Gee,if I didn't make anything out of that pick-up load of soft maple boards I bought, where did it go. Must have bugs or something. There was some curly maple in there and I did not stain that or the cutting boards but everything else had stain on it. Next time you are working with maple, put on a spit coat before you stain. That's 5 parts of denatured alcohol to 1 part of 3# cut shellac.