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#1 posted 01-27-2011 02:36 AM

I’d have to agree with both comments above.

It’s much easier to finish things, and finish them consistently when they’re flat, even when, and sometimes especially if, you’re spraying.Your corners and joints will tend to look better as you’ll have a more evenly applied finish if you finish the flat surfaces before assembly.

Not that you always have to finish things before assembly, as Barry says. With something like a chest though, you may get a better end result by finishing it first.

Try this: do a dry-fit with clamps, etc. Then imagine where you might have problems finishing it if you were to assemble it all first. Is it going to be more work to use tape and be extra careful when assembling, or is it going to be more difficult to get into all those tight spots and get an even coat of finish without missing anything, or applying too much, getting runs, etc.?

It also depends on the finish you want to apply.

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