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Forum topic by saltcod posted 06-15-2015 12:46 AM 573 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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saltcod

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06-15-2015 12:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: birch plywood

Hey all

I’m having an absolutely impossible time trying to choose a finish for a birch plywood dresser refinish project.

I’ve tried almost every combination I can think of:

— just stain (5-6 kinds)
— just gel stain (3-4 kinds)
— just water-based poly, just oil-based poly
— Danish oil
— wood conditioner + all of the above
— A Charles Neil conditioner alternative ( wood glue and water that I read about here on LJ )

And everything turns out either splotchy or way too light.

After all this experimentation I’ve decided that I’d like to have a medium-dark walnut finish.

Anyone know how I can get a (relatively) splotch free finish on birch plywood? I’m almost ready to give up and just paint it.

thanks for any tips


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#1 posted 06-15-2015 12:53 AM

Mohawk lacquer-based stains (medium walnut) and a coating of oil to finish.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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saltcod

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#2 posted 06-15-2015 12:57 AM

rats — meant to mention that I’m in Canada, and so for some reason, my options are almost exclusively limited to Minwax and Varathane options.

That said, I haven’t tried lacquer-based stains yet. Are they sprayed or rubbed?

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#3 posted 06-15-2015 01:30 AM

I think you can do either. I did a wiped lacquer-based stain on my maple table. Looks great.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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