stain and finish for birch plywood

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Forum topic by kcrandy posted 08-23-2010 03:35 AM 3595 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2010 03:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: staining birch plywood finishing

Dear Helpful Friends,

I’m making a simple stand for the TV and using birch plywood. I had thought to paint it, but now she-who-must-be-obeyed is suggesting staining. Anyone with experience staining and finishing birch 3/4 inch plywood? Appreciate your experience and wisdom.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#1 posted 08-23-2010 04:14 AM

Birch has a tendancy to stain really blotchy. Two suggestions to avoid that …
1) Use a sealer before you stain – that will help even out the color, or
2) Put down a coat of clear varnish, then a layer of toner to get the color you want, then a couple more coats of varnish.

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#2 posted 08-23-2010 04:17 AM

If you are wanting a natural finish i suggest minwax polycrylic. It looks great, pops the grain, durable and EASY to use. (I used it on my partners desk in my projects ) As far as stains it takes them well with little blotching without a pre-stain conditioner, but i would recommend using it.

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#3 posted 08-23-2010 05:39 AM

Thanks for these answers. I think in my situation paint is going to be cheaper and easier and work just fine.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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