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Forum topic by Tommy Evans posted 06-22-2013 02:52 AM 693 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tommy Evans

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06-22-2013 02:52 AM

I just completed my first 2 drawers for a kitchen base cabinet. These are replacing shelves. The first one was glued up five hours ago. It is finger or box jointed. Can I put a first coat of shellac on it tonight?

I’d like to be able to sand it and get a second coat first thing in the morning.
The second drawer has just been glued up at 9:30 pm. Any chance of shellac on it tonight?

They are made from 1/2 birch ply if it matters.

Thanks, I’ll try to detail my ordeal of making a simple box AFTER I get them to slide in and out !

Tommy


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#1 posted 06-22-2013 03:08 AM

I would say yes. The worst that can happen is the glue creeps
a little under the first coat of shellac and you have to and it
a bit.

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#2 posted 06-22-2013 03:17 AM

“The worst that can happen is the glue creeps
a little under the first coat of shellac and you have to and it
a bit.”

Loren, I’m afraid I don’t understand that sentence. But you’re saying something could go wrong? Glue creep?

Ah, is that “sand” it a bit? Well, that’s not so bad.
SWMBO wants her storage back and the utensils out of the living room. LOL
Tommy

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#3 posted 06-22-2013 03:31 AM

Sand. Yeah. Sometimes little bits of glue bulge
out of joints as the glue cures. It’s minor and often
doesn’t happen… depends on a lot of factors
I suppose so it’s hard to predict.

I shellac stuff real quick after assembly sometimes
and never noticed any real problems.

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waho6o9

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#4 posted 06-22-2013 03:40 AM

I like to shellac before I glue.

Tape off where the glue goes, shellac dries in minutes, and then
glue and assemble.

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#5 posted 06-22-2013 04:04 AM

O.K.
thanks. Doing before could have been better. It would have been very simple to tape off the fingers. I am going to go ahead and do the first one and I’ll do all of the second except at the corners with the box joints just to be safe.

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#6 posted 06-22-2013 01:14 PM

Read your glue bottle for drying times….a good place to start..why get in a hurry an make a mess.

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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#7 posted 06-22-2013 01:52 PM

I’ve worked projects after 2 hours in the clamps with no problems.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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