Do you finish the inside of a box?

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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 318 days ago

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

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#2 posted 318 days ago

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

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#3 posted 318 days ago

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 318 days ago

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

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#5 posted 318 days ago

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 318 days ago

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 317 days ago

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

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#8 posted 317 days ago

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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