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10-29-2014 01:44 PM

My son came to me to build a craft desk for his finance…
The desk will almost be a traditional desk with 3 drawers down each side with a small hutch above.

Looking at different wood choices, if I use birch plywood for the carcass, what do you recommend making the drawer fronts out of?

For the exposed edges of the plywood, would you attach a hardwood to cover the lamination’s or use an iron on veneer?

Thanks,

-- John, New Jersey


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#1 posted 10-29-2014 01:55 PM

Either method of covering up the exposed plywood edges is acceptable. Just depends on what you have on hand and the look you are going for.

If you decide to go with a hardwood edge, I suggest edging your pieces first, than do a final cut to size. Same with planing and or sanding.

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 01:57 PM

What wood would match the birch plywood for the drawer fronts?

-- John, New Jersey

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#3 posted 10-29-2014 02:00 PM

Birch (obviously) or maple. Either one should be close enough to the color and grain texture of the birch ply to give a cohesive look, especially if you are going to stain.

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#4 posted 10-29-2014 02:08 PM

You could match the color like like JayT said with those woods, or you could use a different wood like walnut to give an accent. Or just stain a hardwood to give a color you would like

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#5 posted 10-29-2014 02:20 PM

If you didn’t want to use birch, you could always get a different plywood that has another species as a top veneer. It will cost more, however. But then you wouldn’t need to stain.

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#6 posted 10-29-2014 02:22 PM

Use Charles Neil’s blotch control to have a better finish if you stain it.

Good answers above to compliment or contrast the birch plywood carcass.

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#7 posted 10-29-2014 07:42 PM

thanks everyone for the great advice!

-- John, New Jersey

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#8 posted 10-29-2014 08:40 PM

Just a thought.

I you edge with hardwood and then cut to size and dado what hides the dado joint?

Maybe I’m missing something.

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#9 posted 10-29-2014 11:42 PM



Just a thought.

I you edge with hardwood and then cut to size and dado what hides the dado joint?

Maybe I m missing something.

- AlaskaGuy

Obviously, the operation will have to be considered.

If I was using plywood for a carcass and used dados for shelving, etc. I would probably use a face frame to hide the carcass edges and allow for drawer slides at the same time. A lot easier than both operations mentioned previously.

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#10 posted 11-05-2014 08:33 PM

Thanks

-- John, New Jersey

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#11 posted 11-05-2014 08:50 PM

Birch ply needs to be sealed (I like Penelac) before staining. Otherwise it can blotch very badly.

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#12 posted 11-06-2014 02:55 PM



Birch ply needs to be sealed (I like Penelac) before staining. Otherwise it can blotch very badly.

- runswithscissors

Is that that correct or full name of the product?
I did a search and nothing came up relating to a sealer.

-- John, New Jersey

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