inches high. I am having a problem with the desk rocking back and forth. Here is a picture of it: As you can see at ...
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why using self-tapping screws?

I am just wondering what the advantage of self-tapping screws would be as compared to normal screws. Does it fasten more strongly? I know, with most self-tapping screws, pre-drilling can be skipped. ...
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16x20 electrical wire run for shed

I am building a 16x20 shed for my woodworking projects. It is about 80 ft from house. I am attaching power to existing electrical panel on outside of house. What size wire do I need to run to shed? I ...
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How feasible is is it to build a house structure from different sources of free timber? [closed]

In my area in Europe there are regularly classified ads for free building materials, like old wood from roofs, which looks like this: Would it be feasible to gather my wood from multiple such sources ...
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Could a spade bit be used to widen an existing hole in a wooden cabinet?

The spade bit which I have is this one.
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How can I blend sanded cedar into the surrounding darker wood with a polyurethane finish?

I applied unfinished cedar tongue and groove wood, to my ceiling and I applied one coat of minwax fast drying clear polyurethane to it. I noticed that one of the sections turned a light grey and ...
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Sanding a Home Depot Stair Tread

I purchased a stair tread from Home Depot that I wanted to use as a window sill. I think it's red oak. I stained several already and the stain didn't come out as nicely as I would have hoped. There ...
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Alternatives to circular saw for cutting 2x6 wood?

I need to make straight cuts to several 2x6" pieces of wood and I don't have a circular saw. I was checking several stores and a decent circular saw costs over $70. What alternatives do I have for ...
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How to screw into “used” holes in wood?

I want to fix my gate latch. The problem is where the latch used to be nailed into gate door, there are now oversized holes in them because the fastening point failed and the nails came out. What's ...
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Not sure how to successfully drill these pieces

I'm trying to drill two pieces of wood similar to the angled pieces marked in blue. However, I'm not sure how to clamp these and can't drill them straight without the wood slipping. What's the best ...
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How would I join several pieces of thick plywood together?

Ok so this question is regarding my Design and Technology GCSE, I have 5 pieces of 15mm thick plywood. These pieces of plywood have no middle and need to join together to make a sort of box with ...
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Will filling gaps with epoxy in a new hardwood floor look ok?

I installed a floor made from locally produced, 3 1/4" hard maple. There are a few gaps under 1/16th of an inch that I don't like. I normally buy the best product for the application, but the stores ...
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Is my plan for mounting a child safety gate feasible?

As seen in picture below, this sliding kitchen door is not long enough in width. Red arrows indicate how much it falls short. I am thinking of drilling four holes and mounting with screws instead. ...
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Adding a sill to a Marvin Integrity window

*I'm sorry about the lengthy description. I'm photographically challenged at the moment. I went about installing a two side by side, double hung Marvin integrity windows. After doing that, my dad ...
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Need to fill in chair gaps

I have painted two slatted wood chairs white, (slats run horizontally). The slats are 1.5" wide and the gaps between are 1/2". I tried painting black stripes to imitate piano keys along the side edges....
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Drill Wood Block Before or After Finishing?

I have a butcher block made of birch. I need to put some wood inserts into it. Also, I want to drill a 2" through hole through it as well. My plan for the finish is a few coats of polycrylic ...
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Bullnose vs square edge stair treads

I've been looking around the internet, and I've seen quite a few stair renovations using common boards with a square edge rather than bull nose stair treads. Is there a difference between the two ...
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Should I use a hammer or a mallet when driving a chisel?

I'm planning to install a lock into a wooden door and I'll need to cut various holes for the lock body using a chisel. I'll need to use something like a hammer or a mallet to drive the chisel and I'm ...