Here's a picture of my final finish - looks a lot like clear coated mahogany! (With a nc lacquer, of course.)
My final schedule was:
sand to 180
bleach with 2 part liquid
light sand with 220
shellac washcoat (5%)
Zar custom mixed oil wiping stain (spayed on/wiped off immediately)
lac sealer coat
2 toner coats with Mohawk NGR Ultra Light Red Mahogany in diluted lac mix
topcoat with n/c lac
topcoat with n/c lac with a small amount of Zar cherry wiping stain (unmixed and strained through doubled paper towels to filter out most of the pigment - I needed just a hint of orange to tweak final color)
topcoat with n/c lac x 3
A lot of work for me (learning curve thing), but I'm happy with final results. Thanks for the time and generosity from this forum - it would take so much longer without the experience here!
From contributor L:
Looks good. Sounds like a lot of work. Maybe cheaper to just start with mahogany and clear coat it.
I do a lot of on-site finish work for builders that don't want to spend the extra money to complete a library or a set of bookcases in one species of wood, and then want all the different wood types to match and blend together... I just don't get it.