I am building a cabinet using oak plywood and biscuits. I will be using
dark carpenters glue for the job. I know glue impedes the takeup of
stain in the wood so should I stain the panel pieces first or will the
stain interfere with the glue at the joints?
No need for dark glue, Keith. I work in a cabinet shop and we glue up
panels all the time with good old yellow glue. You should have some
squeeze-out at joints. Keep a wet rag around (we use old cottage cheese tubs
for the water) and thoroughly wipe away excess glue when it's wet and you
won't have a problem staining. Yes, it will raise the grain slightly, but
you will be sanding anyway. Pre-staining doesn't work very well.
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