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Forum topic by pete57 posted 02-23-2010 09:18 PM 1113 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2010 09:18 PM

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I have a new vanity to build for a customer. He wants two upper cabinets and a lower cabinet, A mirror fits between the two upper cabinets and it sits in a little nook. It has over lap doors and drawers on the faces with a flat panel style look. The only thing that will show is the front of the lower and sides and fronts of the upper cabinets. He supplies the top? Question is what kind of wood looks good under a Mahogany gel stain. He is wanting a cheaper wood with a stain to save on cost. I am a quality kind of guy so I want it to look good as possible. Any finishing ideas would be greatly appriciated as well as what you might charge for such a project installed.

-- Humble Wood Servant

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#1 posted 02-24-2010 03:35 AM

Hi Pete,

I don’t have much advice on stains other than to be sure to make some test samples, but you might consider using a mahogany plywood to save costs. Also, look around for lauan plywood which is a lower cost look alike to mahogany. Lauan/Luan actually is a mahogany (Philippine Mahagony). If you go with one of these, I suggest you look at Waterlox as a clear finish. It’s a tung oil based finish that is easy to apply, is reasonably waterproof and durable. Good luck with the project!

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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