I'm almost done assembling a Huntboard Table; plans out of
Popular Woodworking. As this will be an entry piece of furniture,
I'm planning on shellacing the table. The question is about: does
the inside surface of the table need to be finished as well. I know
the top does to help minimize warping but seems to me the inside
surfaces are not. I know the insides and sides of drawers are
not finished either.
Your comments welecomed,
You apply a finish to the top to "protect" the finish. Applying a finish to
only one side/surface can increase the odds of the piece warping. When
applying a protective finish you want to apply the finish to all surfaces
exposed to air.
Apply the shellac to all surfaces. Don't forget the bottom of the
legs where there is end grain. You can dilute the shellac (with
alcohol) and apply this spit coat to all drawer surfaces. After a
month or two, wax and buff.
Finish all sides. Bad things can happen to the unfinished side such as
staining or maybe mold growth. I've got a small table that was finished
only on the top side and it's got some staining on the bottom now, plus
it's warped a bit. I've got a couple coats of poly on the bottom sides
now and haven't seen any other bad signs.
You can only do so much with caulk, cardboard, and duct tape.
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