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Ok, I have been away for two months working on my new project, refinishing my kitchen cabinets. I have finished one cabinet and now have a plan formulated for the rest of the project. I will make new flat panel cope and stick doors and refinish the existing frames. For the side I am going to apply PSA veneer. I have done this on the cabinet I just finished and it looks great and went on like a charm.

Now for the questions! Should I finish my 1/4 flat panel oak plywood before fitting into frame and gluing up? I am worried that if I apply glue and it come out of the frame I will never be able to clean it properly before I apply stain. I have purchase the adjustable Freud cope and stick bits, Freud P/N 99-761 Ogee.

Next question. To do the frames I plan on splashing out for a Festool RAS sander and vacuum since I will be sanding in-situ, that is, in my kitchen. I need to remove the old white wash finish. Does anyone have a better recommendation. Should I buy the small RAS sander as most work is on a couple of inches wide or should I get the 5 inch RAS?


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Welcome back Jim. You should finish the panel before you glue up the frame. There is no way to get the finish under the frame lip and any movement could expose the unfinished edge.

I would opt for the 5" since it can be used on more than just one project.

It will save you a lot of money in the long run if you add a separator inline with the vacuum. It will capture most of the dust before it gets to the pre filter bag. Since you are capturing virtually all the dust in the separator you do not need a large tank on the vacuum. It will be easier to move around.

All the separators work; the Dust Deputy Deluxe from Oneida, the Clear Vue Cyclones CV06 Mini and the Rockler Dust-rite. There is not a significant difference between these in the amount of fines that pass into the vac.

The CT26E does an excellent job. Bosch's VAC90A and VAC140A(shown) can also be used as a wet vac. I believe there is a Systainer shelf similar to the L-Rack-S I used to mount the CV06 Mini on my vac.
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Thanks Mike for the advice. I already have a Rockler Cyclone and it works great with my Big Old Craftsman Vacuum. I will switch it over to the new vacuum when I get it.

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Hey, Jim; if I were doing it, I'd go the chemical remover route, followed by a very light (fine grit) sanding. Sanding can do more harm than good...and still leave you with stain in the grain.
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