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Best DIY Bible/Resources?

What are the best DIY resources in 2014? I really enjoy thisoldhouse.com, but it's largely just entertainment, rather than instructional. Websites, magazines, and books are all fair game. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Making furniture from reclaimed materials. Wut.

I plan to take up a new hobby: making furniture from reclaimed wood and metals. What should I read? What materials do I need? What should I know? [more inside]
posted by Mr C on Nov 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Recommend good woodworking shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn?

I am trying to get a custom plywood/laminate table top made, and I have other things I would like to create in the future. I would like to find a good, honest woodworking shop that does small, piecemeal projects like this that I can have a relationship with. I have been in touch with a few, including some I found on Craigslist, but they are all remarkably flaky; won't answer the phone, won't return calls, don't reply to emails, don't show up to appointments. Any suggestions?
posted by gentle on Aug 26, 2013 - 8 answers

How to most easily square a miter saw?

I've got this Dewalt miter saw, and it seems to be slightly out of square -- neither the 0ยบ miter or bevel is exactly square, at least with the door casing I've been cutting. Does anyone have any tips (or links to good resources) on how to square up this sort of saw? For what it's worth, I think I've figured out how to adjust the indicators & scale on the saw, so I'm not looking for advice on how to adjust this particular saw. Instead, I need help figuring out how to determine which direction -- and to what degree -- I need to move the scale to square it up. Advice on how to cut and match a board to test the square is just the sort of help I need.
posted by jacob on Jan 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Hacking (or just hacking up) my couch, vs. just replacing it already

Can I hack my (Ikea Varnamo) couch? SHOULD I? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Feb 19, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm excited to stain! Help me not burn my house down!!

How do I (a DIY'er, not professional) properly dispose of stain soaked rags (in Indiana)? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Oct 30, 2011 - 10 answers

I would do it myself if I only knew how.

I'm looking for good books and blogs on furniture building and other diy home improvement projects for apartment dwellers. I like building things, and am interested in making my own furniture, but I'd like to use a book that's geared toward small spaces and spaces where one can't actually make "built-ins" but can replicate the look.
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 19, 2011 - 9 answers

I bought a sliding compound miter saw on eBay (because I'm dumb).

I bought a sliding compound miter saw on eBay. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Jul 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Book about basic carpentry and furniture-making?

What is the book on basic carpentry and furniture-making techniques? I have started to pick up DIY furniture making as a hobby, but I don't know any of the basics, like how to make joints and kerfed edges, how to cut plywood without splintering, which tools and materials to use and how, and so on. It should be a reference/how-to book with lots of pictures. When dealing with obscure hobbies there often exists a legendary out-of-print, hard-to-find tome published the 1970s that everyone in the field has and cherishes, like this one (which I have), but which one is it?
posted by gentle on Apr 20, 2010 - 16 answers

Woodworking without modern fasteners?

Where can I find woodworking plans or guides for creating outdoor furniture with a minimum of fasteners? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 8, 2009 - 13 answers

What do I need to know about coffin building before I start?

What do I need to know to become a coffin builder? Are there regulations I have to follow? How should I sell them? How much should they cost? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling on May 7, 2009 - 20 answers

I need woodworking gift ideas!

What nice hand-made gifts can I make as a beginning-to-intermediate woodworker? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Aug 12, 2008 - 18 answers

Hey, nice wood man.

I want to get started with woodworking. Where can I start? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Apr 13, 2008 - 9 answers

Mirror, mirror leaning against the wall...

I have a mirror that looks like the one in this picture. The frame broke. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Feb 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Sawing boards sans garage

What set of power tools can I assemble that will allow me to build things out of wood and will store in a closet? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Jan 22, 2008 - 23 answers

Homemade bed that withstands non-sleep activities

Woodworking filter: What steps can I take to ensure a home-built bed can withstand, umm, nocturnal escapades? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on Jan 18, 2008 - 15 answers

Help straighten my lamp...

Bending a piece of wood... how? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jul 9, 2007 - 11 answers

Who makes historically-accurate door casing moldings?

I have a bunch of wooden casing moldings around the interior doors of our Washington, DC home, and over the past 75 to 100 years, they've taken quite a beating. I'd love to slowly replace the worst of them with identical moldings, but despite a pretty exhaustive search on my own, I can't find anyone who still carries anything with the same profile. Does anyone have any tips for molding manufacturers/sellers that have good variety, especially of moldings that are accurate to the turn-of-the-century period? [more inside]
posted by delfuego on Apr 13, 2007 - 12 answers

Wood-Hacker.

How do I build a rack to store spools of thread? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Nov 13, 2006 - 11 answers

How to work the wood?

I'm about to buy a house that has a workbench in it and I'd like to learn some woodworking. Can anyone point me to some resources for learning the basics? I mean I know measure twice, cut once, but beyond that, I'm lost.
posted by sholdens12 on Nov 3, 2006 - 15 answers

Furniture kits?

Hi all. Does anyone know of a good place to buy furniture kits? What I mean is unassembled, unfinished furniture, preferably shipped to your door. In particular I am looking for a "breakfast bar" or "kitchen island." Is there a store like this?
posted by bradn on Oct 26, 2005 - 10 answers

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