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