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    Stain then assemble or assemble then stain?

    I'm FINALLY back in the shop this week, working on the adirondack chairs I promised months ago.

    Everything is cut, surfaced, routed, and prepped. Last night I drilled and countersunk all my holes. I am ready for assembly. OR AM I?

    It's made of plain old PT pine. I will be staining w/ a redwood color deck stain.

    Should I stain it BEFORE or AFTER assembly? My main concern is that if I stain AFTER assembly, I will miss many surfaces as they are affixed to other surfaces and/or impossible to get to.

    I don't have a sprayer, I will be brushing.


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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Personally, I'd stain it before assembly, knowing that I might have to do a little touch-up afterward.
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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Since it's an Adirondack, I'm assuming there are no glue joints involved. So... stain it - and even varnish it - if that's what you want - before assembly, then go back and touch up any screw holes, etc. after assembly.
    Jim D.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Yep - stain first. I've done the same on cabinets I glued together by taping the points to be glued before applying stain and sealer.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member
    Member of Mensa
    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

  5. #5
    Sound like a consensus! Stain then assemble. Staining should be done this evening, then...

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I frequently stain parts prior to assembly. Primarily areas that will be hard to reach or that are prone to application issues. I may only pre-finish certain areas. Once assembled, I finish the piece.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    I agree Staind first then everything is sealed
    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
    ::: Andrew Wyeth :::

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