I recently completed a small cherry table and finished it with colonial maple stain and wipe on poly. The entire table came out great except for the top. If you look at the pic below, you can see that it appears blotchy looking. That is the only place it looks like that. Construction details are:
Solid 3/4 cherry panel glue up of four boards all from the same board, sanded to 220 grit, one application of colonial maple for 70 seconds, let dry overnight, one coat of satin wipe on poly and let dry overnight, sanded with 320 then a second coat, let dry 3 hours, sanded with 320 and a final coat. I didn’t notice the blotching after the stain, and only the top looks like this.
Before I sand it down and try again, I would like to figure out what happened. Funny now that it’s in the house I don’t see the blotchy appearance unless I look at it at an angle in the right light. If it were in the stain, I would think it would be obvious all the time, which leads me to think I screwed up the poly somehow.
Mama already has her sewing box on it and is dead set against letting me take a sander to it. You’d think she bought it at an antique store or something. So I have to be able to convince her that I can fix it.
Where are the band-aids?---Pro Libertate!