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Forum topic by localpref posted 07-15-2012 03:57 PM 975 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2012 03:57 PM

Hi I am looking for some advice on how to acomplish something. I am making set of storage shelfs (basicly an open cabnit with a face frame) that have an oak face and plywood sides top and shelfs. The top of the sides will also have a small 1/4 band of oak the edge on the top.

What I would like to do is finish the oak bits the facing and edge band with a dark stain then leave the plwood natural and use a clear poly on the whole thing. Can I assemble the whole thing then tape off the oak bits or will it bleed onto the plywoood? If this sounds like a bad idea what would be a better way to acomplish this?

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 05:43 PM

If you’re wanting the oak to be darker – have you considered fuming it with ammonia instead of staining it?
After fuming you can still do a little work, such as sanding flush, on the oak, without “cutting into” the darker colour.
Just an idea – I’m personally very fond of fumed oak, so I’m biased.

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 05:47 PM

You can stain the oak before assembly. Mask of any surfaces that will get glue and stain. Assemble everything and then clear coat the entire unit.

You could assemble, mask off the ply and stain, but I would be worried about getting some bleeding onto the ply, which you would probably not be able to sand out without blowing through the top ply.

-- John

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 06:16 PM

Follow John’s advice and stain before assembly. I am completing a TV cabinet that I did this way. In fact I put on the top coats of Polyurethane too.

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