|Forum topic by pete79||posted 10-21-2009 05:14 PM||1597 views||1 time favorited||3 replies|
10-21-2009 05:14 PM
Well I’ve been working on a heirloom toybox/blanket chest for my kids for the past month and I’m getting close to being ready to apply the finish. The toybox is made of a combination of solid birch and birch ply. My goal is to have all the legs and cross member pieces of a dark golden or brown color, with the side panels left as a natural very light birch color. Here’s a link to what I am using as my inspiration for the project:
So here’s the question – I believe that finishing birch is similar to maple in that blotches are a main concern (please correct me if i’m wrong). I just finished reading a lengthy forum on finishing some maple pieces that ended with this approach:
1.Sanded to 220.
I’m curious about three things here:
1. Is the tinting process truly needed, or would a dark stain applied after a shellac/denatured sealer do the trick?
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