anybody stained birch stain grade plywood a dark walnut color?
next project is a set of cubed shelves for the bedroom, one on both sides of the bed, approx. 4' wide by 8' tall x 12" deep, 12" cubes .. going to use for clothes storage .. our bedroom is a mix of a stained walnut waterbed and very old (70 years old) maple dresser / vanity that was my grandmothers ..
the maple has a real dark orange tone too it that I don't know if I could duplicate ..
and i'd like to build the cubes to match the bed, a dark walnut ...
walnut ply is very expensive, some $80 - $90 / sheet
Back in the 60's I did alot of birch kitchen cabinets, birch was the rage then. Birch and Maple are closed cell woods which take stain very poorly. Both sploch badly because of the closed grain which sometimes comes to the surface. To get a realy dark color without alot of sploching you must seal the wood with a clear sealer. Then finish with a colored poly or varnish, in other words you are putting the color on the suface. Spraying was the ideal way to do this, but can be done with brush. Mini-wax Polyshades is that kind of a finish.