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11-24-2009 10:30 PM
I might have a customer in the near future that has the taste of a darker stain, he mentioned ‘expresso, dark brown, merlot’. He also mentioned the use of maple in this kitchen because they don’t like the grainly look of oak. I have used maple extensively on a lot of projects myself, I have even stained maple to almost black using ‘transtint dyes’ and I did not like that procedure. I much prefer keeping my finish simple as I can so our typical procedure is using a Sherwood stain product from Sherwin, then we go through a lacquer process that finishes out our peices. I have messed with toners in the past but I am not going for something that might require a higher experience level than what we have. I have always liked trying different woods myself and I have given Walnut some thought because it is darker to begin with and likely could achieve a dark brown or expresso look. I am looking for a wood that accepts a good uniform stain and will be easy to get to a darker color. Walnut is all that comes to miind right now. How about an alder wood that has been stained? Is Alder an open grain that stains easy? I have used beech in the past and that is an extremely easy wood to obtain a professional finish with, very forgiving wood. Beech would not work though because it is grainy, little like oak.