How To Stain Maple Cabinet Doors

How To Stain Maple Cabinet Doors

Learn how to stain maple cabinet doors with this post along with the best stain for maple.  Smart homeowners and consumers purchase unfinished cabinet doors online for the best prices.  This means that the doors will need to be finished before installation.  The advantage is having the same stain for the cabinetry face, drawer faces, and cabinet doors.  If you choose maple as the wood for your cabinetry it can be challenging to stain correctly.  Use this post to get the job done right!

Best Stain For Maple Cabinets

Maple is a tight grained species of wood and can be difficult for DIY’ers to finish.  Staining maple is possible but it takes some knowledge and patience to avoid a blotchy finish.  If you want a dark finish many times it is easier to use a dye instead of a stain.  It’s best to always start on the back of doors and drawer faces.  If you simply hate the way it looks it will be hidden on the inside of the doors and you won’t have to see it all the time.

Maple Cabinet Door Staining Problems & Solutions

Staining or dyeing maple is possible, but it does present some unique challenges.  With some knowledge and patience you’ll be able to stain your maple cabinets.  Preparation is key in staining maple so understand fully what it will take and considering testing or practicing on scrap wood if you have it.

Uneven Stain Problem

One of the most common staining problems in soft maple is when there are variances between cross cut and end cut sections of wood.  End cut sections are more absorbent and will typically take more of the stain or dye.  This will lead to these sections being darker than the rest of the doors.

Uneven Stain  Solution

The way to counteract this tendency of maple is to either use sanding or a diluted glue mixture.  You can use finer sanding on the end sections to prevent excessive absorption of stain.  The alternative is to use diluted glue to provide a level of sealing to the end sections.  A dilution of 10:1 of water and white or yellow glue can be applied to the end grain cut sections of the door or drawer faces.  It’s important to allow this treatment to fully dry before applying stain or dye.  Another option is using a light coating of sealer or shellac to prevent uneven absorption of the stain.

Great Videos Dyeing & Staining Maple

Take a look at these YouTube videos which show how to stain maple, dye maple, and handling blotchy woods.

Staining Maple Doors

Understanding and Using Dyes

Coloring/Staining Blotchy Woods

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