Birch Plywood Staining
My only experience with staining birch plywood was using minwax natural (oil based) and several layers of polyurethane on an exterior door. I really like how it looks, a golden color with the grain showing. I read that birch ply may botch, but it appears, at least to my eyes, to have behaved very well with this approach.
I am now on my second birch ply project, a set of diy speakers. Will this natural stain approach work again? I see conditioner being specified as a pretreatment, but I had such good results that I think I can skip this step. Would like some comments from experienced stainers.
As far as finishing, polyurethane may be a bit too shiny. I do have a complement of the usual oils such as tung and watco, will these work over the birch with natural stain like they would with hardwoods?