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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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How to Build a Basic Drawer – No Fancy Tools

Need to build a drawer, but want to avoid fancy tools and joinery? Build a simple drawer with just a saw, drill, and kreg pocket hole jig. This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase from one of the links, I may make a small commission at NO EXTRA COST to you….

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How to Build a Tabletop

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. A good portion of furniture builds include some sort of tabletop. There are a variety of ways to build them, but this is one of the…

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