Finish Panels before or after assembly?

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Offline debk

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on: March 13, 2021, 10:07:55 AM
Curious how people have done this.

My finish process consists of applying transtint dye, letting dry followed by 6 coats of Tung oil then two layers of poly.  A long process takes about a week since Tung oil needs to dry ~24 hrs between coats.

I am thinking it may be easier to finish all the exposed surfaces first and then assemble.  Any suggestions


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Offline Paul Birkeland

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Reply #1 on: March 13, 2021, 10:39:38 AM
I would not risk getting the oil on the gluing surfaces. 

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Reply #2 on: March 13, 2021, 12:05:18 PM
I finished after the glue up.

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Reply #3 on: March 15, 2021, 05:32:36 AM
Yes I agree, assemble then finish.  I think it is easier.

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Offline Doc B.

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Reply #4 on: March 15, 2021, 06:56:46 AM
We are in the midst of an edit of a new video covering this exact subject. Hope to have it up on a new youtube channel soon.

Short answer - glue it up first, then apply finishes.

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