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I want to pick up some cabinet work and I have a question about solid panel doors. I know how to build them, it's the finishing I am not sure about. As the panel shrinks and expands, I know that many prefinish the panel to avoid a line showing around the frame. This is where I am not clear. Is the panel completely finished and then installed into the unfinished frame? How do you keep glue off the panel during glue up? Are the frame parts partially finished also? I really appreciate it if you folks could give me the sequence of steps you follow. As usual, thanks for the help!
If it's a clear coat only then I'll put one coat of finish on the panel before I assemble the door. If it's a stain job then I will stain the panel tongue before I install it, that way it has color on it and if it shrinks it won't be very noticeable. If it's a paint job I'll prime the MDF panel first.
As for getting glue on the panel you shouldn't have that much squeeze out in the first place. Learn to put on just enough glue. Be neat and it won't get on your hands and transfer to other parts of the door.
Leo has it dead on right. Try to just get enough finish on to make the glue up and not totally finish the panel or you will have double the amount of finish on the panel after you completely finish the whole door.
Leo and Mike,
I like to stain and one coat of sealer
I think that, the door must compose with other furnitures. Moreover, front door must be durable and solid.
If your prefer getting the unassembled one, you should need the unfinished yet, so if there is scratches during assembly and installation you can coat them whatever finish you want to use. In this case no visible traces of possible scratched can be seen. It's optional however, if you wants to get the pre-made or assembled door.