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stair tread molding/nosing options

I'm a homeowner and renovating my 100 year old house. The old pine stair treads are broken in several places and extremely ugly, and so they must be replaced. We also decided to open up the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Can I use an electric plane to to smoothen large boards/planks?

I'm working as carpenter with a lot of recycled wood which I plane on a circular saw (Bosch GTS 10 XC) from both sides (in both senses) which has an acceptable result, but is never perfectly straight ...
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Connecting a 2x4 and 4x4 post

I am looking to build this table. The design is simple and I like the basic style. I do not have a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes to attach the 2x4 rails to the legs. How else could I secure these ...
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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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What's the right type of lumber to construct a small TV platform?

I'm buying a new TV, which will be my first flat-screen TV for the home theater. I currently have an old RPTV, and our center channel speaker rests on a stand that supports it on top of the TV. Since ...
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Can I straighten a 2x4 with just a planer?

I never used a planer before so forgive my newbie question. So if I have a bunch of rough 2x4's that have inconsistent sizes and may be a bit twisted, can I use an electric/cordless planer to make ...
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Outdoor Table - What type of wood

I will be building an outdoor table in the near future. It will probably be outside most if not all of the year (i'm in the midwest so it will get snowed on). Should I use pressure treated wood for ...
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What's the best way to create a wood elbow?

I want to make a curved rod out of wood. I basically want to create the wooden version of this metal rod: Here's another similar rod: I conducted some searches online, and it doesn't seem that wood ...
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How can I make table legs from planks to support a heavy table top?

I plan on building a 9' by 5' table top using solid wood. My material is limited to 4/4 lumber (1 inch thick) and 8/4 lumber (2 inches thick). The widths and lengths are random (I haven't bought the ...
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Gluing Table Aprons to Plywood Table Top

I'm building a tall, large standing desk and removable legs are required for this to fit through doors. I'm using pocket screws to attach the aprons (hardwood maple) the table top (birch veneer ...
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What technique could I use to re-color the doors, moulding, and cabinetry in my house?

Our house is nearly 10 years old, and we are starting to feel that the color scheme adopted by the people that built it is starting to feel outdated. As you can see in the pics, the flooring, doors, ...
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Good technique to trim 2mm or 1/16inch off 2x4 (without a drop saw)

Simple noob question: cutting 2x4's to length, need to make a tight fit (no two the exact same length) so often need to trim 1mm to 4mm (say 1/16 to 1/8th inch) off the end. Without a dropsaw or ...
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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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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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Storage Bench Possible with 3/4" Plywood/MDF?

Is it possible to make the storage bench below using only wood glue, screws, and 3/4-inch plywood or MDF? The only requirement is that it must support a 80lb kid sitting on it. 4.5" floor clearance ...
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Tooth Count for 6 1/2 inch Circular Saw Blades

Why are 60T and 80T finishing blades not available for smaller circular saws? Diablo makes 60T blades starting at 8-1/2 and DeWalt has 60T blades starting at 10in. Is this because the smaller ...
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How can I temporarily secure a wooden countertop to its base with limited cabinet access?

The title is a bit of a doozy, sorry. I'm repurposing an old counter I bought off Kijiji to turn it into a kitchen island / kegerator. The old cuonter top was some terrible, cheap, laminate-esque ...
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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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If I drill holes in a door, would I then at a later time be able to conceal them reasonably well?

I have an over-the-door organizer in my pantry. It's about 5 feet tall and composed of three joined sections. Problem is—since it has breaks on the vertical supports—it is wobbly. When I ...
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Pocket hole screws instead of screws

I've read much discussion stemming from people asking if screws can be used in place of pocket screws. However, I have the converse question: if a DIY plan calls for 2" screws, can I use 2" pocket ...
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French cleat mod?

Some background for my question: I have three 2x12x10 planks of stock lumber we already ran through a planer to get relatively smooth. They will be used for open shelving in our kitchen supported by ...
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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 square plywood using the 3-4-5 method?

I know about the square triangle 3-4-5, and I know how to use it get a 90° angle. But I can't think or understand how people use it (accurately) to get 90° on a big plywood sheet. The most "proper" ...
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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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How to shorten or replace this cabinet door?

I disassembled the cabinet over my fridge and shortened it to fit a taller fridge. It turned out well, about 4 inches shorter than before. But I'm at a loss about what to do with the two doors. I ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Can you create wood conditioner from DIY wood sealant?

I'm working on staining an old bookshelf, and I've worked on creating my own DIY wood stain and sealant (save money + no VOCs + Feels good). I created my own wood stain already by using steel wool and ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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 ...