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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.

    • Dust mask
    • Orbital sander
    • Paintbrush

For water-based finishes, use synthetic bristle brushes and foam pads.

For oil-based finishes, use natural bristle brushes.

Required Materials for this Project

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

    • Use medium through extra-fine grit sandpaper for sanding raw wood.
    • Use 180 grit or finer sandpaper and steel wool substitute (not steel wool) between coats.
    • Water or oil based polyurethane (use exterior grade for outdoor projects).
    • Compatible stains (optional). If in doubt, use stains and finish from the same manufacturer.

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