Mahogany - Filling Pores and Staining
I have been experimenting with mahogany and am having trouble. My reference has been an article in Fine Woodworking.
My first process was: dying with transtint (dark), sealing with a 1# cut of shelac, then filling pore with a natural filler (Behlen). When I saw the filler left the pores white, I started over but used the transtint dye to color the fillers as well.
In both cases, sanding (220 or 320) after the fillers left me back at the natural color of the mahogany in terms of color; pores very dark on one, white on the other. So I stained again with transtint and noticed the white pores turned dark. From there, I applied a 2# coat of shellac. It seems as if I've arrived in the same place via two slightly different processes.
So my question is: why bother with the first steps of dying and a sealer coat of shellac? It seems much easier to just use fillers as step 1, then dye, then apply a 2# cut of shellac, then go for the top coat(s). Any thoughts / opinions?