So there was still some debate about which wood I was going to make stuff in. Therefore I didn’t pick up as much wood today as I thought I wood. I mean would. I can’t believe I just typed that.
Anyhoo, there were several people who commented in my wood thread about how cherry doesn’t really get its true color until it’s been exposed to sunlight, and I may find that it gets TOO dark eventually. So back to square one, I went the lumber store so I could make a decision with the wood actually in front of me.
At my lumber store I have to choose from: red oak, poplar, cherry, and maple. These are my options because I’d really like to work with plywood instead of making my own panels from boards. And I can get these woods in both plywood and boards. I don’t like red oak, cherry has its darkening issue, poplar I think is kind of icky looking, and maple has a really lovely swirly grain on it. Especially the plywood, they had a piece of dark maple plywood that just looked so fanciful with its swirls. I’m thinking, “why can’t I use this?” And I guess I was worried that it would not get dark enough. But the guy at the store said that it darkens up as well as the oak. I took home a scrap board and a stain sample and tried it, and it actually looks like it will work.
Today I’ve been reading about the horrors of trying to darken maple. ha ha! Apparently it is quite a PITA. But people do it, so I’m willing to give it a go. It seems that a common suggestion is to color it with a dye first. So I’ve ordered 2 different colors of Transtint dye, and I will do some experimenting with some different finishing techniques. I figure one of them will work decently, and I’ll get my dark brown AND my nice swirls and I’ll be happy. :)
But in the meantime, I got two sheets of regular plywood, so as soon as I get that table saw borrowed, I can start cutting stuff.