B2 Maple plywood & soft (red) maple

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Forum topic by Millo posted 06-11-2013 02:51 PM 1191 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2013 02:51 PM

Quick question….

I am getting ready to make the dresser/changing table from Wood magazine that many Lumberjocks have made, like this one:

I am thinking of using B2 maple plywood with some solid cherry and maple parts. The cherry I got, and have roughed out almost all the cherry parts. Now, on to the maple. I still don’t have it..wait, I do have hard maple, but what I got I am saving for the crib, which I plan to build mostly, possibly entirely (I assume I’ll have to modify some things to account for movement) from solid stock.

So, the question is:

I plan to use solid maple for the top and drawer fronts. I think soft maples are generally A LITTLE BIT lighter-colored than hard maple used for plywood. Red maple is about a dollar cheaper than hard maple where I am. So, I was wondering, is red maple a good match? MY ASSUMPTION IS THE DIFFERENCE IS NOT DISTRACTING ENOUGH THAT THE PROJECT WILL LOOK THREE-TONED. I am right?


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#1 posted 06-11-2013 02:59 PM

Finishing is always challenge for me, however I did not see any variation between my Maple ply and solid Soft Maple on my latest project, a Shaker chest. The sides are the only visible Maple ply. The unseen back is birch ply. I finished with amber shellac.

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#2 posted 06-11-2013 03:53 PM

cool, thanks for posting this! Right, finishing, forgot: I think I’ll use some wiping varnish or oil/varnish blend.


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