We are working indoors now, so I choose Minwax Water Based Wood Stain in American Walnut and Minwax Water Based Polycrylic in the quart can. Because we are working with water based, only a synthetic brush is required and I can clean up with soap and water. You’ll also need 220 grit fine sandpaper, and staining rags. Gloves are recommended.
Hardwood Plywood in Oak (I used PureBond)
Minwax Water Based Wood Stain (I used American Walnut - can be mixed in many different shades and colors)
Fine sandpaper or sanding block
Synthetic Water Based Brush
Minwax Water Based Polycrylic
Prepare - Project Preparation
Stir the water based stain before you begin and throughout your project to ensure color uniformity. If you are using more than one can, mix the cans together to ensure uniformity between cans.
Water based stain is much thicker than oil based in consistency. Stir until the color is uniform throughout.
The first thing I did was test a small amount of stain on a scrap piece of plywood. This is always recommended, because while the stain is consistent, your wood may vary even within the same species. So take a quick second to make sure you love the stain on a scrap piece of wood.
On your project, sand the wood with fine sandpaper. Most hardwood plywood is sanded already, so no need to bring out the power sander in many cases. You’ll want to sand any joints as well.
You must get rid of all sanding residue before applying stain. I use a brush to remove the bulk of it, then wipe the project down with a damp rag to make sure all sanding residue is removed.