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    Ipe table top question

    Hi guys I have a few leftover lengths of Ipe decking and I'd like to make a table top from them for an outside table. The Ipe is 21mm thick and in 140mm wide pieces. I've attached a rough sketch. My plan is to rip the pieces down to make them approx 70mm wide. I'll then make a frame shown in...
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    Leaking timber front door - how to fix?

    Hi there Our timber front door leaks when it rain, specifically around 1 side of the fielded panel. I'm surprised it leaks as it seems well made and there are 2 hidden drainage slots in the bottom bead. Attached to the rebate in the door is a 2mm thick black gasket, which I guess is supposed...
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    Plywood desk - what about the edges?

    Hi guys I need to make a work desk for the missus. I already have an old frame so it's just the top I need. She's quite happy to see the edge laminations. If I use 18mm Malayan are the laminations likely to stay intact or should I be looking at marine grade? Thinking to finish with OSMO or...
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    Ipe Decking splits after two days

    Hi guys Bought some Ipe decking two months ago and stored out outside covered with ply to keep rain off. When I recieved it I measured moisture content at about 13%. Started laying it on Friday and have noticed small hairline splits already - photos attached. The install site is a south facing...
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    summerhouse made from telegraph poles

    Hi all Later this year I'm going to make this summerhouse I have a load of long thick telegraph poles that were installed in someone's garden as an assault course/climbing frame. They are very old and smell slightly of creosote albeit you cannot see it. The timber is softwood - not...
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    What do you know about a hardwood called Balau?

    Hi All Not really a "Workshop" project but as you are all wood experts I thought this would be a good place to ask. About to start a large decking project and really wanted to use Ipe (a.k.a Brazilian Walnut) boards as its beautiful and very tough. However there seems to be a big shortage of...
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    How to get smooth Eggshell finish on MDF doors

    Hi all Have just made some wardrobes for a loft bedroom. The doors my dad wanted are very plain modern looking modern - see image My parents have chosen a Dulux trade eggshell paint they really like. I've test painted it on a piece of MDF and the results are dissapointing as there's a lot...
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    finish for oak flooring

    Hi all I use Osma hardwax oil for finishing most furniture projects I make but I've never used it on flooring before. I need to lay some new oak flooring in our dining room and am considering getting some unfinished or oiled and finishing it with Osma. My question is - has anyone used this...
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    attic wadrobes carcasses - how to make angled cuts?

    Hi all I'm building some melamine faced carcases for my attic bedroom. I'm not sure how to make some of the angled cuts. When I build rectangular carcases my procedure is this; (1) rip panel 6mm wider than need - this always results in chipped cuts (2) trim edge of panels with router cutter...
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    wardrobe project - doors rub when I open them

    Hi all Attached are two photos of some wardrobes I made. They look good but when I open a door the hinged stile rubs against the hinged stile of the door adjacent to it. The gap between all the doors is 2mm. The hinges are full overlay. What can I do to stop this problem? Have I used...
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    Bedroom wardrobe doors advice please

    Hi all I need to make a load of doors for some fitted wardrobe carcases. The doors will be nothing fancy, two rails, two stiles and a piece of obscured glass in the middle. The timber will be painted white. They'll be 2.3m high, 400mm wide. The bottom rail will 150 wide and the top rail and...
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    fitting front door frame - correct way to seal cill

    Hi guys I've got a front door frame to fit for my dad and I just want to check on the correct detailing where the frame threshold meets the sub cill. The frame has a flush cill, i.e it doesn't protude past the frame itself and there is no drip groove. The granite sub cill is at dpc level...
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    does external wood shrink or expand in the winter?

    Hi all I'd really like to understand better how weather/seasons effects the width of wood that is outside. I know inside a house wood decreases across its width in the winter due to drier air/less humidity and increases across its width in the summer due to more humidity in the atmosphere...
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    Tongue and groove soffit project

    Hi all Next week I'll be fitting some external T & G soffits for our roof. Its 15x95mm softwood which will be knotted, primed, and undercoated with Dulux Weatherseal 8-year on both sides. My question is about how tight to make the T & G joint. If I push the tongue all the way into the groove...
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    front door project - to laminate or not?

    Hi all I need to make a new front door, frame + sidelight for our extension. I have a question about the construction of the door. It will be made from Sapele and will be 44mm thick. It will have a painted finish. I'm wondering if to make the rails and stiles from 2inch flatsawn timber or if...
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    Rotting soffits and facias - bad wood or bad paint?

    Hi all I'm doing some major refurbishments at my dad's home and one of the thing I need to do is to replace all the rotten/rotting/peeling soffits and facias. They are painted softwood. My dad wants me to replace them with PVC but I keep telling him that it will look....... well...
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    Old 1970s construction timber - was it treated back then?

    Hi all I'm doing a loft conversion on our place, first job is to remove the old floor joists and rafters. Some I can use for collar ties for the new roof but I'm thinking about using the rest for firewood in our house - should be pretty dry by now!! The house was built in the 70s. I don't burn...
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    which variety of wood is this?

    Hi all Been cutting a load of pallets up for my xmas fire store. I came across this wood which I've never seen before. as you can see its a kind of salmon colour. Initially I thought it might be treated with something? but the colour goes all the way through. Treated softwood is normally...
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    stair project - which book will help me?

    Hi all I've gonna be building a staircase for a loft conversion at home. Its a few months away but I'd like to start reading about now. Anyone know of a good book on building stairs?? there's this US one on amazon...
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    Advice on bent laminations please

    Hi all I need to make some slats for this chair They will be vertical and will go from the rear rail to crest rail. The will have the same contour/curve as the rear legs. Each slat will be about 20mm thick by about 25mm wide. I've never done any bent laminations before so I'm not sure how...
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