I bought a dresser for next to nothing as a learning project. I have separated almost every glue joint, replaced veneer, reglued veneer, replaced drawer bottoms, played with dovetails, filled huge gouges with epoxy, and purchased replacement knobs. It's been fun and the best part is coming - stain and top coat.
Here's where I need your help.
The drawer fronts and top are ribbon mahogany and I think the sides are also mahogany but I cannot ID the corners. The piece was originally stained (alcohol dye I think) with a shellac finish. The color came off the mahogany easily but I had to sand like a mad man to remove it from the mystery wood (still not all off).
I plan on restaining a dark red mahogany and top coating it hand rubbed satin poly.
Three questions for you:
1) What kind of wood is on the corners? Maybe Birch or Maple??
2) What tips do you have for getting all of the wood to take the stain the same way? The piece originally had a consistent color to all pieces.
3) It is currently sanded to 150 grit. Is that too fine for a nice dark stain?
Here are some pictures
top and sides stripped and sanded
drawer fronts stripped and lightly sanded
side (lighter wood is one of the "corners". This corner is a little wavy. The dark streak is a long indentation)
front of one of the corners - Very hard to get all of the red out
Another side shot of the corner - kinda looks like birch?
Shot of the other corner