I've got 2 projects in the works and both have raised questions on how glue (say Titebond II) mixes with finishes. This isn't about squeeze out.
I'm assembling a couple of drawers and would like to stain (cherry color) the drawer fronts before gluing them together. The wood is poplar and I'm using drawer lock joints. The fronts (front and edge surfaces, probably not the back/inside surface) will be finished, stained and then a poly varnish. The sides and backs will not be finished. I would like to keep a neat dividing line between the stains and unstained parts. Will glue hold on the stained piece? I've thought about masking the glue line, but I'm not sure I can get the masking tape tight into the draw lock contours.
2nd project – This is an oak base to display a first people's doll. The base will be roughly 12" x 10" x 3 1/2". There will be a plastic display case set on top of the base. The person commissioning this (friend of a friend) wants the base to have pieces of drift wood fastened to the base. The oak base needs to be finished (stain & poly varnish). Once the base is finished can the drift wood be successfully glued to the finished surface? If so, what type of glue (yellow glue, poly, silicone, CA...). Or should I plan on nailing the drift wood onto the base. Or?
Thanks for any suggestions/advise.