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Questions tagged [woodworking]

Taking wood or lumber and making it into a variety of things from carvings to furniture. Woodworking encapsulates many more specific genres like carving, joinery, carpentry, cabinetry and furniture making. Questions are welcome about the wood, tools and skills associated to working wood.

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Free Software For Designing Furniture [migrated]

I'm after some free software that is ideal for designing furniture in 3D, and if possible can be exported as applicable files for templates and measurements i.e. CAD related files such as STL so 3D ...
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How to connect a motor to move a sensor? [closed]

I've got a CNC/Arduino-like project, for making a photograph of a magnetic field through a plane. It is done by means of a coil: everyone says that's a fake, but that's for real :). Here are images ...
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How easy to cut a turn light?

How easy would a item like this to cut on a laser cutter? I might want to cut out such a item for Christmas! As you can see I’m just decorating it with glitter at this point. . Update picture
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Capsule making?

Is it possible make letter capsules in wood or fabric? I just ordered some plastic versions of this item from amazon.com and was just wondering if it was a possible to make them myself. These are ...
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Is alder wood too hard to whittle?

I'm very new to wood carving, and have bought my first two tools, both Beaver Craft whittling knives. I've seen a couple videos on YouTube of a man doing tutorials and it looks like his knife, without ...
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Wooden camping utensils?

Ozark Trail has a set of camping utensils. Now my question is how might it be duplicated in wood by a wittler? If your not sure what I’m talking about check out the name @ Amazon.com Here’s a better ...
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How do I get reddish scorch marks with a laser cutter?

I'm trying to burn some nametags, but I'm getting inconsistent results. In the image below, the tag on the right, with the reddish scorch marks, is what I'd like. The tags on the left, with the ...
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Can these tree tunks 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 make a wooden needle?

I am recently exploring a new craft: Nålebinding. I started using regular large plastic needles. But sadly, these are a little bit too small and soft for this craft, so the eyelets often break. I ...
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How can I mount a polished stone to wood?

I have a finished wooden walking stick. I'd like to mount a few polished gemstones to it. What is the best product to use for mounting stones to wood surface?
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How long to dry juniper before working with it?

I would like to carve something out of juniper cut down last week. I intend to make something like a hiking stick or some small decoration pieces, so nothing big or critical. How long should the ...
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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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What are possible sources of wood pieces from for making musical instruments?

I've always wanted to make electric guitars myself. However, it seems a bit hard to find the right supply of wood to do so, as musical instruments usually require naturally dried wood pieces for ...
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How do I approach cutting a new marquetry inlay to fit the space in a metal bracelet

I have a metal bracelet with inlaid strips of wood approximately 0.5mm thick. Unfortunately I have lost one, so am planning to replace it. The two challenges I have (aside from sourcing wood that ...
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How can I protect the mixed-media surface of my table?

I asked an artist to paint on a table. So, I have now a wooden board (90x150cm) with a nice drawing/painting (he used different types of paints, pens, sprays, etc.) Since it is a table I'd like to use ...
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What kind of lathe would I need if I want to turn pens?

Pen turning is a fairly common focus for people wanting to learn to turn wood. Pens are small and 'appear' easy to make. Having the right equipment can make it a simpler process. So what kind of a ...
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What type of thin or light wood is suitable for making box joints?

I want to make a wooden box using box joints. The box should be cube-shaped with sides of around 10cm and one side open. This is my first time to make box joints. I need the box to be as light as ...
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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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What are food safe finishes for woodworking projects, ie. turned bowls

There are many different products to finish your projects with. What types are food safe and what should one look out for when finishing a project that needs to be food safe?