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Forum topic by siouxdawgs0409 posted 03-15-2011 05:48 PM 651 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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siouxdawgs0409

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03-15-2011 05:48 PM

I am thinking of building a cabinet from some maple wood. What do you guys use for the back of such a cabinet? The back will show through in parts so it should match the maple wood. Is there maple ply or is there a substitue that matches it well?


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#1 posted 03-15-2011 06:40 PM

birch ply is rather light in color.

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 09:10 PM

Will these two stain well with a light stain?

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 10:26 PM

I would use a sealer like Charles Neil’s Blotch Control.

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 11:21 PM

I just buy a maple veneer ply. Mead-Clark (my semi-local not-big-box lumber yard, but not the slightly further away high end cabinet place) stocks it in ¼, ½ and ¾ prefinished in some sizes.

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#5 posted 03-16-2011 04:34 AM

Descout, I have used both maple ply and birch ply for maple cabinetry. They can be difficult to stain so I would recommend using blotch control.

A side note is that in one of the NYW episodes I remember Norm saying that the two were interchangeable since they were difficult, at best, to see any difference.

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 03:17 PM

If you’re not going to stain them, then the birch veneer won’t turn that same golden color that the maple veneer will age to. And birch and maple look pretty different to me, but they are both light colored, and if you were consistent about which veneer you were using, or using it for a hidden area (ie: back of a cabinet), birch might pass.

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