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I am making a credenza out of curly maple for a friend. The maple, is expensive but oh so spectacular! I want to put a finish on the credenza that is worthy of the wood, but so far my efforts have produced dissappointing results.
On scraps from cut-offs I have: 1) sanded to 220 grit; 2) applied Zinsser Bulls Eye Seal coat: 3) applied TransTint dye ("vintage Maple" a lighter color); 4) sanded to 1000 grit; and 5) applied Watco "Danish oil" (Natural color).
The end grain sucked up the dye, but so did the rest of the surface. Sanding has not made lighter appreciably the surface between the end grain.
Years ago I was able to get figured maple to "pop" spectacularly, but I cannot remember my recipe. If anyone has any ideas for a finish recipe, I would very much appreciate hearing from you.
Thanks, Tenderfoot Bob