On Mon, 29 Dec 2003 05:35:53 GMT, "john moorhead"
Try some other brands.
Mohawk / H. Behlen products give me far better results than Minwax. I
find Zar and Olympic between the two, but plenty usable as well.
You could try a dye stain followed by a dry brushed pigment stain.
Sand to 120-150, no further, maybe 180-220 on end grain to keep the
Apply dye stain w/ rag.
Lock it down with dewaxed shellac or commercially available Seal Coat.
Give a quick LIGHT 320 scuff
Apply pigment stain w/ rag and dry brush, with the grain, until tacky.
Another lock down coat
Scuff lightly w/ 320
Apply your favorite protective finish.
Using the Mohawk / Behlens stuff you can do all of the above in one
day, if the sanding is done the day before.
You'll need to practice and experiment to get the dye/pigment combo
you want. The sealer coats will prevent the stains from altering each
other, and the clear coat from messing with the pigment stain.
Practice, practice, practice... <G> You'll spend extra money on
"product", but you'll save in the long run and your work will never
have looked better!