10:52AM | 04/03/99
I would like to know if I can build a bookcase with say oak with plywood backing and stain the whole thing the same color? In other words two diffent woods stained the same.


06:35PM | 04/03/99
Yes you can. It just depends on how picky you are about the color of your funiture. It can be a small job or medium sized job.

Small job = Sand well with gradually finer grits of sandpaper and give it a couple coats of amber shellac sanding lightly between coats...rub out with very fine steel wool and some lemon oil...rub dry with soft cloth.

Medium job = Get a bunch of cans of colored glop at the hardware store and start playing around with mixing different colors of stains to make one wood color look more similar to another.

The bottom line is this. Any finish is only as good as the prep work done. Sand, sand sand. Keep the tiny bits and brush hairs out of your finish (vac or tack). Use high quality materials and tools. Follow directions. In almost every case many light coats are better than few thick drippy coats.

Most important: Soft woods look like crap If they are stained bare. You really need to sand well and apply some sort of sealer or conditioner. Naturally finished wood never goes out of style.


02:58AM | 04/05/99
Use 3/4 oak plywood for the side, bottom, and top and back. Use 1/4 inch oak plywood for the back if you prefer. Shelves can be either 3/4 oak plywood or solid oak.

Glue solid oak face fram to front. Now you have all same oak and no problems with staining.

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