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Using perfinished baltic birch for dovetail drawers7/2
We're a company which produces dovetail drawers for the cabinet industry. We are considering switching to prefinished baltic (Russian) birch for all our 5/8 plywood drawers. Interested in hearing the best method for finishing the dovetails where the machining of the dovetails exposes unfinished wood on the tails etc. I've hear people use oils, waxes or lacuer in a narrow spray pattern. Any one who has perfected this?
not an answer but a question...how do you finish the 4 top edges?
Most of our customers prefer a taped top edge rather than exposed edge so we edgeband with prefinished birch tape.
Is it that much cheaper banding vs solids? figure in the dovetail finishing and it seems like a lot of hassle for a inferior product?
My backround is in furniture and what most manufacturers did is not finish the dovetails on prefinished ply. These were your run of the mill North Carolina furniture companies.
Some banded, some didnt. Either way, I thought it looked cheesy.
I wouldnt worry about it. If you have people that dont like it, sell them solids.
I would be really careful completely eliminating the wood drawers. I think you will be surprised how many of your customers will leave.
The problem with edge banding only the top edge of baltic birch is you still see the edges were they were dovetailed.
If you want to sell banded boxes then build them like butted melamine. We have made piles of drawers out of 1/2" baltic ply with a lock joint. It is our go to if someone doesn't want dovetails. We leave the veneered edges. The whole point of baltic is to leave the edges. Not to edge band it.
Thanks for the feedback - our market is about 90% tape top edge and 10% exposed edge although personally I prefer the exposed edge. Since we're already doing thousands of drawers per year with the taped edge I need to stay with this as the default. Still haven't heard from anyone who has perfected the finishing of those dovetail ends so for now we'll have to keep testing different approached.
I worked with a company that used to do ply dovetail boxes. They would wipe on Good Stuff by hand to wet out the dovetail joints. It was good enough for that particular price point.