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Old 11-14-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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What wood to use? Can I get away with just a brad nailer, or do I need a finish nailer? Stain or paint (probably paint since it may not come out professional)? Adjustable or fixed shelving? Should I match the trim to whatever I use for the window and doors? Or will something else make them look nicer?

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Brad nailer would be too light.....

I would stain....you can inprove the chances of it looking better by using a pre-stain. The problem with paint is that it will chip.

Adjustable......trust me....adjustable.....

If you stain, then you don't need to match the trim.

Here are some shelves I made for the fireplace.....also made the mantel and everything around it....


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Very nice.

What type of wood did you use? I was just thinking a stained look would look much nicer too.
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Solid Birch and Birch plywood. You want to use plywood for shelves because it's much more stable....hardwood shelves tend to warp. You make the front edge look nice by just glueing a strip of hardwoord or molding to the front....if going for quick, they make iron on wood trip that holds up well.
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Will the plywood stain the same as hardwood?
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Will the plywood stain the same as hardwood?
Yes....assuming you get cabinet grade plywood....

As I mentioned above...you will get more consistant results if you use pre-stain wood conditioner.

Here is a good link that explains it...

http://woodworking.about.com/od/fini...onditioner.htm

Remember....you have to use cabinet grade plywood of the surface you want....say birch or oak. Pine plywood is going to look like pine....don't care how you stain it...it looks like pine.

edit: BTW....in the above pic, wood conditioner was not used.....you may not see the mismatch...but I do....but it's not bad enough to redo.

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