Help with a good secondary wood

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Blog entry by ocwoodworker posted 01-30-2011 03:56 AM 1038 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjock friends!! I’m building a walnut lowboy entertainment center and wanted to use a secondary wood for the drawer bottoms. I know the usual suspect would be poplar but I’m looking for something with good grain structure but cheap. (Are the two even possible?) I tried Charles Neil blotch control for Baltic birch plywood but alas it still takes a stain/dye poorly.
Any success stories out there?

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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Kerry Drake

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 04:12 AM

You could try some yellow birch. Tight grain and fairly hard.

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 06:15 PM

Use construction grade pine. Get some 3/4” and plane it down to whatever thickness you need it. Then stain it with Minwax dark walnut stain. Brush it on, come right behind it wiping with a rag. Because of the variations in the sapwood and the harder wood, it leaves a beautiful flowing grain look to it. While this seems a bit of a drastic look for a whole piece, I have used it a couple of times for drawer bottoms, the back of a medicine cabinet once, things like that.


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#3 posted 01-31-2011 04:13 PM

Barry is right. Don’t stain the insides unless absolutely necessary.

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