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I'm using 3/4" oak plywood. I'm using Minwax ebony as my stain.

Never done stain before, so what do you think? redface.gif

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Looks good to me! The biggest mistake I've seen when some of my friends have stained things for the first time is using way too much when they first start, but it looks like you had good control throughout the process. Some areas look a little dark in the first pic, but the second clears them up.
I haven't seen too much stained plywood, but even with some areas really dark, and some not so much (due to the plywood itself) it still looks really nice. I'm glad you stained it and did not paint it, wood looks so much better when you can see the grain thumb.gif
That's going to be a nice desk, looks pretty big too. Post some pics when it's finished!
post #3 of 7
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Good to hear. I've been painting junk for years.

Yeah, I think the second coat should even out the dark/lightness. Though I think part of that had to do with the wipe down. But yeah, I really like the grain. Last table I made was just linoleum on plywood, looked like crap tongue.gif but functional. Wanted to put some time into this one.

The larger right side is for my LN2/DICE benching stuff, with the left side being for the daily rig.
    
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Ah yeah, definitely do a second coat, as long as you don't mind it being slightly darker. It will help even up the colors but help fill in the lighter spots.
Also, don't forget to do a couple coats of polyurethane or something similar to seal it. Either glass or matte, but just hit it with 2 coats, sanding in between with 200+ grit sandpaper. It will protect the finish and the sanding will make it super smooth.
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Yeah, I want it a bit darker. Got the clear polyurethane for the top coat. Guess I'm on the right track thumb.gif
    
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2 coats of stain and 3 coats of polyurethane later (along with some cable holes):

700

Legs and underside support:

700

Some preliminary stuff on top:

681

A nice shot of 3 generations worth of Crosshair motherboards, right side of the table is dedicated to LN2 DIC E benching:

450


It turned about really nice. The stain left something to be desired though. I do more coats next time for a more even color.
    
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looks great! really love the gloss coating!
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