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Should I tilt my DIY self-standing bookshelf backwards to prevent it falling down?

Use Screws Anyway If it was me, I would quietly ignore "I am not allowed to secure it using screws in the wall." We are talking about a couple of screws here, which would leave ~ 1/4" ...
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Bend wooden bedframe back into shape?

A pair of screen door turnbuckles would work well. Mount them from below with stout screws piloted into the wooden rails, one from the headboard and one from the footboard at 45° angles. Start with ...
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Should I tilt my DIY self-standing bookshelf backwards to prevent it falling down?

I haven't built anything into a recess like you describe so this is conjecture. If you're fitting it into a recess and it is encased on all 5 sides (ceiling, floor, left side, right side, back wall), ...
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Bend wooden bedframe back into shape?

For a slight bend (warp) like that you can try setting the board on blocks at its ends and weighting the middle. Overcompensate somewhat (weight to the point that it bends slightly the other way. Heat ...
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Should I tilt my DIY self-standing bookshelf backwards to prevent it falling down?

It is impossible for the bookshelf to rotate forwards and crush anyone, child or not, the way you have drawn it. For it to fall on someone (who pulled on it, or climbed it) it would have to rotate ...
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How do I identify and replace unusual screws?

A well-equipped hardware store will have a drawer with many common fasteners used in this type of flatpack furniture. I mean well-equipped. Home Depot is not a hardware store. ACE or better. ...
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Why is there open/deadspace under most wooden furniture

The main reason is that woodworking of old days, Joinery was more of an art than a mechanised given. The structure was designed to accommodate for wood settling and fluctuating due to weather ...
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How to put 5/8" oak dowels into holes which are just barely the right size?

Some 1/2" drills will allow the chuck to open to 5/8". If you can fit a dowel in the chuck, clamp it in the chuck, touch it to a file while the drill is running. Use the drill as a low tech lathe. ...
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two-part fastener for right-angle wood connections

Good question! These aree common on DIY furniture. It's a cross-dowel and bolt. One commercial name is a Veritas Knock-Down Fastener. A similar device, with a head to keep it level with a surface, is ...
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Changing loft bed's beam to diagonal braces?

I'm really concerned about the stability/safety of what you're proposing. The diagonals seem under-sized to me but even with heavier diagonals I don't think the bed verticals would hold up. A 12 year ...
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What is the name of this combination of screw and rotating metal piece that locks it?

That would be the cam lock nut and cam screw fastener. They are commonly found in DIY assembly products sold by various retailers including IKEA. According to a recent post I've read IKEA may be ...
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Changing loft bed's beam to diagonal braces?

The lateral support on your bed mostly comes from the two connections at the top creating what is called a moment connection (think of lifting a long stick with both hands). The middle members do ...
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Bend wooden bedframe back into shape?

As @Ecnerwal says in the 2nd part of their answer - Tie a bit of rope/twine/string to the hole on rail on both sides of the bed and use the twine to pull & prevent the sides from moving outward. (...
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Stuck building craftsman style coffee table

You're cutting a mortise. The classic method is to drill a succession of overlapping holes, using a bit that's approximately the width of your desired mortise. You then clean it up/square it up with ...
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Join two 2x4" so that screws are not visible?

There are a lot of ways you could go here. Conceal The Screws If you just make a simple butt joint like you have in your picture, you can do as @AlaskaMan says in the comments - countersink the ...
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How to put 5/8" oak dowels into holes which are just barely the right size?

Your best bet is to sand the ends of the dowels. A belt sander or disk sander however would not be the way to sand them. There would be way too big of chance of taking off too much or creating flat ...
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Should I tilt my DIY self-standing bookshelf backwards to prevent it falling down?

In order for a bookshelf to topple forwards, it is necessary to have some force applied to the structure. Typically, that force is gravity. Gravity will not usually push a bookshelf out of plumb, ...
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How would I go about identifying and matching this wood stain color?

Your best bet is to have Sherwin-Williams do a stain match. The only thing I suggest otherwise is that when they ask you the wood type, you reply to them that you have white pine as that is what the ...
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What is like a door, but with a groove and two holes?

Speculation: I'm going to go with it is the panel just behind the drivers seat in a RV that makes a bed and covers the battery and the generator, as it has a fire coating applied by either Almex or ...
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Wood Species to replace small bed frame piece

For strength, hardwood is far preferable to softwood. Most big box stores have pieces of oak, often in the stair parts section. If nothing else is available, poplar would be preferable to softwood ...
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Is spruce wood a good choice to make a bunk bed?

It seems like you are actually asking several questions here, so I'll break down my answer: Is spruce appropriate? short answer: yes. A softwood like spruce will be relatively inexpensive, and ...
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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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Need a hinge that pushes outwards as the door opens

I think this is as close as you are going to get, because of the width of your face-frame:
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Bend wooden bedframe back into shape?

I'm really amazed nobody suggested the fix I had to apply. My rails would tilt outward towards the bottom and fall off, so when I got married my father-in-law came in and screwed the slats to the bed ...
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How can I contain epoxy while it sets up?

I have built a few and I used casting resin. i got it from a fiberglass boat builder. it set up very fast but is self leveling. we let it drip off the sides and cleaned up the edges after it cured ...
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How can I get my Particle-Board Cabinet re-staining project looking more professional please?

Do what a professional would do - don't touch it when wet. Sand the affected areas with fine grit and re-stain, leave until it dries completely, then move, flip over and do the opposite side, etc. ...
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How do I stop my island from sliding across the floor?

There are a few options... You can remove the non-marring plastic feet provided by Ikea, and replace them with some rubber nail or screw on feet, or you can get rubber "caster cups" that the existing ...
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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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