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Forum topic by siouxdawgs0409 posted 1264 days ago 644 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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siouxdawgs0409

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1264 days ago

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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lew

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#1 posted 1264 days ago

birch ply is rather light in color.

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siouxdawgs0409

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#2 posted 1264 days ago

Will these two stain well with a light stain?

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#3 posted 1264 days ago

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

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Dan Lyke

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#4 posted 1264 days ago

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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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 1264 days ago

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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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 1263 days ago

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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