I've built a rustic bookcase with wormy maple. I am trying to get a 2-tone look. I've tested a turkey red dye stain (1 tablespoon powered:1 cup water: 1 cup alcohol) the wormy parts are brighter and background (normal grain) is duller. I kind of like it but overwhelming color for piece. Painted a piece with a 1 over coat of a copper craft paint, then sanded. Ok for a final color, but lost/dulled best of red part.
Should I add a coat of sealer (poly, shellac, etc.) to protect 1st dye coat? I'm intimidated by epoxy on such a large piece (36x24x26 has 2 sides like a room divider base cabinet, the "back" will be in the middle) I'm thinking a copper/verdege look might give it a funky look. How do I calculate how much I need? The wood is super dry (kept inside for yrs) & is REALLY thirsty & wormy parts absorb less o.