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Forum topic by PeteMoss posted 981 days ago 532 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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981 days ago

Hey gang,

I am currently building a jewelry style box. I have cut rabbets in the edges of the top and bottom which go into grooves cut into the sides, sort of like frame and panel construction with the top and bottom being loose to allow for seasonal movement. In this case, the top has a large rabbet which allows the actual top surface of the box to be proud of the sides, giving it somewhat of a raised panel look. In looking at it while dry fit, it seems that this is going to be very hard to finish, to get down into the gap between this top panel and the sides, etc. I am wondering if I should maybe try to prefinish the top and bottom before gluing the thing up? Or maybe I should just slather BLO on it and forget about it? Any advice is much appreciated.


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#1 posted 981 days ago

I would prefinish, at least the part you are worried about. Use painters tape to avoid getting finish on the parts that will be glued.

<threadjack>while we’re at it for this style of box construction, when you glue up the sides, how do you avoid getting glue in the grooves and effectively glue the top/bottom in place?

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#2 posted 981 days ago

What brtech said

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#3 posted 981 days ago

One more vote for pre-finishing.

My standard finish calls for about 5 coats of finish. I normally pre-finish with with 1 or 2 coats, then assemble and then apply the last coats. With the last coats I don’t worry about getting into grooves and other hard-to-get-to places.

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#4 posted 981 days ago

Pre-finishing is a good idea.

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#5 posted 981 days ago

Hey, thanks everyone. Prefinishing it is. I think I will try what Rich suggested and do two coats prefinished and then some more after assembly.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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