05:16PM | 12/21/03
Member Since: 12/20/03
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hey guys, new to this forum, and new to carpentry in general, but i know the basics and have recently bought the tools needed to build my first project, which is a corner desk for my bedroom. The only conflict i am having right now is which type of plywood to use for it, id like it to sand and stain well, and also be light and strong and resistant to decaying and warping and the such. The plywood will be 3/4". if anyone has any good information or sites which could help me choose i would be very greatful


06:56PM | 12/21/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
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Birch or Maple Veneer would be my choice.

Your veneer should be sanded to 180 prior to applying the stain. Use a washcoat, Mix one part sanding sealer to one part lacquer thinner and spray a wet coat, let dry, then sand with a 220-grit stearated paper or 3M fine-grit sanding sponge prior to staining. You will be amazed at how even the color looks after a washcoat and proper whitewood sanding.

I also recommend using an N.G.R. dye stain and/or toner prior to the washcoat to add depth to the finish and even more color uniformity.

Our supplier has prefinished panels as well that are factory coated, you may want to call around to see if you have that choice in your area?


07:52PM | 12/22/03
Member Since: 12/20/03
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well of the choices i had at ******* , the best one i could find was oak veneer or MDF...the mdf was just too heavy, and i wouldnt be able to properly sand and stain it. So i chose the next best thing, a 5layer oak veneer. I think its pretty nice, its pretty light and will resist decay and sand/stain well to my purposes. So lets hope it works out, delivery is tomorow and thats when the cutting will begin, il see about posting some pictures of the finished project


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