|Forum topic by IAMike||posted 11-09-2014 12:30 AM||701 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
11-09-2014 12:30 AM
I’m a new woodworker, and my experience so far has been making things for around the shop to hold my toys and get organized, while practicing the basics. So far those projects include a router organizer, drawer for under my TS wing, and an assembly/work table. None of them had any significant finish, maybe some spraycan gloss.
For my first “presentation piece” I’m making a jewelry box. I don’t have all the toys yet, including a planer, so I made it out of red oak because that’s what I could find in 1/2” thickness and S4S at the home center. For the lid I have a very cool piece of hickory. I want to dye and stain the wood, and I’ve found the combination I like already. My question is this:
With everything cut and fitted and having been test-assembled to check for fit, square, etc, how far should I go on the finishing before actual assembly? It’s 12×7x6”, with a removable tray and dividers. The corners are all pinned rabbets, going to use 1/8” dowels as the pins, to provide another contrast.
So far, everything is sanded to 220, and that’s it. I’m thinking that staining and such would be easiest while still not assembled, but like I said, I’m completely new at all of this, and any guidance would be most welcome. Thanks!
-- I'm thinking about starting a blog for my projects. It'll have to be called Woodworking By Dummies