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02-16-2009 10:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing

When building eurostyle plywood cabinets, the edges
will be edgebanded with hardwood. Can someone indicate
at which stage does the spraying of dye and lacquer come into play
(water based lacquer) and anything special to take care of eg
masking joints etc .? :

Here are the stages in short:
(1)plywood in sheets
(2)cut to size
(3)edgeband with hardwood
(4)rout dados and rabbets for joinery
(5)put cabinet together eg. glue + pocket screw

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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Francisco Luna

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 11:00 PM

Many Cabinetmakers us pre-finished plywood and prefinished edgebanding….that tells me the finishing can be made at any time. Would be easier to paint separate pieces than assembled boxes.

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#2 posted 02-16-2009 11:30 PM

Let me be more specific – should one
-spray the sheet , cut it,
edgeband it and spray again to cover edgbanding
then rout

cut sheet, edge band , spray and then rout

OR ?

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#3 posted 02-16-2009 11:54 PM

If you are going to spray it before assembly I would suggest edgbanding it first then rout. You don’t want finish where there is going to be glue. Personally I assemble everything and stage the job. I make sure I have everything there that needs to be stained and finished. Missing parts never seem to come out the same color if they are done at a different time. It’s weird like that. Once everything is there everything is stained at the same time, taking care to make sure everything matches as close as possible. Once that is done the sealer and finish is applied. You have to be aware of glue squeeze out, miscellaneous fasteners, etc.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 02-17-2009 12:14 AM

I have found it best for my routine to save the finishing details until last, after the assembly, sanding and staining, edging are completed. If I apply a finish before the end of the project invariably I will introduce scratches that need to be repaired.

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#5 posted 02-17-2009 12:53 AM

OK, thanks, I get the point – best to finish after assembly.
BTW, what do you do for floating panels where the panels
are made of solid wood /need to be sprayed before in order
to avoid wood expansion/contraction causing unsprayed
parts to be visible ?

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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Steve Maskery

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#6 posted 03-06-2009 01:08 PM

I agree. I’m making a cupboard at the mo, oak-flavoured MDF with solid oak lippings. The lipping is trimmed with an offset router base jig and I know that if the board were pre-finished I’d have difficulty avoiding scratching the finish with the base (sawdust gets underneath) and cutting the lipping so that it was perfectly flush and smooth. Especially with an open-grained wood like oak, some sanding is inevitable, so I trim flush plus a hair and then sand. I’d only have to refinish again, so I do that after all the trimming is done.

However, I do try to finish panels before assembly, it’s easier to finish a flat panel before it gets assembles into a door, for example. It’s not always possible, but my preferred order is:
lip panels
sand and finish panels
assemble frames
sand and finish frames

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