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Question Re: Finishing, Glue Up, and Changes in Humidity

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Blog entry by Biscuit posted 02-12-2011 03:18 AM 933 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m in the process of building two morris chairs with matching ottomans. All mortise and tenon construction. I have one of the ottomans completed and dry-fit together (my first piece of furniture). I was planning on getting all of the pieces to this stage and then doing the finishing and glue up all at once. Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll have all of the pieces to this stage until this summer or fall. Does this present a problem since the humidity in my basement shop is considerably higher in the summer? Do I need to finish and glue up each piece as I go? If I can wait should I store each piece disassembled until I glue them up, or can I store them dry fitted together? Also, I was planning on finishing the parts and then doing the glue up? Good idea…bad idea? Am I overthinking this? Any advice you could toss my way would be much appreciated.

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)



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Dave

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 04:14 AM

First where do you live and is your shop climate controlled?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 07:08 AM

Biscuit,

Finishing before glue up can be good but remember that you should protect the surfaces that will be glued so they don’t get finish on them… it might adversely affect the ability of the glue to bond the surfaces.

Herb

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 02:59 PM

I live in Ohio and I wouldn’t say that my shop is climate controlled. It’s in the basement so it get some residual heat and a/c but there are no vents down there and I run a dehumidifier in the summer.

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 03:21 PM

I’m not a big fan of prefinishing furniture parts, but I do like to do all of the finishing at the same time, when there are several pieces that need to have the same finish. If you have the place to store them assembled, that’s not in a sunny or extremely damp place, I would go ahead an assemble them as I complete them. Then you can put the finish on after they’re all done. The first coat of finish that I use on my furniture is pure tung oil.(or you can use boiled linseed oil, but you’ll have to give it a light sanding before the next layer). If you go ahead with this step, it will help stabilize the wood, while it’s waiting. My $0.02 worth.

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Biscuit

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 03:37 PM

Thanks Tenontim. I actually saw that you were online and just asked you this same question by private message. Looks like you beat me to it. Thanks again.

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)

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#6 posted 02-12-2011 04:36 PM

go here and click movement

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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