paint/vanish stripper did too much...
I'm re-purposing an old piano (mahogany) and making it into a window seat/storage bench.
I've built the box carcass out of some red oak and the top will be a long piece from the piano top (53"x18").
Clearly, the dark mahogany did not match the red oak (or come close). even though wifey said...let's use them both (she chose the red oak).
I finally convinced her to let me strip the piano top to at least get the old vanish off. I used a soy-based product...
The stripper pulled all kinds of sludge off, but also pulled some of the mahogany color out too...yikes. So I now have a rather blotchy appearance.
So...the question. After sanding, if I do a quick wipe with mahogany stain, do you think it will even it out?? Would you use a sanding sealer first (as I know that is effective in doing blotchy wood species)?
I can sand some of the un-even-ness out, but don't wanna grind through the veneer..
I've attached a pic of it.
All suggestions welcome...