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Forum topic by Chris posted 01-22-2015 08:24 PM 639 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris

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01-22-2015 08:24 PM

Hello Jocks,

I am stuck towards the end of a project and this seems to be the forum to do it. I have been working on a serving tray for over a month. I’ve used a lot of new techniques that I never tried before and I am glad how it has turned out so far. I’m at the point where the tray is assembled but I don’t know how to finish it.

Originally I was going to paint it but now I am having second thoughts because I painted some of the same plywood for a different project and it just didn’t take very well. The plywood was bought at Home Depot. I am not even sure what type of plywood it is. It was just the cheapest, flat, sanded plywood that came in a 2×4 sheet (on a budget). The sides of the tray are made of wood that I re-used from a remodel of a different room in our house. The wood was originally stained and I sanded it down. I have had friends guess the wood is pine but can’t confirm this. It does not smell like cedar.

Anyway … I was wondering what you all would suggest as a finish at this point? I am hoping for something that would be able to handle some light food/liquid exposure because it will be used in our house. Pics are below. Thanks for the help!



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#1 posted 01-22-2015 08:38 PM

You can stain the plywood with a lighter brown colors and wipe everything with polyurethane.

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 08:50 PM

Thanks Mr. Jinx … searching through the forums about finishing, polyurethane, etc. on LJ’s is pretty overwhelming. I realize some of these questions have probably already been asked but for the sake of not spending 2 hours searching through forums here it goes:

1) Is there a product that serves as a stain and a polyurethane? Or do I do this separately?
2) The corners of this tray are just held together by glue .. would using any type of finish weaken those joints?
3) Would I use a stain on the entire piece or are you suggesting I use a stain on the plywood to try to match the sides?

I am a rookie so any suggestions will help.

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