Finishing birch plywood and poplar edge banding

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Forum topic by cowboyj posted 08-18-2010 04:57 AM 2895 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2010 04:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: blotch birch plywood poplar finishing

Most of the finishing questions I see are in this forum, so I hope I am in the right place.

I am building a wall-sized, bookcase-style shelving unit. I am using birch plywood and poplar edge banding, both purchased at a BB store. I intend to finish it with a clear water-based finish. I would like to know if there would be any benefit to using a blotch control product first. Most of the posts I have seen concerning blotch control involve projects that are going to be stained. Since I will not be staining my project, is there any need for me to be concerned about blotch control?

-- Jerry

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 05:01 AM

Since you are not doing any stain or dye, I don’t see much advantage in using a blotch control.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 05:04 AM

I agree with TheDane, I have sprayed dewaxed shellac on a few projects involving birch ply from a BB store and never had any problems. My only tip is to keep the coats light and build slowly… for me, but takes a little extra time.

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