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Stain when access is easy
Staining large cabinate
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Staining a partial assembly
provides better access to its
interior. Painter's tape masks
glue surfaces for the face frame
added later.

Stain when access is easy

It often makes sense to finish partial assemblies, too. As shown at right, staining the cabinet carcase before attaching the back or face frame allows you to work from both the front and rear to reach all surfaces. Staining with those pieces omitted also reduces shadows that mask areas of uneven coverage and eliminates corners where three surfaces meet. Stain, especially a gel type, collects in those hard-to-reach areas, creating a blotch.


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tflakmo1 wrote:

There should be one on raised panel doors.

3/6/2014 10:06:49 AM Report Abuse

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