I'm making a corner curio cabinet, using African mohogany plywood for the
sides and wood for the frame, door and trim. When I put a finish on it will
the plywood and wood be the same color? I know the wood will darken so I
assume the ply will also.
Any suggestions for a good finish? no stains, want to keep it as natural as
possible. I have some scraps for trial and error. I was thinking maybe blo
or some kind of tung oil or just plain waxing it.
The plywood will darken but may or may not match, same as any batch of wood.
The plywood is from a different tree, probably from a different forest.
I like varnish oil. I've had good success with Tried and True brand.
It is also possible to get a very nice finish with polyurethane if you take
a lot of time to do it right. It involves a fair amount of hand rubbing.
Thin the first coat, apply a second, then a third. After a minimum of two
weeks curing time, wet sand it (400, then 600 grit), then pumice, then
rottenstone, then wax.
Not likely. Both are from different trees. Typically mahogany will look
like it is a different color even with two pieces from the same board are
orientated different directions, horizontally vs. perpendicular.
That siad, plywood veneer typically finishes a bit different in color than
solid hard wood.
I know the wood will darken so I
My experience with extensive use of quarter sawn oak plywood vs. it's
hardwood companion is that the plywood stains lighter. I am guessing that
one of the reasons is that it is pre-sanded and leaves fewer open pores to
absorb the finish than the typical "hand sanding" that I do on the hardwood.
(the finishing gurus here can confirm or dispute that guess!).
In any event, the trial and error methods mentioned here are mandatory to
get a matching finish. Good Luck.
Dennis Slabaugh, Hobbyist Woodworker
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