Finishing to make figuring in wood pop
We have an emergency on our hands. We are a millwork shop and we have been fortunate to land a nice law firm project the we felt was going to save our year. We have been doing high end wood work for over 35 years and know our finish work, but we have a control sample that we are supposed to match and we are just falling short on every sample. If we don't get the next one right then they are going to pull the project from us.
The wood is Eucalyptus and the sample shows a lot of figuring that really pops. They are sending us raw veneer from the same log, but when we finish it we are totally losing the "figuring" in the wood. Our experience tells us that the smoother you sand it the more the figuring shows up, but we are sanding it so smooth that it almost looks like laminate and the figuring is still not popping.
Any suggestions??? Please help!!!