On 11/2/2014 10:20 PM, Gordon Shumway wrote:> On Sun, 02 Nov 2014
> I don't know about you guys but I have more of an issue with staining
> and finishing after the glue-up.
Don't worry. I've got those too, especially on this project, which I
plan to stain.
What I have started to do on my most
> recent projects is to stain and finish the pieces first and then glue
> them up after that. Obviously I do the gluing for all panels before
> staining and finishing.
I do that too, usually. It helps temper my fear of squeeze-out, for one
thing. I think it makes the corners look neater too: no build-up of
finish. And it's just easier; I can apply finish to flat pieces rather
than contorting myself to get to the inside surfaces.
Having said that, you do need to find ways to prop up your pieces so
they won't touch anything while you're finishing them. If the piece was
assembled, it would stand up on its own. I've taken to driving finish
nails into the ends of shelves, like this:
That lets me suspend the pieces slightly off the work surface. I can
apply the finish to one side and then flip them over to do the other.
Although I have of late switched to finishes that don't pick up as much
dust, my habit is to do the more visible side first, so it dries facing
down. Quick tip: The next time I do this, I'll use screws instead. It's
a pain to remove the nails.
Here's a picture of how I managed - using nails, painter's points and a
couple of different "levels" - to array all of the parts for (one-half
of) a large set of bookcases:
Every method seems to have its costs though. In this case I had to mask
off the area of the shelves that would fit into the dadoes. It makes
really neat corners though, so I think it was worth it.
> I use painters tape to insure there is no stain or finish on the
> surfaces that will be glued and when doing the glue-up I use painters
> tape to insure if there is squeeze out it ends up on the tape not on
> the finished surface.
I don't worry about squeeze-out on finished surfaces. That's half the
reason I prefinish the pieces; the glue doesn't adhere well to the
finish, making it easy to remove. And, of course, it can't prevent stain
from coloring the wood if the gluing is done afterward.
This way all surfaces have not too much, not too
> little, but just the right amount of stain and finish even in tight
> corners. Even Goldilocks would be happy.
On my current slow-motion project, I have pre-assembled (and glued) the
"ladders" that make up the sides:
That violates my usual practice, but I just couldn't bear the idea of
staining and applying several coats of finish to 40 loose "rung" pieces.
We'll see if that turns out to have been a mistake.
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