Hot Furniture & Woodworking How-Tos

How To: Build a retaining wall to flatten a sloped lawn

In this video you will learn how to build a retaining wall to flatten a sloped lawn. He says that if someone wants to garden but their yard is sloped and they know they can't do it, they should know that this is a lot of work. So be prepared to dedicate a lot of time and effort. You start by getting a building permit. If you're looking to build a low retaining wall you start by digging a trench a little wider then the stones and a few inches deep (the higher the wall the deeper the trench). F...

How To: Treat your furniture for bed bugs

Nothing is worse than bed bugs, right? Those pesky little creatures can make you seriously uncomfortable and cost you tons of money replacing furniture. But you can treat your furniture without spending money or having to throw it out. You will need to inspect everything thoroughly and make sure to to follow every step properly. This video will show you how to treat furniture for bed bugs.

How To: Laminate stairs

In this tutorial, we learn how to laminate stairs. First, you will need to grab your laminate and measure out the stairs. Then, cut out the nosing to the stairs. After this, you will need to cut out the laminate with a chop saw to place it on the front of the stairs so it looks nice and is fully covered on the stairs. You will need to place down glue on the laminate then press it down on the stairs and allow to dry. Behind the front piece you will place another piece of laminate and glue it d...

How To: Build pet steps for your animals with Lowe's

In this tutorial we learn how to build pet steps for your animals with Lowe's. Start out with making the lines for the sides of our steps on a piece of ply wood. Cut these out with a circular saw and then start assembling the steps. Use wood glue, nails and a hammer to do this. After you have these assembled from the bottom up you can insert the steps for the inside of the stairs. Make sure all of this is secure and everything is nailed in properly. Then, add in padding to the steps for your ...

How To: Build a beautiful cedar log bench using a chainsaw

For the normal woodworker at home, the table saw, router and lathe are the prime tools used for making fine furniture, but when you hit the outdoors, the backwoodsman's tool of trade is the chainsaw. Mastering furniture-making with a chainsaw is the key to being a great woodworker, and in this three-part video, you'll learn the techniques to chainsawing your way to a beautiful log bench.

How To: Build a steamer trunk

The Wood Whisperer thinks you have what it takes to be a great woodworker. In this 4-part series, the Wood Whisperer is building a steamer trunk for a friend. He takes you through the process of building a steamer trunk, from beginning to end. Check out more tutorials on woodworking by searching for woodworking on WonderHowTo.

How To: Make a lock miter joint

Watch this instructional carpentry video to woodwork a lock miter joint with a lock miter bit and set up block. Join materials at 90° by cutting a 45° miter and a matching tongue and groove glue joint. This joint not only increases mechanical strength, but also increases glue surface area and automatically aligns parts.

How To: Build a storage box for your deck

Building a storage box for your deck is a smart way to add extra storage to an area usually not known for having storage. The great thing about using wood than plastic, is that is adds to the feeling of being outside and can be stained to match the look of your deck. This three part tutorial, will take you through the steps of building a successful storage box and shows you step by step.

How To: Glue and clamp woodworking projects

In this woodworking tutorial, you'll be finding out how to properly glue and clamp woodworking projects. This is an important tutorial since some projects require the use of glue more than nails or screws. So it's important to know what to exactly do when working with both products. So sit back and enjoy this great tutorial!

How To: Build a fireplace mantel from scratch

If you have a bare fireplace in your home, it can sometimes look unfinished and boring. Installing shelves or a new layer of brick or stone can help the cause. But a mantel can do so much to a fireplace as well. In this tutorial, you'll discover how to build a mantel from scratch. It's a great way to add character to not only your fireplace, but to your home as well. It's project that can take a day or two to complete depending on your level of expertise. So good luck and enjoy! Build a firep...

How To: Install the moisture barrier over concrete subfloor

This video describes the process of installing a moisture barrier over a concrete subfloor. The presenter is using 6 mil thick poly barrier. The barrier comes in rolls about twenty-four inches wide. When rolling out the moisture barrier you want to go from wall to wall and cover the entire floor. For optimal moisture control you will want to overlap the poly barrier by at least six inches. The barrier plastic does not need to be taped or secured to the floor at all, it simply lays on top of t...

How To: Use a nail set & punch for woodworking

Bob Schmidt teaches us how to use a nail set & punch for woodworking. A nail set is a traditional kit that you can find anywhere. The nail set punch does not require a hammer to use and is very easy to figure out. Place this on a nail and then pull the spring back. Keep the pressure towards the nail head and it will drive the nail right into the hole that you need it to go in. This is great if you have a nail that needs to go into the wall but the hammer will not fit where you need it to. Any...

How To: Transfer patterns on woodworking projects with Lowe's

This video illustrates the transfer of paper patterns on woodworking projects with Lowe's. If you have a pattern in a piece of paper for the woodworking project. Draw the grid for the pattern in a piece of paper. Even though, the piece of wood is six times larger than the pattern in paper. Draw the grid in the wood with One and half inches by the use of ruler. Then check out each and every box of grid in a pattern, trace the shape of each boxes in the wood. After finishing all the grid boxes ...

How To: Cut mitered half-lap joints

There are many ways to attach pieces of wood. You can use screws or nails to keep them nice and secure or another option can be wood glue. But when making certain items, it's a good idea to use joints when connecting pieces of wood. In this tutorial they talk about how to make mitered half-lap joints. The best time to use these joints is when you're using one to two inch stock. Items like desks and dressers usually have half lap joints. It adds studiness to the internal structure without need...

How To: Apply a deep red mahogany finish to furniture

Add shimmer and color to your wood furniture with a Deep Red Mahogany Finish. Watch as The Wood Whisper's Marc Spagnuolo shows you how to apply this look to anything wood in your home. First Marc tells you about narrowing down whether or not you have to mask the wood or enhance the wood. After you figure that out you must choose how to color your wood. There are stains, oils, dyes and more! Marc chooses both a Merlot General Finishes Water Based Dye and Brown Mahogany General Finishes Gel Sta...

How To: Paint a vintage shabby rose on your furniture

Artist Kate Bangs shows us how to improve old furniture with a shabby rose design. Take vanilla and fuchsia colored paint and mix them together as you paint them on the furniture to form the background. Let that background paint dry. With a watery brush paint the rest of the areas, including raised sections. It is shabby painting and so it does not have to be super neat. Load your brush with pink and white paint and make arches in a circle to form petals. Mix green, pink and white on your bru...

How To: Make old cabinets look like new

Cabinets are usually the most prominent feature of a kitchen and greatly determine the room's overall décor. Peeling paint, nicks and scratches, or a dull, dirty finish can plague older cabinets and really sap the pizzazz out of the living space. On the other hand, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for cabinets and breathe new life into the kitchen. A repainting project can also save tons of money when compared to full cabinet replacement, which can easily total several thousands of dollar...

How To: Install a butt hinge mortise

If you've been working on a project and need to know how to put up a door using a butt hinge, this video should help. In the tutorial, The Wood Whisperer, will let you know what tools you'll need to determine how to properly install a butt hinge mortise. Installing it incorrectly can result in an off balance door and can be tedious to try and fix. So check out the video for more information, take notes, and good luck!

How To: Install a wood stair railing kit in your home

Many home that have stairs in them, tend to have either wood or metal stair railings. Each has their own benefits, but metal tends to be cold and less attractive to homeowners and potential home buyers. Installing a wood stair railing adds much more character to the space and can increase the value of a home significantly. So check out the tutorial above and see if this is a project you would like to tackle. Enjoy! Install a wood stair railing kit in your home.

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