rec on face frame with stained birch plywood

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Forum topic by Carol posted 01-20-2017 02:21 PM 625 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2017 02:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: custom closet birch stain

before i start buying my wood, i’m working on the final dimensions for a custom closet. i plan on using 3/4” birch plywood for the carcass and shelves. not sure what kind of wood to use for the face frames since i want to stain (light) or clear coat the entire project. not all the face frames are in the image below, had to break for dinner lol

recommendations pls?

-- Carol

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#1 posted 01-20-2017 02:59 PM

Nice design and drawing. If you’re able to mill boards yourself, you could use birch for the face frames. It’s not my favorite wood to use (tear out, twisting & bowing, blotching), but it’s an economical hardwood. You say you would like the stain to be light, but if you made the finish on the face frame contrast with the carcass and shelves you could use any wood available to you. Since the colors wouldn’t match you wouldn’t need to have the grains matching either. You could also stain the carcass and paint the face frames. Good luck, it looks like a fun project.

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#2 posted 02-19-2017 01:12 AM

An interesting project. Would a cherry or walnut work as a contrasting facing wood?

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#3 posted 02-19-2017 02:02 AM

What about going frameless and using prefinished edge banding?

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#4 posted 02-19-2017 03:16 AM

Birch looks nice with MinWax Natural stain or BLO cut with mineral sperits wipe on wait a few minutes wipe of excess, let dry and then your clear coat. Ya face frames soft maple stained or dyed darker.

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#5 posted 02-19-2017 03:37 AM

Consider using pre-finished birch ply for the carcasses, You can save yourself a lot of work. Then you can put anything you like on the front for the face frames. If you are looking for a lighter look perhaps maple?

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