I should be able to post pictures of the twin in the next couple of days and then start the drawers (I cut a bunch of rough parts for the drawers yesterday), but I’m starting to think ahead to finishing. I’m concerned about the solid red oak taking the stain differently than the red oak ply. Any advise?
1. I plan on testing it out with a scrap of each first.
2. Experience or advise on fillers for porous oak? I haven’t tried fillers before.
3. When I stopped by the Rockler store yesterday to pick up some more oak plugs for the pocketholes, I picked up a can of wood conditioner. I’ve read that it’s harder to get a dark stain with conditioner though. I plan to experiment on scraps, but will conditioner be necessary?
4. Or will sanding well help the red oak and the ply take the stain similarly?
-- Paul, Texas