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Thread: Finishing drawer interior question

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    Finishing drawer interior question

    A question for the "pros" and not pros, should drawers be finished or not or depends on the case or personal taste?

    By finishing I mean applying any type of coating, such as shellac, lacquer, varnish or similar
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    Unless it's a purely utilitarian application, such as drawers for the workshop, i'm all for finishing the drawers. I usually go with a few layers of gel or wipe on finish - i don't like sanding and definitely wouldn't want to spend the time sanding the insides of drawers. I like gel varnish or danish oil for this purpose. I use shellac for a lot of things, but i don't think i'd use it for this because it softens with heat and humidity. That slip of paper at the bottom of the drawer may NEVER come off. I also don't like lacquer because it's not very durable. It scratches very easily, and drawers do take a lot of abuse with things being dropped into them or sliding around as the drawer is opened and closed.
    Varnish or poly (what's in the danish oil) are much more durable.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    One of the things I noticed when I took the workshop with Sam Maloof he was showing us around his house and the insides of cupboards and drawers were all finished so I figure if it's good enough for Sam it's good enough for me..
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Wow, Interesting question.
    I looked in all the drawers of the antique dressers and cabinets as well as the newer ones that are in my house and not one of them was finished.
    I've never finished one either. I don't know why though.
    But seeing the comments of the real pros like Paul and Don I think my next ones will be finished inside.
    Can't wait to see some more comments.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Floydada, Tx
    Yes, They are easeir for the lady or clean freak to wipe out. I had one lady that request I spray no less then 5 coats on all surfaces. This mean the back and bottom of the drawers and cabinets. She weekly empty her cabinets to clean them. I find all the wacked out ones.

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