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Forum topic by bygrace posted 01-04-2013 09:52 AM 1095 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2013 09:52 AM

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I’m a novice woodworker in need of some advice. I’m building a lamp with several small pieces that, when put together, the grain will run in different directions and there will be many small crevices. I am going to color the wood with a water based dye and then finish with several coats of Watco oil and spray laquer. Can I do any of these three steps before glue up? I could probably do a better job before glue up, especially coloring the wood, if it won’t compromise the glue joints.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 01:15 PM

You can use the dyes, they have no binders that will be a problem for the glue, but any film finish will, that includes the Watco oil and the lacquer. So if you choose to apply them before assembly, protect the areas that will receive glue.

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 01:23 PM

Agree with Fred. you won’t be able to even sand the areas for glueup after application of the Watco oil, since it will have some penetration.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 12:49 AM

hey thanks for the advice. looks like I’ll be coloring the wood first, then assembling.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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