Staining Soft Maple?

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Forum topic by Tim posted 03-09-2011 02:11 AM 1767 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2011 02:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing maple

I need to build some bunk beds for my growing family. I read a FWW article and it said soft maple is a good ‘low cost’ lumber. It is readily available at my lumber yard but I worry about my ability to give it a dark stain.

Does anyone have experience with soft vs hard maple? Or anything else that might take a dark stain well? The head/foot boards will be frame-and-panel so I need to be able to get matching plywood, too. I can get Beech at the lumber yard, but only in 4/4. I would have to do lots of lamination for the posts. Possible, but I’d like to avoid it.

Thanks to all my fellow LJs!

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 02:38 AM

I used this product with waterbased stains and was very satisfied with making a dark cherry presentation using maple.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 05:13 AM

Non-greenish poplar might fit the bill. I’ve managed to stain it fairly dark without much blotching, since its usually darker than maple to begin with (and cheap).

I haven’t used it, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about the blotch controller mentioned above!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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