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Forum topic by Abn101mp posted 10-25-2016 11:00 AM 374 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2016 11:00 AM

In finishing my dog bowl stands, I prefer to stain the pieces before assembly. However I have been applying polyurethane after assembly. This has become a pain in my rear and slowing down turn around time for the customer. It is very difficult to get even coats in the confined spaces.
Doing everything before assembly brings in another issue. Though everything is attached with a Brad nailer except the top, I drill and counter sink screws to hold down the top, then use 3/8 flat head plugs. Which need to be stained to match. Thus my problem with clear coat prior to assembly. It already is a challenge to do and keep “clean” after staining.
Any suggestions would be wonderful.

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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#1 posted 10-25-2016 11:56 AM

Why are you using fasteners? This is basically a rigid box and with even simple joinery techniques glue should be all you need.

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#2 posted 10-25-2016 12:25 PM

Yeah, I don’t know why you need to screw down the top either, glue (and brads as clamps) seems sufficient. Also, is the bottom piece there so poochies master can weight down the unit so the dog doesn’t push it all around? If you simplified the design it would be easier to finish the underside.

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#3 posted 10-25-2016 12:41 PM

But if you pre-finish all the pieces, glue will adhere to stain, but not so good on pieces that have clear finish on them.

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#4 posted 10-25-2016 12:47 PM

Thank you for your input. This is one item I do not take the extra time to set up the Dado and run joints. And for some reason people love the this item. Primarily for the paw print.
That being said I will take into consideration pre finishing and also using only glue and brads.
Thanks again.

-- Dan,Mid-Maine

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#5 posted 10-25-2016 01:01 PM

I tape off the glue areas and put on the finish first as touch ups are easier than
applying a finish afterwards, works for me.

Nice dog bowls and the paw cut outs add a nice detail!

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