We've had a few questions that deal more with woodworking than with home improvement per se:

Should we include these types of questions in our scope?

  • Until there's somewhere better to ask, I've added "Carpentry and woodworking." to the on-topic section of the FAQ.
    – BMitch Mod
    Sep 21, 2012 at 23:27

2 Answers 2


I think they all should be in scope. Yes we are Home Improvement. But we are also DIY which implies handyman like things that you are doing yourself. Making toys, blocks, furniture are handyman like things.

Being that we are having a hard time getting enough questions, we may want to broaden the scope a little more.

  • Essentially, changing it from "DIY home improvement" to "DIY and home improvement"?
    – Niall C. Mod
    Oct 29, 2010 at 20:59
  • Maybe more like handyman stack exchange that home improvement. The tag line could mention diy and home improvement
    – mohlsen
    Nov 2, 2010 at 12:22
  • I'm for furniture questions, but don't think toy making questions should be on-topic.
    – Tester101
    Nov 4, 2010 at 17:44

My take: if it's for a permanent or semi-permanent part of the house, it should be in scope. Something that would or could be (for example, a bookshelf that fits in the nook under the stairs, or a daybed sized for the curve in a bay window) included when you sell the house.

By that guideline, "wooden blocks" and "convex-fronted chest" are out of scope. If you look at the "pine furniture" question, it's actually about how to prepare the wood surface for painting, so it would be useful in other cases. "Height adjustable desk" is narrowly in the on-topic side, mostly because the first thing I thought of when I saw the question was a cantilevered support structure bolted into the house's framing.

  • I would say making furniture could be close to being on-topic, but wooden blocks are defiantly not.
    – Tester101
    Oct 29, 2010 at 15:12
  • The furniture making issue interests me - my wife has a long list of things for me to build. :) Does anyone else have an opinion on furniture in particular?
    – Doresoom
    Oct 29, 2010 at 15:21
  • Just to clarify, I think furniture making is at least close to being off-topic, if not entirely. It's just that my opinion on the matter is a bit cloudy, since I wish it was on-topic.
    – Doresoom
    Oct 29, 2010 at 15:23
  • I think furniture is an important part of a home, so why not allow furniture building questions?
    – Tester101
    Oct 29, 2010 at 16:37

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