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out of the woodwork

Hi, I'm interested in carving wood, specifically in carving my own kitchen implements (ladles, spoons, scoops, etc.). I have no experience in woodworking whatsoever (truly... zero) and currently have no carving materials. Do you have advice about tools, books, techniques? Where do I get tools? [more inside]
posted by flyingfork on Aug 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Minimal tools for basic wood projects

I'd like to become more adept at basic wood working/carpentry skills, but I'm pretty clueless. My first project is to modify an existing wood work bench by removing a portion of the cabinets and extending a plywood countertop over the open space[1]. I don't want to spend thousands of dollars on tools, but I'm unclear what the minimal set (especially of saws) is for doing this job reasonably right. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Aug 3, 2014 - 15 answers

Help building a very simple shelf

I'd like to build a very simple shelf that looks like this using minimal tools and at a low cost. [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jul 17, 2014 - 12 answers

How to de-stink our rental deck?

Because of Reasons, Mr. Blues and I rented an apartment sight-unseen. We moved in last week. It is generally quite nice, but the balcony/deck absolutely reeks of urine. Evidently a previous tenant seriously neglected her dogs (and potentially cats? it smells like cat pee to me) and they used the balcony as a bathroom. It absolutely reeks. How can we and or the management company fix this? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Jun 17, 2014 - 18 answers

Slice and Polish Petrified Wood

I have a piece of petrified wood. I would like to have the top surface sliced cleanly & polished. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Apr 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me use my empty box!

I have a large flat box made of lightweight wood -- maybe pine -- that I have had for years. I would like to do something with it. It is about 18" square and about 1.5" tall, with the lid adding another half inch or so of headroom inside when it's closed. It is plain with a simple gold-tone hook latch. I have considered the idea of drilling holes and using it for a charging station but would like to consider other ideas before I either commit to that or give up and keep carrying it around. Any thoughts? Thanks so much!
posted by michellenoel on Mar 20, 2014 - 3 answers

When is a spoon more than just a spoon?

I'm looking for some art-world advice and/or a gimmick for selling beautiful handmade spoons at extremely high prices. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Mar 16, 2014 - 18 answers

Name this chair

Can anyone identify either the specific name of the chair or the furniture style (if there was one) that 1955 Playmate Marguerite Empey/Dianne Webber is sitting in in this photo [NSFWish: Model is nude but you can't see anything would wouldn't see at a US public pool.] [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Feb 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Anyone remember 3' wooden snow sticks?

I have a "snow stick" that was my mothers. It's an extended yard stick - about 39". The numbers going up the stick are in red and green and at the top it says "snow stick" and has a hole under that to hand it on a nail. I've been trying to find them for some Christmas presents for next Dec. but the only one I found was on e-bay for $38.00. It also says on it - made in Durham, N.H. I'd be looking for probably about 15 of them. I remember seeing them in hardware stores years ago for cheap money but I'm hoping someone still them out there and are reasonable. Any help would be appreciated. I also tried googling Durham for them but to no avail.
posted by maursam on Jan 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Low-VOC cabinet refinishing for dummies.

A question about how to refinish my cabinets, in a kitten-friendly (low VOC) way? Apologies in advance, as I'm new to furniture / wood stuff and think I'm missing something obvious. Kitten pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for a new cologne

I’ve worn the same cologne off and on for about 20 years, and I think it’s time for a change. I’m looking for scents for everyday wear with woody notes (or citrus/fresh notes, like what I wear now). Nothing musky or spicy! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 31, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me build a gangplank.

I need to get on and off my boat easily. More to the point my pregnant wife needs to be able to. (Because we both live in the boat). I have recently built a new wooden gangplank which is not too bad. (but heavy) But for reasons I will go into below I think I need a replacement. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Dec 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Advice on putting live edge wood on a kitchen bar counter?

I'm remodeling my kitchen and have had an island built that is 2-level. The main counter is granite and the second 'bar' level for people to hang out at on bar stools is as yet undefined. I'm looking for some advice about what kind of surface I can put on the second level. I'm very interested in wood and was thinking 'live edge'. It would be about 24" x 72". Is this something best purchased from a supplier or is it a moderately DIY project from a tree cut by a tree service? Difficult to maintain? Easy enough to find? Suppliers north of Boston? Thanks!
posted by GernBlandston on Dec 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Is there anything out there like a small pre-made deck I can buy?

Basically I have a very tiny tiny yard behind my place. It gets no sun and there's green carpet there now. One of my thoughts was to make a little 3x3 or so deck to put a couple of chairs on it. But rather than have someone build it, I was wondering if there's anything like a little pre-made, pre-treated deck - like shipping pallets or something only not awful - that anyone sells. It'll save me sawing off a finger or hiring a handyman or filling out permits. And I'd rather not do way too much for something so little.
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Finding the markets for your salvage?

I am in a remote rural area of Atlantic Canada. There is as much old collapsing shit here as a person could want, I have only been here a short while and already have more salvage than I know what to do with, it's an embarrassment of riches! [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Nov 23, 2013 - 13 answers

How do I put up this swing set?

I'm building this a-frame swing set for our yard. The pieces are all cut, sanded and painted, the hardware is all attached, and the locations for the legs are all level. Now how do I actually put this thing up? [more inside]
posted by svenx on Nov 2, 2013 - 7 answers

What glue to use in this application?

I have great old speakers with peeling wood veneer. How should I go about fixing them? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Oct 23, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I care for this wooden art mask?

I have a nice hand carved wooden Boruca mask from Costa Rica that I got in 2011. Unfortunately, I've noticed that the wood seems to be drying out, and in some places, even cracking. I know it is authentic (e.g. not tourist crap from China) as it was bought at an indigenous reserve/cooperative and I saw them being made, but was not able to learn what kind of wood it was carved from (though likely balsa or cedar?) or get any instructions on care. It is unpainted, just solid wood. Any idea how to care for this piece of art? Does it need oiling? How would I do that?
posted by juniperesque on Oct 19, 2013 - 4 answers

An IKEA hack idea grows in the Bronx

Is it possible to find someone in the Bronx, or in NYC proper, who would do a hack for me on a FÖRHÖJA cart? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Aug 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I make Fire + Wood Deck = Safe?

We will be building a deck in a few weeks, and another aspect we would like to have with our new outdoor environment is a nice small fire to sit around for the cooler Minnesota evenings. What are our options without risking burning the deck (and/or the house) down? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Aug 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Remove musky smell from wood?

So we have an old tiny cabin (about 8x12 ft) that is a bit in disrepair. But the real problem isn't the drafty windows or creaky door, but rather that we apparently had mink or some other musky-smelling animal nesting underneath (the cabin is raised about a foot off the ground) for quite a while, and it has pervaded the whole cabin with a musky, urine-like smell. We're really hoping not to replace all the wood, which is old, sound, and worn in the best way. What's our best bet for removing this smell permanently? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Jul 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Help for fresh woodworking enthusiast

Due to some large amounts of used wood lying around, I've recently enthusiastic about woodworking, specifically re-using used wood, but I'm already floundering on my first, super-easy project. I have a number of questions on this project and other intro-woodworking issues. [more inside]
posted by miorita on Jul 30, 2013 - 12 answers

Help My Wood Look Good

How should I finish my reclaimed wood tabletop glue-up without it looking like a mass produced, glossy, shellacked typical table? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jul 6, 2013 - 17 answers

How can I build my wood/nail compost bin more strongly?

I tried to build a compost bin with wood and nails over the last week but it came out pretty badly-weak and out of true. I don't know enough to know how to do it better next time. [more inside]
posted by Kwine on Jul 2, 2013 - 22 answers

Deck Design Demands Deliberation

Details: I am making a low deck/platform to sit inside a screen tent. This is to be a fun summer sleeping tent for my daughter and her friends. Some moderately challenging requirements inside... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jun 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me figure out an awesome adventure-y anniversary gift

I'm searching for an awesome 5th anniversary gift, made from wood or silver, with an adventure-y theme (this can be pretty loosely interpreted). It'll be a supplement to a primary gift I've already splurged on, so I'm looking for something <$100. My only idea so far has been a compass, but the wooden ones are more like decorative desk sets (I'd prefer something practical and usable) and the silver ones are either really expensive or really ugly. It's for a man, and he doesn't wear much jewelry. And I need to be able to get it by Friday. Help!
posted by rhiannonstone on Jun 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Seeking wooden clogs for kids in NYC

Is there a good spot to find wooden-bottomed clogs in children's sizes at a physical location in NYC? Or a place with a wide range of adult sizes which might fit a tiny human (in the size 34-35 range)? I'm hoping to find somewhere to try things on in person, rather than roll the dice online. Thanks.
posted by thegreatfleecircus on Jun 15, 2013 - 1 answer

Very light portable footrest?

What is like this portable footrest but lighter and thinner when folded? (If there's no such product, about how much would it cost to have one made from a light/strong metal, and where would one go with that request?) [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jun 14, 2013 - 9 answers

Food safeness and wood selection for making a spoon?

Can I use found wood to make spoons for cooking? How can I know whether it is food safe or not? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Jun 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me identify the origin of this African mask

I bought this African mask at a thrift shop the other day. It appears real; it has the qualities of being handmade. I've searched the Internet for an hour or so, and while I've found other masks that are similar (like this one and this one), I can't find its origin. Are there any African art experts who can help me?
posted by jordanian2 on Jun 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Please side with me!

I have been painting my house over the last few months and time to time need to replace some of the siding. There was enough in the garage when I moved in to cover my needs until NOW! [more inside]
posted by silsurf on May 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Offset the cost of kitchen update...by selling the cabinets!

As mentioned before, we live in an old house. One of the many interesting (ahem) design choices of the previous owners was to craft kitchen cabinets out of wood taken from the attic - thick hard pine at least 250 years old. The wood is gorgeous, the cabinets, not so much. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on May 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Build-it-yourself wood hot tub - crazy?

Build-it-yourself wood hot tub - good weekend project for an amateur, or more difficult than that? [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry on May 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Reflooring part of a rental property (kitchen and living room).

My boyfriend owns a house in North Florida that needs to have the floors in the kitchen and living room redone. He rents out the house. He's looking for a good 'middle way': not expensive, but not so cheap that it will have to be replaced soon; nice, but not so nice that it it might get easily damaged by renters (nor ugly, which would lower rent value). N.B.: the price has to include installation since he won't be around to install it himself. Any suggestions for what types of flooring he should look at, especially given N. Florida's climate?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 17, 2013 - 13 answers

How to Find & Pick a Manufacture

I'm looking for a manufacturer (preferably in the Northeast United States) who can make a simple, but large wood photo frame, about 3'X3' using lightweight plexiglass or acrylic instead of glass. [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Stronger than wood?

I have an ongoing issue with a area of my house that involved moisture, mold and heartache as outlined here I have found a small piece of 2x4 in the wall that is moisture damaged, it is sponge-like. It is a small area and I am wondering if there is anything I can do,, like inject it with some super stuff, that would avoid me having to dismantle the area and replace this section of 2x4. It is at the bottom of a wall, the sill beneath it is fine, it is just about 18 inches of 2x4 that appear to be damaged. Thanks oh thanks for the continued support. Henry
posted by silsurf on Apr 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Need Wood?

A professional woodworker is finally closing down his shop post post-retirement and finding some large pieces of exotic hardwood e.g. 12'x16"x1.25" rosewood, that have been stacked for decades. CL and ebay don't seem to have much of a market... How would you try to sell these relics?
posted by ennui.bz on Mar 29, 2013 - 14 answers

What kind of wood is my deck made of?

We bought a new house, and it came with a deck. I want to clean it and perhaps stain or seal it, but I am a novice and don't know what kind of wood it is, which apparently matters. I have posted pictures (one, two, three) so perhaps you recognize it and can help me out. I suspect it isn't anything fancy - maybe pine? [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Mar 23, 2013 - 11 answers

We are living in a material world, and I am a material girl

I need help with finding a few things: 1)Some wood that would work well as a book cover 2)A large sheet or roll of what I believe is called chipboard. 3)A continuous/piano hinge, 12 inches, that is not stainless steel or bright brass [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Mar 13, 2013 - 14 answers

how can i fancy up this simple board?

i'm trying to hang guitars and basses on a brick wall. i have instrument hangers already, but drilling a million holes into brick seems like A BAD IDEA so i thought i would hang a board (cedar, i ALSO already have it) on the wall (many fewer screw-holes) and then just screw the guitar holders to the plank. the plank is 5.5" wide and 1 1/4" deep (and 6 feet long) and really pretty, so i'm ALMOST happy. The ends are really roughly cut though (despite my best sanding job), and i was hoping to cover them up with something (copper? silk?) so it looks a bit less like i, um, hung a plank on the wall, and more like i'm incredibly crafty and awesome. what should i use for the ends of these boards? google is not helping, but maybe i'm searching using the wrong words(?). thank you!
posted by andreapandrea on Feb 9, 2013 - 6 answers

What is the best speed for a fan used with a wood stove?

Is heat transfer and room heating better with a low or high speed fan? [more inside]
posted by Leenie on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Experiences with essential oil to get rid of mold?

Our wooden baseboards and wooden furniture have mold on them from being too close to the outside walls of a 1913 house. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Feb 1, 2013 - 16 answers

who made this cool chair

Can anyone identify this chair? [more inside]
posted by gregr on Dec 13, 2012 - 6 answers

At least the box was empty at the time

I have a nice wooden jewelry box. Everyone loves it. In particular, my cat loved it, and marked it as his own. How do I clean the pee out, or is it doomed? I've tried wood cleaners, but honestly I am not terribly good at this, and it's been longer than it should have been.
posted by jeather on Dec 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Wood floor gunky glue begone

How do I remove a thin layer of vinyl tile backing glue from a hardwood floor? [more inside]
posted by baggers on Dec 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Did you see the pictures I did of a home with Asian design? Where!?

Have you seen (within the last decade) these pictures from a home design magazine? Traditional Asian (Japanese?) style - high ceilings with dark beams, large open spaces, tatami mats and paper screens, and very little else. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Nov 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I seal my new fence posts even if they are wet?

I didn't seal my new fence posts and now the forecast is for rain all week. Can I seal them in the spring? [more inside]
posted by cda on Oct 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Hardwood floors: can an amateur do a decent job refinishing?

I need some advice about refinishing hardwood floors. Is this something I can do on my own? I've done plenty of research but I want to try and collect input from DIYers with actual experience. [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Oct 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor?

Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor? [more inside]
posted by joshwebb on Sep 26, 2012 - 3 answers

What is the best and easiest way to clean soot from inside of our wood burning brick fireplace?

What is the best and easiest way to clean soot from inside of our wood burning brick fireplace? [more inside]
posted by Tziv on Sep 9, 2012 - 3 answers

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