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
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
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
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.
And 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.
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
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.
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 ….
… 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
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.
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.
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.