Building a corner cabinet from plan (Rockler) and using birch plywood for the
main body and oak for the doors and front. Would like some ideas for the
stain/finish of this project as this is my first try at furniture.
If you bought the plan in the Rockler retail store, consider going back
there, and talking with one of their staff. Your question can be answered
only when a lot more information is exchanged. Like what you expect it to
look like when you're done.
Saving your scraps for test pieces is some of the best advice ever offered
First off, like many said - test any finish you decide. Second, look at
it under the lighting where the piece will be seen - there is an
interesting article in this months "Wood" magazine about the warming &
cooling effects of various light sources. I'm sensitive to this since
photography is another hobby as was darkroom photo printing - light
makes a big difference.
If you are the kind of person that just wants to try something, you
might consider what I use for a lot of oak cabinetry in our house.
First, after sanding/vacuuming & tack-ragging, I stain with the minwax
oil stain of your choice. Next I apply a thinned coat of shellac (about
1 part Zinnser & 3 parts alcohol). I prefer the orange since I
generally use "special walnut" stain and like the warming effect it
gives. Sand with 0000 steel wool, vac/tack and apply a finish coat. I
have been using wipe on poly for the last few years for household stuff
since it holds real well. Repeat the sand/vac/tack/finish until you are
pleased with the finish - the more the better. Usually 3 finish coats
are enough, but I have applied up to 7 or 8 coats of the gloss (1 per
day) and the results are spectacular in my opinion.
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