Well, I've finally got most of my design done for my entertainment center
and going to be placing the orders for the lumber, hardware, and doors.
Almost everything is going to be made out of maple plywood with edge
banding. The only solid wood pieces are the rails/stiles on the doors and
With this piece, I want to color it a medium brown and with a satin finish.
My wife isn't into strong grain detail (hence my choice of maple), but I don't
want the grain completely hidden either. All of my finishing experience has
been with solid wood and usually just a clear poly finish.
So what's the best way to get the color consistent across the whole piece? I
heard that plywood and veneer edge banding tend to stain/dye differently
than solid wood. Also, how do you deal with the differences between the
heartwood and sapwood?
I've never done spraying before, but I have access to a low-end sprayer (I
believe it's the $100 one from Rockler).
Any suggestions on how to approach this is appreciated.