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#1 posted 09-23-2012 06:54 PM

I have never had success at matching another color with stain alone. Even if you knew all the pieces used the same stain, different woods and even different batches can cause a color disparity.

Dyes mixed in alcohol or water is a much better choice in that regard…sprayed on.

Oils enhance the natural contrast in the wood. You can achieve part of that same look with an oil based stain.

I would go that route, getting the color close with it, then fine tune the color with dye mixed with dewaxed shellac. Follows with a film finish of choice.

BTW, such a dyed mix is referred to an a “toner,” because it tones the wood to the desired shade.

-- jay,

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