I am making a credenza out of curly maple for a friend. The maple, all ordered from curlymaplewood.com in Pennsylvania, is expensive but oh so spectacular. I want to put a finish on the credenza that is worthy of the wood, but so far my efforts have produced dissappointing results.
On scraps from cut-offs I have: 1) dyed the wood with J.E. Moser aniline dye (light golden oak color); followed by Defthane finish (satin) (sort of a combination laquer/varnish). The luthier-quality figured wood does not “pop” after these applications.
On a project about ten years ago I was successful in getting curly maple to “pop” using the same container of dye, but I cannot remember what I used in combination with it. What I do know is that my dye/Defthane finish is awful. It addition to no “pop” the result has a green (!) tint to it. Perhaps the dye, which is ten years old, has deteriorated over the years.
If anyone has any ideas of finish recipe, I would very much appreciate hearing from you.
Thanks, Tenderfoot Bob