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Thread: staining maple - help! blotchy!

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    staining maple - help! blotchy!

    I am building a home office and am using maple for the face frames/doors/cabinets etc. I just finished the case work and put on the face frames and stained them and they turned out horrible! I used a 50/50 blend of Minwax Gunstock and Red Oak stains. The colors mix well and is what I am looking for. I used some Minwax pre stain conditioner as I suspected that I might have problems (using soft maple).

    The finish is completely uneven and looks really bad.

    I read some internet searches and there are a lot of opinions out there. I have heard use gel stain, as well as shellac before staining, as well as dye stains.

    I am leaning towards re-sanding and then using a dye stain.

    What are your thoughts?



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    May 2004
    Des Plaines, Illinois, USA.

    Resand everything to raw wood with 100 grit, then sand agian with 220 grit, THEN back down to 150 grit. Reapply conditioner, then stain. That should work...
    David L. Velleux
    Artisan Custom Cabinetry & Woodworking (
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