On Thu, 08 Jan 2004 01:16:19 GMT, "WORSS"
|Are you sure the drawer fronts are "stained"? If you start with a dark
|colored wood for the front and a light colored wood for the sides (maple,
|birch) then you have the effect you are talking about. I don't know how
|many people in this group will stain a darker wood. I have never stained
|cherry or walnut as I like the way they look with a clear finish. Come to
|think of it, I have only stained oak and pine.
Mmmm. My current project is a cherry end table that will have a drawer
to hold all of the remote controls for the home electronics. The
electronics are housed in an Ethan Allen entertainment center ($7,000
worth, gulp) that is definitely stained.
The pins of the half-blind machine-cut dovetails on the E-A drawers
are stained but the drawer sides are not.
I am going to attempt to get close to the shade of the E-A stuff,
although an exact match isn't likely or necessary. I'm considering a
wash coat of shellac to control blotching, some glazing for coloration
and a top coat of (don't say it) poly. The purists are going nuts
about the latter, but this piece will be next to my favorite chair and
when I spill a little wine on the top, I don't want to have to
The cover photo on FWW No. 86 shows what I'm asking about.