Finish While You Build
Pre-finish parts and then control squeeze-out for a fast, flawless finish
Synopsis: Before you start a project, you should be thinking about its finish. That’s Charles Neil’s approach, and it saves him both time and effort. By taking the time to plan his finish and break down each piece into components that can be pre-finished before assembly, he makes the task of finishing simpler. In this guide, he shows how to pre-finish interiors, protect them from squeeze-out, and build moldings that can be finished before they are attached. He also offers tips that will keep wood movement from ruining the finish on a frame and panel.
From Fine Woodworking #208
For most woodworkers, finishing is a chore to be put off as long as possible. So they wait until after a piece is assembled to figure it out. Instead, finishing should be one of the first things on your agenda; if it isn’t, you will work yourself into a corner—literally.