If you want your finish to enrich the colors of that bland mahogany, try this recipe. To understand how to finish mahogany, one must know its history. In this article, professional finisher Jeff Jewitt explains why mahogany stock used to look so much better than it does now, and then offers tips on how to improve the appearance of today's wood. Start by filling wormholes, sand it, lay on some water-soluble dye, seal with tinted oil, and then build up the finish with thin coats. Jewitt also includes handy finishing tips, such as using Scotch Brite pads for sanding.

From Fine Woodworking #164