Staining Birch to match plastic Rosewood

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Project by studie posted 08-13-2011 04:30 AM 2348 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fine then I’ll take anything right now but hey a challenge is always a good thing. They say (Charles Neil) Birch or other softwoods can be persuaded to match just about anything, like ta here it here go! Birch is cheap at $28 a sheet @ 3/4” Cherry is $87 so for less than 1 of the cherry I got 2 3/4 and 1 1/4 sheets to make this TV stand. They gave me a hard time for asking to pick from the stack but I got my way and still the panels were not that great. Super thin veneers and no way to sand it you have to be very careful! Cutting it is even more disastrous! I finally fine tuned the Festool MFT table I got this spring for a good deal and it did a good job crosscutting wider panels with minimal chipout of the veneer. (even with a new blade had some) Starting w/stain sealer then red mahogany stain, the next day using Transtint brown mahogany dye mixed w/ alcohol I could get a dark stain that was just right. This is the first time using a dye for me and it is the way from now on! Darkened up the pale stain fine and mixed in a spray bottle with alcohol will dry in no time! so then a coat of Minwax Polyshades Old Maple for some warm tone, a final coat of satin poly. This is way dark for me but to try a new finishing method was fun. Oh and don’t let your Fibbinaci gauges dry in the sun!

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 08-13-2011 08:58 AM

Don’t you have enough of those made yet?

looks like you got it fiinished without too many water spots ;-)) Nice to have a couple of sunny days, eh?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 08-13-2011 11:14 AM

Well done, Looks good.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 08-13-2011 01:58 PM

Vrey nice & well done! Birch is a hardwood though…. much to mosts suprise so is balsa. Its a molecular thing, not really having much to do with the density of the wood. Cheers!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#4 posted 08-13-2011 05:07 PM

love the doors on you shop

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#5 posted 08-13-2011 08:20 PM

I forgot to mention the panel edges are cherry. I rounded one side on the router table then ripped to 3/8. Then butted them up square to the sides. After they were dry used the router to round them as much as I could to the corners. Then many hours of carful forming & sanding to make the intersections. There has to be a better way of doing this, sort of coping them on the router table maybe. Love that #23 gauge pin nailer, can’t see the pin holes at all! Thanks for having a look.

-- $tudie

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