I'm making a shelf unit to hold CDs - lots of them - in a relatively
small space. That means lots of shelves mounted close together, which
would be a drag to finish after assembly. So I'm prefinishing all of the
interior surfaces of the project, including the tops, bottoms and front
edges of the 13 horizontal parts (12 shelves plus a "top").
Here's how I'm doing it:
I put two finish nails into each end of each shelf (pre-drilling first).
Then I clamped two long slats of 3/4" ply scrap to the work surface,
just slightly further apart than the shelves are long. This allows me to
suspend the shelves slightly above the work surface. I apply a coat of
finish to one side (and the front edge) and then (after removing the
excess) flip the pieces over , using the nails as handholds.
I honestly can't remember if I thought of this myself (during my last
project) or if I got the tip here. Either way, it's really working
nicely. I'm curious how you "old hands" would do this.
I'm giving a BLO/Poly/Thinner mixture a try, which doesn't seem to pick
up much dust, but I'm doing the shelf tops first anyway, so the more
visible surface will point down while they dry.
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