Raised panel wainscotting up the stairs at 39.6° angle. Dry fit had
excellent joints at stile/rail point. Decided to finish outside rather than
risk mucking up the house (I think this was a BAD idea, but SWMBO though
otherwise.) Maple stain to make the QSWO match the red oak flooring and
stair components went on first, followed by three coats of minwax gloss with
light 220 between coats. Regular poly, not wipe-on. Now I have somewhat
noticeable (1/16") gaps at the stile/rail points. The 16oz hammer didn't
help, and I don't think the 2 pounder will do any better. I think the three
coats of poly on the rails is causing the problem.
It would be a bit of effort (well, a huge effort) to disassemble the panels
and sand down the contact areas.
Do y'all think that 3 coats of minwax gloss would cause this gap? Any other
FWIW, If I EVER do this again, I will either finish after assembly or refuse
to take part in the task.