|Forum topic by FrankD||posted 04-08-2010 03:48 AM||2544 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
04-08-2010 03:48 AM
I’ve been doing some experimentation on some nice maple plywood that I picked up at the local Menards. I just need the top 7 feet of the sheets so I’ve been playing with the extra foot I ripped off each panel. I’ve picked up some gel stains from Varathane and Minwax, some Cabot stain, and a can of Wipe-on Poly.
I’m pretty new to finishing and from what I’ve been reading I’ve picked about the hardest possible wood to learn on but I’ve been pretty lucky so far and not seen any blotching. The sanding level that the wood came home with seems pretty optimal for allowing in a nice even layer of stain and doesn’t have any sanding or planing marks so I don’t plan on messing with that more than I have to.
My question is more intrigue than anything else since I doubt I can get results like this without spending large amounts of money but I’m dying to know how you get a look like the middle of this sunburst:
How much of that is the character of the quilted maple and how much of that is their finishing process?
I’m guessing that it’s a combination of dyeing, oil and topcoat but I can’t imagine how to achieve it.