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help for newby with a construction/finish question

I am building some speaker bases that will enclose its own amp. the sides and curved front will be wrapped in black screen for ventilation. Anyways my question. The top and bottoms will be hardwood and joined by 3/4 dowel. I have built jigs to counter bore the holes in the hardwood for the dowel using a router and template guide on the router base. Quite simple. I wish the dowels to remain a dull black or flat black color. However the hardwood will be a semi gloss or gloss finish. I want to finish the hardwood on the insides of the base just because I am an over perfectionist! I will probably just black stain the 3/4 dowel or paint flat black and mask where the glue joint will be. Is it acceptable to counter bore the tops and bottoms after they are finished And then assemble so I do not get gloss all over the dowels when spraying or should I bore for the dowels and use scrap dowel in the hardwood when spraying the clear, removing it before the clear dries to keep the clear out of the counterbores. Counterboring after finishing would save a nice bit of time but dont want to mess up the finish. Any suggestions please!
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Either way there's a chance things may go awry.I think if you cover your finished part with masking tape before you drill, that may be your best way. Is the contrast from the flat black dowels and the actual part that important? I think I'd stain the dowels black and finish the whole part, the dowels will still contrast. I'm assuming you're using the dowels as pins to hold the front to the main box and will be removable. Be careful, the dowels will swell and might pull out of the cover, glue them well.
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put masking tape on the dowels, then cut around the dowel to remove excess tape. install dowels and finish in gloss. just be sure to remove tape carefully and let gloss finish harden before brushing in the black

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