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01-18-2010 09:44 PM

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Hello folks….

Not sure if this is the correct area to be posting this but I’m going to go ahead and do it.

I’m about to apply the finish (oil and poly) to a three door, three drawer cabinet. The project is mostly solid Cherry/Cherry ply with Poplar for the drawer sides and back.

Question is – do you apply finish to all pieces, insides of the drawers especially or only to the outside and inside of the cabinet?

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 09:50 PM

I have always done every bit, but with fewer coats on the inside of drawers. My thought process was that it would seal it off and everything would be more stable to expand and contract. Interested in what the real LJ”s have to say though.

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 10:03 PM

I would agree that every surface should get at least one coat. You may choose to do more on the outside but doing the interior surfaces will protect the wood from absorbing dirt as well as moisture. I would be inclined to do a couple coats to the interior of drawers for the reason of cleanability.

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 10:16 PM

Hey Don, Everybody has their own way to finish, so here’s mine. I agree with Andrew about finishing everything. I do it for two reasons. I like to seal everything to keep things more stable, but you will find a lot of antique furniture that the drawer boxes and interiors where left raw wood. (so much for that theory). lol. The main reason I like to finish everthing is simply that I do this for my customers. The look and the feel, so I finish everything the same. The bottom of my drawers, the bottom of shelves, the back of doors and the backs themselves are all finished the same as the outside of the piece. (furniture or cabinets). I want that piece of furniture or cabinet to look and feel good for the customer inside or out. It’s a habit I got into years ago and I always figured if I was going to spend all that time building it, I would take the same pride in finishing it. I realize that’s a lot of extra work and probably not at all necessary, just my silly pride of wanting to do that something extra for my customers and myself.

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 12:15 AM

I finish all surfaces of my projects- drawers, underside of the tops, inside and underside of the cabinets- in addition to the visible surfaces. I follow the same routine for the hidden surfaces as I do the visible ones but usually do not put as many topcoats on as I do the visible areas.

This has come up before and you will end up getting a 50:50 response on this question. A lot of members leave the drawers unfinished and it works well for them. But for me, this is the regimen that I have followed and it works for me. So, I guess the answer to your question is that it really is a matter of personal choice.

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