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How to Cut Crown Molding and Template Download

There are multiple ways to cut crown molding, but the simplest method is to cut it with the angled “flats” rested squarely along the fence and base of the saw. With this method, you only have to adjust the miter angle, rather than both the miter and bevel. My first experience with crown molding was…

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Easy Shaker Cabinet Doors

In my latest project, a built-in bookcase for the living room, I made my first attempt at building shaker cabinet doors. I went back and forth on how to do it, but finally decided on a combination of groove joints and pocket holes. The more traditional method is full tongue and groove joints, but I…

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Wood Finishing – How to Stain Wood

So you’ve decided to stain your finished project. But how? It’s simple, my friend. Stain is one of the most common finishes for home DIYers, right up there with paint. It’s wonderful for enhancing the natural grains of wood, as well as toning the wood to a desired color. Stain is also great for refinishing…

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Wood Finishing – What Type of Brush Do You Use for Stain

Once you’ve decided on a stain finish for a project, the next step is to choose a brush. But what type of brush do you use for stain? Can you use a rag? What about a brush for the polyurethane top coat? With so many options out there, it can be difficult to figure out…

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Wood Finishing – Selecting Wood Stain: What Stain Should I Use

Ever been in the stain aisle at your local hardware store, just staring at all the different options, and have no idea what stain to use? Been there, done that. Gel, Polyshade, Oil-based, Water-based, Varnish, Organic … the list goes on. Here’s a quick run-through of the most common wood stains (the stuff you’ll find…

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Gift Guide – Ultimate Gift Guide for the DIYer in Your Life

Hey all, thanks for stopping by Bitterroot DIY! For more project ideas, you can find me on Pinterest. And to stay up to date with the latest shenanigans, follow me on Instagram. This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here. Looking for gift ideas for the DIYer in your life? I’ve compiled the ultimate gift guide just…

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