Originally Posted by Elyminator
love this build was personally hoping you would stain it instead of the veneer even if it isn't the prettiest wood on the planet. it almost feels like you're covering up a lot of hard work. but to each his own and it looks awesome either way!
I get what you mean... I was going for a specific look when I first decided on this project, and had more of a design and aesthetic in mind that I wanted this to fit into. It's going in the living room, so I wanted it to look a little more sleek and classy. All personal opinion though
Originally Posted by dirty elf
what is the difference between stain and veneer?
Originally Posted by XanderTheGoober
If memory serves me right stain give the wood its coloring after the assembly is complete and vaneer is a clear coat. I have not done much wood working for over 5 years so anyone feel free to correct me.
Stain changes the color of the wood to a degree (depending on the stain and the wood, certain woods behave differently with different colors of stains). Veneer is a very thin material (wood in this case, melamine, Formica, etc are all technically veneers too) that gets applied over a substrate (my plywood chassis). You might be thinking about Varnish, which is a clear coat.
I'll be using some Red Mahogany danish oil, which won't have too much of an effect on the color of the Sapele veneer (Sapele being in the mahogany family), but it helps to get a richer color with out taking away from the figure. Then I'll use shellac for my clear coat, and buff it out with paste wax.