|Forum topic by atceric||posted 04-08-2010 12:23 AM||814 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
04-08-2010 12:23 AM
I’m getting towards the end stages of my cabinet project ( http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29970 ), and I want to make sure I’m on the right track as far as finishes go. We’re trying for a fairly natural finish. The project is oak plywood with red oak face trim. We’ve decided on a light stain (just to add a slight even color) and an oil/varnish wipe on (General Finishes Arm-A-Seal satin). I tested this on some cutoff materials, and liked it. Seems to give an even coloring without adding a lot of contrast in the grain.
Wondering about drawers, though. I’ve read that you should not finish interior parts since it will leave a constant odor in the piece. I’m going to prefinish the drawer fronts (avoiding finish on the glue surfaces), but that will mean an interior surface (the back of the drawer front) may have a finish on it.
I was also wondering about the sides and back of the drawers. Is it correct to just leave them with no finish? Or should I actually try a simple BLO finish on them? I’m also planning on leaving the interior cavity of the cabinet unfinished to avoid the odor issue I read about.
Thanks in advance. I know there are a lot of differing opinions on the issue of finishes. So, bring ‘em on! :-)