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Offline mwildt

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Baltic birch boxes - best order to finish (inside or half) ?
« on: February 26, 2018, 07:47 PM »
Made some Baltic birch boxes, like 10. 1/4 ply, box jointed. Size is 3.5" high, 2 1/4" wide and 7" long. Has an internal divider and a bottom that is dadoed in. Figured I'd clear coat them. Outside is no problem it's more about the inside.

Should I glue them up then fiddle with applying the finish or do it befor glue up ? Or glue up with out one side then finish the inside then add the final side and then finish outside ?

Keeping finish out of the dadoes and the box joints might be achieved with tape I guess.

Looking for what is easiest with such small boxes, not my usual project.

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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Baltic birch boxes - best order to finish (inside or half) ?
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2018, 09:19 PM »
Spray or hand applied?

Tom

Offline mwildt

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Re: Baltic birch boxes - best order to finish (inside or half) ?
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2018, 09:26 PM »
Wish I had a sprayer, but not yet. It will be brush by hand.

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Baltic birch boxes - best order to finish (inside or half) ?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2018, 09:36 PM »
Seal, then assemble.

Tom

Offline mwildt

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Re: Baltic birch boxes - best order to finish (inside or half) ?
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2018, 10:05 PM »
Yeah, I was leaning that way. Thanks for the push. Time to bring the tape out.

Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Baltic birch boxes - best order to finish (inside or half) ?
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2018, 05:26 AM »
There is a reason there is painters tape in the widths that plywood comes in. So: finish before glue-up for the insides.
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Offline mwildt

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Re: Baltic birch boxes - best order to finish (inside or half) ?
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2018, 07:07 AM »
That would be nice for sure. But haven't seen that over here. Did some searching.

Some widths per the orange box stores. Blue painters tape.

.94"
1"
1.41"
1.5"
1.88"
2"
2.83"

But a more global search did reveal 1/4" does indeed exist, online only and it wasn't even listed on 3Ms site despite being 3M.


Offline kcufstoidi

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Re: Baltic birch boxes - best order to finish (inside or half) ?
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2018, 07:24 AM »
Good Autobody suppliers will have all the widths of tape.