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Posted on To paint or not to paint, that is the question.

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#1 posted 05-16-2018 11:12 PM

I forgot to add – I have said this several times before. . . . .
build your project FIRST – - – THEN figure out what finish you want.
talking about paint or finish for a project that is not even built yet
is like putting the cart before the horse

- John Smith

Not to start a debate, and for the benefit of the inexperienced, I have exactly the opposite opinion – design the complete finish schedule when designing the project. I’ve made many design changes to a given project due to the finishing types or methods to be used. Not nearly as important for shop “furniture”, it is very impotant for fine furniture.

- OSU55

+1. Particularly with a workstation like that in the video, there will be areas that are difficult to access after it’s built. Better to put whatever finish you’re going to use on, especially the interior pieces, before assembly.

I also agree with woodbutcher about the plywood. I’d never use OSB for anything other than sheathing. I don’t think of it as a structural material. With plywood you can cut dados, rabbets, use screws, etc with much better results.

The HD locking casters are excellent. I’ve used them on all of my mobile cabinets. The locking mechanism not only prevents the wheel from rolling, but it locks the swivel in place too, so the cabinet is very stable.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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