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Blog entry by mrjllj68 posted 921 days ago 583 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need help on finishing this cabinet. I did not build it, it is above my skill level so far. I was just asked to finish it by a family friend who knows I like wood working. The sides, legs and top all look good (they are made of solid wood). The drawer fronts however are taking the finish in patches. Hopefully the picture represents this well. Does anyone have any advice on getting plywood pieces to take a finish more uniformly? Also the person I am finishing it for did not want it to be much darker. If anyone has any good techniques or tips I would very much appreciate the help. Thanks Jon

-- Jon, Morgan UT



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jumbojack

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#1 posted 921 days ago

I think the masters would use Shellac or varnish. I personally would Lacquer it. Lacquer (satin) would bring out the grain, would not darken it and would protect it. You will get as many answers as there are methods.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 921 days ago

Charles Neil’s pre-color conditioner# works great. I’ve used it, as have many others here, and it always gets excellent reviews. It’s very easy to use too, and cleans up with soap and water since it’s water-based itself.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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jumbojack

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#3 posted 921 days ago

Do you plan on staining it. Are the drawers veneered? Is that ply bordering the draws? Is the top solid wood?

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Huckleberry

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#4 posted 921 days ago

Jon, One thing I do when I put plywood with hardwoods is to use shellac sanding sealer. This also does help put with blotchy woods. You can grab a can of it at your local big box stores.

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mrjllj68

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#5 posted 921 days ago

The picture is after the first coat of stain. I am hoping to just even it out on the drawer fronts, which are furniture grade plywood. I’m not sure if that means they are venereed or not. Will the conditoner or sealer work after one coat is already down? The top and sides are solid wood they seemed to take the stain much more uniformly. Thanks again. Jon

-- Jon, Morgan UT

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jumbojack

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#6 posted 921 days ago

I dont know if you can even it out now. Sand it back and get some of Neil’s conditioner from the above link. It really does a spectacular job. Then stain. Ply is really nasty as it blotches.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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