Originally Posted by gastan
I second what eland said. You can waste a lot of time, money, and material trying to match stain color and finish. I don't think it is worth it.
When I modded several items on my MiniLite, I took off a drawer front and took it and the wood I was going to use to the local Sherwin Williams store and told them I wanted to finish the bare wood to look as close as possible to the finished sample. The very next day I had a quart of stain (and advice on a finishing top coat) that is a PERFECT match. When people see the mods, everyone ... with NO exceptions ... has said they would never have known, that they look factory.
agree, I have used an industrial finishing place near me to custom mix stain to match existing customer woodwork before. they require piece of existing cabinet to match and a few pieces of the wood I'll be using for the project, sanded to the finished grit. Sometimes it's one coat application, sometimes it required toning and staining but it's always a great match. I did not know Sherwin Williams offered the service tho that is great info to know.