Re: Best way to finish Maple
It would be interesting to see some photos of experiments if anyone in this thread does any. maybe it is just me but I seem to see a lot of the commercial prefinished doors and such where the color is just too consistent, I mean wood naturally has some light and some dark places, but they seem to aim at averaging the tone out which tends to give a boring effect.
This idea of using a darker stain and some light sanding then a lighter stain has me thinking. It just might help to give that antiqued look as sanding will naturally cut a little deeper on corners and edges, as opposed to recessed areas like near where panels meet rails etc. in other words the sanding techniques might simulate natural wear found on an older piece, where exposed corners see a bit more wear and nicks and crannys get darker.
Will these techniques fail if veneer plywood is used?, Sanding is very limited without danger of breaking through, and they have a pretty consistent surface to start with.
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