I had decent luck using a 1 lb. dewaxed Shellac wash coat, mixed with
alchohol based dyes. After applying several coats of that, I basically used
wax to top it off. It didn't blotch, and you can mix dyes to exact tones
want. You can also use lacquer instead of wax. The finish is reversible
for one thing, and more importantly, you can repair the finish very easily
since each coat melts into the previous coat.
Since you mentioned natural was okay, I think some might recommend you
use a boiled linseed finish. It will darken with age, and since you aren't
staining it, it shouldn't blotch up. I HATE stain... So much I got into
around with alchohol soluble dyes & shellac.
The software said it ran under Windows 98/NT/2000, or better.
So I installed it on Linux...
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