I am building a cherry armoire for my daughter. It has an upper section with 2 doors and lower section with 4 drawers; and I have the case for the lower section done and dry-fit. I have 3 questions –
1. – Should I leave the inside of the armoire completely unfinished? I built a chest of drawers for my fly-tying materials and every time I open one of the drawers I can smell the finish even though it’s been 6 months. But, it is getting better. Any suggestions?
2. If the inside is left unfinished, where does one stop with the stain? I planned on doing all the drawer rails and stop there, and for the top- finsh both sides of the doors but not the inside.
3. Should I prefinish and stain parts before final assembly and glue up? I just read an article in Fine Woodworking about the virtues of staining before assembly.
I’ve built several pieces of furniture, but never one to store clothes, and not an “heirloom” like this that I’m trying to make as precise as I can as a gift for my daughter.
Thanks for the advice ahead of time.
-- Don, Saginaw Mi