Balsa wood

Is there a way to make balsa wood stronger? I was thinking I could put a layer of wood glue on it and let it soak in but I wanted to know what you all think.

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bending wood? Answered

 I am planning a project to build a wooden shield, and I need to know what the cheapest way to take a single sheet of balsa wood and bend it slightly and keep it like that. it will also have a design on it and I want it to look good. If you guys can help me in making it, the person with the best answer will be credited in the insructable. here is a reference picture. P.S. this is MY idea so if anyone posts an instructable on it, prepare for the gates of Hell to open.

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Favorite Wood

For woodcarvers and whittler's, what's your favorite type of wood to use? Personally, I like using Mahogany for it's nice reddish coloring, but I also use Basswood quite often.

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Painting Wood

I've got some wood that I'd like to paint over, but it's currently got a fair bit of paint on it. The current paint is in fairly good shape and is just a little dirty. The problem is that the paint doesn't run all the way to the edges of the wood and cuts short about 3 cm from the edge of the wood. The paint is also peeling towards the edges. The reverse side of the wood has a few crevices running along it(kind of looks like a turtle shell) as well as a few peg holes. My plan is to sand the front all over and try and smooth the edges of the paint where the paint is peeling. For the other side, I'm going to fill in the crevices and holes with wood putty and then sand over as well. Afterwords, I'll probably apply some dual paint/primer spray paint on top to give it a smooth finish. Now, I have a few questions: 1. Will the peeling edges be a problem when I paint over the wood? 2. Since the crevices are fairly shallow and smooth out pretty easily, will wood putty be a good choice for filling them? 3. Any problems with using a dual paint/primer? Or would it be better to use a separate primer and then paint? I've never really painted anything, and this is pretty much the first real craft project I'm working on, so any advice would be great. If you think it might be a better idea to remove the paint, any ideas you have on how to do it would be great too. I've attached some pictures from various angles. You can probably guess what I'm going to be making :). Thanks.

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Wood Cutting Question

HI, I need to fit wood in a pattern shown. I'm not sure exactly how to fit the boards, I'm looking for structural integrity and angles that aren't ridiculously  hard to cut.

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Copper inlayed wood

Hello, I'm new to working with wood, and I want to find a way to inlay pieces of copper into small pieces of wood. Can someone explain how I might do this. I want the copper pieces to be flush with the wood, and I like an element of spontaneity, so I'm wondering if its possible to pour molten copper into a crevice on a piece of wood. If it's not how can I at least get the piece of copper to stick into the wood? Thanks for any thoughts. 

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Wood Chest Renovation

Hi There I have a wooden chest that I was asked to restore. The chest is made of what appears normal pine, but it was painted over with a dark paint. The owner asked me to try and restore it to the original wood. My question is: 1. Obviously I would have to sand it, but what grit of sand paper do I use to get rid of the paint and to get the smooth surface? 2. What would be the best application after sanding, oil or varnish? The client is not a fan of a gloss finish so what would be the best option? Thanks Marcel

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'abstract' wood burning.

Not sure if this should be posted here, Outdoors or Square Pegs, but it's art related so I'll ask here. I once saw a how-to video, I am 90% sure is was on this site. but there is a chance it wasn't. I would like help finding it again. From what I remember, the person showing off had: a car battery, a long needle,  plank of wood and some chemical. the process I remember was (but may not be 100% accurate): 1. (s)he painted on a layer of chemical (or acids) on the wood 2. stabbed the needle on the wood 3. connected the battery to the needle 4. turned the battery on. it then made some elegant, fancy patterns, like a bare tree, or a lightning bolt. lots of 'branches' and paths were burned into the wood (without manual intervention. it was 'natral'). like a chemical reaction. if anyone has the name of this technique, or a video/instructable/guide, I would really appreciate a link. Thank! EDIT: solution found: it's called "Fractal Woodburning" (go on youtube for some videos). I should have known, I love fractials! you need: saline wood needles and a high-voltage power source. and patience.

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Wood burning stoves

Can anyone help me find a place or outlet for a mechanical  device that will open and close a flap on a wood burning stove for letting in  solid fuel into the burner ,this to be operated by a electrical or clockwork timer.Or a idea to make myself,

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Any crafts with wood blocks?

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How to dye wood chips ?

I have access to tons of wood chips I will use in the shrub beds.  What can I use to dye the chips with?  Will water colors work? 

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Infuse food coloring into wood

I made a vacuum chamber out off a mason jar, and attempted to infuse wood with food dye, using a brake bleeding vacuum pump.  The results were no better than if I painted the dye on.  All I got out of it was blue fingers (next time I will use rubber gloves). Anybody got any suggestions?

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Glowing wood and resin furniture

Can't get these glowing wood and resin chairs that Bright Woods showed off in Milan recently out of my head. I know that some glowing furniture wouldn't quite work in my house, but I really would love to make something like it. So instead I'm putting it out there to all of you. Please do something with this idea and post it here. Bright Woods’ Tables and Chairs Captivate with an Engaging Glow

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Help with wood coloring/finishing!?

Hey guys, Im working on a mini project to make some wooden keychains/items... the wood i start with is just some home depot paint mixing planks (unlimited supply lol), i cut them down to the size of a dog tag, sand them down and my plan is to stamp letters onto it with my letter stamping kit, the kind that punches into the wood, and give it to friends for fun, the result from stamping is really good (once i get my alignment right), but the problem is im not sure what is the best way to color the letters, i tried a marker, lets just say it didnt work too well lol, and im not really sure what i should be doing since this is a bit new to me also, once i finish it i plan to seal it in some protective coating so it doesnt get wet and get messed up, the wood is pretty soft as is. Not sure what i should use here either Thanks for the help and if u got cooler ideas i want to hear them too lol

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how to revive old wood? Answered

I want to use old planks that have been exposed to the weather for +20 years. the wood has no paint and no lacquer. i tried to step on 0,5 inch plank but it crushed like a toothpick. i am quite sure the wood isn't hardwood so it is even more fragile after so many years. should i revive it or forget about it?

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Using solder on wood or glass? Answered

I would like to decorate wooden frames or glass bottles with solder, and even add stones if possible. Does anyone know the materials needed and how to do this? Thank you.

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What to make of a wood plank?

I have a piece of plywood - 17.5"x7" (thickness- 0.5"). Any suggestions on what I can make out of it? I'm leaning towards using spray paint (black matte) and decoupage, since I have no access to power tools of any sort to work the wood. Any ideas would be great! Thanks in advance!

Question by chenoa28   |  last reply


How to seal photos on wood? Answered

Can anyone recommend a sealant suitable for sealing photos stuck to wood? I want it to be durable and wipable (it's for a food tray). It wouldn't have to seal the wood around the photo, just on top of an A3 photo. I *would* go down to the local DIY superstore and ask there, but a lot of their staff are monkeys, I'm sure you guys could give me a better answer :p

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Question about sanding wood

Anybody have a tip on how to sand smooth many small discs of wood? Rather than do it all by hand with sanding paper I mean… Is there a (cheap) sanding tool that I can purchase? Not something like the Dremel, Im thinking more about something with a flat sanding surface. Thanks anybody that will answer.

Topic by marcellahella   |  last reply


How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Thank you for your help. This question has been troubling me for years.

Question by jack.wh   |  last reply


what is the best way to print on wood?

I need to print words onto a small wood surface. I have many items i would like to do it on.

Question by tiggythegrey   |  last reply


Adhesive for gluing plastic bead on wood ?

What is great adhesive for gluing plastic beads on wood ? Epoxy glue? I also thinked super glue. I would like to glue plastic bead center of wooden pendant. Is anyone done this before?

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Amazing Wood Sculptures of Mechanical Items

Mike Rea makes amazing wooden sculptures of items that recreate the form and absolutely none of the function, but that doesn't stop them from being wonderful pieces to look at. Whether it's a set of musical instruments, a tank, a mech walker, or many other things, his work deserves a good look.Fecal Face (a great art site from SF) does a nice interview with loads of pics here.via Make

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Precision Fiberglass Wood Lettering Cuts

A couple three or four years back I used a retired surfboard to illuminate my house address numbers. Cutting the fiberglass was a nightmare; it splintered, cracked and was nothing remotely close to precise or clean. I ended up cutting an open area in the deck of the surfboard [section where you'd typically stand]. I then used a jigsaw to carve a design of wood with address numbers inside. As an artist, I wasn't impressed with the outcome, but many, many others who've seen it seem to love it. Including those who purchased the house at our previous address. At any rate, I've been commissioned to create another, similar project. SInce it's going to be for someone else I'd really like it to be perfect; especially since my name will be associated. My question is, what tools are available [reasonable cost not an option -few hundred dollars give or take] in order to cut precision alpha-numeric characters in fiberglass or 1/8 to 1/4 wood completely through? I'd like sharp, nearly 90 degree angle on the characters/numbers. I've already tried a scroll saw on the fiberglass with less than desirable results. And the edges and corners were nothing close to 90 angles. My number '5' looked like the letter 'S'. Any help from you guys will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. The original post which Caitlyns Dad addressed. The link to the images is no longer valid: https://www.instructables.com/community/Cutting-through-a-surfboard

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Vacuum cleaner as wood dust collection?

I was wondering if it is possible to use a vacuum cleaner as a form on wood dust collection in my workshop. What type of vacuum clearer would be the best for this, one with a bag, bagless, whatever. If this is possible, what precautions should be taken to ensure smooth operation of this setup. I'm worried about wood dust possibly clogging up the vacuum cleaner. Any help/ more info/ ideas/ would be great.

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Old ways of wood working and building.

I am into learning how to build furniture and structures in the way it was done in the past. I.E with out nails and with hand tools because I find that these old ways produce very high quality furnite, and because I like the rough look. Dose anyone know of any good books websites forums etc that talk about this kind of thing?

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Help with building a sphere made of wood.

I'm looking to build myself a globe but I'm having a little trouble. Most globes today have a single pivot that lets you rotate the globe along a single axis. I'm looking to build a globe/sphere that will allow you to rotate it 360 degrees in any direction. My grandpa used to have a globe that didn't have any pivots and that had a stand that you could place the sphere/globe on and you could rotate it anyway you wanted. I haven't been able to find anything close, and his got burnt down in a fire. I don't foresee the base being a problem, but I haven't really built any spherical shapes with wood as of yet and I am hoping you guys might have a few tips to help me on my way. I figure I should start with creating a skeleton of a sphere using at least three interlocking rings and go from there and see how sturdy it is. Any insight or tips are much appreciated.

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Cutting round wood. How do I square round wood for ripping into boards? Answered

I want to cut small logs into boards.

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what can a newbie to wood craft build? Answered

Im new to building stuff with wood it would be cool if it was quite modern easy flowing

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how can you tell what wood your furniture is made of ? Answered

Is it made out of oak or pine or cherry wood, how can you tell the difference?i bought a used coffee table and i can,t tell what wood it is made out of.

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What is the strongest (i.e split resistant, durable, toughest) wood commercially available? Answered

I am in the process of making a (hopefully) extremely durable walking staff... it is going to be used in very rocky and hilly terrain so I don't want it breaking on me. About where I put those parentheses earlier... should I have it as "a" or "an"? (random extra question brought on by wording or question)

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What can I do with a broken martial arts breaking board?

It's in two halves. I have a power drill, a screwdriver, straws, some screws and some nails, a hammer, etc. I am not willing to spend over $10, unless the idea is really good. I also could probably break it again into smaller pieces. Both halves are rectangles, and roughly twice as long as they are wide. One is slightly wider than the other. I think it's pine wood. I am not interested in stuff that is decorational, as I have a little too much of that. I really need ideas! Thanks, Dinoclor

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How can I cut wooden rods into special shapes (like a star) when viewed from the end? Answered

What is the best tool for doing this in quantity? I want to carve the so the entire cross-section is the desired shape.

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I got several boxes of scrap wood

I got several boxes of scrap wood for sale wood is in banna boxes might be good for crafts firewood etc asking 5.00 per boxs pick up only im located in the lebanon,pa area K_boltz2@comcast.net

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What is the best way to tile on a wood surface?

I have an older home with a built in wood linen cabinet in the hallway.  It has 2 doors on top and 2 doors on bottom for linens but the middle section is open.  Usually used to just set decorations on it.  It is painted white which continues to get scraped up.  It needs to have something done and I thought tile is the best.  I will only be putting decorations on it.  It is wood on all four sides with a small lip extending about an inch on the front of it.  Seems like I could tile it on all four sides much like a back-splash on a kitchen counter.  How could I do this so it looks great?  This will be my first tile job.

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Anyone Know About Green Wood Stains

I've been thinking about redoing a bass guitar and I was looking into different stains when I came across this environmentally friendly wood finishing stain.  So this stuff is hugely more expensive than most products out there and I really don't know much about it.  And there really isn't that much information on it so  I was hoping someone on here might have some experience using some of this stuff.  Would this stuff work better than the chemical stains or is it just more expensive because its organic?

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What is the best glue for attaching wood to metal?

The metal is a brushed copper pipe that will be fitted into a 15 inch groove in a poplar 2 by 6.

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Is there away to fill in these huge gaps in this wood frame?

I have this mirror that I like but it came with these huge overly sized lamps attached to it which I didn't particularly like and removed, which has left it with two large gaps in the frame. Is there a way to fill in these holes where I could possibly just paint over it so everything looks even or some sort of creative way to fill them in? here is what it looks like. front http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/Meghan_l_d/DIY/DSCN1239.jpg?t=1275868085 close up of gap http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/Meghan_l_d/DIY/DSCN1241.jpg?t=1275868112 back http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/Meghan_l_d/DIY/DSCN1242.jpg?t=1275868112

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Can you dye fabric with wood stain?

I'm just curious, i know it will stain it pretty much permanently (my pants found that out the hard way). but is it a way to acctually dye things? how well would it wash? anyone know?

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can u use regular lumber to make wood floors? Answered

I have pine stairs that were originally covered with carpet..we scratched on the idea of recarpetting, sanded and stained the pine..They look great, like they have been there for centuries...this makes me want to buy some lumber and make my own wood floors...dont know if it would expand and contract or what kind of lumber to use...might go check a lumber yard....my bedrooms are pretty small....hoping this is possible....

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Would it work to buy lumber and make my own wood floors?

I am thinking of buying some cheap lumber from a lumber yard nailing it into my floors and sanding it down ...wondering if that would be ok without the cost of buying real hardwood floors...My staircase is pine and loks awesome... our stairs are pine.  just sanded and stained and my staircase looks centuries old! it worked for them thinking that might work for my floors in my three small bedrooms....

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I need a wood project that is usefull but easy enough to make in one semester of school? Answered

I am a 14 year old and freshman in high school and need a project that i can make that i can use around the house alot and that i can do in about 2 months. Any sugestions and I need the plans for the sugestion. Thank you

Question by johnman45   |  last reply


How to make a plank floor out of wood pallets for a mobile home?

Need step-wise process on how to make a wood floor out of wood pallets for a mobilehome. I have a wood sub-floor?

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I need an idea for a furniture project at school

It needs to be made of wood and have some non-wood in it (glass, tile, metal) It can't be to big maybe a coffee table or a small desk Any ideas?

Question by mysterygirl154   |  last reply


wine rack

Hi, I don't have a ton of experience with wood, but I saw this wine rack http://www.kukhaven.com/wine-storage/wine-staff and want to build something similar.  Would a 4x4 work to make this out of or do I need a harder wood?  Also what would be the best way to attach it to the wall? Thanks

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Wooden Vespa

Vespas are pretty damn cool, but remake one entirely in wood? That's just amazing. What to do with a wooden Vespa? Ride it right along with a wooden motorcycle. Wooden Vespa Wooden Motorcyclevia bbgadgets

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Wooden free standing coat rack?

 This design appeared late last year or early this year. It was free standing and in the picture it was emerald green in color. I can't find it and I'm wanting to make a few. Help !!!!

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I need under washer and dryer drawers. How can I build them? Answered

I have a front loading washer and dryer which I would like to have storage drawers underneath. Is there an instructable for that?

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