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Might anyone provide advice on how to match the finish on the raw piece of maple to the finished piece? I am attempting to build new cabinet to hold a wine rack and need to match the new face frame to the rest of the kitchen cabinets. Is this even possible?
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Matching a color can be done but it takes a lot of patience and tinkering. Buy a fruitwood stain and some paint thinner. Probably just thinning the stain would be enough but you need to test the stain on scrap wood to get the formula. Also it appears the finish that is on the old wood may have yellowed a little. If this is the case you can replicate the yellowing with amber shellac. If you are finishing with polyurethane and use an amber shellac you will have to put some sealcoat over the shellac before using poly over it. Shellac has a natural wax in the finish which causes adhesion problems with poly. The sealcoat will provide a barrier coat so the poly will adhere.
 

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Matching a color can be done but it takes a lot of patience and tinkering. Buy a fruitwood stain and some paint thinner. Probably just thinning the stain would be enough but you need to test the stain on scrap wood to get the formula. Also it appears the finish that is on the old wood may have yellowed a little. If this is the case you can replicate the yellowing with amber shellac. If you are finishing with polyurethane and use an amber shellac you will have to put some sealcoat over the shellac before using poly over it. Shellac has a natural wax in the finish which causes adhesion problems with poly. The sealcoat will provide a barrier coat so the poly will adhere.
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