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built this for a bathroom remodel has a marble counter top i dont recomend making doors like this the hinges are a pain and quite expensive. i had a hard time with getting the dark stain to look good anyone have some suggestions for sanding maple
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#1 posted 03-01-2012 12:25 AM
I would highly suggest using a pre-stain conditioner prior to staining any wood that may wind up blotchy.
The softer the wood, the more you need to fill in those pores!
Here’s an example of what to use: http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-prestain-wood-conditioner
Also, read the following: http://woodworking.about.com/od/finishing/p/woodConditioner.htm
This looks really nice, BTW and remember that you are your own worst critic!
-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.rhoadesclan.com
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#2 posted 03-01-2012 05:25 AM
I agree with the pre stain conditioner, it works really well I have been using min wax conditioner and it’s worked excellent with maple. The other option is a water based stain, also made by minwax, it soaks into the wood with a very dark color, I also only sand down to 150 In that case and do the fine sanding between finish coats of poly or laquer.
-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.
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#3 posted 03-01-2012 01:11 PM
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#4 posted 03-01-2012 05:19 PM
Nice work Jorden!
I was currently working on a entertainment center with the carcass constructed out of birch plywood, 3/4”. I fortuitously stumbled onto a book at the library that talked about how birch, along with other woods can be blotchy as other posters have noted here. I know nothing of the Minwax suggested here, but the book I was reading suggested “whitewashing” the wood with a mix of two parts mineral spirits and one part varnish or polyurethane. I tried this mix on a sample of birch then applied the stain and most of the blotching went away, but then the stain didn’t penetrate that deep either, making for a much lighter than advertised look.
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