I have recently completed a one-step stool out if maple and am looking for a way to finish it. It will be used quite a bit so I'm looking for something durable. Preferably something that isn't too dark colored. Any suggestions?
Maple is a soft wood and is a little difficult to stain unless you use a pre-stain. Plus, if the stool is going to be used a lot, it will get banged up and scratched. I would leave it unstained and sand it and put on at least 6 coats of an oil based polyurethane. Sand very lightly with an 800 grit sandpaper between coats. Good luck and happy one-step stooling.