Stain and the Inside of a Cabinet

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Forum topic by flossy posted 08-14-2012 12:28 AM 1790 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2012 12:28 AM

I’m building a cabinet with raised panel doors. The exterior will be stained, but I do not intend to stain the interior to avoid persistent odors.

Is there a standard protocol for what is stained and what is not? For example, are only the outside edges of the carcase stained, both sides of the doors?

Any insight would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 08-14-2012 01:09 AM

Instead of staining the inside, how about just some wipe-on poly for some protection….. All of my cabinets are finished on the inside. I very seldom use stain though….

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 01:19 AM

Are you building a cabinet with a faceframe or is it Euro style? If it’s a faceframe construction, I usually stain the entire face frame including the inside edge of the faceframe. If you’re building a Euro style with full overlay doors, I usually stain just the outer edge of the cabinet (even though it’s may be a full overlay door, there should be a small reveal (1/16th to 1/8th” that shows of the edge of the cabinet), so you would be able to see that even when the doors are closed. I stain both sides of my doors. The call is totally up to you, this is just how I’ve done it over the years. I very seldon stain the inside of any of my cabinets also. Not because of the odor, since I finish the interiors with a natural finish, but I like to have the interior as light as possible and I like the contrast when you open the doors. Good luck and let us know how you make out.

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 02:18 AM

Thanks for the response, Gshepherd.

@huff—That’s exactly the direction I was looking for. Thanks so much for the insight. Euro-style, by the way.


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