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Old 02-02-2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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I am new to woodworking/cabinetry but am doing pretty well. I have built speaker boxes for years and have great tools but actually doing custom cabinets is much different.

My question is I have just re-done my entire kitchen with Maple hardwood fronts and Import Maple Plywood sides/shelves. I want to stain the cabinets dark like the (Minwax Bombay Mohagany Color).

My questions are is what do I need to know and what do I need to do to achieve this?

Any input appreciated!

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If the wood is prefinished, or finished, you can't stain them. And veneers are usually too thin to strip and sand down fot staining. Minwax makes a product called Polyshades, poly with stain mixed in. I have never had satisfactory results from it, but you could try it on some scrap pieces. It tends to pool and the pooled areas are darker.

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You might want to re-post this in the painting section of this web site for a better response...........................not that just bills response was bad. Just the fact the you will get more responses.
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thanks ill try that
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I am new to woodworking/cabinetry but am doing pretty well. I have built speaker boxes for years and have great tools but actually doing custom cabinets is much different.

My question is I have just re-done my entire kitchen with Maple hardwood fronts and Import Maple Plywood sides/shelves. I want to stain the cabinets dark like the (Minwax Bombay Mohagany Color).

My questions are is what do I need to know and what do I need to do to achieve this?

Any input appreciated!

thanks
Maple is a wood that needs to be conditioned prior to putting the stain on or it will blotch up. I used Minwax,"Merlot" water stain on my maple cabinets. Water stain I found to be a little harder to work with then the oil stains. Once I used a Fuji sprayer on them, it was so much easier then a rag or brush.
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I had built my cabinets for a pantry and recently built a bookshelf/storage unit for under stairs. It was made from maple veneer plywood and trimmed in solid oak. I simply brushed on Minwax (Cherry), 1 coat. let dry. then 2-3 coats of Minwax Polyurethane (sanding lightly between coats).. if i wanted it darker, I would have applied a second coat of stain. everyone that has seen these have been very impressed.

I think the suggestion of trying on a piece of scrap/cut-off will show you what you will get.

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Stain contains solid pigments and dense woods like maple don't take it easily or consistently.

I'd really suggest a dye as opposed to a stain. Dye can be put into alcohol and applied...The alcohol evaporates and the liquid-based color is left. You can also use water but I'd go with alcohol. It works awesome, is cheap and easy, and it will look a heck of a lot better than stain. TransTint is the dye I usually use.
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Practice on scraps of both maple ply and solid maple as the absorbtion rate will vary.
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Well, this will probably curl a few eye brows, and would certainly require some practice and planning in order to maintain consistancy through a complete set of cabinets, but as long as you are experimenting, and want to go dark, with maple I would also try a torch. It can create a very unique look.
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Well, this will probably curl a few eye brows, and would certainly require some practice and planning in order to maintain consistancy through a complete set of cabinets, but as long as you are experimenting, and want to go dark, with maple I would also try a torch. It can create a very unique look.
The phrase would be, "singe a few eyebrows".
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