I'm very new to woodworking, and I'm making a large framed mirror.
The woodworking part, per se, has gone well: The frame is 4" wide
maple, about 48 inches tall and 21 inches wide.
Looks good. But I don't know how to finish it. I'm looking to get a
very deep, brown (with some red). So deep that it is almost black.
I'm aiming for something along the lines of this colour:
I went and bought a whole whack of sample-size stain pouches to try
out. I also bought some surface sealer to (it claims) minimize the
splotching. But the colour I get just isn't very dark.
If anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate hearing them.