Alder takes stain more red than Hemlock and Oak?!
I have a Red Oak floor with Hemlock baseboards in the hallway that I stained with Minwax Red Chestnut stain and the color came out looking pretty similar on both types of wood (a reddish brown).
However, I plan on buying Knotty Alder doors for this hallway and tried the same stain on a piece of Alder and it came out very red and very dark. I tried one piece leaving the stain on 20 mins before wiping it off (which is what I did on the Hemlock and Red Oak) and it came out really dark and really RED. I then tried staining the Alder for 10 minutes and wipe it off and it still came out very red although slightly lighter than when left on for 20 mins.
Anyway, I was curious any woodworkers out there who have stained Alder and other woods if this is "normal" what I'm seeing. I'm trying to get my game plan together before ordering all of the doors but the way things are looking now is I'm going to have to mix some brown (e.g., walnut) stain with this Red Chestnut stain to try and tone down the red to match the floor/baseboards unless anyone has other ideas??
By the way, the doors I'm buying are only available in Knotty Alder and Knotty Pine is why I'm not choosing a different type of wood (e.g., Fir, Hemlock, Oak). I hate the way pine takes stain so that's why I'm going toward Alder which took the stain fine but just really RED.
Thanks in advance!