Box making question

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by PeteMoss posted 12-22-2011 04:16 PM 654 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View PeteMoss's profile


207 posts in 2561 days

12-22-2011 04:16 PM

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.


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

5 replies so far

View brtech's profile


775 posts in 2013 days

#1 posted 12-22-2011 04:23 PM

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?

View DamnYankee's profile


3283 posts in 1653 days

#2 posted 12-22-2011 04:30 PM

What brtech said

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

View richgreer's profile


4541 posts in 2165 days

#3 posted 12-22-2011 04:37 PM

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.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13347 posts in 2764 days

#4 posted 12-22-2011 05:38 PM

Pre-finishing is a good idea.

View PeteMoss's profile


207 posts in 2561 days

#5 posted 12-22-2011 08:55 PM

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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics