Will Poplar and Maple accents stain similar

fothiaMarch 13, 2007

Hi, I'lm finishineg my own furniture feet and corbels for our kitchen reno. Bought the stain and glaze from the cab manufacturer. (cherry cabs, fairly dark stain and espresso glaze). The feet I found are cherry (already bought, smaller corbels I found that I like are maple, but the larger ones are poplar (haven't bought either yet, but perfect syle, size, price and love them. Just wondering if they will accept the stain extremely differently. I plan on using a wood conditioner prior to staininig and will be using the black glaze fairly heavily so they will be a darker accent to match the other black accents I have in the kitchen. So I'm not trying to match the cabs but would like them to match eachother as much as possible. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you

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They stain differently because poplar is much softer than maple. You need to stain the maple and then get some pieces of scrap poplar to play with. I could tell you more but I don't want to go to the trouble if you don't want to take the time and expense and effort. If you don't, get the minwax stain and pratice on a piece of scrap maple and poplar.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 2:29PM
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Basics of staining.

Here is a link that might be useful: Staining wood

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 10:09PM
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Thank you both for the info, my original idea is probably too ambitious for my level of experience. I think I'll just stick to ordering all unfinished cherry pieces and hope that I can get those to match fairly well. Thanks again, great link, Jody

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 6:37AM
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In the hopes that you still answer responses to this post, I wanted to ask you which manufacturer produced your kitchen bay window. I have been looking for a quality wood bay window and yours appears to be just that, or it may be fiberglass clad with wood. Mind giving me just the simple rundown of what you remember about it. Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 4:19PM
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The darker the better in terms of being able to disguise the difference. The overglaze/toning will also help. Staining real cherry dark seems like such a waste to me.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2011 at 9:14AM
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