So a few months ago, I posted some close ups of my entertainment center to try and determine what wood was used. Here’s one of the photos:
The consensus was that it is probably alder. So knowing that alder is somewhat difficult to color and finish, I order 20 bd ft, about half of what I need. I glued up panels for the sides, bottom and back. The back is a 3/8” panel that slides into dados in the sides and two slats at the top and bottom. The top of the carcase is two narrow slats. The solid top will then be screwed down through those slats. I’ve made most of those pieces and here they are:
So in parallel, I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to make this match the original entertainment center. Knowing that alder has blotch problems, you can probably guess how this is going to go. I zeroed in on a blend of two General Finishes Dye Stains. Here are some results I just got by spraying the dye on alder:
And here’s how great it can look on mahogany:
So what should I do? I’m not very happy with the alder. I almost want to scrap the $90 worth of alder I bought and redo it all in mahogany. The other option is gel stain, which I tried a while ago, and I am remembering it looking a lot better. What do you think?