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Forum topic by splinterking posted 09-20-2014 01:30 AM 764 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-20-2014 01:30 AM

This question is a little bit of wood question and little bit finishing, in a way. I’m working on a built in cabinet project. I picked up some A-1 birch ply for the carcass of the cabinet. I have enough maple left over from another project that would for face frames and edge banding.

My question is how well would these match up?

I plan to finish dark by first dyeing, then a wash coat of shellac, then GF Java gel stain and a poly top coat. The woods look similar in grain to me and I would assume any color difference will be masked with the dark coloring.

So does anybody know of any voodoo that might occur and mess this up?

-- "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." ~Mark Twain

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#1 posted 09-20-2014 03:25 AM

I am not sure about your finish process but I would guess than the birch ply will come out darker then the Maple. Any ply will tend to absorb more stain and therefore be darker than solid wood. I would try it out on some scraps if you have any and see how it looks.

I would think that you would have to decide if the difference makes a big enough contrast to cause a problem for you or whom ever they are for.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 09-20-2014 01:11 PM

Use the appropriate color aniline dye for the first coat, then you can go straight to the poly, and skip the shellac and gel stain.

Aniline dyes give very uniform color, but the birch may come out slightly darker. Throw some dye on some scraps before you start to see what you’ll get.

-- Gerry,

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