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  • Finishing Wood Trim With Stain and Varnish

    Give your woodwork a smooth, satiny finish every time with this simple three-day process. You don't need expensive tools or special…

  • How to Apply Polyurethane

    Getting a smooth, blemish-free finish with oil-based polyurethane is within your grasp if you follow the steps in this article. Oil-based…

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    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Cabinet Refacing

    Tired of your kitchen cabinets? Instead of replacing them, consider cabinet refacing. It's DIY-friendly, and you can save thousands of dollars.

  • How to Remove Stains In Wood Furniture

    A wet glass on fine furniture can create a white ring that no amount of cleaning erases. Before you resort to paint stripper, try rubbing it…

  • How to Stain Wood Evenly Without Getting Blotches and Dark Spots

    Woods like cherry, pine and birch can become blotchy and unattractive when stained, unless you use a sealer before staining. For the best…

  • How to Stain Furniture

    Learn how to stain and finish unfinished furniture. With the techniques shown here you can make even wild color combinations look professionally…

  • Spray Finishing on Wood

    Aerosol cans of shellac, lacquer and polyurethane allow you to quickly apply a finish on small or complex projects that's free of brush marks.…

  • Can You Stain Pressure-Treated Wood?

    Just because you used pressure-treated lumber doesn't mean your outdoor project has to stay green. Not only can you can stain treated wood, you…

  • The DIY Guide to Finishing a Table Top

    Finishing a tabletop is tricky. On a big table especially, coating the entire surface before the finish becomes too sticky is the ultimate test…

  • Polyurethane Finish: Good vs. Bad

    Water or oil-based polyurethane that's been sitting on a shelf and has skinned over can often still be used for natural finishes, as long as…

  • Wood Finishing Tips

    Get a silky smooth finish on your next project


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