I am new to the forum and I hope this is an appropriate request. I am an occasional furniture restorer, and my current project is a Paul McCobb (Planner group) double pedestal desk in solid maple. It is a beautiful example of mid-century American design. The original finish is “blond” and I aim to finish it in a darker color to fit my office. I have worked on maple before, but have not used stains, only amber topcoats. I am interested in suggestions or recommendations regarding preparing the wood for staining, type of stain to use and topcoat. Incidentally, at this point I am considering using something like Sherwin W. BAC or General Finishing.
All responses will be appreciated. Thanks.
-- Marc, NY