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Use Birchwood-Casey Tru-Oil. for the finish. Just follow the instructions on the bottle. I thin the first coat 50/50 with mineral spirits so it penetrates the wood fibers, and 0000 steel wool between coats.

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Minwax stain is the best for what you're trying to do.

Yes, use a finish over the stain. It'll seal the wood, preserving it, and keep dirt out of the pores.

Tru-Oil works great for the finish. I used it on the shotty I restocked and it came out gorgeous.

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I used Red Mahogany stain then put a polyurathane clear coat over it.  It's dark but the grains stand out pretty good I think.  Have a look.




Louisville slugger also uses a flame treatment to make their grains stand out.  I've taken the tour and seen it myself.  Little blow torches overhead in the machine go over the wood a certain distance separated from the wood and it chars the more porous grain of the wood and makes look nice.  Pretty neat little trick.


But if you've got the right wood and the right piece of wood, it won't be an issue.  Especially if it's a laminate piece of wood, that works real well.  Tougher than normal wood too and less likely to warp.

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