LumberJocks

stain and finish for birch plywood

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by kcrandy posted 1436 days ago 2474 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View kcrandy's profile

kcrandy

285 posts in 2035 days


1436 days ago

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


3 replies so far

View Peter Oxley's profile

Peter Oxley

1426 posts in 2477 days


#1 posted 1436 days ago

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.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

View David's profile

David

170 posts in 1445 days


#2 posted 1436 days ago

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 http://lumberjocks.com/projects/35829 ) As far as stains it takes them well with little blotching without a pre-stain conditioner, but i would recommend using it.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

View kcrandy's profile

kcrandy

285 posts in 2035 days


#3 posted 1436 days ago

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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase