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Finishing question

I am making a dining room table out of really old maple that was in railroad cars. See the attached pic. I initially was going to use an oil based poly for the finish but my wife wants it a little darker. Stain is certainly an option but am curious what some of u would do instead of stain? She doesn't want it dark at all, just darker than using an oil topcoat.

Second question....can u put stain over epoxy??
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Any epoxy I've ever use won't take stain.
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You can put stain over epoxy, but it doesn't take the stain and look the same color. Ca glue and wood glue on the surface of the wood don't take stain either.
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Maple (like most light woods) doesnt stain very well. Perhaps a Danish Oil type product with some color in it would give you want your looking for. Or you could spray it with a light coat of dye and get whatever color you want.

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Sounds like you want egg in your beer and foam on the bottom. We get these questions that really go against the grain so to speak.
If it's maple. It's going to have a light base and any staining will still have a lighter color to it than if it were a darker wood to begin with. I would get the table built and ready for finish with a section on the bottom finished and ready too. Use that area to experiment on. Trying to do what amounts to a professionally finished table is difficult for experienced woodworker let alone someone with these questions.

Best off if you aren't experienced at the finish your wife is after. Build the table and give it to a pro to finish. They can take a sample of what your wife is after and match it perfectly. They will use a professional spray product you may also have no experience with and it will be flawless and hold up well under normal use. Brushing on poly will be very disappointing. A wipe on maybe okay.

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So the update is that my wife doesn't want to stain it anymore, she wants a natural looking finish as well. I was planning on using general finishes arm-r-seal (pic attached). I've used this many times in the past and I'm very confident with it. As u can see from the wood, there is still some remaining patina in some of the cracks after I sanded. I'm worried that if I wipe on this finish, it will spread the patina throughout the table. Can u spray this finish? Or would you recommend I spray a coat of dewaxed shellac on it first to seal it and then follow up with some coats of arm-r-seal??? Thanks for advice. I will be sure to post pics when this table is complete!
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Forgot to attach recent pic of the wood.....
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So the update is that my wife doesn't want to stain it anymore, she wants a natural looking finish as well. I was planning on using general finishes arm-r-seal (pic attached). I've used this many times in the past and I'm very confident with it. As u can see from the wood, there is still some remaining patina in some of the cracks after I sanded. I'm worried that if I wipe on this finish, it will spread the patina throughout the table. Can u spray this finish? Or would you recommend I spray a coat of dewaxed shellac on it first to seal it and then follow up with some coats of arm-r-seal??? Thanks for advice. I will be sure to post pics when this table is complete!

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Forgot to attach recent pic of the wood.....

I'd try to get a little more of the black marks off. The finish will make it blacker. I'd try to bleach it out.

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