Ok, with the recent purchase of a new AVR 320 I can no longer use the built in space that my apartment has for components. I now need a rack to put all my toys on. My question for you out there is what would be a good choice of building material if I wanted the rack to match my speaker stands which are built from maple with a few coats of poly on them. I was thinking about birch ply, but I don't know if that would be light enough if I were to just apply some poly to it. Will birch ply come close to the light color of maple? Any other suggestions? Thanks.