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Burning smell on new miter saw - pre-installed blade

I bought a new Dewalt miter saw and every time I use it, there is a burning smell. I saw this question about a similar issue, but I don't think my problem is the speed at which I'm cutting or the ...
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How to sand, stain and seal wood filler in a knothole

I have this knot hole in the floor: I want to fill it with wood filler and then sand, stain and seal it. I have a few questions though: How do I find out what sealant was used before? I assume it ...
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DIY exterior door casing

I have a couple of solid wood door slabs and wanted to install them into a casing that is weatherstrip friendly. Split door jamb casings don't seem to be compatible with this design, so I figured I'd ...
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Floating workbench

I am planning on building a 2' deep floating workbench on both sides of my 2 1/2 car garage. My plan was to run a 2x4 the length of the wall 4' up from the floor. This would be screwed into each of ...
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What style of bench is this?

I saw this bench on Pinterest, I want to research around for plans on how to build it but I'm not sure what style or type of bench it is. Does anyone know? For convenience, below is the actual image.
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How do I fill in the holes in wooden window frames?

I drilled a few holes to window frames in my rented house hoping to setup a steel mosquito mesh with screws rather than small nails to be removed easily in the future. I hurriedly used a 3 mm drill ...
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Hand tools for cutting glued boards to size?

I'm a complete novice to woodworking - I have a few plans in mind (tables and such like) that involve gluing boards to make tops, sides and so forth. My idea is to glue boards to make panels larger ...
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Sanding, staining and varnishing wood, outside

I'm new to wood stuff in general and I want to build a mini closet, but my wife is pregnant, I was wondering if I can sand, stain, varnish, etc. outside and wait for the fumes to disperse and then put ...
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How to build a removable bench for a sit-in window?

I'm prepping for my next home improvement project and it's going to be building a custom bench to effectively create a sit-in window. It's really just a normal window but we have installed bookcases ...
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What type of saw should I use to raise the legs of my hearth woodwork?

I need to cut down about 4cm th legs of a wooden mantel since I have now fitted an elevated hearth. It is an odd cut and I am wondering if it would best doing it with an electric saw rather than a ...
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Is it safe to cut out my center stile in base cabinets?

I have annoying center stiles in all of my cabinets which make door openings about 10 inches wide. The cabinet itself is approximately 25.5 inches wide and holds up a granite countertop. I would like ...
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How to cut a 4x4 fence post lengthwise and at an angle?

I need to make lengthwise cuts down the entire length of an 8 foot long 4"x4" fence post like so: In that diagram the blue lines represent the cuts I need to make, and the purple areas are the areas ...
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How to calculate dead/live load on this 2x4 structure

Here is my general plan. These will be built in the corner of a room and each bay will have a lag into the wall's 2x4 including one in the adjacent wall. The idea is to build these 2x4 frames and ...
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Where can I get a threaded wooden/metal rod for an adjustable piano stool?

I want to make a height adjustable stool, like a piano stool, of the simple screw/rotate type, but I don't have a lathe (or anything like enough skill) to turn a thread in wood myself. Is there ...
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How can I make tongue and groove cuts with only a radial arm saw?

I'm pretty new to woodworking and I don't have a lot of tools. I'm working to make pieces to sell and buy more tools as I go. I don't own a table saw, but I do have a radial arm saw. Has anyone ever ...
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How do I get 3/8“ deep and 2” wide rabbet into 3/4" plywood with a handheld router

I am trying to get rabbet of sizable width 2" into 3/4" plywood. I was looking at rabbet bits and the depth (3/8") I need is not and issue but getting the width will be a challenge. The largest ...
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How do you get the board foot of special shapes

How do I calculate the board foot of different shapes other than squares and rectangles? To be more specific, I want to learn to calculate for trapezoids, triangles, cylinders. I dont know much about ...
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Difference wood and deck screws

I'm curious what the difference is between these two screws and when one should be used over the other. And are deck screws also referred to as construction screws? As far as I can tell by visually ...
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Cutting thick wood veneer on band saw?

Hey guys so this might be a stupid question but I am just a beginner, but can't I cut wood veneer on a band saw. I glued 5 sheets of wood veneer together to make it thicker and stronger, but it' ...
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Securely joining 2 4x4 pieces of wood [closed]

I have two 3-ft 4x4 pieces of wood and I would like to join them securely so that I have one 6-ft 4x4 piece of wood. What's the best way of doing this? Thanks.
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Best way to mount a wooden tabletop to a flat surface

I am in the process of building a new desk for myself. I have already built two drawers that will function as the legs of the desk, and I have the tabletop itself. Now, what would be the best way to ...
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How can I clean and smooth the finish on an old table?

I recently bought a second-hand coffee table and I'd would like to clean and smooth the existing finish. It's exactly same table as this, so I guess it's a copy of a common model. Below you see ...
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Ways to make table top removable from base/legs

I just finished my first wood project and it's a farmhouse table. I am going to be bringing this to college and I need a way to make the top removable from the base so it wont be so challenging to ...
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Is it safe to use pressure-treated wood for a workbench in my shed?

I have some leftover PT wood from building a platform for my shed. I'd like to use it to build a frame for a worktable that I can place inside that shed. It will stay dry in the shed, but the shed ...
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Are Record and Stanley brand smoothing plane blades interchangeable?

Need a new blade for an old RECORD 04 2" smoothing plane. Is there any significant difference between RECORD and STANLEY plane blades for similar size models STANLEY blades LOOK similar but I'm just ...
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How to make wood slats of slightly different lengths, all of the same length?

I am making a DIY dinner table, in the farmhouse table style as in this picture - So I got the wood slats that form the table top, cut out of a single long wood board, from the Home Depot. I asked ...
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DIY solid core door?

I need to construct a solid core door for the knee wall attic in our new room. Rather than purchasing a custom door, have people been successful in constructing a door from particleboard or MDF? I ...
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Flexible hose to connect to 2" PVC

I'm setting up a dust collection system in my woodshop. It has lines that I mounted to the wall of 2" outer diameter PVC. I'm trying to connect one end of it to a flexible hose to use as a hand vacuum....
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Can I resize a bench [closed]

I've finally found two identical bench's on an auction site that are almost perfect as I'm looking to create a breakfast nook In my kitchen that im doing up. Unfortunately just measured and one is ...
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Finishing with boiled linseed oil

I'm currently working on an oak table and I'm finishing it with boiled linseed oil is this a stand alone finish? I normally use a clear varnish but fancied trying something different. Will the linseed ...
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How do I separate wood stain from mineral spirits if it doesn't settle?

I'm completely new to the world of DIY, and recently completed my first minor woodworking project. After staining my piece, I cleaned my brush with mineral spirits. Now, every source that I can ...
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stair intersection design ideas

I currently have some angled stairs going from my garage into the home. To the left of these stairs is a closet that I'm going to take out to allow more open space in the garage. Directly to the right ...
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which is the best wood for a patio set?

Hi it is the first time for me to woodwork.. I would like to know which is the best and resistant wood to built a patio set. I'd like two chairs, small table and umbrella.
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how to cut multiple 2x4 to a same length with a circular saw

I need to cut three 2x4 pieces (about 2 feet) and their size should be exactly identical. What would be a good way for doing that with a circular saw? The articles I found recommend using a miter saw ...
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Mounting a window air conditioner on top of a sliding horizontal window

I need to install a window air conditioner in my master bedroom. However, the only suitable window there is a horizontal sliding window. To complicate things more, I need to place it on top, since my ...
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Saw recommendations [closed]

I am trying to get into more woodworking projects, but I'm not sure what saw I should use with my very limited experience. I want something versatile, to be able to cut pallets, or regular wood, ...
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Split ladder legs for child's playset

Last year I assembled a playground kit for my son and noticed the one leg on the ladder is splitting where the step boards were pre notched to fit into. The wood is basically pre stained red cedar. I ...
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How to patch a hole in stained wood (oak) so that the patch material matches the wood as close as possible?

I drilled a 1/2" hole into a stained oak board and I want to fill it so that it's as minimally noticeable as possible. Here are the three options I've found so far: Wood putty. This means I'd have ...
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tapering/mitering table legs on a table saw without someone helping

I have just built my tool to taper/miter wood on my tablesaw - I am making a library table and need to taper the legs. The tool works beautifully, BUT, when I get to almost the end, the piece I am ...
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How can I cut/route a small, straight slot through a piece of wood?

While I'd like to keep this question as generic as possible, I specifically want to cut a slot that's 1/2" long x 3/16" wide all the way through a piece of 3/8"-thick oak. My primary options are ...
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What kind of board can span 16 ft for a wall pergola

We are building a wall pergola that we want wisteria to grow on top of. The pergola will only come about 3.5-4 ft out from the wall (Edit: the columns themselves are less than 2ft from the wall). I ...
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What kind of wax to use on birch/pine wood?

So I am completely new to any kind of woodworking (as in this is the first thing I have attempted), and overall I am very newbie to doing stuff. So right now I have a birch wood panel, with 2 pine ...
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What kind of Extruded Aluminum sections to replace main wooden frame on this DIY project?

Please note, I am not asking or suggesting Aluminum for the horizontal rods/ dowels here. I am asking about the Vertical frame. Since suggested "Extruded Aluminum Section": Wondering if that will ...
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Finished, Beat Up Cherry Coffee Table

My wife and I bought a beautiful 3 x 5 ft cherry coffee table some time ago. I should have paid closer attention and realized that it was not finished with any sort of lacquer or urethane - the wood ...
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How to make a straight groove easily?

I have a project for which I need to cut a groove in 44x44mm wooden plank. The groove is supposed to be 15mm deep and about 3-4mm wide, as well as no less than 150mm long. It is supposed to be ...
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How do I fix bare spots on my table after applying polyurethane?

I polyurethaned my table and when it dried, it had spots. That is the best way to explain it. It looks like the eraser-sized spots are bare wood, almost like something made the polyurethane push away ...
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Does a router smooth edges significantly more than a jigsaw?

My first experiment with a jigsaw produced a nicely rounded shelf, but it's terribly rough. I am considering reducing the labor needed to properly sand it by getting another toy: a router. A nice side ...
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Is gluing table top planks better than using pocket hole screws?

I am learning furniture building. I started by building tables using pocket hole screws to attach the planks together and also to attach the table top to the apron/base. I am now converting to using ...
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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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Plans for building a simple swing set out of wood

I would like to build a simple A-frame style swing set, which obviously has to be safe while also accommodating up to two swings. Where can I find plans for building such a swing set?