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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 04-27-2018 04:57 AM 366 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodworkingdrew

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04-27-2018 04:57 AM

Planning to start construction on a shoe rack for our closet. Do most of you drill the holes first in the wood or finish the piece first than drill the holes. I am worried if I drill the holes first, I will get polyurethane in them and need to re-drill them. I however don’t want to mess up the finish with the jig. Thanks

-- Andrew, California


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BFamous

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#1 posted 04-27-2018 10:58 AM

I always drill my holes first because I do them on a drill dress before I assemble the piece. I’m not certain how you would drill the holes for the pins in the back of the shoe rack if you did it after assembly – that seems like it could involve some awkward contortionist work.

I then take the time to plug the holes with something I can pull out after applying the paint/stain/finish (typically just spare dowel pieces I have laying around the shop). Of course, make certain to take them out before the finish dries or they could get stuck.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#2 posted 04-27-2018 08:17 PM

I always try to do all that sort of work before I assemble because it is so much easier….including finish sanding.
Even if you have to clean up the holes after it will be easier than drilling them after assembly.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 04-27-2018 08:41 PM

I made my jig from peg board, and use a VIX bit to drill the holes. Drill first, then finish.

-- bill@magraphics.us

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