Category: Woodshop

How to Select the Correct Finish

How to Select the Correct Finish for Your Project

One of the biggest questions of any project is how to select a finish. Whenever I complete a build, I always spend a significant amount of time going back and forth between all the different options.

What’s the difference between Polyurethane, Varnish, Oil, Shellac, or Lacquer?

Does Wax work as a final finish?

What’s the difference between water-based and oil-based Polyurethane?

The last thing you want to do is finish a beautiful piece of furniture and then have it wear out in a year. Honestly, you could spend all day reading and talking about the chemistry at work in the wide variety of finishes. But I tried to keep this article focused on what finish is best in what case.…

DIY Rustic Industrial Coffee Table

Rustic Industrial Coffee Table

Hey all, thanks for stopping by Bitterroot DIY!

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I have to be honest here: When I first made the lid for my blanket chest, I messed up the dimensions and it ended up a little small. But it was already finished and perfect and wonderful before I discovered the mistake … oops …

So I attached it to the chest anyways and just moved on with my life ……

How to Align a Miter Saw

A well-aligned miter saw is the simplest and most accurate tool in the shop for cross-cutting lumber. If your saw has been used on a job site, or if it’s been awhile since its last calibration, it’s probably at least a little out of alignment. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial to align your miter saw and get back to those precise cuts.

How to Align a Table Saw

How to Align a Table Saw

A well-aligned table saw is one of the most useful and accurate tools in the shop. As with all of your prized tools, you want to keep them in tip-top shape. So I’ve written up this step-by-step tutorial to help you align your table saw to maximize its precision and accuracy.

How to reupholster a chair feature

How to Reupholster a Chair

Hey all! Things have been a little quiet around Bitterroot DIY lately due to the new addition to the family, but I’m picking it back up again this week!

A short aside: Mr. Weston Michael Sattler joined us on August 12 at 5:35pm and has completely flipped our lives upside-down. The best sort of upside-down 🙂

After recovering from the pregnancy and birth, I finally completed the dining table and chairs flip that I hinted at before Weston. So I’ve got three new posts coming your way, starting with how to reupholster a chair!…