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Old 10-04-2009, 12:55 PM
geocanary geocanary is offline
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Staining wood before or after glue-up???

I'm back for more help!! I'm making some cabinets for the kitchen, and I've cut the stiles & rails for the doors and face frames to length as well as the drawer fronts. My question... is it better to stain the pieces before you put them together or glue them up first and stain when they are put together? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 10-04-2009, 02:24 PM
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Generally speaking I stain after assembly. Any imperfections from assembly can then be dealt with prior to stain.
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Old 10-04-2009, 02:29 PM
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While I don't stain the doors I make I glue up before using Danish Oil and applying final finish. I would think that cleaning up any glue from pre-stained parts would/could be a royal pain and create additional work, et al, sanding, restaining, etc. I vote with C-Man, glue up first.
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:04 PM
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I do partial stain before glueup, in some cases to prevent white wood showing in event of expansion. In other cases, I do a partial local stain of small difficult-to-access areas since any remaining glue will resist later stain, and it's sometimes very difficult to remove glue later. I then do a full stain after glueup.

Against the chance of wood movement showing white:


To prevent getting stain on the ebony sections, and to assure stain is absorbed on the inside surfaces of the stretchers between the spindles:
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Old 10-11-2009, 07:51 PM
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I find that glue does not adhere well to a stained surface. So I glue up before I stain. If you choose to stain before glue up then try to keep the stain off of the glue up area.
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Old 10-11-2009, 10:13 PM
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I find that glue does not adhere well to a stained surface. So I glue up before I stain. If you choose to stain before glue up then try to keep the stain off of the glue up area.
Generally agree with the above except for raised panels. If you stain them after assembly and the wood moves on the floating portion, you will see unstained edges. Since they aren't glued in place, stain the raised panel first before assembling.

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