I built some birch plywood bookcases and was wondering the best way to
finish them. I have experienced some blotching with stains on plywood before
and do not want ruin the bookcases.
I was thinking of shellac, stain, and more shellac...
Got any scrap plywood left? Use it to perfect your finishing method
before you touch the actual piece. Write each step on the back of the
test piece(s), this will help you recreate success and troubleshoot
That said, try a thin washcoat of something like Zinsser's Seal Coat
(actually dewaxed shellac), before staining. This will reduce the
I often hear on this group of Blotch's when staining, Egads
I don't care what kind of wood it is cherry plywood or whatever, Blotches
are to me the cause of improper sanding
it is that simple, thorough sanding of the complete project will avoid
I am talking hand sanding with the grain of course, Not to 9000 grit as many
here do max 180 on raw wood and most of the time never past 120.
I know that this will more than likely start a thread that will last for at
least a week, everyone has there own way of doing things and even with
cherry the cursed blotcher of all time I do not get blotches unless
something was not sanded properly
Sand with a ros and you you will get blotches, finish up with sand with the
grain by hand and they will go away.
Pine has and never will take stain well unless it is sealed first.
One day I am going to write a post on gluing that will probably get me
banned from the rec, but that is another story and i do not want to end all
myths al at one time.
Woman where the hell is my flame jacket <G>
O Hell Gary, no one else is reading this thread so I might as well
I glue with the philosophy that you do not know if there is enough glue to
hold it if it does not pour out.
I do wash with a damp rag sometimes with a wet rag, and sometimes with a dry
Yes to wet and you comprimise the strength of the glue line
I have never had a problem with a loose joint or a peice that the glue did
I do not have a problem with finishing as many say they do,
The only time there is a problem finishing is when something was not sanded
enough or properly.
What I hear guys doing to prevent glue from getting on the wood is IMHO
absurd, what i find more absurd is the reasoning why.
I know that folks get fixed notions in there head and I am not one to try to
change anyones mind or the way they do things.
Just sharing my experience's.
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