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post #1 of 6 Old 11-29-2014, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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File desk assembly

I have a file cabinet desk I'm building and the only things I have put together during the summer are the two cabinet frames, one with the drawers, (which are not made yet) and the other end with miscellaneous stuff. The table top is one piece of Oak and the apron was cut last night. My question is sense I have a cold damp garage here in Indiana, what's the best way to assemble the top? Is it ok to finish everything in the garage and let it sit for a few weeks and bring it in the house? I'm still learning about wood movement but cold to warm environment, what could happen to the wood? Does it really matter where I put it together at?
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be aware, glue doesnt work sub 50 degrees or so. may want to do the glue up inside the house if thats an issue.
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As long as you can glue the wood together on a warm day where the glue doesn't freeze the cool and damp whether shouldn't hurt you too much. Cold and damp whether will also affect finishes. It might take a week for a coat of finish to dry where in the summertime the same finish might dry in hours. When you mount the desk top it would be a good idea to do it with table top clips which Rockler sells. They are just a metal clip that will allow for the wood movement. It's a good way to mount the top even if you had perfect working conditions.
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The only glue up I have left right now is to do the wood banding on the edge of the top. I probably will do that inside.
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The plan was to have this project done before winter. But when you have a little one crawling and getting into everything, the build goes a little slower. My stains right now are in the house where it is warmer and the staining won't get done until next spring or summer. The table top clips that you mentioned, those came in the mail yesterday. I can't wait to use them.
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You can stain in cold weather however I wouldn't recommend doing that until you are close to being ready to put a finish over it. Stained wood when it sits for a while tends to collect dirt which muddies up the finish. It's something you can't just clean off.
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