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Thread: Finishing Maple Box

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Jay, Maine

    Finishing Maple Box

    I am building box of hard maple. I really don't want the light tan/almost white color of the maple and I know that oil varnish will add a slight amber tint to the finish. But I think I'd like it to be a bit warmer even. I could stain it, but I think that would be too much. I've never used dyes and again, I think that might be more color shift than I prefer. What I guess I want is an amber with a slight red tint to it.

    Any ideas? What would BLO followed by several coats of wipe-on poly do for me?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Why guess? Try test scraps. Maple can sometimes (certainly not always) be blotchy with oils. If my test pieces from a certain piece of wood tend to blotch, I seal with a 1lb cut of dewaxed shellac and then oil or dye it. The color is much lighter after sealing so again, use valid test pieces. By valid I mean pieces that have been given the same sanding and preparation protocol as your actual piece.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Brentwood, TN
    I use Transtint dyes for almost all my work and I do a lot of maple, well curly maple that is. I like Transtint "Honey Amber" on maple for it's warm golden color and it really makes the figure stand out.
    Member; Society of American Period Furniture Makers

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Figure and grain in maple can be enhanced with the same acid treatment gunstockers use.

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