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  1. GrinAndBearIt

    Can a set of hinges hold two fire doors?

    Hi there Need to hang a pair of solid wood fire doors (I'm guessing they will be 35-40kg each) ... but they need to be hung so that one is hinged to the other, and then this pair is then hinged on a single side ... eg. they will be like a very loose bifold door, and fold away to one side when...
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    Making your own doors ... level of skill needed?!

    Hi Badly need two pairs of double doors in our nearly completed house ... but shocked at how much some joinery companies are asking to make & install them. One quote was £5,000 inc VAT ... Nothing particularly special about what I need - just painted 4 panelled affairs (one pair with double...
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    Fixing tops to stone gate piers

    Hi Had two piers built a while back in big chunky sandstone either side of our gates (about 1.8m high, with very flat tops). Took me ages to find, but have now got two perfect limestone pier caps, which are massively heavy ... about 80kg I should think ... and which will fit neatly on top. Is...
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    How to cure warp in MDF doors?

    Just wondering whether there are any clever tips from people on this forum for fixing warp on MDF doors? These were probably warped even before painting, but they are inset into the cabinet (living room) and therefore any slight twist is very visible and I now really need to fix it. Because...
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    How to get a white painted look to an arbour

    I'm currently designing an arbour ... and need it to have a white painted look. We also would like quite a chunky look to the pillars (eg. 8" square posts ... or maybe even 10"), and you can't get this in planed all round. The guy at the timber yard was suggesting buying rough sawn stock and...
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    Which hinges for fold back shutters?

    Hello hive mind ... ... can anyone tip me off as to what these kind of hinges would be called? Basically my wife would like me to fit interior shutters to a window, and they should be able to fold back, flush with the wall, revealing the full window when open .... Be so grateful if...
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    Pergola ... in iron ... most economical route?!

    Hi all Now need to construct a 9m long pergola ... and wondering if any forum-ites had any advice on best way to pull this off without breaking the bank. General design as in image ... ie. 7 x 2.4m high arches, linked by 7 long spans of more delicate ironwork. Apart from the actual archy...
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    Quick advice ... pipe size & type for pond filter ... ?

    Sorry - very last minute, but my builders are installing final steps up to the house tomorrow, and I've got to install pipework to enable the pond next to the steps to be filtered properly. As in picture below ... pond will be one side of steps, filter the other. I'm guessing the pipes will...
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    How to create nice clean cut outs?

    A general question this ... just wondering how does one best make nice clean cut outs in wood? eg. if I want to make a 100mm x 50mm aperture in a piece of 25mm mdf, at the moment I drill out the four corners and then use a jigsaw which invariably ends up looking a bit shabby. Not only do the...
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    Ok to edge an MDF cabinet bifold door?

    I was warned off creating a composite MDF/pine cabinet door on another thread ... but just wondering if any readers had created this kind of door with success? Basically a sheet of very solid MDF, edged with 6mm thick oak. The whole thing will be painted, and live in a pretty moisture free...
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    How to protect 6mm MDF edges ... wine rack

    Hello hello Built a very rough and ready place to store 12 bottles of vino next to the fridge ... made it out of 6mm MDF, simply ripping 5 notches out of the single vertical piece and notching each of the 5 horizontal bits so they all slatted together to make the framework. I would now...
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    Best way to fill pocket holes ... prior to painting?

    Hi Got quite a few exposed pocket holes on these cabinets I'm knocking up ... what is the forum's experience of filling these prior to painting? Is it overkill to get purpose made plugs? Most of the Google searches I do seem to come up with a product called Durham's Rock Hard water putty...
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    Carrying 8'x4' sheets ... solo ...

    Hey Quick heads up: you prob all know this already, but only just found it out! This is the best little home made tool ever ... thought I'd share ... it basically allows you to carry a big sheet of timber on your own. Found some American on YouTube who was going through all the ways...
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    Cornice supplier for cabinet tops

    Hi y'all Just wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction to find 2 lengths of 'cornice' for the top of some library units that I'm making (see sketchup pic)? They will be painted ... so just wondering actually whether I even need it to be in wood at all? Would I get more...
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    Cabinet door with MDF panel

    Quick q ... bit confused by construction technique for a cabinet door. Want to use 27mm thick Pine rails & stiles ... with 18mm MDF panel inset ... but I don't want to go to the hassle of making a groove etc., just want it to sit in a rebate. Is that ok? Or will gluing/nailing the panel to...
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    Touch latches with butt hinges

    Subject sounds like the start of some terrible '70s joke. But anyway ... just wondering ... want to build cabinet doors with no handles that use touch latches to open (eg. you push the door in 2-3mm and then the door springs out). And I'd like to use butt hinges for these, as it is in a room...
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    Routing out a recess .... HELP! ... a bit beyond me! ....

    Hi Have taken on the challenge of fitting a No-Ha invisible door opening mechanism. Got 90% of the way there, but the last hurdle is to rout out a 40mm x 16mm deep recess, leaving 4mm either side of the door face. Hopefully the attached pic will make this clear. I have routed out the...
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    How to best mortice out a door jamb / frame ... ?

    Hey ... just bought a really great bit of kit to help me fit loads of locks - basically a jig that clamps to the door and allows you to use a power drill to rout out a perfectly centred mortice which will accept the lock and face plate. However ... the jig is too narrow to enable one to then...
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    Painting a (cheap) veneer door

    Hi y'all Um ... anyone got a tip on the best way to paint a cheap Travis Perkins door which currently is in its original 'oak veneer' form ... ie. it hasn't been primed or anything. Someone who came round warned me that this kind of door does NOT take kindly to paint (ie. I think he was...
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    Bausen engineered untreated oak flooring - blue patches!?

    Hi We've just started laying nearly 40sq m of untreated oak flooring in our hall ... and discovered that most boards have small bluey/grey areas where the manufacturer (Bausen) seems to have used something to fill any cavities around knots etc. We were hoping to stain this floor to match a...
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