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post #1 of 6 Old 03-08-2009, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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One option is gel stain. It will not blotch because it sits on top of the wood, not into it.

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Dye is best choice.

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

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