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Prefinish Or Not To Prefinish11/4
I am in the process of making a Stickley inspired bed frame. The head and footboards have arched top and bottom rails mortise and tennoned to legs. The rails also have 7 evenly spaced slats connecting them with mortise and tennon joints.
I plan on finishing them to match a pair of night stands that I made. This was a multi-step process, that involved water based dye followed by a sealer, gel stain, and finally a top coat.
From my experience finishing the night stands, it seems like it would be easier to prefinish all the parts before glue up.
Is there any downside to prefinishing, or reason I shouldn't consider it? Also, are there any tips or techniques I should be aware of to be successful with the outcome?
Thanks for the help,
Do you mean "Apply finish prior to assembly"? If so, I would suggest that is a good idea. It is, however, merely finishing, not pre-finishing.
Yes, I guess I shouldn't have said pre-finish. I did imply finish pre-assembly, or glue-up.
We finish most everything before assembly