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Forum topic by shelly_b posted 12-02-2013 11:13 AM 660 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2013 11:13 AM

I am working on an armoire. The inside is going to be white washed and the outside a teal stain. I was thinking it would be a lot easier to finish the inside before I assemble it. If I do this, am I risking the sides warping since only one side will be finished for at least a few days? It is made of solid maple. The sides are 3/4×10 3/4×68. I am working night shift tonight so lots of time on the internet to ask all the questions I’ve been meaning to ask lol. Too bad I can’t bring my shop to work with me!

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#1 posted 12-02-2013 11:19 AM

There are a few of my projects that I do some finishing before assembly. Should work for you.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 02:00 PM

I do it alote? I dont see any worng with it but be careful when your assermbling.

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 02:52 PM

I’ve finished my interiors prior to assembly for 25 years without incident.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#4 posted 12-02-2013 04:49 PM

I always finish before assembly. Just be sure to sand any finish off of the glue joints before assembly.


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#5 posted 12-02-2013 04:51 PM

I think it is fine. Some panels will warp no matter what you do.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 12-05-2013 06:56 PM

Thanks guys! I was worried since it is just solid wood (no floating panel) but sounds like I should be good to go!

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#7 posted 12-07-2013 02:03 PM

Be sure to tape off any areas where glue may be used

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 12-09-2013 01:13 AM

I just did that finished before putting it together today on a project I’m working on. I’ve done it both ways

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#9 posted 12-09-2013 02:06 AM

just did the insides of a project this evening, tomorrow maybe I will get it assembled….. LOL

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