|Forum topic by Redford1947||posted 03-08-2011 06:25 PM||871 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
03-08-2011 06:25 PM
I while back I asked about finishing pieces to a maghony chest. The general consusus was to finish just the insides first. After assembling then finish the outside. I did this and it was a disaster. Despite best efforts, wood conditioner and stain flowed down to the edges of the “dressed” sides. As a result, the insides looked way better than the outsides.
As I was proceeding I realized this in time as was able to do the outside of the front piece first, then the inside. Aft er all were stained then I assembled and applied the top coat. Fortunately, only the back inside piece looks better than the back outslide.
From now on I will stain all pieces, starting with the good sides first. Then apply the top finish to only the insides. Then assemble and apply the top coat to the outsides. This is particulary important when using a conditioner as it’s viscosity lends itself to flowing down the edges to the underside of the piece. This allows the conditioner to remain on the surface longer actually makiing a stain before you can get to that side to apply conditioner and stain.
Would be intersted in any alternate opinions or ideas.