View Poll Results: panels in projects, your method

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  • pre-finish panels

    26 74.29%
  • no i dont pre-finish panels

    8 22.86%
  • leave panels loose in project

    21 60.00%
  • anchor panels in project

    5 14.29%
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Thread: pre finish or not

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan

    pre finish or not

    you have a project with panels in it, do you prefinish it or just finish together?

    do you glue in panels or leave them loose?
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    So far I have had good luck just applying the sealer coat (I use dewaxed shellac) prior to assembly. I apply the finish coats after assembly. I also place a drop of glue at the center of the top and bottom rails to hold the panel centered.

    This works for me, but please remember I live in a high desert climate and the humidity variations here are much less than in many other parts of the world.
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2008
    Santa Claus, In
    Prefinish and one drop of glue in the middle.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    I use a headless pin in the center
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  5. #5
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Well I guess my answers were wrong
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    Larry you should always pre finish everything you can before assembling. Keep any over spray off. Or if you are brushing it is much easier to lay out flat work then over head or sides.
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  7. #7
    If I'm staining my project I'll Sand and stain the panels and the profiled edge of the stiles and rails. When I assemble them I'll use a pin nailer and put a pin in the top and bottom of the center of the panel.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I pre-finish panels and any hard to get to areas. I sometimes pre-finish so much the shop looks like a Ready To Assemble furniture staging area. I fix panels in place with space balls or like substance or for smaller pieces I just tack one or two areas with glue.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I agree with prefinishing the edges of your panels before assembly a spot of glue in the middle works or a 22 ga nail can work but I feel glue is less lightly to come loose or damage your frame.
    Unless your dealing with plywood or mdf products it's never a good idea to completely glue your panel in due to wood movement problems.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Dennison, MN
    We're talking for a five piece door right?

    I never pre-finish panels. Most homes are so well controlled there isn't much issue with expansion/contraction.

    Don't glue panels in either. Space balls, or one brad at the top+bottom.
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