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How can I build a two-legged table?

I am building a rectangular coffee table and want to build it with two legs The table top will be 120cm x 100cm (approx 47x39inches). The table height will be 40cm (approx. 16 inches) the idea is ...
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Are there any advantages to using s-clips for attaching a table top instead of a right angle bracket?

I'm looking to build the "Simple, Sturdy Workbench" from Getting Started in Woodworking, Season 2 - http://www.startwoodworking.com/getting-started. The design attaches the bench top to the frame ...
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What tools should I use for hand carving and whittling?

I have been hand-carving hunting bows (ie: simple selfbows, straight backed bows, steamed static recurve tips, etc) for a couple years. I used to do all of my carving with a set of nice drawknives and ...
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How do I tune a Bandsaw so the blade doesn't drift?

I just bought a 9-inch Delta bandsaw and I know there are some things you have to do to get it tuned right so the blade doesn't drift etc., but I have no idea what those are. What are some tips I ...
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What finish could be applied to a wood project with paper on top to seal and preserve the paper without discoloration or damage

The goal is to finish a handmade box (slightly curved top and bottom) with hinged lid covered with stamps. Without getting into the yak shaving of stamp adhesives, is there a material that can be used ...
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Paint/stain used for wooden planter?

I built a large planter using untreated wood. Before pouring the potting soil into the planter, I have to paint the the planter with something that will protect it from the soil, the humidity, etc. I ...
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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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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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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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Non-sanding solution to get old pen markings out of wood?

My wife and I have a toddler who is ready to graduate to a big boy bed, and her parent's handed us down a twin bed that they've had in storage for years (woo hoo). The problem with it is that someone ...
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How can I prevent my dining table from tilting?

I am building a dining table similar to this one - The problem, if you apply some pressure, the opposite ends lift up. In fact, that box underneath itself lifts up. One way is to add a big plate ...
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Why did my third coat of polyurethane finish “buckle”?

I'm refinishing a table I built about 10 years ago. I put 2 layers of gloss polyurethane down and sanded between coats. All was fine at this point. I gave it another light sanding and put a third ...
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How do I make this Raspberry Pi box?

I found this gorgeous laser-cut box on Amazon for my Raspberry Pi, and wondered how I could possibly make one of these myself. Can someone help me?
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How do I determine the thickness of wood needed for a desk?

I would like to make some furniture. It'll hold my computer, some books and still need to be strong enough to hold the weight of me leaning on it etc. How to I calculate what thickness of wood is ...
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How plausible (and how hard) is it to modify a billy bookcase to fit a gable-end corner, floor-to-ceiling, with an impinging 45deg roof

I'd like to build a fitted bookcase into the corner of a gable end, such as in this mockup. Excuse the poor attempt, I've never used SketchUp before. Obviously they should show shelves/dividers etc ...
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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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Why Does Butcher Block Countertop Need To Be Sealed Within 48 Hours?

I just bought a birch butcher block countertop from Home Depot. The instructions (https://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pdfImages/71/71b1d057-7ed6-4336-a063-fb816fb7110c.pdf) states that "the butcher ...
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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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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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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 do I remove the carbon brush holders from my HD 77 Skil saw?

How do I remove carbon brush holders from a Skil Saw model HD-77 ? I have removed the set screws from the casing that retain the brush holders. The The motor casing is split to view the holders ...
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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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Can I use paint stripper in my basement workshop?

I am looking to refinish a pool table that I purchased. Since it is winter and too cold to do it in my garage, I would like to do it in my basement workshop but I'm worried about the fumes. I have ...
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What is the difference between a lacquer polish and a varnish

I have got this bottle of wood polish (an Indian brand called sheenlac). I also later got Varnish (PU). Are both required to be applied after sanding or just the wood polish would do ?
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What is the purpose of the crown in the middle of a router mounting plate?

I purchased a router table mounting plate to go inside a custom made table. The insert includes some crown in the middle of the plate. The height of the crown is roughly 0.030". At fist I thought ...
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Best way to create a simple and economic steam machine for steaming wood?

I want to build a simple steam machine for steaming wood to bend. To do this I must place the wood into a sealed PVC pipe and pump steam into it. The PVC pipe part is the easiest part. Producing ...
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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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How important is the scoop cut in a drop-in joint?

I've been reading up on joints, particularly drop-in joints. Some of the drawings have a curved cut on the underside leading up to the tenon, sometimes labeled a "scoop cut". Curves make construction ...
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Can a drywall screwdriver be used as a regular power screwdriver?

I will be buying (or renting) a drywall screwdriver, I want to save a bit and have a tool that can be used for woodworking later, can it be used? Is it too low torque (I guess it is about 7 Nm) for ...
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How do I clean reclaimed wood from construction?

I'm building a house (brick, cement and concrete) and I have a big pile of wood used for beam and pillar molds. How can I properly clean cement off wood? I think it should be very damaging to blades ...
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How can I build an insert on a desk that adjusts the height of a sewing machine?

I'd like to take my executive desk ( now sewing table) and cut out a piece of it to use as a support for my sewing machine. I want the sewing machine support able to lower the machine to table height, ...
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Do hinge screws become more tight-fitting over time once installed?

I've noted newly installed hinge screws can be replaced more easily if replacement is within days after fitting. If left for weeks or more, they become considerably harder to remove due to friction. ...
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How do I get 2x6 and up pine, or a close alternative, in California?

I am building ana white style farmhouse tables with planked tops. Most people that I see building these online are using 2x pine. It is cheap and drier than some wood. Here in Northern California, the ...
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Repurposing Old Subfloor Planks [closed]

I am pulling up my old subfloor (my house was built in 1928) in the attic which consists of tongue and groove wooden planks. Any ideas for repurposing them as a wood working project?
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Woodworking workflow

I'm totally new to woodworking (cabinetry, to be specific), and need verification that I'm going about this in the correct order, from a high level. This is what I have in mind for a general workflow....
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Is it safe to use barn wood indoors for furniture, trim, walls and ceilings?

I am renovating a farm house built in the late 1800's. I am planning on tearing down the barn from the same era and using some of the wood to finish trim etc. I believe the moisture content is good 7 ...
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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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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 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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How to put polyurethane on wood, one side at a time

I am working on an acrylic-painted game board and am starting to put polyurethane on it to get a high gloss finish. But being that it is a game board, I think it needs to be put on one layer at a time ...
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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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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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Possible to flatten warped wood?

I have two sections of 3x12" wood that have been out in the weather for a few years and are now bowed across the 12" width of the wood. The dip is pretty severe, maybe 1/2 an inch? It seems like ...
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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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What is the best way to level a tree log?

I'm making an end table/floor lamp from a 3 ft cut log. What's going to be the easiest or best way to level the bottom and top of this piece? I thought about throwing it up on some saw horses and ...
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Fix wobbly storage shelf

I just built this storage rack for my basement out of 2x4s and plywood. It is relatively stable but does have some front to back wobble. More than I would like. Is there a way to increase 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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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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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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How do I make bevel cuts to form a ring with 2x4's?

I want to make a round wishing well. I have 12 2x4's @1'h. What degree of bevel do I need so they fit into a tight circle?

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