Furniture Repair and Finishing Tips

Shop solutions from a professional woodworker

A professional woodworker shares basic, time-tested tips that will help you work faster and get better results on your furniture projects.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Tips from a furniture maestro

Our latest search for tips from professional woodworkers led us to Dave Munkittrick’s shop in Wisconsin.

“Years ago we left the big city and bought this old farmstead,” Dave said. “With a little bit of remodeling, the hog barn became my woodworking shop, and it’s been a great place to build, repair and finish furniture for the last 20 years.”

Dave’s repair and finishing tips are the fruit of careful thought blended with ingenious thriftiness. Translation: Let Dave help you get the job done well—and cheap!

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Spendy brush—a great investment

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Mini mallet for tight spots

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Clean can rims preserve finishes

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Big box o' plastic gloves

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Always check for loose bristles

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Paintbrush

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Disposable gloves
  • Cotton cloth
  • Rubber feet