Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Waynesfield, OH
Prefinished comes in either one sided or both sides finished (at least at my supplier, and they stock the Columbia Forest Products prefinished). The only stuff I've seen was maple veneer, and the times I've used it I've never tried to stain the unfinished side. Much easier, and a little more accurate to color would be to panel the side with whatever the appropriate wood might be. Back to your question: I have just as much problem staining birch as I do maple, so I try to avoid either (for stain). I have had success using dyes, but that may not work for you. I would at least want the drawer fronts to be the same material as the face frame. That finish, BTW, is anything but a polyurethane, it is instead some kind of UV cured acrylic product (at least on the CFP stuff). A couple of other brands I've seen also claim to be a UV cured finish, but didn't specify the resin.
"I long for the days when coke was a cola and a joint was a bad place to be" (Merle Haggard)
Last edited by Fred Hargis; 08-28-2013 at 04:17 PM.