Monthly Archives: August 2018

Lazy Susan: An Easy 3-Piece Project

Tools Needed:

  • Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths
  • Lazy Susan mechanism
  • Round pine top
  • Scrap wood for a base
  • Awl
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Gloves (to protect hands from the wood stain)

DIY Lazy Susan Materials

How about an easy project that makes a great house-warming or birthday gift? You can pick up an inexpensive, pre-glued, pre-cut round pine top and a roller-bearing Lazy Susan mechanism at your local home improvement or craft center, then add to that a piece of scrap wood for the base.

1. Attach the Lazy Susan mechanism to a wood base

Attach Roller-Bearing Mechanism to Wood Base

The first step is to screw the mechanism to your base. The pine is soft enough to use an awl (visable in rear) to make a starter hole for your screws.

2. Attach the mechanism to the pine top

Attach Roller-Bearing Mechanism to Pre-Cut Round Pine Top

You then flip the top over and do the same, attaching the top side of the two-piece mechanism to the underside of the wood top.

3. Apply stain to the wood

Applying Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths to Pine Top

And what could be better for an easy project than an easy combination stain-and-finish — one that comes in a resealable bag, and that you apply with pre-moistened cloths rather than a brush? Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths are water-based, so they dry quickly and have no odor, making them perfect for small indoor projects.

Finished DIY Lazy SusanAnd literally in just minutes you can make a handy Lazy Susan, either for your dining room table — or to have ready for the next time you need a gift for a friend or relative.

Until our next time,

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How to Stain Unfinished Oak Cabinets

Tools Needed:

  • Minwax Wood Finish
  • Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane
  • Natural bristle brush
  • Drop cloth
  • Disposable gloves
  • Dish pan

Unfinished oak cabinets before staining

I spend a lot of time in my garage workshop, and I also spend a lot of my time looking for bargains, so when these unfinished oak cabinets went on sale, I bought them to go with some cherry cabinets left from our recent kitchen remodeling.

1. Apply wood stain to the surface
Preparing to apply Minwax wood finish to oak cabinets

While I knew from experience that I could never make my oak and cherry cabinets look identical, as they have totally different grain lines, I also knew that the right Minwax Wood Finish, such as Red Chestnut, would come close. And to make sure that it wouldn’t ruin my floor if I accidentally knocked over my can of stain, I placed my can of stain in an old plastic dish pan.

Using foam brush to apply cabinet stain

2. Remove excess stain

Brushing stain on a vertical surface can be messy, which is why I also used a drop cloth — and wore disposable gloves — but ….

Removing excess stain will reveal the finished look of the cabinets

… when I wiped off the excess stain a few minutes later, the color really brought out the beauty of the oak grain.

3. Apply a clear, protective finish

Apply a coat of fast-drying polyurethane to seal in cabinet stain

Stain provides color, but not the protection these garage cabinets would need, so I reached for a trusted finish:  Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane. Two coats brushed on with a natural bristle brush gave both my stain and the wood itself the protection they need.

How the Finished Cabinets Look After Staining

And while the oak cabinets still look a little different than the cherry cabinets, the combination of Minwax Wood Finish stain and Fast-Drying Polyurethane made me happy — and the cabinets take away any excuse I might have had for not keeping my workshop organized.

Until next time,

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How to Make a Walnut Desk with a Hidden Wireless Charger

By: Brad Rodriguez

Want a great-looking desk without any ugly wires? Check out the handsome walnut desk made by Minwax Partner Brad Rodriguez featuring a hidden wireless charger. The gorgeous finish is courtesy of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane, chosen because it enhances the natural beauty of wood while providing lasting protection.

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Building and Staining a Single-Seat Porch Swing

By: April Wilkerson

Helmsman finished porch swing by April Wilkerson
Always wanted a porch swing but didn’t want to share? Then you’ll love this striking single-seater built by Minwax partner April Wilkerson and finished with Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane.

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