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    staining birch plywood

    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

    anybody stained birch ply to look like walnut?

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    RE: staining birch plywood

    Sean,

    I havn't stained birch dark walnut, but I finished a piece with birch stained with golden pecan.

    See my workbench in just talking. I don't know if that helps you.

    I have some left over, and I have some walnut stain. If you like I will stain a 6" square piece and take a pic of it for you.

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    RE: staining birch plywood

    i did an armoire in birch and used a dark mission brown dye. It was ok. I might try a gel stain next time to avoid bloching.

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    RE: staining birch plywood

    Leo,

    if you can do that for me that'd be great ..

    I saw your workbench pic, looks good ...

    I did end up going the maple route though, but I'd like to see how birch stains ...

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    RE: staining birch plywood

    i've worked with both for most of my projects and found birch to blotch a little bit more than maple.

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    RE: staining birch plywood

    I have a piece of birch plywood sitting on the side of my shop. I am going to go stain it right now. Be back in a few minutes.


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    RE: staining birch plywood

    here's my pics,

    http://www.woodworking.com/dcforum/d...rum=DCForumID8


    the tv cabinet is birch plywood (except for rail/style doors)

    the table is solid maple



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    RE: staining birch plywood

    wow,

    thanks Leo ...

    doesn't look too bad :) may need to do a couple of coats to really darken it up :)



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    RE: staining birch plywood

    I didn't get a chance to poly the sample today. Tommorrow will be for sure though.

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    RE: staining birch plywood

    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.

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