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#1 posted 01-31-2013 03:37 PM

People have building great desks this way for decades now.

I’d use a desk pad, regardless of the finish. But, enough coats of the finish should be all you need..and more coats will fill the plywood to achieve a more even finish. I love the GF Endurovar for this.

I would NOT use a scraper. It’s way too easy to scrape away the veneer, IMO. Worse, you could gouge the plywood with a scraper corner. I would lightly sand the plywood with high grit just to assure there are no really rough areas and that any color goes on evenly. The smoothness ulimately comes from sanding the finish, not the wood.

If you color the wood with stain, you might have issues with blotching or disuniformity in color between the plywood top and the hard wood used on the rest of the project. This will be especially true if you use a scraper on the plywood. I always use a shellac Sealcoat on all surfaces for those types of projects prior to putting the color down…and then I use the same color in my first finish coat as well, which will even out any color disuniformity.

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