Testing Stains on Maple Lumber

Introduction: Testing Stains on Maple Lumber

About: Hi my name is David, I like to make things out of Wood, also like to take things apart and fixed them.

If you have seen some of my Instructables, I've done some testing with different stains on various woods, today I wanted to see what different stains would look like on Maple lumber.

What was needed:

Lumber: Maple Wood

Several different stains

Paint brush

Rags or Paper Towels

Blue Painters tape

Step 1: PreStain

I applied Minwax prestain to all the Maple wood pieces, before applying any stains. This will give a more uniform colors.

Allow Prestain to set for about 15 to 20 minutes, then wipe off excess

Step 2: Steelwool & Vinegar

The first piece I stain with Steelwool & Vinegar Mix. Too make this mixture, add 000 Steelwool pieces to a jar with Vinegar in it. Allow this mixture to set for a few days, before brushing on.

Note you don't have to Prestain if using this mixture, but I done did already Prestain the pieces.

Step 3: Natural

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Minwax Natural Stain.

Step 4: Ipswich Pine

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Minwax Ipswich Pine Stain.

Step 5: Cherry

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Minwax Cherry Stain.

Step 6: Red Oak

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Minwax Red Oak Stain.

Step 7: Golden Oak

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Minwax Golden Oak Stain.

Step 8: Gun Stock

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Minwax GunStock Stain.

The above Chevrolet sign was stain with Gunstock, a couple of coats, plus a couple coats of Clear Gloss Finish

Step 9: Ebony

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Rust-oluem Ebony Stain.

Step 10: Kona

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Rust-oluem Kona Stain.

Step 11: Red Mahogany

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Minwax Red Mahogany Stain.

Step 12: Driftwood

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Minwax Driftwood Stain.

Step 13: Classic Gray

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Minwax Classic Gray Stain.

Step 14: Aged Leather

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Cabot Aged Leather Stain.

Step 15: Special Walnut

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Minwax Special Walnut Stain.

Step 16: Dark Walnut

This is what it looks like after drying a couple of days, with Minwax Dark Walnut Stain.

Step 17: Final

Well I hope this helps out someone that wants to stain Maple wood, maybe this will give you a clue what the stain would look like.

Note all the pieces was done with just one coat of stain, applying mutiple coats will look darker on some of the stains. Thanks for checking out this Instructable

Step 18: Finish

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