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Forum topic by umbach posted 02-17-2011 08:45 AM 937 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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umbach

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02-17-2011 08:45 AM

Ok. I’m finishing a cherry bookcase and staining it a bit darker than natural. How do I stain the dovetails on the side of the drawer wo getting any stain on to the lighter colored poplar drawer sides?


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Don

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 10:47 AM

Use masking tape and be carefull not to apply too much stain or it can bleed under under the tape.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 01:53 PM

Pre-stain before assembly, seal with shellac then assemble and finish.

-- 温故知新

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umbach

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 03:33 PM

Thanks guys. It’s a bit late to pre stain but I shall remember that next time! Masking tape it is.

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 04:38 PM

Next time ….

You MAY want to try Frog Tape

The paint doesn’t bleed through. Gives you really good control in these end-grain situations :-)

-- -- Neil

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umbach

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 05:01 PM

Thane Beener. I have some of that and was planning on using it.

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#6 posted 02-17-2011 05:16 PM

I don’t trust tape in those situations. I like to use a fine artist’s brush to apply the stain for more control.

But yeah, pre-assembly is best in that situation. Just be sure to keep the glue surfaces clean.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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hObOmOnk

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#7 posted 02-17-2011 05:21 PM

When I did restoration work, I would use artists brushes to apply stains and toners in difficult places.
I even used a magnifier attached to my glasses to help see what I was doing.

Masking tapes won’t work because of bleed through the grain.

Hope this helps…

-- 温故知新

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Don

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 04:52 AM

I don’t think the pre-stain method would work very well. You’d have to cut the dovetails to fit perfectly flush which is difficult to do. If they are even a tiny bit proud you’ll be sanding the stain off when you sand them flush.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 01-18-2013 10:00 PM

Old post I know, but interesting topic.
Don, I have had good luck cutting the dovetails and dry assembling them. This gives me a chance to sand the joint flush. Then the front can be stained separately. Assembly is easy, and you already know everthing fits perfectly.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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