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Forum topic by siavosh posted 10-08-2013 09:23 PM 1005 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-08-2013 09:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shellac

Totally novice question: what are the pros/cons of using a finish for inside of a box? Is it just a matter of taste or is the extra work important for resiliency. In my case, I’ll be using shellac, and it’ll be a toolbox.

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#1 posted 10-08-2013 09:53 PM

Not my tool boxes and tool drawers.
On others, it depends on the intended use.

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#2 posted 10-08-2013 09:58 PM

On boxes I tend to pre-finish the inside before assembly. Using shellac you should be fine.

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#3 posted 10-08-2013 11:15 PM

a1Jim – what types of boxes are you making that you pre-finish inside before assembly?
Also what do you do to still get good glue joints?

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#4 posted 10-08-2013 11:17 PM

I always finish the insides, but that’s just me.

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#5 posted 10-09-2013 12:55 AM

I prefinish the insides of all my boxes with shellac to keep glue squeeze out from sticking in those inside corners. Just be careful not to get shellac where you want glue adhesion. I do this on mitered boxes as well as box jointed ones.

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#6 posted 10-09-2013 01:39 AM

I try to finish the inside but don’t always succeed. Usually I’ll finish them with some kind of wipe on finish like danish oil. French polishing the inside of a box is a pain.

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#7 posted 10-09-2013 02:05 PM

I do with waterborne poly alone or waterborne poly over flat acrylic wall paint for color. Drawers, too.

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#8 posted 10-09-2013 02:12 PM

I like to finish the project first, or at least use shellac to prevent

glue marks and use tape where the glue joint is going to be.

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