I have completed building a large red oak entertainment center and am
ready to stain and finish it. It is made out of 3/4' plywood carcase,
1/4" backs and solid 3/4" faceframes. I took a scrap piece of each and
the stain came out slightly different on each piece. The 1/4" has a
redder tint than the other material and the 3/4" is slightly lighter
than the solid faceframes. I applied 3 cotes on the 3/4" ply to try and
get the same as the one coat on the solid faceframe but no luck.
I realize that each type of material comes from different trees so there
will likely be a variation. Do I correct this by simply custom mixing
for each of the 3 different types of wood material so they come out the
same or is there a different fix?
Be sure to sand your scraps before staining as plywood typically will tend
to come out a darker shade than regular solid wood. I do this all the time
and really find little difference I color or shade. Are you using a good
quality stain? You might also switch to a gel stain to get more consistent
I always go to 180 grit and avoid Miniwax stains and finishes like the
plague as I always get inconsistent results even on the same piece of wood.
I prefer General Finishes, Bartley finishes, and Zar products, in that
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