New to woodworking. Wanting to build a headboard and some furnature for
my sons room. I have some white oak boards for face frames. What wood
or plywood can I use for the caracass of a night stand and top for it
that would stain the same way the white oak will. Same with a
headboard. Is birch plywood the way to go? Seems I have never seen
white oak plywood around here. It just says oak so I am not sure what
kind of oak it is.
Yes, typical Oak ply you will find at Home Depot, etc. will be Red Oak.
You can get White Oak ply, plain, rift or quarter sawn. You just need
to locate any lumber supplier that supplies the cabinet industry. As
far as getting something to match, I think using Red Oak and playing
with the stain color using different mixtures for each would be the
best bet. You might try using some basic color for the Red Oak then use
the same stain and mix in some other stain that is mostly orange to
redden up the white Oak.Trial and error.
You might be able to find some wood that would be closer in color but
the grain of Oak is very prominent and not much else matches. Another
option is to go with a contrasting wood like Mahogany, Cherry or even
Maple. It won't be too standard but could work out OK.
Your best bet is to use the same wood for all exposed areas for the
most even stain/finish. Ply or hardboard can be used for drawer
bottoms and the backs of cabinets. For parts that don't show you can
use poplar. If you are not sure the end result, take samples and
stain/finish those before you begin a project.
The oak plywood at the borg is generally red oak. You can find a stain
color that looks good on that and then try to match it on the white oak
by mixing in a little bit of stain with a red tint to it (e.g. cherry).
It'll take a little experimentation.
The Hardwood Store (happens to be near me) has white oak plywood.
Since you claim to be a newbie, here's another piece of advice: oak is
VERY porous. Be very careful when gluing, as any glue which gets on
the wood will be absorbed into the pores and will block the stain from
absorbing. If you can, stain the individual pieces before gluing.
Otherwise, be extra careful to immediately clean up any glue drips with
a damp cloth or sponge.
Sure. If you (ugh) stain it, the stain should look better too because
just because ply is the same species it doesn't mean it would stain the
same as the lumber you have.
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