|Forum topic by JMB||posted 02-19-2009 11:58 AM||10240 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
02-19-2009 11:58 AM
Not quite sure this is the proper forum for this topic, but here goes.
I have been approached to make a large cabinet which will enclose a computer desk and shelves. My client showed me a piece of furniture with a grain structure and stain he would like to attempt to match. I took one look at it, and blimey if the grain didn’t look like birch!
Now, I’ve never built anything of value out of birch, unless I was planning on painting it. The going word on birch as I understand it is that it SUCKS for staining. It’s grain is uneven – soaks in too much or not enough, and ends up looking blotchy. But I swear this table was either birch, or a species of wood that has a very similar grain structure. I know it can’t be maple – maple doesn’t stain well either, and the grain wasn’t right.
So, here’s my question – Can birch ply be made to take a good stain? If not, is there a commonly available hardwood veneer plywood which looks similar to birch and will take a stain?
This is a bit of a curveball idea, but I thought about going for Walnut if nothing else works. Walnut certainly has that nice wavy annular ring grain, and the piece is getting a dark stain anyway. Thing is, I really wanted to avoid that expense.
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