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Old 01-22-2010, 08:24 PM   #1
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Staining plywood

Having read horror posts about staining and working with sandeply, I'm in a quandary about what to use for cabinet grade shelving. My present choices for material from HD (in addition to sandeply) are birch and oak. The end user wants an ebony stain and I'm wondering which of the 2, birch or oak faced would be the better choice?
I've yet to investigate other sources and types of wood for the cabinet grade plywood other than birch or oak. Are there any suggestions based on past experience as to othe types of cabinet grade plywood that might be available?


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Old 01-22-2010, 09:32 PM   #2
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I have never had much luck staining plywood, it never seems to be uniform. You might want to consider solid or built up hardwood for your shelves, that way the stain would take more uniformly.


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You will always get grain differences, depending on where the sapwood is, and where the outer layers are. There is not a consistent grain with Ply. Same with Oaks.
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Birch is going to give a lot less grainy surface, so that aspect depends on what the end user wants. A gel stain, wiping stain, or dye stain will all be the best for uniformity, unless you are trying to accent the contrasts and then an oil stain would work.

Birch is going to take the darker stains better as well. The wood is normally neutral and you won't have to deal with the redness of the red oak coming through.
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:53 AM   #5
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Many thanks.
I'll use the gel and birch.
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