If your project needs a touch of the exotic that your budget can’t bear, choose maple for its density and closed-pore grain.

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Why maple? If your project needs a touch of the exotic that your budget can't bear, choose maple for its density and closed-pore grain.

Making the switch: The fine pigments in India ink produce a deep, dark, and consistent black, even on the dense surface of maple. Before coloring the wood, cut and shape parts to size. Then finish-sand all surfaces, taking the end grain to at least 320-grit prior to staining.