Lessons Learned #1: Mistake # 1 - Proper Planning

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Blog entry by Joe_M posted 04-24-2012 09:27 AM 7027 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m not sure if this would qualify as a mistake or not, but I did learn a lesson. I had been building some cabinets over the last couple of months and they are all finally done. I have an upright that’s about 36w/16d/76h and three wall hanging cabinets that are about 46w/11d/33h. The upright and two of the wall hangers have doors that I put together. The carcass’ are all 3/4” red oak ply from Borg and the face frames/doors are 3/4 red oak with 1/4” red oak panels. The cabinets went together nice and I learned lots of ww stuff in the process (my first real furniture’ish type build).

Here’s the rub – I suddenly have a lot (to me) of furniture to sand, stain, sand, seal, sand, seal, sand, seal…. Oh my goodness, why on earth did I wait til they were all done to start this process? I literally spent all day Saturday sanding everything at 100, 150, and then 220. It took me most of Sunday to get all the pieces stained. The lessons I learned here are (1) sand to at least 150 as I build, i.e., pre-assembly, and (2) try not to have so many projects to finish at the same time.

I realize there is a learning curve associated with our ww passion and this is all part of it. I just wish someone would come sand and seal all that furniture in my garage. :) You can bet your bottom dollar I won’t be making this mistake again!

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#1 posted 04-24-2012 10:06 PM

I have been torn many times on when to sand, stain, and finish cabinetry. I dont know what the standard approach is.

If i sand before assembly and gluing, then im sure ill have to sand away glue squeezeout, or all the accidental scratches that happen. and if i finish before assembly it can ruin the glue strength, or if u have squeezeout it could be a disaster.

So I have been sanding, staining, finishing after the project is done. Yes sanding in corners cant be done with a round orbital sander, sanding verticle and upside down stinks, and staining and finishing is a pain to get even coats.. but i just dont see another way.

Anyone else???

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