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Forum topic by redtail posted 11-11-2015 09:04 PM 680 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2015 09:04 PM

I have completed the build on a shaker style cherry drop leaf table. I am almost done with surface prep but I am not sure of how to go about finishing the top. Specifically, should I break the top down into it’s components or finish it with the hinges attached? What are the pluses and minuses for each approach? My plan is to use Waterlox original.

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#1 posted 11-11-2015 09:21 PM

I prefer to break things down whenever possible for finishing. That way I get all the cracks and crevices and don’t get oil/stain on the hardware. Obviously joinery stays in tact but if it’s a simple matter of removing a screw, I’ll do it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 10:54 PM

Red Tail I recently refinished a drop leaf table and completely disassembled the top because I could never hope to turn it over if it was in one piece.
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I would have to say that if it was all together you would run a great risk of getting finish between the cracks on the edges and be unable to brush them out if you tried to do it as one piece. Note mark the mortises when you remove the screws and hinges, I learned that both sides were not the same on mine.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 04:43 PM

Thanks for the input. Here is the finished table:

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