This was a pretty fun project, the frame was solid 8/4 Maple, the top was 4/4, with a General Finishes water stain (Espresso). This was my first time using a water based stain. While I was happy with the look, next time I will wet the wood to raise the grain, then sand it again, and THEN stain! After I applied this stain, I had to try and very lightly sand the raised grain without messing with the stain. That was not fun. I am very interested in any of you guys/gals input on the use of water-based stains.