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How are you guys finishing your Baltic Birch projects?

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I finished by subwoofer...baltic birch...it came out pretty nice, but now i am going to try and not screw it up with a crappy stain job.

Pictures and technique would be appreciated...thanks!!
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Some people use a stain with clearcoat and many use various finishes of black. Some even use bedliner textured black. I'm starting a plywood pair of boxes next week and it will probably go black with a clear finish but I'm not going for piano glossy black lacquer. I have considered using a fomica type laminate because it is so durable and relatively easy to apply. My room thus far is all utilitarian and I want the speakers to disappear so black is my choice.
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I recommend practicing on scrap pieces first.

Lots and lots of uber-fine sanding.
I use a pneumatic sander, polisher, air gun.
Marine quality woodboat supplies is ideal.
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Might want to try applying stain per conditioner before staining your samples. Helps to evenly distribute the stain so it doesn't get blotchy.
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Originally Posted by tundrSQ View Post

I finished by subwoofer...baltic birch...it came out pretty nice, but now i am going to try and not screw it up with a crappy stain job.

Pictures and technique would be appreciated...thanks!!

Shellac rubbed down to a satin finish with synthetic steel wool. With miter joints so the plies don't show and hardwood lumber edges for accents.

_Definitely_ experiment with scrap first.
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