Stain and Finishing Wood

How To : Apply an oil- or water-based stain to wood

Staining wood is an exciting and fun step in your refinishing process. Staining brings out and enhances the patterns in the wood grain and it unifies an overall color. At this stage your project piece begins to look more finished. Allow enough time to complete this task from s ...more

How To : Use wood stain

In this video we are shown the proper way to stain wood. For the demonstration in this video our host uses oak cabinets. Wearing rubber gloves, use a rag to apply the coat of stain. You will want to apply two coats of stain followed by a coat of polyurethane to protect your st ...more

How To : Stain wood

Tips for staining wood just the color you want and getting a smooth finish. Learn how to stain wood in this free woodworking video from a professional carpenter and home remodeling expert. Part 1 of 16 - How to Stain wood. Stain wood - Part 2 of 16. Click through to watch this ...more

How To : Get a nice, even stain on wood

You will learn how to get a nice, even stain on wood in this Home and Garden video tutorial brought to you by TheSoapGuy. It’s really easy and simple to do. Get a finished piece of wood. You should work in a well ventilated area because wood stain generates a lot of fumes. Woo ...more

How To : Mix wood stains to create custom colors

Want to create a realistic or customized wood stain for your home? Learn how to get the exact color stain you need to match existing wood finishes or to create unique effects. Ron Hazleton is a DIY home improvement master. Everything from installing ceiling fans, to replacing ...more

How To : Apply wood stain

Tim Carter demonstrates how to stain wood to get the color you want. Watching these video tips allows you to be able to apply wood stain to match almost any color. If you get the right color stain and apply it properly, your new piece of wood will match color-wise and allow th ...more

How To : Stain wood furniture

A good stain and varnish can add shine and luster to any piece of wood furniture. Check out these simple steps for staining wood. You will need a painter drop cloth, 2 or 3 1 inch foam brushes, fine grit sandpaper, tack cloth, couple of towels or rags, oil base wood stain and ...more

How To : Stain wood

Staining wood can give it a really dazzling effect. In this video, Mark Donovan of HomeAdditionPlus.com shows us how to revitalize old wood and make new wood look better with staining. Before you stain, it's important to know what you're doing. After all, if you stain somethin ...more

How To : Apply a deep red mahogany finish to furniture

Add shimmer and color to your wood furniture with a Deep Red Mahogany Finish. Watch as The Wood Whisper's Marc Spagnuolo shows you how to apply this look to anything wood in your home. First Marc tells you about narrowing down whether or not you have to mask the wood or enhanc ...more

How To : Bleach water stains from furniture

When restoring older wood furniture you will probably encounter dark rings and black spots, which are caused by water stains. Oxalic acid is a moderate bleach that will remove these stains even if they have penetrated the wood surface. Oxalic acid will also remove finish stain ...more

How To : Make a Vertical Wall-Mounted Chessboard

Love chess, but hate having to stop in the middle of a game when you don't have time to finish? This DIY vertical chess set made by Redditor pigthunder will ensure you never have to abandon a game again. It hangs on the wall, so you can pick up where you left off anytime. Here ...more

How To : Sand wood

Sanding is an important step when preparing wood for painting or staining. You Will Need * Sandpaper of varying grits * A random-orbit finishing sander * A sanding block * Safety goggles * A dust mask * And a shop vacuum * A pencil WARNING: Always wear safety goggles when ope ...more

How To : Age wood

For furniture or wood projects, adding an aged wood look can give real character and interest to an otherwise ordinary object. With a little sanding, stain and lacquer to finish you can transform any wood object. It’s easy to age wood with common household items. You Will Ne ...more

How To : Refinish wood floors with a drum sander

Hardwood floors in older homes can be hidden treasures. You may not realize it, but under the dark finish, scuffs and scratches is probably a beautiful hardwood floor just waiting to shine through. Sanding off the old finish gives you a chance to get down to the bare wood and ...more

How To : Refinish wood floors with an oscillating sander

Hardwood floors in older homes can be hidden treasures. You may not realize it, but under the dark finish, scuffs and scratches is probably a beautiful hardwood floor just waiting to shine through. Sanding off the old finish gives you a chance to get down to the bare wood and ...more

How To : Refinish wood furniture with simple techniques

When that dusty old dresser you have starts looking more fit for Grandma than your sleek 21st century home, it may be time to refinish. This tutorial guides you accurately and quickly through how to refinish furniture, including using a chemical stripper, scraping off the fin ...more

How To : Build your own prop shotgun

In this tutorial, we learn how to build your own prop shotgun. To make this, you will need: one 2x6 that is 2 feet long, one 1x3 eight inches long, two 8" diameter PVC piping 2 feet long, two one inch PVC end caps, picture hangers, assorted nuts, bolts, and crews. First, draw ...more

How To : Make a Japanese screen

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a Japanese screen. First, cut your wood out and sand it down. Then, use a corner clamp to drill a hole in and screw the different sides together. Also use wood glue to help stick the pieces of wood together. Once your frame is assembled, ...more

How To : Stain and maintain an outdoor deck

Watch this six part Home & Garden how to video sequence to get tips and tricks for properly staining an outdoor wood deck. Learn how to clean, strip, brighten and stain your wood deck with a semi-transparent finish that will last for years and protect it from the weather and U ...more

How To : Build a pool table

Eagle Lake Woodworking, hosted by John Nixon, offers great do-it-yourself guides for building your own furniture, especially in the American Arts and Crafts style, and turning your garage into an amateur woodshop. Search Eagle Lake on WonderHowTo for more carpentry tutorial vi ...more

How To : Build a simple float frame for your painting

Building a frame for your paintings can save you money and provide one more creation of which to be proud. Normally recommended for abstract paintings, basic float frames offer a professional feel to your art. This video demonstrates how to build a very simple float frame, whi ...more

How To : Paint your house

This video describes how to prepare for and execute painting your home. To begin, you should power wash your house to remove any dirt, dust, cobwebs, etc. These would prevent the paint from setting properly, unless it was new wood. If it is new wood, you should put on a beige ...more

How To : Make a homemade electric guitar

In this video series, watch as professional guitarist and skilled craftsmen Frank Pope teaches how to build an electric guitar. Learn how to cut the body, install the truss rod, make the fingerboard, make fret inlay, install the bridge, set the wires and electronics, and stain ...more

How To : Clean a Butcher Block Table

A butcher block table (or counter) is a solid, wooden table. Originating in butcher shops (hence the name), this has become a popular household item. Butcher block tables and counters are durable and attractive looking. The downside of butcher block is that the wood is so poro ...more

How To : Re-paint old furniture

If your furniture has seen better days but is nevertheless structurally sound, restoring it might be as simple as applying a fresh layer of paint or wood stain. This free video tutorial demonstrates a method for refinishing furniture with a power sander. For more information, ...more

How To : Chemically strip wood

Wood can be refinished by sanding off the old stain or paint but sanding runs the risk of removing fine details on the wood. Chemical strippers are the best to remove paint, varnish and shellac. Prepare the area on and around the project, strip, scrape and scrub. You might enc ...more

How To : Make your own professional looking jewelry box

A jewelry box is not just a great way to keep your jewels safe, it is also a beautiful addition to your decor. In this video, learn how to make a gorgeous, professional looking jewelry box from walnut, maple and cherry woods. This in depth, seven piece series takes you from se ...more

How To : Build and outdoor couch

This is a video tutorial describing how to build an outdoor couch for your porch. First measure out where you want to put your outdoor couch onto your porch. Then start building the first post. You should use concrete block to build this post. Then build out from the post the ...more

How To : Begin chip carving mahogany wood

In this three-part carving tutorial, Valerie Jones demonstrates her chip-carving techniques on Mahogany wood. Using an X-acto knife, she carves the wood by hand & describes how to carve German-style, geometric patterns into the wood after stenciling the pattern on the outer wo ...more

How To : Make your own martial arts Bokken Japanese sword

Rich Myers of Circle of Harmony Aikido and Rei-Mon Buki shows you step by step how to make and carve your own Bokken (Bokutou), including how to choose the proper wood, Custom designing the japanese sword, carving techniqe, and oil finishing. Part 1 of 7 - How to Make your own ...more

How To : Apply lime plastering

Eager to start your lime plastering project? Check out this video to gain some advice from two pros! * Dampen the wall with a plenty of water. * Fill the large wides first with the lime water plaster. * Do not put a lot of lime water as it is a heavy product. Put it a maximum ...more

How To : Finish a wood desk

Finishing a wood desk is a very simple process. Tim Carter shares one technique for finishing a wood office desk for a home office.

How To : Finish your wood finish

Many may not realize it, but finishing any kind of wood project is a great way for ensuring that it will last longer, as well as look great in the end. In this tutorial above, you'll find out some helpful tips for finishing your wood finish. You'll find an easy way to smooth o ...more

How To : Remove stains from wood furniture

Learn how to remove stains from wood furniture. Make your wood furniture look like new again by getting out rings and spots. You Will Need * Clean, white cloths * Baking soda * Plain white toothpaste * White sponges or cloths * White vinegar * Hydrogen peroxide * A clean to ...more

How To : Refinish wood furniture

In this do it yourself video guide to refinishing and restoring wood furniture, learn tips and techniques for how to refinish your old, well-loved wood furniture, including everything from wood stain removal to applying a fresh, new furniture stain. Our expert, Jennifer Ware, ...more

How To : Make a wooden pencil holder

This video covers the construction and assembly of a decorative pencil holder. These make great gifts and are excellent for utilizing scrap. This video is for the more experienced woodworker, knowledge of tools is required. To apply a beautiful finish on the pencil holder, see ...more

How To : Choose the right wood filler

Accidents happen. Once they've taken place it's impossible to go back and fix whatever mistake you made. Or is it? When it comes to wood, or other materials, dents, indentations, or cuts can easily disappear when using the right type of wood filler. It's especially important t ...more

How To : Restore & protect outdoor wood furniture

Many spend a good amount on outdoor furniture... only to see it get ruined by the effects of weather or residue. In this video hosted by Ron Hazleton, learn how to restore and preserve outdoor furniture by cleaning, sanding and applying a stain and wood sealer to protect the w ...more

How To : Apply a sand, or first-coat, sealer to woodwork

Sanding sealers, also called first-coat sealers by some manufacturers, are recommended when refinishing furniture. Although using a sanding sealer is a good step to take regardless of the type of stain you are using, it is especially necessary when using water-based stains. Ap ...more

How To : Repair small cracks in wood projects

In this video, we learn how to repair small cracks in wood projects with Bob Schmidt. Even though the cracks are small, they may catch your eye when you walk into the room. You can minimize this with just a little bit of work with a screwdriver. First, grab your screwdriver an ...more

How To : Use a hammer or nail gun correctly

Tim Carter demonstrates how to install a finish nail using a hammer and nail set. Tim also shows how to do it the fast way with a powered nail gun! Many household projects involve hammer and nails. If you are not careful in driving in the finishing nails in wood trim, you can ...more

How To : Replace exterior columns with This Old House

Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to replace your exterior columns. Steps: 1. Cut cedar to width and length to create proper size column. 2. Apply two coats of exterior-grade primer to the interior surfaces of the boards. 3. Join together the cedar boards to f ...more

How To : Use a jack plane

How to use a jack or bench plane; get professional tips and advice from an expert carpenter on using tools for rough finishing and smoothing edges of wood in this free woodworking video. Part 1 of 16 - How to Use a jack plane. Use a jack plane - Part 2 of 16. Click through to ...more

How To : Make a trapeze spring snare to catch small game

Ryan teaches us how to make a trapeze spring snare to catch small game in this video. You will need: finishing line, a knife, paracord, and natural living wood. the trap will have two snares built into one mechanism. Start off by gathering all your wood and then place a stake ...more

How To : Seal and protect your deck

There are several ways of protecting the wood on your deck. You can paint it, stain it, or seal it. I chose to seal my deck because I want to keep the natural wood color. You will need to repeat this process every few years depending on the effectiveness of the sealer you purc ...more

How To : Keep your outdoor deck in top shape

Keeping your deck in shape involves a number of steps. You can't just go out and start staining the deck. It must be cleaned first. Composite decks or PVC decks can be pressured washed but if you use too much power on a wood deck you will curl it or cause the fiber on the deck ...more

How To : Make an Electric Cigar Box Guitar for $25

A large number of the greatest musicians to ever shape the history of sound first learned to play on cheap, dirty, and often times even homemade instruments. There is a very unique atmosphere that comes about when creating music with something made by your own hands—out of wha ...more

How To : Build & stain concrete countertops

Paul Ryan of the DIY Network shows how to make concrete countertops for the kitchen. Concrete is now available in a wide range of colors and textures. First build forms out of 3/4-inch melamine (a waterproof smooth material for easy casting), according to the blueprints. Use c ...more

How To : Build handrails for your deck

Home improvement expert Danny Lipford discusses an important feature of any deck - the rails. Just check out this video tutorial to see how to build handrails for your deck. To give a deck that perfect finishing touch, as well as to address safety concerns, it needs to have a ...more

How To : Use a finishing sander

In this online video series, learn how to use a finishing sander and how to maintain it, from woodworking instructor Jon Olson. He will teach you the parts of a finishing sander, and general safety and electrical safety for using a finishing sander. Jon will demonstrate how to ...more

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