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Curly Maple Staining

by PittsburghTim
posted 10-12-2018 12:26 AM

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#1 posted 10-12-2018 02:16 AM

My experience with staining Maple was not fun. Splotching was a problem. Finally figured out how to do it using a water based stain. Be sure you have a lot of scrap or extra wood to test out stains. Get Charles Neil’s stain controller. That’s what saved me. Be patient.

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#2 posted 10-12-2018 02:24 AM

You should use a dye on a highly figured wood like curly maple, not a stain. As Kirk650 says, use some scrap to experiment. Experimentation is key. I bought a bunch of quarter- sawn white oak for a tool chest I built. For the main part of the chest, stain worked just great. But I had some other species of white oak that I bought a bunch of that took stain and ended up looking terrible. It looks just great with a shellac finish, though. That grain popped like a big dog!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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