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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 03-03-2014 12:19 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BinghamtonEd

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03-03-2014 12:19 PM

Here is a toy box I’m working on. Construction is almost complete, just needs a top glued up. Top and bottom rails have haunched tenons into the legs. Everything else is stub tenon and groove, panels are 1/4” thick. This is just a dry fit (don’t mind the couple small gaps, they will disappear when clamped up.

I’m looking at this thing trying to come up with the best way to finish this. Assembled, pre-assembly, partial assembly…The chest will be stained with General Finishes Candelite gel stain, followed by 3 or 4 coats of Arm-R-Seal wiped on, then paste wax.

I know I need to finish the panels before assembly, that’s a given. I plan on staining all the pieces before assembly. The question comes to the Arm-R-Seal. I’m thinking maybe if I glue the stiles into the bottom rail and leave the top unglued, same with the sides, then wipe on my Arm-R-Seal, pop the top rail off and slide the panels in, then do a final assembly which is just gluing the top rail on and gluing them into the legs.

How would you guys go about finishing this? I do not have spray equipment, and I really like the results I’ve had so far with Arm-R-Seal wiped on.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.


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mahdee

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 02:06 PM

Hi BinghamtonEd, I always like to do the finish before assembly. cover the areas that need to be glued with tape, finish, assemble. There will be very little chance of drips and so on. Off course you may have to wait a while for the finish to cure before putting it together.

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mahdee

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 02:07 PM

It looks really nice by the way.

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BinghamtonEd

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 02:28 PM

Thanks, Jinx. I agree that pre-finishing is the way to go. I think with this I will do the partial assembly of the sides so that I have less pieces to handle, but still have flat surfaces to finish.

My original design had corbels on each leg, and arches on the bottom rails. Once I got it dry-fitted yesterday, though, I started liking the way it looks as is, and liked the proportions. I decided the curve of the corbels would look a bit out of place if I left the bottom rails as-is. And then of course I asked my wife’s opinion and she said “Why do you always feel the need to over-complicate things?” So, I decided to leave it as is.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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mahdee

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 02:54 PM

LOL, must be the engineer in you. A lot of times solid wood panels will expand when finish is applies, then when they shrink back, you will see a strip of unfinished wood sticking out of the sides which makes it hard to match with the rest of the wood especially if top coat has been applied.
There is a saying that I adhere to very much and it goes like this:
After you get married, you have two choices in life; 1- to be happy, 2- to be right.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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