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Can I resize a bench

If the benches that you have are indeed the Norden style of benches from IKEA like this: Then it would be possible to shorten them slightly by cutting an equal amount off of each end if the bench top....
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Can anyone tell me what kind of hinge this is?

I know it as a butler's tray hinge, or drop-leaf hinge.
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Suggestion on deck frame joinery

Given that you don't have joist hangers, the solution seems clear to me. Set your three posts under three beams. Lay your joists across the beams. ...
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How can I join two pieces of wood at 90 degrees?

How do I connect [1x4 wood] together at 90 degrees while maintaining a solid connection? If you can obtain a hand-saw (e.g. tenon-saw/back-saw), some sandpaper and some wood glue, you can make lap-...
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Slide-out tray fence with only a drill

Some table leg brackets and screws should be all you need, besides the rails which makes no difference in this concept. Using table leg brackets will allow you to fasten and sandwich the pieces of ...
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Is there a good way to fill a pocket hole in a finished piece of wood?

There are many ways to fill the holes. Here's a good link that shows a comparison of what the results look like for six different methods: http://fixthisbuildthat.com/6-ways-to-plug-fill-pocket-holes-...
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Straighten and strengthen this joint?

That railing is probably fastened to posts on both to the left and right of your picture. One scheme to shore up the existing railing would be to come up from underneath the existing railing with a ...
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Suggestion on deck frame joinery

Go to the library and check out a book on building decks. There are commonly accepted specifications and construction methods for decks, and a good book will walk you through the design and building ...
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How would I join several pieces of thick plywood together?

Glue and clamp to laminate the plywood together. Just be careful to make sure all the pieces are all well aligned and clamped evenly - use additional wood top and bottom to spread the clamping force ...
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When half laping two 6x6s, what is the optimal length and ratio?

In a "half" lap joint, the thickness should always be half of the material for the most strength. You're reducing the strength of the board because you're removing thickness, and the joint will only ...
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Any tricks to extend laminate floor without having to re-lay the whole floor?

Well you are lucky because of those patio doors. What do I expect to see by patio doors - TILE! So: Go out and find some faux travertine (or the real stuff) tile. It looks like you need some 12"...
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Is gluing table top planks better than using pocket hole screws?

A properly glued panel will be significantly stronger than a panel that is joined only with pocket screws. That being said, pocket screws can still be useful to eliminate the need for clamps while ...
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How can I join two pieces of wood at 90 degrees?

I would just drill pilot holes and screw it together, you don't need to do fancy cuts in the wood. If you need extra stability, put in a diagonal (diagonal cuts all the way across a board are much ...
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Name of accessory to hold rope together?

Rope clamp. A rope crimping sleeve also performs the same task.
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What wood joint can I use to connect railing members over a post?

You have a couple things going on here, so let's clarify: There's no joint that makes anything "stronger" here if you're using adequately-sized railings and appropriate fasteners to begin with. You ...
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Hold several 2x4s together for tabletop?

Really the only reliable way to hold boards together to make a top is to use some type of perpendicular board to attach them to like in this traditional picnic table: This type of top will normally ...
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Small post and beam project sanity check

Can I use your canoe rack to drive my quad up and work on it? That is a bit over built but will be rock solid. Make your cuts tight when using pegs everything is a friction fit but you have it well ...
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How can I join 20“x20”x1" panels into a one-end-open box?

Build a frame with tracks for the filters to slide into. Use U channel for the tracks. Get 4 60.75" pieces of 0.5x1x0.5 U channel and cut notches in the sides at 20.25" and 40.5" Fold ...
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How can I connect floating 2x6 wall plates to 4x4 posts?

You could add PT 2x4 to each side of the 4x4 post cut to the length between your 2x6 top/bottom trim boards, then screw your 2x6s into the end-grain of the 2x4s. This would give you a 90° screw ...
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Suggestion on deck frame joinery

How about adding an option (5). The thinking is to evenly distribute the floor load to the edge beams, so the edge beams will be stressed less and deflect less than a concentrated load from the ...
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How can I join two pieces of wood at 90 degrees?

Which way is the 90 degrees connection going? ie are the pieces of wood in the same plane (a flat joint)? If they are, you could use a use a half-lap joint (or perhaps a mitre). Or are the pieces ...
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Biscuit, dowel or simple braces for making unit top with inset lid and slim sides?

Honestly for solid wood boards (hardwood in your case) just applying wood glue and clamping would provide more than sufficient strength to hold the weight of a cat. Simple glue joints are used to make ...
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Biscuit, dowel or simple braces for making unit top with inset lid and slim sides?

Part of it depends on what material you're using for the top. If it's hardwood or plywood, a good quality wood glue and biscuits / dowels / pocket screws will likely hold it together just fine. If it'...
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Sash window design / security - parting bead vulnerable to attack?

Being in the security trade, I can tell you that burglars are smart. It doesnt really matter if they know about that particular shortcoming or not. The main element to theft is speed. It will simply ...
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Is gluing table top planks better than using pocket hole screws?

Why not both? I have built cabinet doors where the rails and styles were attached to each other using glue and pocket screws. I left the center inserts free floating. The doors swelled and shrunk ...
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I need a neat solution for lifting a floor boarded trap door

You are looking for t-nuts These would work with your removable eye-bolts Personally I would use the marine flush lifting handles, but they are more work to fit.
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Warp resistance of joined 1x lumber

You are always smart to join two narrower boards to achiever a shelf width rather than purchase the full width in one piece. The joined boards are far less inclined to warp. It is necessary to joint ...
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Hold several 2x4s together for tabletop?

Standard PVA wood workers glue - the yellow stuff, not white Elmer's like you ate used for grade-school craft projects, applied very liberally and clamped very tightly will create a bond that's ...
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Can I reinforce a beam by cutting the rotten part away and adding an extra piece instead?

I think you have several options depending on how the roof is framed. There is some missing info so I’ll make some assumptions and you tell me if I’m wrong. Option #1: Patch in wood. If the roof ...
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Home climbing wall - does this design look structurally sound?

the bottom wall needs a diagonal brace to its top from the bottom of the middle stud. I'd put the top blue bearer as close to the top as practical, and use a double one there. I'd put something across ...
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