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Forum topic by Tony1212 posted 09-25-2015 02:49 PM 556 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2015 02:49 PM

I built some shop cabinets out of BCX ply last weekend. I was going to throw a few coats of shellac on them, but it turns out I have less shellac than I thought. I could go out and buy more, but they’re shop cabinets…

Do I need to finish the areas that will be up against the walls and ceilings? I want to do the insides in case I spill anything or get my grimy hand prints on shelves and whatnot. Do I risk any issues with moisture absorption if I only finish the insides?

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#1 posted 09-25-2015 04:46 PM

Very good question. I am finishing construction on a planer stand and will soon move into finishing it. In the past I have used poly, and I believe that I have some left which may or may not be any good. Poly is definitely a durable finish, but may not be the best. For example on my work bench I used BLO and then several coats of paste wax. Glue just pops off.

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 11:23 PM

Tony, there is no need to finish the backs and tops. If you check your kitchen cabinets you will find that only the visible areas are finished.

-- Art

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