Need help working with veneer, staining, and gloss

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01-24-2010 10:52 AM

I’m an amateur telescope maker, I’m trying to get the upper part of this

to look like this

The upper and lower octagon and dowels will be the maple color and the black shielding will be the cherry colored stuff. I am undecided for the mirror and rocker box at the bottom, I was thinking a 1” maple band around the top and bottom of the boxes and the cherry look inbetween.

I’m using inexpensive ordinary maple veneer on top of an aspen plywood. I think I can only use an oil based stain with veneer. Do local paint shops usually carry a cherry and maple colored stains like that? What steps do I need to take gluing, sanding, and topcoating to get that look? Thanks

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 07:58 AM

I’d use water soluble aniline dye for the cherry color. Maple is very difficult to stain evenly, but you can dye it rather easily, and dyes come in any color you’d want.

Use a clear laquer finish, and rub out the final coat for that high gloss. You’ll probably need at least 6 coats. If you’ve never done it, you should make some samples to get some practice.

-- Gerry,

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