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03-17-2011 04:32 AM

How do you decide if it's a good plan? - 7 replies

I found a book at my library’s bookstore with 2×4 outdoor furniture plans in it, and I bought it because it had some neat plans in it. I’m currently building the “lawn chairs,” and I’ve found several mistakes in the plans. On the backs, the supports were too short—they should have been 2 1/2” long...

03-12-2011 06:25 PM

Keep stripping out screws. What can I do? - 73 replies

OK….kiln dried 2×4 studs, 2 1/2” wood screws. I am drilling a pilot hole, but as soon as I get through the 1×4 to the 2x, the screw strips out. What gives? I’m building some lawn chairs for around my fire pit. These 2×4’s are making me crazy! Thank God for vise grips, but man! I just wanna screw! LOL...

01-12-2011 08:44 PM

Suggestions when you have no shop? - 30 replies

So I’m a newbie woodworker building furniture from dimensional lumber. I don’t have a garage, so I haul my tools outside to build. Not a huge deal when making cuts or sanding or finishing, but it’s a monstrous pain in my backside to put this stuff together and get it square. The ground is not level, so I basically end up car...

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