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Haymaker19 03-08-2009 09:34 PM

Hard Maple
I have a job coming up, a big kitchen cabinet job actually. I have a couple questions about staining hard maple. I know its hard, to me impossible is the least I could say. A couple of months ago I built my cabinets out of hard maple and just cleared them. My customer wants medium stained hard maple with soft maple drawers. I know soft maple stains nicely but HARD MAPLE blotches on me. Any input?

CivilEngineer13 03-08-2009 11:02 PM

One option is gel stain. It will not blotch because it sits on top of the wood, not into it.

Al Killian 03-08-2009 11:04 PM

Dye is best choice.

Leo G 03-08-2009 11:22 PM

Condition the wood or use a wash coat. Same question answered here

scribbles 03-08-2009 11:48 PM

I always just use a toner, aka color in the clear.

Ohio Ron 03-09-2009 12:52 AM

Assemble a 6 pieces of the wood you are going to use and stain them in the shades you think they may want. Let them decide.

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