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How do you bond clear acrylic to wood?

I am trying to glue a piece of clear acrylic 2mm thick to a piece of plywood that is 5mm thick. They are both 76mm by 50mm and rectangular in shape. They have some cutouts in the middle. It's supposed ...
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Should I stain wood then use acrylic or vice versa?

I am creating a wooden gaming board and would like to stain the wood as well as paint an acrylic decoration on it. Can I stain the wood first, paint with acrylics, then put a sealer coat on it or will ...
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What kind of glue to make a magnet adhere to wood?

I've had these two small wooden heart magnets given to me a year ago, but over time, both hearts have fallen off their magnets. They seem to be attached by a thing sheet of some kind of clear glue ...
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What type of glue will work well on wood and metal?

As per this question I'm needing to glue a wood veneer inlay into a metal bracelet, but don't know what type of glue to use. I have a tube of Gorilla Glue, which I know is suitable for wood - should ...
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How can I safely cut pieces off a small wooden cube?

I would like to make some small wooden cuboctahedron, that is something of this shape: They should be about 2cm high. So, my idea is to take a long wooden piece (2cm x 2cm x 200cm) and cut some small ...
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Is regular "wood glue" suitable for lighter woods (e.g. balsa)?

My daughter's dollhouse, after years of fairly rough use by many enthusiastic children, needs some fixing up. In particular, the staircase has split in half. Luckily it's a clean break, and I should ...
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What kind of bamboo should I use for making a Chinese fan?

I've started making a functional fan, and I was wondering what kind of wood or bamboo (I prefer bamboo) I should use to make the body of the fan. I kinda searched around using words like "thin", but ...
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Photo transfer on wood

Does anyone know if its possible to do a photo transfer (using a laser printed photo) to wood without mod podge or using something cheaper. I want to do some transfers for my cub scout den but it ...
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what rubber to buy for wooden wheels

I'm building toy strollers for my girls. I'm planning on using solid wood wheels and I would like to attach rubber tread. I was hoping to buy a roll of rubber tread, maybe with a slot or something to ...
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Acrylic paint on wood: how to make it "glow" after the painting is already done

My cousin has already used acrylic paint on wood to produce paintings such as these: But his paintings are not "glowing", i.e. they don't have bright colors. He asked me how to make them ...
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What are good methods to attach glass to wood?

I'm a woodworker and I really like turning. While I've made some beautiful goblets on my lathe, I'm always a little leery about recommending them for actual drinking. On top of that many of them do ...
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Oops! Rubber cement on wood cleanup?

My son was making a birdhouse. He asked if he could use the rubber cement (Elmer's), and I said it was okay. I didn't know he was going to use our dining room table as his workspace. Everything ...
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Possible to model Viking longboat with Popsicle sticks?

I bought 100 normal popsicle sticks with the idea that I could submerge them in almost boiling water to model them into a viking ship. Before I give it a shot, is there anything I should be aware of? ...
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How to prepare and carry out drawing line art on a tree round?

Our business is an outdoor children's nursery and we thought it'd be nice to make a sign with our logo on a large tree round rather than printed on plastic, since it better reflects the outdoor/...
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How to avoid / deal with rough edges after painting plywood?

I want to make a plywood owl lamp similar to this one. After sawing the pieces and polishing them, I tried painting them using watercolours. The colour looks good, but the wood has become rough on the ...
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How can I paint 1000 wooden balls that are 1" each?

I'm developing a board game that requires 92 balls that are 1" diameter each. The cheapest balls I've found this size are wood. (I'm skipping Durofoam / Styrofoam because I want them to have some ...
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How to deal with the burnt edges of laser cut MDF?

I'm making a Hanabi set out of laser cut MDF. When you laser MDF it has a burnt cut edge. This can be sanded off, however the tiles are supposed to be indistinguishable from one side, and I'm ...
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Restoring a wooden box with metal inlay

I have a couple of small wooden boxes with metal inlay that I would like to restore. The wood was originally black and the metal silver in colour, but the black has faded and the metal has corroded. ...
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Aligning multi-color woodblock print?

I know how the registration of wood blocks works in the Japanese-style wood block printing method (put registration marks on the block to align the paper: see this YouTube channel). Since the ...
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Attaching a piece of wood to a necklace without drilling

I would like to attach a rectangular piece of wood (without drilling through the wood) to a string to make a necklace. The piece of wood should be attached with a knot to its extremity, and hang ...
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Wood used for Christmas Colored Flame Yule Logs?

What type of wood and its' thickness would be get the best results for making Christmas colored flame yule logs? I would like to try and make colored flamed yule logs this year. What type of wood ...
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High accuracy transfer of cutting blueprint onto plywood

I'm looking to cut a bunch of interlocking pieces from plywood. As a cheaper alternative to laser cutting (I've got a quote for 90 bucks) I'm exploring my options to do this by hand. What would be ...
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How can I attach casters to a 1/4" plywood board when I only have access to one side?

I built a prop that consists of a box with casters on the bottom. The bottom of the box is 1/4" plywood. The casters are attached with machine screws; the nut and top of the screw are hidden by fabric ...
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What is the best way to apply felt to wood?

I have multiple projects I am working on that are mounted on pieces of wood. I was planning on putting felt on the back of the wood so that they do not scratch the wall when they are hung or mounted ...
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How do I replace a rotten wood base to a plaster statue?

I have a religious statue that I would like to repair. Unfortunately, it has been stored in a VERY damp basement, and its wooden base, underneath the plaster, is rotten, causing the plaster feet of ...
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Paint choices for updating outdoor Christmas figures that are wood

My husband brought home some Christmas figures in 2019 after his Dad died. There are 12 of them, and they are choirboys singing and holding candles (the final one is a really little boy running to ...
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Soldering iron to make holes in sticks?

I am making hamster toys and equipment. I have successfully used a soldering iron to make holes in plastic and cardboard. My question is, can I use it to make holes in small sticks? (As in small ...
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How do I cut a popsicle stick lengthwise?

Need to do this for my art project. I tried using a normal wire cutter but the wood just doesnt break
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What method is used to achieve this look?

I would like to know what method is used to create those grooves in the wood? Someone has an idea? More images here : Link
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Can these tree trunks be used for a small table?

The other day I found these two sections of a tree trunk in the street. So I'm wondering, can they be prepared to be used as some type of rustic stump table?
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How to properly glue wood to a silicone mold to later fill with another material?

I have a silicone mold that I want to use for a concrete piece. I want to add a piece of wood to that mold, which will leave a negative space in the concrete. Later, I will fill that with resin. Is CA ...
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How to repair wood carving

At the time I bought this snake carving, it was already split and as it was cheap it's fine as it is. BUT I wonder if trying to patch this up would be worth trying. I've added some photos which ...
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Can Rustoleum wood stain bleed through a mounted photograph?

On a piece of pine wood, I want to mount a photograph. I stained the wood with Rustoleum cherry stain. It’s dry now and I am ready to mount the photograph. Do I need to put a layer of paper or lacquer ...
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How should I maintain a carved wood panel

I bought this wood carving several years ago from a vintage/antique housewares and decor store. At least one of the cracks pre-dates my purchase but I don't think all of them do. Additionally, it just ...
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Wooden panels start to shift

I made a table and screwed the panels together via two separate wooden bars and even with one aluminium bar. I did that in the base room. Now the table is in my flat and the panels are moving away ...
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Staining wood blue with chemicals

I know about the process of 'ebonizing' wood (using steel wool + vinegar to turn wood black), and I have seen excellent results using this process. I was wondering if it is possible to use a similar ...
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How to apply rubber to wood?

I have a pair of wooden geta I bought from Tokyo and would like to wear them outside. I tend to scuff all my shoes when I walk, regardless of shoe type, and I would really like to preserve these shoes ...
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Is it possible that the wood used in newer pencils could be a bit better than old ones from same series? Or wood could degrade with time?

I noticed a strange and unexpected thing recently. I never paid attention to details of pencils because I had assumed if a pencil is from a well known brand, they would be consistent for same series. ...
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What kind of resin can be used to fill a gap in a piece of wood?

If filling a piece of natural wood with grooves in with resin - clear or coloured - what is the best kind to use? This would need to allow for the wood to be used as a table top.
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Best way to restore my old vintage wooden cricket bat

I own a vintage, wooden bat which I wanted to restore by myself, for myself. Some of the areas where I require help are: Removing stickers and their marks: There are these old stickers on the bat ...
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What are the typical wood types used for Japanese traditional woodblock printing?

What are the typical wood types used for Japanese traditional woodblock printing?
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What kind of paints should I use to color / paint on bright wood material?

I bought a very small chest for holding small desk items, the chest itself being small enough to stand on a desk. It is raw, unfinished wood, though it has been sanded smooth. I'm not sure what sort ...
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How to attach copper wire (8 gauge) to wood (Eastern White Pine)?

We are looking to add a bit of "bling" to a the bar in a nano-brewery tasting room. The front of the bar (where your legs go if you are sitting at the bar) is 8" tongue-and-groove with a V-groove at ...
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Line cutting technique for wood blocks: japanese vs. western

Does the line cutting technique in western wood block printing differ from the one in japanese wood cut? In japanese wood block printing the line is cut almost exclusively by a sharp pointed knife - ...
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How can I secure stiff fabric to wood without risking ripping and without adhesives?

I am planning a project using simple 1" x 2" pieces of wood and attaching a length of textile between the planks. The wood will be about 12 inches long, and the fabric will go from long-edge to long ...
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What can I line a collectible card box with that is not felt or flocking?

I made a card box, for holding Magic cards, a while ago, and I lined it with felt. While that does look good all the plastic sleeves I use get caught on the material so it is difficult to put them ...
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Picture Frame/Mount for Mosaic, ~28" x 34" (Max Size) , <$20

I started doing mosaics made up of thin scrap aluminum. This question is about my first first mosaic 'prototype' that I am doing which measures 28 x 34 inches. The aluminum scrap material weighs ...
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Drafting film glued on plywood

I did an oil painting on drafting film. Now I need to fix it on a board so it will not bend. Can I do it on a plywood and then frame it under glass? Is it safe for the painting? Plywood is not acid ...
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Adhesive for applying keyboard keys to wood

I have a mosaic made of keyboard keys that I made by gluing the keys to a piece of cardboard. After some time, the cardboard has begun to warp under the weight of the affixed keys. I now have a ...
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Attaching wood to glass?

I want to make a floor/plateau in a glass terrarium. A dwarf hamster will use it, so they're not very heavy, but I'd like to be able to place some things like a small food dish, maybe some ...