Ammonia fuming before gluing interior drawer guides?

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Forum topic by madebyhand posted 06-02-2017 02:56 AM 633 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2017 02:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ammonia ammonia fuming drawers nightstand table finishing

I have fumed quartersawn white oak with ammonia and love the results, but this will be my first time fuming a nightstand with drawers. Should I fume before gluing on the poplar side drawer guides/doublers, runners, and kickers or fume after they’re glued on? I’m sure poplar won’t be affected much because it is low in tannins (and the drawer guides are hidden), but am concerned about glue squeeze out/residue getting on fumed oak.

And should I fume the drawer fronts separately before gluing them up (half-blind dovetail drawers) or after glue-up? I’ll be using poplar for the drawer sides, rear, and bottom. I’m concerned about planing off the fumed wood when fitting the drawer, but also concerned about trying to fit a drawer that hasn’t been glued up.

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 06-02-2017 10:58 AM

Personally … I would glue-up the entire stand, especially the drawer, before fuming. Just make a concerted effort to clean up the glue squeeze out. The art of fuming is that it will get into every nook and cranny without you having to worry about it!
Please post pictures once complete. Better yet … photo/document the whole fuming process!

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