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Project Boxes

When assembling furniture or other larger projects, some pros don’t use either the tops of their workbenches or the floor. Instead, they use two or more wooden boxes about 18 in. high, 24 in. wide and 32 in. long, set upside-down on the floor to span the...
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Refinish Test

To check on whether you need to refinish or just thoroughly clean older wood furniture, first try cleaning the piece a few times using a good furniture cleaner on a cotton cloth. Let it dry between tries. If the wood finish begins to clear, proceed with cleaning. If...
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Scratch Prevention

To help protect your wood projects from scratches during finishing, use carpet on one of your workbenches. Then make it a habit to keep all tools and fasteners off of the carpet. Carpeting can also be used in other places around the shop where finished work comes to...
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Six-Mark Rule

Even on rough carpentry projects, such as laying out a wall or partition with a carpenter’s square, sharpen your pencil after every six marks. Using a blunt pencil could add as much as an inch to the overall dimensions over about 20 feet. This can throw the...
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Deck Maintenance

Occasionally, deck boards need to be replaced due to wear and tear. Using rustproof deck screws when installing the boards makes the task much easier and it is best to replace entire boards. For stability and safety, a deck board should span at least three...