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Prevent accidental reveals
Edges of boards
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Overlapping rabbets let these
boards expand and contract.
Applying finish before placing
them prevents unstained edges
from showing as they move.

Prevent accidental reveals

It also pays to finish solid-wood pieces when expansion and contraction could reveal unfinished borders, such as with a raised panel in a frame-and-panel assembly, or the ship-lapped cabinet back shown right. With stain applied to the full width of their front faces, an unfinished edge will never show as the boards swell and shrink across their widths.


Comments (1)
tflakmo1 wrote:

There should be one on raised panel doors.

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

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