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Soldering iron to make holes in sticks?

Plastic will melt and flow away from the iron leaving a hole. Cardboard is really just paper with air gaps between the glued layers so there's just a little bit of material to burn. A wooden stick ...
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How do you bond clear acrylic to wood?

Consider a clear-drying epoxy. Note that not all epoxies are equal. In a general sense they can bond different materials together with ease. Here is an earlier epoxy advertisement where they glued a ...
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Is regular "wood glue" suitable for lighter woods (e.g. balsa)?

Wood glues are fine for balsa. While there are stronger glues, the added strength is usually unnecessary and strong enough should be sufficient. It is hard to generalize but "white" glues, ...
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Photo transfer on wood

If cost control is important to you, and if you have access to an ink-jet printer instead of a laser, then you might want to try using the left over wax backing sheets from standard printable mailing ...
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Is regular "wood glue" suitable for lighter woods (e.g. balsa)?

Absolutely. An Elmer's-style wood glue (polyvinyl acetate (PVA), generically known as carpenter's interior wood glue) is an inexpensive glue which is quite effective for holding balsa wood together. ...
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Should I stain wood then use acrylic or vice versa?

DeAngelis, In my personal experience, I have had the most success with this type of project by applying a water-based stain first, followed by the acrylics, and lastly the sealer coat. You must ...
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How can I secure stiff fabric to wood without risking ripping and without adhesives?

Instead of securing the fabric with the scews, I'd let the fabric secure itself on the outer edge of the wood. The less holes you poke into a fabric, the stronger it is to withstand tearing or wearing ...
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How to prepare and carry out drawing line art on a tree round?

Preparation As the wood dries, it shrinks. You'll likely get big splits and cracks. The rule of thumb for a board (vs. a round) is a year of drying per inch of thickness. Wood dries faster through ...
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What type of glue will work well on wood and metal?

2-part epoxy is my usual recommendation when it comes to mating different kinds of materials together. That is usually one of the selling points. I would caution with the use of Gorilla Glue for ...
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How can I paint 1000 wooden balls that are 1" each?

Painting by immersion would be fairly easy, but drying would be harder. Industrially I suspect they'd be kept moving with warm air. They'd be too expensive for this quantity, and come in sets of too ...
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what rubber to buy for wooden wheels

You could cut up an old bike tire. Cut off the sides, and you have a nice strip of actual tire tread. There are lots of different sizes of bike wheel, so you can customize the depth of the tread by ...
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How do I cut a popsicle stick lengthwise?

Your question is limited by not having an indication of the resources available to you. One of the better tools would be a scroll saw, often called a jig saw. The tabletop versions are well suited to ...
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Aligning multi-color woodblock print?

My bachelor's degree was in Fine Arts, with a focus on wood block printing. The technique I was taught involved marking the center line on the back of the leading edge of the paper. (The end that ...
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Wooden panels start to shift

The short answer is the wood is shrinking as it loses moisture. Because you've used two fastening points across the width of a top board, one or more of those top boards may split as it continues to ...
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How to apply rubber to wood?

You would want a flexible adhesive, as the rubber soles will have some movement throughout its thickness. A good quality contact cement will bond well with both the rubber and with the wood, as long ...
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what rubber to buy for wooden wheels

While I've voted for the answer suggesting bike tyres, here are some alternatives: There are vinyl products that can be painted on (or dipped, but painting is better in this case). A couple of coats ...
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How to avoid / deal with rough edges after painting plywood?

Not sure if you want to hear this but this is better handled before finishing as supposed to mitigating after the fact. Either way I think you need to sand the roughness out you have first then do ...
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How to avoid / deal with rough edges after painting plywood?

When using a water based paint, you will for certain cause the grain to raise and funny things that look like tear-out on the edges. To avoid this, before painting, I sand, then intentionally raise ...
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What kind of glue to make a magnet adhere to wood?

Magnets are notoriously glue-resistant. There are sticky soft magnets used e.g. for refrigerator magnets, which would kinda work on the glue front, but they are pathetically weak. You could try two-...
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What are good methods to attach glass to wood?

Epoxies are the essential answer to your question. Since you are affixing two materials that can expand or contract quote a bit, you need to choose an epoxy that will not shrink and risk cracking the ...
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Oops! Rubber cement on wood cleanup?

The rubber cement should just peel off the wood with gentle rubbing, provided it is dry. Using a piece of soft sticky rubber, and there are special rubber erasers specifically for picking up rubber ...
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High accuracy transfer of cutting blueprint onto plywood

The toner transfer method of transferring an image onto a PCB should also work on wood. Basically you laser print (a mirror image if you need to work from the front) on suitable paper (I've done this ...
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Staining wood blue with chemicals

Methylene blue is a very effective water-soluble blue dye and you can buy it on amazon quite cheaply (the pack at that link is probably enough to dye a table and chairs). That might do the trick. It's ...
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How to deal with the burnt edges of laser cut MDF?

After light sanding, reinforce the flat black with a little black paint, then seal the entire block in a clear coat to make it more durable. Alternatively, replace the black with a coat of burnt ...
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What can I line a collectible card box with that is not felt or flocking?

You could take inspiration from old suitcases: these used either fabric (woven linen or cotton), or paper. (I actually suspect that they used bookbinding paper/cloth, more on that later.) Reasonably ...
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Acrylic paint on wood: how to make it "glow" after the painting is already done

I think it's hard to judge the real difference between the paintings your nephew made and the example of the goal he has in mind: the first are taken in what seems a yellowish light, while the second ...
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How can I safely cut pieces off a small wooden cube?

Jigsaw is a poor choice of tool for this given the size of the finished product and that it is a roughing tool more designed for cutting sheet goods. Tools to consider Bandsaw If the polyhedron ...
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How do you bond clear acrylic to wood?

Look for clear epoxies, sometimes sold for encapsulating. They'll stick fairly well to both materials, though presumably not as well as epoxy sold as glue. You have a lot of contact area so the bond ...
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Photo transfer on wood

There's a technique called "toner transfer" for making printed circuit board masks on copper. It should work onto wood as well. There are a few versions so you should google. What I did was take ...
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