Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: The Land of Jersey
Experiment on a scrap piece with a coat of shellac, sand, and then try a gel stain. The shellac may prevent the stain from penetrating so deep, and the gel stain will stay on top as well. I used aspen when I needed the reverse effect. deep and dark. I conditioned it to prevent blotching, and then used an analyne dye for a very rich tone. The less figure the wood has, the more consistent a color you'll get.