I'm putting together a bookcase/cabinet that has maple plywood sides
and solid maple face frame. Unfortunately the plywood veneer is much
lighter in tone than the adjacent solid wood. I was hoping to just
clear coat the project with poly, but I'm afraid it will exacerbate
the color differences. Any suggestions??
Even if they were the same tone you'll find that plywood, due to the thin
layer of veneer with a non porous layer of glue behind it will take finish
and or stain differently then solid wood of the same species.
First thing to do is to test the ply and solid wood to see how it does react
to the finish.
If there is too much of a difference a glaze is the best answer to the
Would shellac help solve the problem? I've got a project on the bench
right now, with a similar construction. The only place that a tonal
difference would cause me a big problem is where I edge-banded the 3/4"
maple. Otherwise, the design would be enhanced by the tonal differences.
I had been planning to use Bartley's Gel Varnish, but my arm could be
twisted to use dewaxed blonde or platinum shellac instead. These are a
pair of night stands, and so the difference in durability is not a crucial
This finishing science/art/magic will drive me back to golf one day....
On 3 May 2004 07:30:38 -0700, email@example.com (Mark) wrote:
You could add color to a the clear finish and spray the lighter areas.
No spray gear? Many companies, such as Behlen's, sell tinted lacquer
premixed in spray cans. Fog it on SLOWLY, it's much easier to add
more color than to remove it later.
Practice on scrap! Take notes while you practice.
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