I'm building a couple of jewelry/treasure boxes for granddaughters – 7 and 9 years old. Boxes are 9” x 6” x 4” with a lift out tray. This is a dry fit test, the top will be cut off after final assembly.
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I have dyed one with Trans Tint (Bordeaux) and one will remain natural, their choices. I have been kicking around the next steps.
Finish before assembly. All flat pieces, no corners to mess with, easier to sand between coats. On the down side, there are a lot of individual pieces to mess with. Any glue squeeze out is easier to clean up. Do you need to keep the finish off the glue joints? That could be difficult if spraying.
Assemble first. Have all those corners to catch drips and runs, tough to sand between coats. Have only two boxes and two trays to manipulate. Would need to be cautious cleaning up squeeze out.
I could brush shellac or lacquer. I do not have any spray equipment, but could use rattle cans. I just read a thread on that issue and have no problem going with Deft or Behlen aerosols.
I’m thinking if I brush it, it's way simpler to finish and then assemble. If I go with the aerosol cans, I could assemble and then finish.
Thoughts and opinions? What have I overlooked?