10 years ago I made a dresser out of red oak, applied golden oak stain, and finished with poly to match some existing furniture. That furniture has been replaced with some purchased cherry furniture with a rather dark stain on it. Now my second oak dresser sticks out like a sore thumb.
I made up a sample board finished the same way as the dresser. I cleaned it with TSP, roughed up the poly with 180 grit paper, and applied two different kinds of gel stain to the sample. The gel stains made very minor changes to the color. I will of course apply more coats of the gel stain to see if I can get closer but I want to make up a second board to try a different path (dye) in parallel as I don't have infinite time to get this job done. On my second sample, if I rough up the poly, and put on a coat of shellac, can I go for a stain that will match the new cherry furniture right off or do I need to be conscious of the light buttery brown underneath and try to figure out a stain that will combine (a la a color wheel) with the buttery brown to give me the dark cherry finish I am trying to "match". I put match in quotes as I will never match it exactly and of course the oak grain will be very obviously different than the cherry but the second dresser is not right next to the other furniture so a kinda sorta match would be great.
Your advice on this second posting of my problem would be greatly appreciated as always.