Last march I started doing my kitchen cabinets, I did all the box and
started doing doors... but I was only able to do half or so of them and had
to stop to do other thing.
Last night I headed back in the shop to work on this project again, by the
end of the night I had all my jigs setup and was ready to start production
The problem I have is that the new maple I have to do my stile and rails is
a different color then my panel insert (1/4 particle veneer).
The color of the veneer is more of a pinkish color and the frame is more of
a yellow color.
Here is a photo at
(you can really see it in the photo but it's the best shot I could take)
Once finish, (water-based Varathane Dimond wood finish) what are my chances
that the doors be the same color after a couple of months or so?
Maple will definately darken when exposed to sunlight. Try leaving the new
pieces in direct sunlight for a few days and see how they compare.
If you are planning on a natural finish with no stain, a certain amount of
color variation has to be expected. Dyeing and staining will make the color
uniform, but of course, you lose the natural look.
I would try and play catch up with the fresh pieces (by putting them in
sunlight) before finishing, so as to leave all options open. Wouldn't want
to finish them and have them never look right.
I did my cabs in maple w/ ply panels about 4.5 years ago. The finish was
I distinctly recall finding that one face of the ply had a distinctly
pinkish hue. IIRC I put the pink side on the interior. I just looked... if
anything, the interior is slightly darker than the surrounding solid stiles
and rails, but it is *not* pinkish.
I would add, however that these cabinets have ambered significantly. Not
that it's bad, just more than I would have expected for WB poly. I assume
that the color change is the wood not the finish.
It's peel versus sawed, and the way they return light. Your interior
veneers are peeled, which is why they exhibit the wider annual ring pattern.
They may never be the same in color, but who cares, since they're otherwise
visually different? You've got some good veneer, clear of heart and mineral
stains, so the difference will fade over time.
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