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Fix puncture in Ikea Linmon table

Get a piece of ply bigger than the hole (at least 2 or 3 times the size and use it to spread the load. If the clamping side is also small then another spreader may be a good idea. There was a similar ...
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Asbestos in old furniture adhesive?

As I've posted before, the risks of asbestos exposure on a very infrequent basis in a residential setting are highly over-blown. The real risks were for construction workers (pipe insulators, HVAC ...
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How to improve this table stability?

The minimum would be diagonal bracing on back and side. +---+ | /| | / | |/ | +---+ Triangles resist lateral forces much better than rectangles do.
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Fix puncture in Ikea Linmon table

If you want to be slightly decorative you could try something like this... Start with an aluminum cake pan, maybe 8" diameter (or larger?) With a removable bottom; example: You only need the ...
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A type of compartment that rises out of a desk

Search for "Lift up" hinges. These will let you lift up a section of desk to reveal something underneath, but won't let you click in the desk to lift it up. For that, you'll want push ...
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How can I move a 500 lb wooden table top into my basement down a flight of stairs?

That is a big piece of wood. There are three obvious approaches: Get some professionals to do it. A grand piano weighs more than that (and is more awkwardly shaped). Professionals will have the ...
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IKEA table problem

Looks to me like you have a GALANT leg. From IKEA's website The legs shall be fitted on to the frame before the table top is put in place. If you only have the table and legs, you may not have ...
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A type of compartment that rises out of a desk

To hold it up there are cupboard door stays used in motorhomes/caravans (RVs etc.). Here (eBay) are some I've used. They're just a spring in a tube, and aren't all that string, but should do this ...
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How to improve this table stability?

You could add some very large steel L brackets to brace the legs and try to stiffen them a bit, but it would still be somewhat shakey. The "right" way to fix this is to use "cross bracing". The two ...
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How can I find the centre of a round table?

I think this technique using chords with 90 degree lines is probably the easiest to do because it involves standard construction tools and can compensate for inprecise measurements. You just need a ...
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Which varnish to choose for a first time job (desk)?

Since you'll be finishing the pieces in the building, lacquer is out. It stinks to high Heaven and unless you use a pre-catalized lacquer, it is prone to water stains such as condensation from a cold ...
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A type of compartment that rises out of a desk

There are purpose-built products out there that are designed to do this. Hard to show an example without it coming across as a recommendation, but you may want to explore something like this: Table ...
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Fix puncture in Ikea Linmon table

I know its not a fix as such, but its probably not worth going out your way to fix this issue, The desk in question is very cheap and a new top can be purchased for as a little as £6. https://www.ikea....
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The cheapest (in terms of efforts) way to mount mic stand to a table with slanted edges

A piece of a board between the clamp and the tabletop should work. If not sturdy, then drill a hole in the clamp arm and use a screw to secure the end of the board. You could also attach the board to ...
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What is the name of the hardware used to build this dinner console table?

They're called table slides or extension slides. They generally come in 2 versions - one for pedestal type tables (sometimes called equalizer slides) and one for traditionally legged tables. As far ...
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Fixing a bent bolt?

That should be a "hanger bolt", with screw threads on one end and bolt threads on the other. If it's really bent you could unscrew it from the leg and install a replacement.
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Build workbench against wall or free standing

If you have the space, a freestanding workbench away from the wall is a great thing to have. It is much easier to move your body around the bench and workpiece than to rotate the workpiece, ...
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How do I remove wobble from my DIY table?

Your table and legs and floor are turning into parallelograms. This is because the legs have no resistance against swinging on their mounts. I suspect that these legs are not designed to prevent ...
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Running 240v from two separate 120v receptacles

Don't hokey-doke this thing when it's so easy to do it right. You already have the right wires in the wall You already have a dedicated circuit for your table saw. I presume you don't plan on ...
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Is there any way to stop a low-profile desk from racking back and forth?

The "very minimalist look" is a bit too minimalist for boring old function. You may regret "living with it" when it fails and a hunk of rock lands on your foot (or other body part),...
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Fix puncture in Ikea Linmon table

Enlarge your hole to a minimal rectangle with square corners that meets the edge of the desk's frame. Cut a block of wood to match the indicated hole. Glue it to the wood frame (marked in green), and ...
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Wobbly desk with IKEA tabletop and IKEA legs

As it appears the 'wobble' is between the metal leg, the metal bracket, and the bolts provided, I'd say this wobble is due to IKEA's ahem rather wide tolerance specifications. In other words, ...
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I have a rectangular table. Can I cut it into 3 pieces to create a removable center leaf?

It is possible. Making good cuts is going to be the trickiest part. If you have a large table saw that can accommodate the table top that will give you the best results. Otherwise you can use a ...
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How to repair chipped glass

I agree that replacing with tempered glass is your best option. But if you want cheap, there are other options. I don't know about regular super glue or Krazy glue. It would probably work fine. ...
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How to improve this table stability?

Just in basic table design you are missing the horizontal supports right under your table top. The first three horizontal supports are not only too low, too thin, but they are also installed wrong. ...
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How can I find the centre of a round table?

If you know the radius, use your tape measure from a point on the edge to draw an arc at the radius of the table. Then choose another point 1/3 of the way round and repeat. Then the other third. ...
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Is an orbit sander preferable over a belt sander for tabletops?

Because of the different motions, a belt sander could cause a deeper "line" where the edge of the belt hits the wood, since you can only go back and forth with it, certainly not optimal. With an ...
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Any reason to get a table/countertop thicker than 1.5"?

Appearance and longevity. You can plane down the 3" one quite a few times, but it seems unlikely you'd be using cleavers on your desk. You might want to weigh the price difference between 6/4 and 7/4 ...
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When is a table top too heavy for just four legs?

Sure it's heavy, but it's also stiff, unless it's in terrible condition. You say 4' x 18" - if a typical bowling alley lane (even a "used up" one) it's also 2-1/2" - 4" thick - isn't it? Solid maple, ...
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Is 1/2" plywood sufficient in strength as a 40"x28" table top?

Is 1/2" plywood sufficient in strength as a table top 40"x28", given an appropriate support structure beneath? Absolutely. That being said, you want to make sure that your design incorporates ...
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