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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 ...
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Installing base cabinets - screwing to the wall and each other?

This weekend I'll be building a couple of base cabinets to replace some of the existing ones, which I assume are original to the house (circa 1960s). I consider myself handy but have never built ...
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How can I insert a hanger bolt into wood table leg?

I am attaching table legs to table top with Waddell Metal Table Straight Top Plate. How can I insert a 5/16-18 X 3 in Hanger Bolt into wood table leg?
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Drying and sanding cherry tree disc for coffee table

Last week I had an old cherry tree that was looking a bit worse for wear cut down in my garden. I asked the tree surgeon if he'd cut me a chunk so I could make a little coffee table/bedside table. ...
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How should I cut non standard angles, shapes and miters?

I want to make a doll house for my daughter. I want to copy a "lighthouse" dollhouse I saw in a glass case. It is half a decagon (5 sides) in shape. Open at the back for play. It is about 3 feet ...
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Plane board sides evenly before joining

I'm joining 4 rough-cut boards together to make a work table. There's about an inch of variation in width on each side of the board, so I have to plane the sides before gluing them together. How can ...
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How do I safely get glue off of wood that's to be stained?

I'm building a closet and I've just made doors for it. It's red oak wood with a rail & stile construction and raised panels. I was a little careless and some of the wood glue (Titebond) escaped ...
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Why is woodwork relatively meager in modern homes? [closed]

I notice that older houses tend to have much more massive and finely wrought woodwork than new homes. For example, here is a railing from an early 20th century house: Notice the elaborate paneling on ...
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Possible to do full wall paneling in modern construction?

I have been house shopping recently, and one property I looked at had really amazing full wall paneling and carved woodwork. Building was constructed about 1850. I was wondering about the feasibility ...
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When should I round over the edges leading to a miter joint?

I'm going to be joining 2 1x6" pieces of wood at a simple miter joint. However, I want the top edges to be rounded over. I'm planning to use my router and a round over bit to soften the edges, the ...
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How can I fit a board to another that isn't straight?

When I created this end cap I knew the floor was not level, but I only have the straight cut of my table saw. See the gap at the lower left? For future projects.... How could I have cut this so I ...
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How can I trim veneer edging?

I've been applying some adhesive-backed veneer to some shop cabinets just to get some practice since I've never done it before. Didn't have much trouble getting it on, but trimming it has been another ...
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Recommended screw fastener length

Is there an industry standard for recommended screw lengths to fasten to pieces of material together? For instance, if I need to fasten a piece of 3/4" plywood to a vertical brick wall, how long ...
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How to Determine the Correct Size of Beam to Support Suspended Planter

I am trying to plan a project that will look like this. The bottom piece will be secured down and won't be able to move. I'm trying to figure out what size of beam I will need to connect the bottom ...
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refinishing an old coffee table

I have never worked with wood before, and this is going to be my first DIY wood project. I did a significant amount of research, but still have questions as I don't want to damage a piece of furniture ...
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Found an old tool - What is it?

I found this with a bunch of other old tools. This is the only one I can't figure out what it is. I wonder if it's a home made tool for some unique purpose. Or maybe it was just for made for fun out ...
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Using pressure-treated wood to make a sandbox

I'd like to build an sandbox for my toddler children. I'd like it to be inexpensive and low-maintenance (no repeated annual sealing of wood, etc.), and it seems that pressure-treated (as opposed to ...
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Most reasonable way to raise desk by 4 inches

I have this desk, and I love it so far. It's a big desk and pretty sturdy for being extremely cheap and made of particle board. My problem with it is it being 4" shorter than my last desk, which I ...
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What types of businesses have tree roots available?

I'm looking for some tree roots to make some custom tap handles. I live in the middle of Portland, Oregon so I can't exactly go cut down a tree by myself. Do lumberyards sell them? Do tree-removal ...
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What materials can be used to prevent polyurethane glue from sticking to unwanter surfaces?

I am making some board and batten shutters and am using four 5-inch boards to assemble each shutter (each board is ¾ x 5). Since they are going to be outside the house and exposed to the elements,...
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Using Cedar Planks for shower ceiling

I have an old house that came with stained wooden planks for the lower bathroom shower ceiling. I recently tore down the ceiling in order to fix a drain leakage in the shower above. Now im looking to ...
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Mitre Circular Saw blades for cutting Oak floorboards

I have two different blades (which are almost new) for my mitre saw. One has 24 teeth, the other has 48 teeth. Which blade should I be using to cut oak floor boards?
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Router bit suitable for straight cuts in pine 1/2" deep; Dutchman door patch

I'm replacing Mortise locks with contemporary levers on solid wood doors in my apartment. The doors are pine, 1 3/4" thick. I've removed the Mortise locks, leaving behind two large holes and the ...
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How to securely attach a wooden plank to a wooden banister

I need to securely attach a wooden plank to a banister. The plank is temporary so I need a method that won't do permanent damage to the banister (I do not mind plugging holes and using touch up paint ...
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How can I plane a half inch off the rough surface of a wooden table top?

I have a 6'x 3' table made from old railway sleepers that is very pitted. I would like to remove approx 1/2" from the top to smooth the surface (we keep tipping over wine glasses!). Final surface ...
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Building a Workstation (Piano Keyboard) PC DESK with MDF

I am in the process of building a new desk. The table top will be about 175cm. There will be 2 simple shelf cabinet so one on each side. But in between the 2 cabinets, there will be another desk ...
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Permanently marking a table after finishing

I just finished building a patio table that has a satin spar varnish finish. It turned out well but now my wife is asking if there is a way for my boys to permanently write their names or initials on ...