WOOD Answered

Ok, so im 12 (i dont want too hear "oh your too young blah blah blah" i love to work with my hand but i never can get all of the materials and just quit does anyone have an idea what i could make that i could actually finish? i like to play with wood?

Asked by Pfarmkid 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Wood vinegar and wood alcohol.

I've recently been doing research about how to make my own charcoal and I found that as a by-product that either wood vinegar or wood alcohol is made. One of the pages I found in looking for information was https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Wood-Gas-Wood-Alcohol/ and it led me to believe that what is produced i alcohol, but more research seemed to say it was actually wood vinegar that was produced. The problem is that Everything I've found is conflicting as to which it is that is produced. My understanding is that the two substances aren't the same, but that there is some methanol in wood vinegar. What I want to know is which it is that is produced, and if it's wood vinegar, can it be converted to wood alcohol, or burned as it is. 

Posted by MadcatTLX 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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.

Posted by Pat Sowers 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Wood working

I want to know what wood working tools i shuld have and what bran

Asked by patricksilly1 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Wood Pliers

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Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Free wood?

I'm planning on building a tree house so I need good quality wood but for free or as cheap as possible. Any ideas?

Asked by Tom Buckey 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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.

Asked by Iridium7 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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.

Posted by LoneWolf 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Wood rings

How can I find new videos on making wood rings? Thank Jerry

Posted by JerryM4 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Wood boiler

How to make

Asked by bowling01 8 months ago


Waterproofing wood

I have painted an outdoor wooden table top. I need to waterproof it. Last summer, at the advice of my sister, I used spar varnish. That did not work in that the top layer of my table completely peeled up from winter rain/snow/ice. How do I waterproof the table?

Asked by myrabowen 10 months ago


Polyurathane on wood floors

Going to be refinishing some wood floors.  Sanding off all the old finish, then applying an oil based stain, and finaly polyurathane.  My question is can you use a water based polyurathane over an oil based stain?  If so, how long do I have to let the stain dry before applying the polyurathane?

Posted by etcmn 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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

Posted by Temple Works 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


preserving wood outside? Answered

I just scrounged a big round slab of a tree from a firewood seller. It is still green and about 32" across and 8" thick. My question is, how can I make it last a long time out in the weather all the time. I am using it as a knife and axe throwing target. I don't really want to spend a lot of money putting expensive varnish or wood preservatives on it! Any cheap recipes out there? Thanks, Triumphman.

Asked by triumphman 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Reclaimed Wood in NYC?

Does anyone have information on getting reclaimed wood in NYC? I'm looking to do some projects with old wood but it seems like you have to order a lot of it to get it delivered. Are there any places that will let you just get a couple of pieces? If there are other people in the city that are also interested what about pooling our resources and ordering a bunch of reclaimed wood? I may be able to supply some storage space for it to be delivered and for while we sort it out amongst ourselves. Thanks!

Posted by drocko 11 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How to dry wood?

I've picked up a horse-chestnut branch, 2-3 inches thick. It's fairly fresh (I think kids climbed the tree & snapped it off). Without specialist equipment, what's the best way to dry it out (season it?) without it splitting and cracking? It's currently standing in the corner of my shed.

Asked by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Wood working help?

To make this question as short as possible, I'll get straight to the point. I am making a replica of a weapon from a game from wood, however the blade is quite large. Its a kind of battleaxe (see picture below) however I'm having a hard time finding a way to get quite a big piece of wood to slope to a point like a blade would. So basically I want to make a large piece of wood into a long wedge shape but I cant figure out how to do it. As you can see in the picture, using the hand on the handle for size reference, it is quite a large blade. The tools I have in my workshop are: A table saw, a band saw, a scroll saw, mitre saw, drills, handsaws, and chisels. (these are the only tools I think would come in handy, I do not have any tools such as a belt sander, though I do have an orbital sander if that helps) Any help it appreciated! Thanks.

Asked by Hiyadudez 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Glueing acrylic to wood?

Evening all, I have recently been contemplating throwing together something of a monitor mount. I am currently contemplating whether it would be possible to finish a wood box by attaching a plasticy black surface(plastic, acrylic or what have you) to it. At this stage I am motivated by wanting a black plastic finish that will go with my monitors while at the same time attaching a vesa mount to wood seems like it would be more sturdy than an entirely acrylic box. So long story short, would a sheet of acrylic glue nicely onto a sheet of wood with some sort of epoxy?

Posted by PetahOsiris 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


'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.

Posted by tidb1t 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Wood varnish questions

I want to varnish this birch plywood platform to keep it as waterproof and UV resistant as possible but also keep it as close to it's original pale birch colour as possible. i've never varnished anything before so i've been googling for answers and i'm getting some conflicting information, i've been looking at different clear outdoor varnishes and most claim to protect against UV light and not leave a yellow tint but most reviews say otherwise and some general varnishing info articles claim that clear varnish can't protect against UV at all and i'd need a dark stain which i really don't want. so what can i do to protect the wood against the elements and maintain the colour as much as possible? can i combine varnish with other stuff? i found some clear 'marine varnish' is this heavier duty than normal wood varnish or something?is there an alternative to varnish that will have a similar effect?if i need to modify the platform later, cutting bits out or drilling new holes is it ok to just apply another layer of varnish to reseal it or will it need preparing in some way or some additional step?

Posted by ambientvoid 6 months ago  |  last reply 6 months ago


wood and fiberglass cars

Hi i was just wondering when people make those awsome cars out of wod and fiberglass how do they get the shapes of the wood right?

Asked by ~OMEGA~ 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


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,

Posted by Stanwebb10 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Forge using wood?

I'm building a brake drum forge, and coal obviously is the fuel of choice. I understand some guys use lump charcoal which they say works well, because anthracite or bituminous coal is hard to come by in some places-- like where I live. Has anyone used just plain, good old fashioned wood? Or has anyone tried wood pellets? In my area, pellets are 10% of the price of either coal or lump charcoal. I have hundreds of trees on my ranch and I use wood for heating my log cabin. With a good air supply, will Douglas fir, other conifers, or even pellets get hot enough for forging? I'm sure wood was used in bygone times in places where there was no coal, but is it a good forging fuel? Does anyone have experience (good or bad) forging with wood? THANKS!!

Asked by HenryFrapp 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Wood Stove Ashes?

We have a wood stove, it produces ashes. Some of the ashes contain nails, so puting them on the driveway is not an option. We get 3 to 4 feet of snow. We know water and ashes make lie, so would not want to ruin any of our flowers or garden. How can we get rid of ashes in a green way

Asked by emit 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Cutting gaps in wood?

Alright, so I have this plank of wood, it's been sitting in my backyard for a long time, so I figured I'd do something with it. I cut a piece off and the dimensions are about 3.5" long, 2.75" wide, and 5/8" thick. I want to know (because I can't think of a way) if there's a way to cut a gap in the wood so I could put something inside with minimal cutting. It's really hard for me to explain, so you might need to check the pictures. I was thinking about using my Dremel, but I still don't know how that would work out. I have lots of wood to waste, so any ideas would help. Thanks!

Posted by Bran 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Wood molding casting

Need some ideas:I have an antique wooden chest of drawers. Most of the wooden molding around the top and bottom is long gone, BUT I do have two original sample pieces. They are a pretty intricate design and there is no way I'll find anything like them today. So I thought I'd make a mold and cast some to replace the missing wooden strips. I smeared up the thin wood strips with Vaseline and pressed them into plaster of parís. Well the mold turned out fine, but now I am struggling with what to use for a casting material. I tried plaster of parís, it was to fragile. I tried painters caulk, but it was too flexible and looked like heck. Thought about mixing sawdust and glue, but am pretty sure the texture will be wrong and grainy. It needs to be stain-able so I can make it look like it's wood and semi rigid so I can get it out of the mold. Any suggestions??

Asked by john043 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Advice on a wood project

I am looking for some innovative ideas along the lines of the normal Mail sorter / holder / bill organizer. But I need to have it more efficient than a 3 slot wooden bin hung on the wall or sat on the table. All ideas will be considered....this is a home use project so I can get my financial life back in some kind of symmetry, or more organized at least. What we have now:

Posted by Goodhart 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


how much wood would an undead wood chuck chuck? Answered

Just wondering

Asked by pyra_builder_1337 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


A swell trick with a nail in wood.

Originally via Boing Boing, original video by Stevin Marin:

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


wood lathe by sears-dunlap ? Answered

I have a old Dunlap wood lathe model 103 - 0602. would like to have a live tail shaft for it . or is this possible. any help would be helpful. Thanks Roger.

Asked by 3wood3 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


wood shop project ideas??

So for my shop class i have to make a project using wood and whatever else i want but idk what to do i wanna do something video game related so suggestions please !(no weapons) shields allowed

Asked by Pinion Props 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to dye wood chips?

I have a very large shrub bed and access to several tons of wood chips. I need to see if anyone has an idea how I can dye the chips without buying commercial dyes. Can water color work?

Asked by opc167 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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? 

Asked by opc167 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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?

Posted by WazIt 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


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

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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

Asked by holymolys 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


bending wood for bike basket

So I've found this bike basket (http://bentbasket.com/) I really like but I don't feel like spending 100$ on it.  I was thinking about building it myself but I have no idea how to bend wood like that in two directions Any idea on how to bend wood like that would be appreciated ;)

Posted by blacky94 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How UV resistant is wood? Answered

I'm making a USB solar charger intended to last 20 years. It will have no batteries inside, just a voltage reg and a zener diode. The solar cells will be wired together under glass, not epoxy (for better lifespan). I want the frame to be made of wood, but how long will that last in direct sunlight? This solar charger will contain no plastics, polymers, or resins...so my only choice for a frame is glass and wood. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! -Nepheron PS. I chose wood because it is very opaque, and I reasoned that it may be fairly UV resistant... But IDK.

Asked by nepheron 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to stick wood and metal ? Answered

I want to stick a wooden piece to a motor shaft I am not getting what glue or matrial to use. Please Help Thanx in advance

Asked by Bot1398 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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.

Asked by jsvans 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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!

Asked by chenoa28 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Fuse Sheet Plastic to Wood

Not long ago, someone was lookin for solution to waterproofin wood box. Can't find it at the moment. Maybe someone else can find that thread. My experiment: Hot clothes iron                          [][][][][] 4 layers paper towel              ------------------                                                   ----------------                                                    ----------------                                                    ------------------- 1 layer wax paper                    ____________ 2 layers clear plastic tarp        ============== Block of 2x4                             [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[] The layers of plastic fused pretty strongly together.  Bond to the wood was moderately weak. This could be done with multiple layers, and only  the lowest layer stapled to wood. Thus achieving strong bond to wood, yet no leak at staples since only 1 layer is punctured.

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago


Wood bench sizes&diagram

Hi! I want to built a bench like the following: http://passim.co.il/picllery_files/garden_bench_1.jpg  someone can send me sizes or diagram of something similar or even link to toturial that made something like this?  thanks!

Posted by sgamil 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Laser etching photos on wood

I am using an epilog 40 watt laser to etch photos of animals on 4 x 6 pieces of wood such as cherry, maple, and bamboo. In the final product the image lacks luster and the "wow" look I am wanting.  If anyone had advice as to improving the processing and post processing, please let me know.  If I need to apply a coating in post processing, please recommend one.  I tried Olde English but wicking became an issue and the image became too dark.   Any advice will be appreciated!

Posted by mjones0731 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Electoplating wood. CHEMISTRY QUESTIONS!

Hello guys, Thanks alot for reading. I don't know much about chemistry outside of my one high school class. We electroplated a penny. I have a 1.5ish square-foot piece of wood, and i am wanting to CHROME IT.... chrome paint kits cost hundreds of dollars, and i've before seen chrome-plated wood.. and i want to replicate the results. [img]http://www.eastcoastpowdercoating.com/liquid%20chrome%20guitar.jpg[/img]I'm looking for a cost effective alternative to expensive chrome kits (+300 dollars for a pint)In theory.... my method would involve somehow plating the guitar with some sort of metallic based paint, then submerging it in a chrome bath. [b]IS THIS POSSIBLE??[/b]Is there a metal chemical that can somehow be applied evenly to the entire surface of the wood? (i.e. paint?)What, and how much of the specific chemicals do i need, and where can i find them?I really want this to be mirrored. Thanks so much for your responses to my problem:P

Posted by punx777 10 years ago


A Supercar Made Entriely of Wood

Joe Harmon, a product designer, wanted to show that wood isn't a past's material and that it can be used for high precision engineering. So with a couple of friends and a dog, he's buidling a supercar made entirely of wood (oubvisoulsy not the engine). They even made some of the tools they're using, like a loom to weave the wooden composite!" We aren't really all about mission statements around here; too often, they are phoney and superfluous. That said, here is ours. We are building a high-performance, mid-engined supercar from wood composites as a graduate project at North Carolina State University. Wood will be used whereever possible, including the chassis, body, and large percentages of the suspension components and wheels. The car has a target weight of 2500lbs and a power goal of over 600 horsepower. We aren't trying to sell anything; we aren't trying to save the world, and we aren't advocating that everyone should drive a wooden car. This project is a scholastic endeavour in which are simply trying to explore materials, learn, teach, share ideas, and stimulate creativity. This section details who we are and what we are doing. We hope you enjoy checking out what we are working on. "Joe Harmon DesignFlickr Photostream

Posted by lordofthedonuts 10 years ago


Wood Stove feeding radiators

Hi, I'm hear again with a completely different question. Again, any help is greatly appreciated :) I installed a wood stove last year, and I'd like to install a coil to heat water and circulate it through my existing radiator loop. I was wondering if I could do it as in the image, I would install a new pump to circulate the water. I have a combination boiler, but I'm sure that doesn't really matter. The green circles in the diagram are to illustrate taps, that way I can close off the boiler when I have the stove on and vice versa.

Posted by dimmaz88 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What are the dimensions of pallet wood? Answered

Yes, I've searched. Also, I don't mean what are the dimensions of the pallets in general, I mean the wooden planks they're made of. PS: I realize it may vary. Estimates are OK. I'm mainly worried about thickness. Thanks for any help.

Asked by travw 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Wrapping wood in carbon fibre.

Hi, After cutting my own wooden lacrosse shaft using the tutorial on Instructables, it snapped within half an hour of use. Now I know this was because the grain was pretty poor and it was not a strong wood, but someone suggested that I wrap a shaft in carbon fiber so that it is slightly stronger, limits horizontal movement and reduces denting. I just have a few questions about trying this; Would this carbon fiber be appropriate for the project. http://compositeenvisions.com/raw-fabric-cloth-2/carbon-fiber-97/carbon-fiber-fabric-plain-weave-3k-5-7oz-tape-605.html if not where should I look? The biggest problem I see is somehow packing the carbon tight around the shaft so there are no bubbles and it is consistently straight all the way down the shaft, there is a vacuum packing basics tutorial on instructables but I'm not sure if you could use that for a lacrosse shaft. Instead of making my own bag as per tutorial would just a plain bag (http://compositeenvisions.com/vacuum-infusion-equipment-71/nylon-vacuum-bagging-film-500.html) be fine then clamp off the unneeded extra, although are those bags re usable? Because I don't want to have to pay $5 USD every time I would like to wrap something. I saw something called bleeder cloth as well, would this be needed to stop excess resin sticking to the shaft? When it comes to the carbon, I know someone who sails a lot and has some experience with carbon fiber but none with vacuum packing who said I should lay it up like the image attached to decrease horizontal movement while allowing vertical flex. Would this have the desired affect as if this is successful I plan to make a ton more for a high school team I help coach. I've attached a image to give you some idea of what I'm talking about. Then for the actual laying of the carbon itself, a shaft is not a flat surface so you can't just pour it on like the Youtube video's I've found. I'm not sure how to pull this off. Then afterwards, is there a simple way to test the properties of the shaft; specifically flex and impact strength. Because even if I don't end up wrapping the shafts I still need to test the wood to compare it to alloy. Sorry about the small essay, but I would really like to give this a good shot. Because shipping shafts from the states is quite expensive, being able to make my own and then put graphics on them would be amazing.

Posted by Thatkiwiguy 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Fire wood burn time

So I'll be camping in a State Park where you must bring your own wood. Does anyone know the burn time of firewood? We're burning pine and this is something I've never had to consider, as I've normally camped where you can cut your own wood from dead/fell trees... As we have a rather intense upstream kayak journey to get to our campground, we're trying to take "just enough" but not too little :) Thanks :)

Posted by trebuchet03 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago