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.
The table top is "composite" - meaning it's small blocks of wood joined together somehow at some factory (not particles or plywood, but not a big slab of wood either). The legs are pine and the beams...