|Forum topic by nerdbot||posted 11-28-2015 03:51 AM||456 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
11-28-2015 03:51 AM
I’m days away from assembling/putting the finish on my large door project. They are cherry two doors, each ~8.5’ tall by 2’ wide and 1.5” thick, frame and panel style with 4 panels (3/4” plywood). The rails and stiles are about 4” wide, except for the top and bottom rails, which are 6” wide. The joinery is loose tenons.
Because of how heavy these doors will be when assembled, I’m thinking it would be best to sand and finish all the parts before assembling, and maybe a final touch up coat after assembly. The finish is very simple – I’m going to use a 1/2# cut of dewaxed shellac to minimize blotching, then a couple coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. I’ll be sure to block off areas that shouldn’t receive finish (mortises and panel grooves).
My only concern is that right now, there are a lot of registration marks that I’m using to make sure the parts line up nice and square – this is my first project with mortise and tenons, so each joint needed some tweaking to line up just right. If I sand and finish the parts before assembling, those registration marks won’t be there anymore and I’m worried about not having enough time to adjust things during the glue up (even though I’ve done several dry assemblies along the way). I was thinking I could use blue painters tape on the final dry assembly to reestablish the necessary registration marks.
If I wait to sand and finish the doors after they’re assembled, that will solve the problem of keeping the registration marks during assembling. However, it’ll be pretty difficult for me to maneuver the doors to sand on both sides, as well as flip over and over as I apply the finish.
Any suggestions on which approach would be best, or any other advice on finishing these doors, would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!