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Forum topic by ronstar posted 04-02-2008 07:49 PM 1056 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2008 07:49 PM

I’m building a closet drawer/shelving system out of maple and maple plywood. I’m going to use wood conditioner with a dark stain and wipe on poly for the outside. Drawers are maple plywood. I’m unsure on how to finish the inside of the drawers. I’ve seen some use wax only, some use wipe on poly. What should I use?

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 08:03 PM

I don’t use anything for drawer sides inside or outside.

Maybe just a rubbing with a candle to make it slide smoothly.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 08:35 PM

All my drawers were finished with two coats of poly and waxed using 000 steel wool. I always felt the drawer should be as smooth as the rest of the cabinet. Even the inside of my cabinets were finished that way. If it did not show, I did not stain it.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 10:33 PM

I have not finished insides or outsides, except the fronts of course.

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 11:13 PM

i put a couple of coats of poly on the insides of drawers. i always like my draws to be smooth and have that nice feeling to them.

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#5 posted 04-02-2008 11:26 PM

Unfinished – wax if anything…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 04-02-2008 11:54 PM

shellac. You want to be able to get everything smooth, with no splinters to snag the wife’s silk skivies.

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#7 posted 04-03-2008 01:10 AM

I’ve always understood that you don’t finish the insides or outsides of the drawer so that you don’t have a sticking problem. Also, finishing a drawer robs you of the nice aroma that comes from the wood when you open a drawer.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 04-03-2008 12:42 PM

Thanks for the replies! I’m sure I’ll have more questions on this project before I’m through.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#9 posted 04-03-2008 01:23 PM

I’ve used shellac but usually just furniture wax. I like the feel of the wax.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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