Embracing the edge...

AudioFanMan

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2020-02-10 2:22 am
Long Island
Im deciding on material for an enclosure. At first, plywood was in last place. I couldn't paint plywood without guilt, and would prefer to stain a dark brown with hint of red. My issue was I wanted a slight radius on all of the edges and felt the exposed edges might be an eye sore... So after considering MDF, HDF, Corian and so on, I come across a picture of a stained plywood cabinet with the edges lighter than the face... The effect is striking and was done well...

I could certainly live with that look, but am not sure how to...

I thought the edge (more opened grained) absorbed more stain and would normally be darker. If so, what is a good approach to get the same affect ?

My guess is may be a sealer / sanding sealer on the edges only ??

Thanks in advance!


EDIT!

I think it just hit me... Stain the plwood BEFORE cutting..



But, if this is too simple, whats the other way ?
Thanks again...
 

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AudioFanMan

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2020-02-10 2:22 am
Long Island
Exposed edges of good plywood is a classic design choice. When I make my next cabinets I'll try it, but since I want mine jet black I'll use rust and vinegar aka iron acetate (see 'ebonizing wood').

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!


Absolutely! And something like jet black corian is what I really wanted, but between sourcing and cost, may wind up with ply..

But ty for the ebonizing wood, will look at asap!