Pre-finishing panels before glue up?s

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Forum topic by Woodson59 posted 04-22-2015 09:03 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2015 09:03 PM

Working on a wine rack currently. Never really pre-finished a piece before glue up, but I don’t really see a choice to get in to all the little cubbies. I Figured I could glue the top, bottom, the two outer panels and the two inner most panel and then finish that, being sure to tape all the dadoes beforehand and then pre finish all other pieces and glue and slide into place. My only real concern is, having to sand panels flush possibly and burring up the finish. Has anyone done such before? Thoughts?!

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#1 posted 04-22-2015 11:19 PM

I have prefinished before glue up but had a rough time of it. Titebond does not stick to polyurethane at all. If you are using a different finish I don’t know. Maybe try on a couple pieces of scrap first. I looked at your project, it looks really nice!

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#2 posted 04-22-2015 11:19 PM

I routinely pre-finish panels as in raised or flat panels like on cabinet doors. If I am understanding your situation correctly, like the two bottle rests at the left of the door, I would make the panels a bit short, say 1/16 or 1/8”to leave a gap at the back so the fronts can be flush with the verticals in front. HTH

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#3 posted 04-23-2015 12:29 AM

I pre-finish panels because if they are in the frame, you run it to problems. Only issue is you have to be careful on the glue up. If you wax the panels as you put them in, if you get a bit sloppy with the glue, won’t matter it won’t stick.

Here’s a link to a wine cabinet I just completed. Sorry I need to do some better pictures, but the flickr album has a history of the project and shows how I do panels and finishing.

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#4 posted 04-23-2015 02:00 AM

Thanks for the ideas. I may need to try some scrap,try some different glues. See if gorilla glue would hold. Cutting them a hair shy wouldn’t hurt either

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#5 posted 04-23-2015 03:00 AM

For that project just having glue on the ends of the shelves would probably be sufficient, so you can prefinish the panels being careful not to get any in the dados and then finish the shelves being careful not to get any on the ends. May have to oversize the dados a bit to account for the finish.

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