I am using Minwax wipe-on poly on a cherry cabinet. The are a lot of little
cubbies that are a bear to get into. They will not get any wear and will
always be in shadow.
Can I get by with a single coat in the deep recesses? If not, maybe I will
have to pay my 10 year old to do them, cause my hand really doesn't fit.
For next time, should I have varnished them all before assembly? (I relied
on friction and "precision" stop dados, no glue.)
Could you make an applicator pad stapled to a stick to reach into the
cubbies? If you're like me you have a plethor of hardwood "paint sticks"
which are ideal for this purpose. :-)
I would go for at least 2 applications. The first pass soaks into the wood,
only on the second pass do you get any build. I would expect the sheen to
change significantly between coats one and two, but less so after that.
Thinning may help you get into the corners some.
The rule of thumb is to apply exactly the same number to both sides, to
prevent wood movement. I'm not necessarily recommending this--the piece may
be solid enough to resist movement on its own. YMMV, void where prohibited,
I'm in the middle of building a stereo cabinet, and in this case (har!) it
will be impossible to get behind the drawers after assembly. I plan to
finish before assembly, with maybe just one last coat after assembly.
I did an experiment on a set of kitchen cabinets, the complicated one was
finished before assembly, the easy one I finished after assembly.
If I can at all avoid it I will never again finish anything with a hard coat
Well, then again, there are always exceptions. I don't foresee them at this time.
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