What makes a quality stained finish?
I read some past threads comparing different cabinet companies and several times I've come across the opinion that one cabinet company has a better finish than another's. What does that really mean? Is it the stain, the technique, something else? I've never stained anything so I'm clueless.
Also, do cherry and alder take a medium-to-dark stain the same? Will one look "better" than the other? I know alder is softer, but it's for a guest bath vanity which will be lightly used.