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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 ...
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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 ...