I just finished construction of a chessboard for my son. The edges are cherry, and the alternating squares are walnut and maple. I used my orbital sander with 80-grit sandpaper to knock down any high spots as well as remove a couple of glue spots, and that is as far as I have gotten at this point. My son wants a high-gloss, mirror finish on the chessboard itself, and this is where I am having some issues…..I know that I should fill the pores of the walnut, maple and cherry tend to be blotchy, and I want the high gloss on the walnut and maples “squares”, while leaving the cherry edges semi-gloss…I am planning on sealing all of the cherry (including the cabinent that the chessboard sets in) with 1# cut shellac, then water-based analine dye, then semi-gloss varnish. Any one know of a step-by-step process to fill in the pores of the walnut, not get the maple blotchy, and then get the whole thing to a high-gloss sheen? I haven’t decided if it would be worth it to dye the maple to “pop” the limited figure in the maple, or to use dye on the walnut. I could probably figure all of this out if the I was just dealing with just maple, or just walnut, or just cherry…but combined together it has thrown me for a loop.