|Forum topic by SouthHollow||posted 383 days ago||696 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
383 days ago
I’m working on a built in book-case and realized that I haven’t really thought through when to finish vs install.
I’m hoping for advice on what sort of stain to use, and equally important – when to do it.
Currently I’ve got the case carcasses built.
I’m going to build a base and then trim it on the porch. There will be a single piece of wood / countertop that extends all the way across the top of both cabinets. (Please excuse my extremely limited photoshop skills)
My questions are:
1) Should I go ahead and stain/finish the inside of the case before putting it into position and installing the trim / facing, or should I wait to do all of the finishing until it is fully in place with moulding and trim and stuff.
2) Any recommendations for a simple finish. The plywood is home-depot tiger-ply and I haven’t decided on what to use for the trim/facing/moulding. The one factor, that I’m not sure if it matters, is that the book-case will get a massive amount of sunlight.
Any advice would be deeply appreciated, as I’ve never done any of this before. So far on this project I’ve managed to cut my first dado & rabbit joints and hopefully first adjustable shelves in a project. LJ has been an amazing resource, and I couldn’t have done it without everything I’ve learned on this site.
-- Alex, Los Angeles