Maple doesn't take stain very well. It more often than not, comes out
A product like PolyShades, which is basically a poly with some dye in
it, can put an even look onto maple. Try that.
The kind of stain that does seem to work a little better are the
analine dyes. Again, you'd have to try that.
I'll second the analine dye. Try TransTint. It is a water/alcohol soluble
dye. Just dilute with the solvent to your liking (try on scrap) and go for
As for glossy finish. It is hard to screw-up Wipe-On-Polyurethane. Put on
4-5 coats of Glossy.
I've had good results with water-based stain. Finish sand surface
then wipe down with a damp cloth and let dry. Lightly sand again to
knock off the raised grain. If you try to sand the raised grain after
you stain/dye you will no doubt go down to bare wood because it
You might consider the classic solution of a washcoat of dewaxed
shellac, then whatever finish you prefer on top of that. The washcoat
helps control the blotchiness that maple is prone to.
Whatever you do, test on some scrap first.
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