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How to Remove Water Stains on Furniture

“How do I remove a large water stain from the dining room table top?” Submitted by: aldevita WWGOA Editor Response: Try this trick on how to remove water stains on furniutre…lay a dish cloth over the water mark and, with an iron on a low setting, iron over the dish cloth for 30 – 60… Read more

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Finish Application: Choosing the Right Wood Finish

“I am building a bedroom set out of quarter sawn oak. What would you recommend for this type of wood – varnish, lacquer, water or oil polyurethane base, or an oil rub finish? Can you please provide the pros and cons of each? Is there a brand you prefer?” Submitted by: Garyw WWGOA Editor Response:… Read more

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How to Flatten Plywood

“How can I flatten plywood? I am making some panels out of 1/2″ oak plywood. The panels are not completely flat and will not fit the grooves in the frame.” Submitted by: Mackym WWGOA Editor Response: This may not be a fixable problem, but you can try. One downside to plywood is its tendency to… Read more

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Paint Grade Wood

“I have a pattern for a library ladder but the wood they suggest is red oak. I want to paint the ladder to match the book shelves (white enamel). Is there a wood that is as strong as red oak that I wouldn’t have to waste money on since I’m going to paint it? It… Read more

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Cutting Square Holes

“What is the best piece of equipment you can buy to cut a square hole in a piece of wood and what is the best way to cut a square hole?–any size from 1/2″ to 2″ square?” Submitted by: rwhayes323 WWGOA Editor Response: There are many ways to cut a square hole. One method is… Read more

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Aligning Barrel Hinges

“What is the best way to line up a barrel hinge from the lid to the body of the project?” Submitted by: lvshilling WWGOA Editor Response: Try using dowel centers. These handy devices have a barrel that fits into a hole and a point that projects above the hole. Drill the barrel hinge holes in… Read more

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Removing Chalk Marks

“I recently built my daughter a book case with maple plywood. I made a homemade pegboard jig for drilling the shelf support hole. On this jig, I used blue chalk to mark the holes for drilling. Some of the chalk got on the maple. I brushed it away. Most of the chalk was brushed off…. Read more

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Framed Cabinets vs. European Style – Which to Build?

“I have just watched your third video. Now I would like some comments on the pros and cons of framed cabinets vs. the European style (non-framed) ones. How do I decide which to build?” Submitted by: warrenh WWGOA Editor Response: The main difference is appearance. My opinion is that face frame cabinets use less material,… Read more

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Optimizing Sheet Stock

“I am looking for a way to determine how to most efficiently cut work pieces from 4 x 8 plywood. Is there a service available on the Internet to help me optimize my sheet stock?” Submitted by: Maurie1 WWGOA Editor Response: What you’re looking for is called optimization software. With this type of software you… Read more

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How to Plane Small Pieces of Wood

“I’d like to plane some short pieces of 3/4″ x 1.515″ (approx) x 3.5″ long poplar. I am afraid the rollers won’t keep feeding the wood and I will get a large dwell mark, and I may possibly damage my new DV735 machine.” Submitted by: Jcoleman001 WWGOA Editor Response: You’re right. The limiting factor in… Read more

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