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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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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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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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Floating desk strength

Previous owner's home-built brackets? I would not risk it. Maybe if you replaced the wooden brackets with fully triangulated steel brackets of known load capacity sufficient for the loading. Aquarium ...
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How to use pocket hole screws for material thickness of more than 1.5 inches?

IF you can get long enough screws with suitable heads, which Kreg may not offer, the table should extend along straight lines. Note that all of this is adjusting to try to keep the screw connection in ...
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How to use pocket hole screws for material thickness of more than 1.5 inches?

It really depends on what it is that you're trying to connect together. We'd need to know more about what you're building to answer fully. Here are a couple things to keep in mind: The "material ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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Extending Rotted Feet of Swing Set 4x4s

You were on the right track. Cut the rotted part of the timbers off and a bit of the intact wood to join new post material using lap joints. This is a very strong joint. The idea here is to cut 1/2 ...
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How should I fit casing to a door with sidelights having differing head heights?

I think that there are two good ways to make this look right and professional. What you definitely don't want is odd shapes on the perimeter or oddly oblique angles in your miters*. Steer clear of ...
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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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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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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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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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Should the gaps around the door casing be filled?

If it is an interior door - the answer is no. Leave it as. If it is an exterior door then yes for sure you should you should fill the cracks with insulation. For anything big enough - over 1/4" ...
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Fitted Cupboard With Angles - How To Prevent Tops Of Doors Catching When Opening?

Is the problem that the rear corner or rear face of the door collides with the face (or the front edge) of the cabinet box? Concealed hinges are adjustable for the gap between the door and the ...
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