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48 days ago

Actual 1" lumber required? - 12 replies

I bought this futon plan. The plan calls for some lumber thicknesses that aren’t common. I don’t have a planer so I typically buy lumber that is s4s. I figure I can just swap in what I can buy off the shelf for the most part. However it specifies for one specific piece that the lumber must be 1 “to allow for the length of th...

51 days ago

Best type of wood for outdoor swing? - 6 replies

I’m trying to calculate how much it would cost to build an outdoor swing and stand similar to this. Because pressure treated is the cheapest type of lumber and I will need 4×4’s which can get pricey I was thinking of using PT for the stand. How long does pressure treated wood tend to last and is there a difference in quality ...

150 days ago

Do finishes expire? - 6 replies

I bought a quart of general finishes enduro var this past weekend from Woodcraft. On the bottom of the can it says 12 05 13 and made in the USA. Does that mean it expired in 2013 and I should return it?

274 days ago

Can someone explain plywood grades to me? - 3 replies

From what I see there seems to be ABC and D grades of plywood. But then I also see AB and BC and B/BB. And then some have numbers 1-4 also? A1, C2 etc… I tried googling this but didn’t find any definitive answers.

286 days ago

Is there such a thing as mid grade plywood? - 14 replies

Through google searches I’m trying to educate myself about plywood and what will work best for my purposes. I still don’t really know which is better…lumber vs veneer core and rotary vs plain sliced. So there is Home Depot Purebond ($40 for a 3/4” 4×8 sheet) which the overall consensus seems to be it’s crap. An...

345 days ago

Using non PT posts in ground? - 19 replies

I need to fence off my garden to keep the dogs out and I was given some 4×4 hardwood posts recently for free. I’m pretty sure that they are not pressure treated. I’m trying to do this as cheaply as possible but I would prefer that it last longer than a season. My solution to fencing it off would be to just attach some 2×2&#...

480 days ago

Dust Deputy vs Harbor Freight DC? - 13 replies

We have a small basement “workshop” with a table saw, router, sander and miter saw producing the most dust. Once in awhile we hook up things to a shopvac to collect dust but for the most part it just goes everywhere and we need to vacuum it up later. The dust is out of control so I really need to come up with some sort of dust collec...

501 days ago

Latex enamel vs oil and is poly needed? - 17 replies

When you are ready to enter the finishing stages of a project what are the pros and cons of oil paint vs latex enamel? Typically I use Zinsser Cover Stain oil primer and then a latex enamel paint. I have used both BM Waterborne Satin Impervo & SW ProClassic Acrylic Latex Enamel. My question is, should I do a couple of polycrylic coats over t...

581 days ago

Sealing Knots - 9 replies

I need to prime and paint some boards that have knots in them. I’m using dark paint, so I’m not sure if you will be able to tell if the knots bleed through? Through googling I have seen that the general consensus seems to be that in order to seal knots you need to use BIN primer or else they will bleed through. I have definitely s...

676 days ago

Best way to build plywood shelves with 1x2 trim? - 3 replies

Is there a common/best way to do this? I have included a picture, are these all acceptable methods? With A if you aren’t using any type of joinery method would you just use finish nails or a kreg jig? With B and C would you just glue and clamp?

737 days ago

Eastern Red Cedar for Outdoor project? - 6 replies

I would really like an arbor with an outdoor swing attached similar to this. I was thinking of using cedar since that seems to be a good outdoor wood. It doesn’t have to be clear and knot free since I will most likely paint, but painting rules out pressure treated lumber. I found this and the prices are great. I don’t know if that...

1130 days ago

Using MDF on an enclosed porch? - 7 replies

I’m planning on creating shaker style wainscoting for my porch and was thinking about using MDF because it would be cheaper than real wood and I will be painting it anyway. The porch is enclosed and basically another room in the house but it does not have heat or air conditioning and I do live in New England. The walls are insulated but th...

1222 days ago

Building drawer for pans, recommend drawer slides & is 1/2" bb sufficient? - 2 replies

I would like to create two drawers (similar to this) to fit inside a 30” base cabinet in my kitchen. The base cabinet is similar to this. From what I can tell the cabinet is made out of laminated particle board. There is a piece in the middle of the two doors which I would like to remove and am hoping is not structural in anyway. Can anyo...

1234 days ago

Is big box plywood okay for building furniture? - 22 replies

With the help of my boyfriend I’m planning on building a desk like this. When it comes to building things I would say that we are beginners. I’m not looking to build heirloom quality furniture, just trying to save some money. But I also don’t want it to fall apart or warp after we spend time and money building it. I have don...


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