General Woodworking Technique

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Where to Get Free Woodworking Plans

These seven sites offer hundreds of detailed plans.

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Hardboard Information and Applications

This sturdy material offers versatile utility.

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Working with Reclaimed Lumber

These pieces can be very valuable.

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4 Basic Woodworking Skills You Can Master Fast

These techniques are necessary for most carpentry tasks.

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How To Make Money Selling DIY Projects

Make your hobby a profitable side hustle.

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How to Strengthen Wood Joints with Plates

Wood joints that have been attached with glue or nails over time become loose and need reinforcement.

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How to Cut Rabbet Joints

Rabbet joints, a commonly cut woodworking joint, are L-shaped joints used to finish wood pieces.

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How to Build Log Stairs

Log stairs are mostly seen in rural areas.

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10 Hacks for Customizing Furniture

Upgrade it with your personal crafty spin.

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Carpentry Tools Used by the Pros

Make your woodworking projects look more professional with the help of these tools.

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How to Find Vintage Wood

Strike it rich with these five sources.

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Build An Easy Space Saving Student Desk

Set up a simple spot for productivity.

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Applying Grain Filler Onto a Wood Surface

As you gain experience in working with wood you will no doubt discover more about the characteristics of wood, including the wood surface, how to cut it, smooth it, glue it, and nail it. One of your discoveries might be about the wood grain, about when you'll need to fill the grain, and how to fill it.

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Buildng Custom Wood Tables for Your Kitchen

Building custom wood tables for your kitchen is inexpensive and you can easily do it yourself. It is not a difficult job and anyone can build one regardless of experience and skills. You can have a beautiful custom wood table built that will last for generations. Customize the wood tables you want to

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Building a Custom Wood Bathtub

A great way to dress up your bathroom is to customize your exiting tub, making it look like a custom wood bathtub. Basic carpentry skills and a few tools will accomplish this upgrade in a weekend. Choose any water resistant wood you like: maple however, is an economical choice. You could have stain custom

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How to Make a Wooden Pull Toy

Although making your own wooden pull toy will require skills above novice wood worker, with the proper tools, this is a moderately easy project. These instructions are for creating a train pull toy with each car having a letter of your child's name. Tools and Materials Needed: Scroll saw and #5 reverse

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How to Make a Wooden Chess Board

Gifting a hand-made wooden chess board is great piece of gift to chess enthusiastic. This project does not require you be a master woodworker. Choose any hardwood, just be sure that the woods you choose complement each other. Tools and Materials Needed: 1 by 2 by 14 inches Walnut lumber 1 by 2 by 14

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How should I design a granite fireplace surround?

Design your granite fireplace surround in tandem with your overall room décor. Granite is an igneous rock, and its natural grainy texture provides a dramatic counterpoint to fire. Depending upon the style of your house and room, you could opt for a chic modern look with polished granite or an old world

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Can I add a stone fireplace surround to my electric fireplace?

A stone fireplace surround can be added to an electric fireplace to add a touch of drama to your room. Electric fireplaces are popular because they do not burn wood to create heat. There is no soot or grime to necessitate regular cleaning of the fireplace, nor is heat resistance a requirement. Since

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Install a Chair Rail with Wainscoating

Install a chair rail with wainscoting and transform the look of any room. Chair rails were originally intended to protect dining room walls from chairs that could be backed up into them. Now, people are adding a chair rail for more than just protection. With so many styles to choose from, a once protective

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How to Even out the Color on Badly Stained Wood

There is a remedy to badly stained wood: you have to start from the beginning and re-stain. It may sound a bit laborious, but it is the only way to correct uneven stain color on wood. Tools and Materials Acetone stripper 200-grit sandpaper 400-grit sanding block Stain Cotton cloth Sealer Paintbrush

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How to Dry Newly Stained Wood Furniture

If you've ever been curious about how to properly dry newly stained wood furniture, you'll be pleased to learn that it's actually a very simple process. Below are the steps you will be required to take in order to successfully dry your stained wood furniture. Tools for the Job Gloves Paper breathing

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2 Tips for Staining Wood Using Natural Dyes

Staining wood with natural dyes is both environmentally friendly and a good alternative to using store-bought paints or wood stains. Using natural stains, there is less clean-up and less hazard of breathing in harsh fumes from some wood stains. The process can actually be done with pigments found in

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Maintaining Your Zebrawood Furniture

If you’re in search of a unique wood for household furniture, zebrawood is an excellent choice. The exotic wood from the African tropical forests consists of alternate dark and brown stripes, which creates a uniquely attractive pattern. Dark stripes normally range from brown to black. The light stripes

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Tips to Paint Oak Veneer

If you are planning to paint oak veneer, there are a few tips you should follow for good results. Veneer is a thin sheet of wood that is applied to a cheaper wood, to give it the appearance of a better grade of wood. It is applied with glue and rolled on and sometimes heated. Tip 1: Sand and Prime Since

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How to Stain Oak Veneer

Oak veneer is used to give an appearance of oak wood. Staining the veneer also gives the product an expensive look. Oak veneer is present in many varieties and a home owner can choose the variety which suits his house the best. Stain comes in many different natural colors such as coffee and red, and

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How to Rip Cut Plywood Sheets

Rip cutting plywood sheets is a tricky job and can be a little bit problematic if not done following the procedure accurately. The first problem that often crops up during making a rip cut on a sheet of plywood involves feeding the cumbersome and heavy sheet of the ply through a saw. Once this problem

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Easy Ways to Cut Crown Molding for Corners

You might want a simple method to cut crown molding perfectly, so that it fits over the tricky corners of your ceilings where they meet the walls. By following a few easy tips, you can cut the moldings of the corners without much trouble, and give it a tidy look. Doing it yourself helps cut down on expenses

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Make Signs from Reclaimed Scrap Wood

5 signs from 8 feet of scrap.

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13 Must-Have Woodworking Supplies

Ready to stock your woodworking shop, but not sure where to start? Here's a few suggestions to get you going.

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How to Increase Arc Welding Aluminum Strength

Follow these tips to get a strong aluminum weld.

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Building a Custom Wood Jewelry Box

Make one for yourself or as a gift for someone special.

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Aging Wood: Make the New Look Old

Aged wood gives a great look to many projects.

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How to Make Shadowboxes

They're a simple way to display your favorite trinkets.

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Wood Furniture Design: Making a Head Board

Create a head board and hone your woodworking skills.

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How To Fasten to Plaster Board Walls

Lightweight Object or Pictures Extremely lightweight objects can be supported with a piece of tape

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Divide & Conquer: Building Walls with Barbara K!

Dividing up space is much easier and less expensive than you might think. Creating walls offer the most

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Close-grained Wood

Close-grained wood, also called fine-grained wood, is any wood in which the annual rings in the wood

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A Guide to Painting Wood Fireplace Mantels

If your home has a gorgeous wood mantel over your fireplace, be sure to keep it that way with regular spruce ups.

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What to Do when Stained Wood Starts to Bleed

There are practical solutions to prevent bleeding on stained wood. Below are the important steps on how to do it. Clean the stained wood first with a wet rag and warm water. Remove dirt and grease. Apply slight sandpapering if wood contains varnish. Then wipe clean. Using your paint brush, apply an

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3 Reasons to Use Only Natural Dyes when Staining Wood

Time and use can affect the physical appearance of wood, but if you want to maintain the quality of wood furniture, staining the wood is the practical solution. In doing this, it would be an advantage if you use natural dyes in the process. There are 3 good reasons for staining wood with natural dyes.

How to Age Wood for a Rustic Look

Get the look of old material without the wait!

How to Make Tongue and Groove Boards

With growing interest in woodworking and home improvement projects centered around wood flooring, learning how to make tongue and groove boards continues to intrigue people interested in Do It Yourself projects.

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How to Build a Desk with 1 Plywood Sheet

With just one sheet, you can make a beautiful study desk.

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How to Install Molding on a Fireplace

Follow these steps to install molding on a fireplace.