Gave a shot at using Maple with a water based GF dark cherry stain. Definitely not easy when you mix with water and maple, but got through it. The key is sanding and sealer and spraying the stain to give you time to get it uniform! Cabinets cases and shelves are made out of 3/4 Maple Plywood with the doors, shelf face frames, and a two piece crown in solid maple. A piece of granite topped the lower cases as well as a lower more ergonomic desk height, and some custom LED lighting turned out to be a good final touch. I used General Finishes polyacrylic Semi gloss and their water based dark cherry stain all sprayed with my HVLP. Cant imagine life without that thing!