How do the professionals get an even stain on maple?
I am working with a local builder in building a new house. After much deliberation I have decided to go with maple throughout the house. However, I am having a serious concern over the staining of the maple. I walked through all the big box stores (Lowe's, Menards, Home Depot) and all of their maple cabinet samples and display kitchens appear to have a VERY consistent look on their stain. I liked a stain color on one of the display kitchens at Menards. My builder said they could match the color for me. The stain is called Cashew and it's quite light. Well, my builder (who uses a custom cabinet maker) provided me a stain sample today and it looked HORRIBLE...blotchy, uneven. What do the cabinet makers that supply to these big box stores do to get that even stain? I need to know how to approach my builder in order to get what I want.