Do You Pre-Finish?

Poll - March 19, 2013

One of the biggest ways to stack the finishing cards in your favor is to pre-finish. Pre-finishing is the strategic technique of applying finish BEFORE a project is assembled. Even a simple cabinet, once assembled creates all sorts of complex finishing situations. Every inside corner presents three planes that all meet in one spot. Whether you’re brushing, wiping, or spraying your finish, it’s going to be a challenge. If you can manage to get the finish onto the pieces prior to assembly, life gets a whole lot easier.

The real trick is making sure your joints are all protected from the finish. Of course, finish seals wood and sealed wood doesn’t accept glue. So if you do pre-finish, be sure you tape off all of your joints. Not every project can be pre-finished but if you can manage it, I highly recommend it.

This poll was created by Tom Iovino of TomsWorkbench.com.

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