Woodworking Staining

The perfect color of stain and the right touch can put the perfect finishing touches on your latest woodworking projects. Learn more here.

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Polycrylic vs. Polyurethane: Which Should You Use?

From safety and durability to clean up and color tone, here's how to choose whether polycrylic or polyurethane is right for your project.

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8 Essential Tips for Staining Maple Wood

Do you have a maple woodworking project planned? It's tricky. Here's what to know about wood stains for maple and...


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How Long Does Wood Stain Take To Dry?

Stains take time to dry, but usually not as long as manufacturers recommend. Simple visual and tactile tests can tell...


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Lacquer vs. Polyurethane vs. Varnish: The Differences Among Finishes

Confused by the all the options for finishing wood? We asked pros to clarify the differences to help you make...


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Finish Wood With Oil: How To Choose the Right One

Most wood oils are blends of tung and linseed oil. Formulations differ by brand, and the best choice is usually...

Here’s How You Can Make This Super Customizable DIY Farmhouse Table

Who wants to shell out thousands of dollars on a table you can make yourself for a couple hundred?


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How to Build Cornhole Boards

Bring your next backyard barbecue to life by building this beautiful cornhole set.

More Than 34,000 Shoppers Swear by This Wood Conditioner—and It’s Only $9

Snag the product shoppers call "a miracle in a bottle" at a limited-time savings of 33%!



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How to Hand Carve a Wooden Spoon

Here’s the scoop — this is fun and easy!


How To Get Into Woodworking Without a Garage

A garage is ideal but not mandatory for woodworking. With some creativity, you can create a woodshop in more places...

The 6 Best Wipe-On Wood Finishes

The ease of application and breathtaking results make wipe-on wood finishes beloved by pro and beginner woodworkers alike. These are...


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8 Best Polyurethane Finishes for Wood

Polyurethane is the main component in modern varnish. Choose the best polyurethane finish for your project from these standouts.


The 8 Best Pine Wood Stains for Floors, Fences and Woodworking

Got a pine project that needs some stain? Learn all about pine wood stain, important considerations when shopping and our...


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Can You Stain Wood in Cold Weather (And Should You)?

As temperatures drop, do you have to put your woodworking projects on hold? Experts explain how to handle staining wood...


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Family Handyman Reader Projects: Indoor Spaces

Family Handyman readers were busy during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020, diving into their to-do lists. Here we take...

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How to Stain and Refinish a Table Top

Looking for a glass-smooth wooden table top? Learn how to stain and refinish a table top to bring it back...


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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...


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What To Know About Exterior Wood Stain

Tired of maintaining an outdoor wood finish that peels? Exterior wood stain provides the same protection without the headaches.


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Fix Wood Scratches with Walnuts

Simply rub a walnut over a scratch in wood several times. Then, with your fingers rub the scratched area. That's...


How to Build a DIY Nightstand

Learn how to build your own custom nightstand using minimal tools and moderate woodworking skills.


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What to Know About Wood Stains and Finishes

Wood stains and finishes can make ordinary wood look gorgeous and gorgeous wood look ordinary. It's all in choosing the...


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How to Stain Wood

Get a perfect finish on even hard-to-stain woods like cherry and pine


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A How To Guide for Tiling Mosaic Floor

A handy guide to laying and setting mosaic tile from one of our most trusted tile experts. Plus, a quick...


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How to Get a Smooth Polyurethane Finish

Expert tips for applying a flawless clear finish.

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How to Stain Unfinished Wood with Used Coffee Grounds

No need to buy a stain for your next woodworking project. It only takes a few common household ingredients: steel...


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How to Whitewash Wood: 3 Simple Techniques

Looking for that rustic farmhouse look of whitewashed wood? Try any of these simple techniques and turn drab into fab...


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Wood Finishing Tips

Get a silky smooth finish on your next project


Tips for Using Water Based Varnish

Get great results from water-based finishes


18 Handy Hints for Wood Finishing

From finishing standoffs to paint booths, these 18 tips and tricks will guarantee better finishes on your next woodworking projects.


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How to Match Wood Stain: Head to the Paint Store

This is the easiest, most accurate way to match wood stain for your project.