This one was a challenge as it was the first time we worked with “hard maple.” it is a very heavy, non-porous wood that does not easily take stain. Applied Minwax oil-based “Provincial” stain, which left the wood looking blotchy. Had to strip back down to bare wood (not easy). In the end we switched to a solvent-based stain (one that does not penetrate the wood), two coats of aerosol water-based polyurethane, glazing, followed by four coats of brush-on polyurethane. The breadboard ends are attached with tongue and groove and slotted screws to allow expansion and contraction.
Delivered to a beautiful home overlooking the South Anna River. Photos below are in the shop.