First of all some good news. I have finished sanding 3 legs so far! 13 to go :-)
Next I want to let you know what I am going to do after I finish sanding them.
I am going to put the finish on them. I have done this before so it’s not a concern to me.
I just wanted to show something that will probably be new to some of you.
I always use a water based dye rather than a stain. This actually soaks into the wood fibers and when dry is just like you never dyed it.
To prove my point I have dyed a part of this piece of wood and glued two pieces of wood to it. I just sanded off the raised grain after I dyed.
Then first I tried to pull the pieces off and they both broke off at the edge exactly the same.
Then using another piece of wood and a hammer I tried to knock the wood off. As you can see from the pictures to wood gave way and not the glue joint.
I plan on doing this to all the parts before assembly. Now I’m not going to actually dye the tenons or inside mortises. That will just waste dye.
I am going to do this for two reasons.
The first is that it will be so much easier to do single pieces than a completed chair. I will get all the parts wet first to raise the grain and then give them a light sanding to knock it off.
Secondly I won’t have to worry about cleaning out glue squeeze out nearly as much. I would have to pay real close attention to the glue since it will prevent the dye from soaking in.
I am even considering putting on the first coat of water based poly before assembly. I will be doing some tests before actually committing. We shall see.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX