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I kinda convinced her to go with the stain (versus generic white paint)... so yes, she does not care for the beautiful grain... I don't want to go back to paint unless I have no other choice at all.
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make some sample pieces..
this time use a gel or dye...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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As mentioned already: Sanded too fine = greater variation in how porous the surface is, Oak and birch = very different animals. Many manufacturers spray the tint on and it doesn't get wiped off. I have a bedroom set where you can see the "spray" on the unfinished back and bottom edges. That would be hard to duplicate with a regular stain.

I did a project in pine and couldn't get a dark enough finish to match other pieces. I put Polyshades on top and it came out quite well but the stuff is a horror to put on evenly. The good thing with that product is it stains porous and nonporous parts of the wood. The bad is the difficulty applying it evenly - spraying it would probably be best. Take a look at my TV stand. Did I mention that it's hard to put on evenly?
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Default Update ...Two coats stain in...not as dark as needed... help

To update y’all, anti-climatic I guess... did a stain match at Sherwin-Williams; tested on spare pieces of sanded oak and the plywood - wife is “ok” with it. Then sanded down the stained ones down to 120, and applied the new stain. Came out ok.
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To update y’all, anti-climatic I guess... did a stain match at Sherwin-Williams; tested on spare pieces of sanded oak and the plywood - wife is “ok” with it. Then sanded down the stained ones down to 120, and applied the new stain. Came out ok.
good to hear...

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Glad you solved that problem and you learned somethings that will last for ever.
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Happy wife, happy life. Good job.

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I have the first edition of "Foolproof Wood Finishes" by Teri Masaschi; a 2nd edition is now available. On page 138, she demonstrated a product called Behlen's raw umber glaze for darkening oak that had already been stained with antique cherry.
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