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Forum topic by boatz posted 02-07-2017 04:37 PM 292 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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boatz

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02-07-2017 04:37 PM

This is a dry fit of a four drawer chest I am building. The side panels are ash plywood and the rest of the build is ash. The chest will be stained with gel stain and finished with Arm-R-Seal. I know I should stain the plywood panels before final assembly. Should I also apply the finish before assembly too?

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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 02-07-2017 04:41 PM

Looking good so far! You don’t need to stain plywood panels prior to assembly. That only applies to hardwood panels set into grooves. The plywood won’t expand or contract much at all.

Final assembly first, then finish the whole thing at once. I keep the back panel off casework, for better access while applying the finish.

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rwe2156

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#2 posted 02-07-2017 04:45 PM

It will make finishing a lot easier and a cleaner job. Do the rails and stiles, too.

Nice looking chest of drawers.

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OSU55

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#3 posted 02-07-2017 05:08 PM

I see a possible mistake coming. Test your stain on the hardwood and the plywood pieces before touching the project. They typically absorb color differently, gel stain or not. You should test your entire finish schedule on samples before starting on the project.

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boatz

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#4 posted 02-07-2017 05:21 PM



I see a possible mistake coming. Test your stain on the hardwood and the plywood pieces before touching the project. They typically absorb color differently, gel stain or not. You should test your entire finish schedule on samples before starting on the project.

- OSU55


Thanks for the tip. I had not tested the plywood

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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boatz

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#5 posted 02-07-2017 05:23 PM



Looking good so far! You don t need to stain plywood panels prior to assembly. That only applies to hardwood panels set into grooves. The plywood won t expand or contract much at all.

Final assembly first, then finish the whole thing at once. I keep the back panel off casework, for better access while applying the finish.

- pintodeluxe


Thanks for reminding about the difference in plywood and hardwood panels

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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