Finishing a Drawer
Follow some logical steps to make finishing this problem-prone area straightforward
Synopsis: Drawers can be problematic when it comes to finishing. Internal corners either get too little finish or too much; the drawer has to transition from the visible outside of the piece to the less-visible inside; and the drawer must slide smoothly in a tight space. Jeff Jewitt’s method breaks the task down to a series of logical steps that turn a tricky job into a straightforward one: selective staining; finishing the sides, back, and bottom; and then finishing the drawer front and pull to match the rest of the piece.
From Fine Woodworking #189
When it comes to finishing, drawers seem to cause more problems than any other part of a workpiece. Pitfalls include internal corners that either avoid finish or collect a puddle of it; the drawer’s transition from the visible outside of the piece to the less-visible inside; and the need for the drawer to slide smoothly…