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not glue the raised panel in place. It should be left free to expand and contract with changes in humidity. It's not a bad idea to stain the raised panels before gluing the doors together. Later shrinkage may leave a strip of unstained lip showing which will have to be touched up.

The small drawers are made of %" or 14" pine with V" lipped drawer fronts of %" stock. Drawer fronts are rabbeted to form a lip around all edges and to receive the sides. Fronts and sides are grooved for plywood bottoms. Fasten the drawer sides to the fronts with glue and V*" dowel pins or finishing nails.

The present trend in finishing pine furniture is to use a dark walnut stain, but the original bench has the very attractive dark honey tone of aged pine. Minwax Early American stain duplicates

this fairly well if the pigmented stain is not laid on too heavily. Depending on the type of wood and the smoothness of the surface, we prefer to brush on the stain; let it sit for a few minutes, and then even it off by wiping with a cloth. In this way you can control the depth of tone around knots and accentuate them if they will add to the interest of the piece.

Before staining examine all surfaces for machining marks that you may have missed when sanding the various parts. Fill nail holes with wood putty and sand smooth, or wait until the finishing is done and fill the holes with a color-matched wax. When finish sanding pay particular attention to the rounding off of any sharp edges.

Stain is applied to all exterior surfaces and to

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