I am working on a TV stand made out of birch plywood with poplar trim. I am getting close to the finishing process but I am not sure yet which way to go. I did read numerous postings on this site, but I still have questions. I don’t want to repeat questions that were already asked, even though I might.
My project manager (read WIFE) wants it satin black. I do not completely agree but what do I know. The plywood (bought at HD – pretty good quality I think) has a nice texture (and kind of a fuzzy feel when you touch it). I want to be able to see the wood grain / texture. I checked HD for stains. The black that she wants is the Minwax Classic Black Polyshades. From what I read, those who used it where not quite happy with it and some people do not recommend it. The other thing they have is the Ebony oil based stain but she thinks that is got a brown shade in it, which I think will only look good but again, what do I know. I also read about using India Ink – where do you get it; isn’t it messy to work with.
I was going to check with Sherwin Williams and see what they have.
Going back to the Black Polyshades option (if I ever need to go that way) I was thinking of using the Minwax Oil based pre-stain conditioner first. I read some people recommend using a clear coat of Danish oil or diluted dewaxed shellac.
Anyway to get to my point, could someone recommend a good way to do it.